How is it almost that time of year again?! The Christmas countdown will be here in just two weeks, so snap up one of these fabulous advent calendars now before they disappear. Advent calendars have come a long way since those cheap chocolate novelty calendars (thank God), replaced by a whole range of calendars we actually want – from daily skincare, makeup and male grooming treats to scented candles and even jewellery, art and stationary. These 30 grown-up calendars prove that Christmas calendars aren’t just for kids anymore. Re-live that childhood magic of finding a daily treat behind every door, with skincare, body pampering, beauty and other miniature gifts you can really look forward to.
1. Male Grooming Advent Calendar
Treat the man in your life to this grooming calendar, which contains a little Clarins treat behind every door; from shaving foam and oil to face wash and cleanser, and from shampoo and shower concentrate to eye serum and face oil. Clarins Calendar, £51. Available here
2. 24 Days of Clinique Advent Calendar
Bursting with Clinique’s signature skincare, fragrance and make-up must-haves, including moisturiser, overnight mask, mascara and perfume, this beauty advent calendar is great value and will make anyone feel pampered. Clinique calendar, £75. Available from Selfridges.
3. Night Before Christmas Advent Calendar
Featuring 3 different fragrances, this advent calendar hides a different scented tea light behind each door. Tealight advent calendar, £24. Available here.
4. Male grooming advent calendar
Another great grooming calendar, this is a budget-friendly box of products with fold-open doors that house everything from face wash and shower gel to scissors, tweezers, toothbrush and a comb. Grooming advent calendar, £12. Available here.
5. London Girl About Town Gift Box
Exclusive to Fortnum’s, this luxury beauty package contains Iconic London’s most popular make-up products. From face primer to illuminator and blusher, and from lip liners to lipsticks and lashes and even a make-up bag, this set will give any make-up bag a total refresh. The set doesn’t come cheap at £150, but the products alone are worth £250 making it excellent value. Iconic London calendar, £150. Available here.
6. The beauty advent calendar to trump all beauty calendars
The ultimate treat for any beauty lover to countdown to their most gorgeous Christmas ever, this fabulous beauty calendar contains 25 pampering face, body, hair, make-up and sun care surprises from cult brands. From perfumes and lotions to skincare and makeup, including face masks and skin peels, face oils and moisturisers, mascaras and powder, M&S’s beauty calendar is a gift to really impress. Beauty Advent calendar, £250. Available from Marks and Spencer
7. Body and bath advent calendar
This much more budget-friendly beauty calendar hides hand cream, bath salts and fizzers, body wash and lotion, lip balms and more, and costs just £10.99. Bargain! Available here.
8. Carat London advent calendar, £350
This decadent luxury advent calendar makes the build-up to Christmas all the more exciting as each door reveals a shimmering piece of jewellery. Carat London, £350. Available from Selfridges.
9. Nail varnish advent calendar
Count down the days ’till Christmas with this nail varnish advent calendar by Beauty Box. Hidden behind every door are 24 colourful nail varnishes so you can treat yourself each and every day of the Christmas season! £21, Available here.
10. Heathcote & Ivory Advent Calendar
This beautiful advent calendar by Heathcote & Ivory houses body wash, hand creams, body lotions, bath salts and more, all decorated with William Morris’s iconic original prints. Heathcote & Ivory Morris & Co Beauty Advent Calendar, £40. Available here.
11. Stationery advent calendar
A stationery lover’s dream, this countdown calendar is filled with all your favourite stationary goodies – including a candle and notepad – to help you count down the days. Stationery Lovers Advent Calendar, £90. Available from Selfridges.
12. Grooming Advent calendar
This grooming calendar has 25 doors hiding coveted products, featuring everything from premium brands FOREO and ELEMIS, to cult brands The Ordinary and Murdock London, plus plenty of new picks to discover. £55, Available from ASOS.
13. L’Occitane advent calendar
With 24 bestselling products from L’Occitane fragrance, skincare, body and hair care behind every door, this calendar is guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face! Expect almond shower oil, Shea butter shower cream, hand cream, foot cream and body lotion, verbena shower gel, body lotion and soap, aromachologie shampoo and conditioner, arlesienne soap and eau de toilette, and lots more. L’Occitane advent calendar body care gift set, £49. Available here.
Housing 25 little treasures to discover before the big day, you can look forward to a selection of cute miniatures including 10ml Vinaigre de Toilette, deluxe 15ml skin and body care, mini-candles in 35g format and a 70g candle to make every day a celebration. Diptyque Advent Calendar, £300. Available from Selfridges.
15. Make-up advent calendar
This advent calendar is a glamorous way to count down to the big day, with lip glosses, eye shadows, nail polishes, lip sticks, eye liners, mascara, nail glitter and brow pencils. £18. Available here.
16. Poster calendar
For something totally different, how about unveiling a new mini wall art design every day? Behind 24 numbered boxes are rolled limited edition posters. A poster a day, £50. Available from JUNIQE.
17. Clarins Beauty Advent Calendar
Containing mascara, lip perfecto, eye makeup remover, exfoliating cleanser, hydra mask, gentle refiner, beauty flash balm, hand and nail treatment, bath and shower concentrate and even a scented candle, this 12 day advent calendar is the perfect gift or treat for yourself! Clarins Beauty Advent Calendar, £51. Available here.
18. Beauty Treasures Advent Calendar
Indulge someone special this festive season with this collection of luxurious skin and body care treats from NUXE, including lip balms, shower oils, perfume and skincare. NUXE Beauty Treasures Advent Calendar, £41. Available here.
19. Grace Cole Advent Calendar
This elegant and indulgent advent calendar contains Bath & Shower Gels, Hand & Nail Creams as well as Tealights to set the mood and get you ready to shine this Christmas. £45, Available here.
20. Rituals advent calendar
Filled with 24 luxury Rituals products including candles, bath crystals, mascara, travel wipes, scrub glove, hand lotion, foaming shower gels and body mist, this calendar treats you with a fresh surprise every day. £59, Available here.
21. Mini Manicure Advent Calendar
Featuring a huge selection of Ciaté’s chic shades, this advent calendar includes 18 mini nail varnishes. Ciate Mani Month Advent Calendar, £50. Available from Very.
22. Tealight Advent Calendar
This lovely tealight advent calendar comes with 24 scented tealights and holder. Perfect for counting down to Christmas! Tealight Advent Calendar, £25. Available here
23. bareMinerals Advent Calendar
Fulfill every beauty lover’s wish list with complexion-loving skincare. Each door reveals a glamorous goodie, including finishing powder, mascara, lipstick and gloss, eye shadows, blush and even a notepad and pen. bareMinerals advent calendar, £75. Available here.
24. Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar
This luxurious advent calendar features 12 iconic make-up treasures wrapped up in a glamorous printed box. Charlotte Tilbury Naughty and Nice Beauty Advent Calendar, £127. Available here.
25. Baylis & Harding advent calendar
Tucked behind 12 doors are these quintessentially English bathroom favourites. Start each morning off with an indulgent body wash and lotion to get you feeling tip top! Baylis & Harding, £24. Available here.
Packed with skincare and beauty must-haves, this advent calendar promises to banish winter skin woes. The St Tropez Gradual Tan Body Lotion promises to bring a fresh glow to your skin while Rodial’s X-treme Acid Rush Peel – formulated with glycolic and lactic acid – retextures and plumps your complexion. Complete your radiant look with a swipe of Lord & Berry’s Travel Cheek blusher crayon and a flick of 3INA’s The Pen eyeliner. Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar, £70. Available here.
27. Molton Brown Scented Luxuries Beauty Advent Calendar
This luxury advent calendar from Molton Brown houses classic favourites and scented luxuries amongst new fragrances hidden and waiting to be revealed behind each door. Unwrap 9 different body washes, 4 body lotions, 2 scrubs, 2 scented candles, shampoo, a hair mask, eau de toilette and even a bauble. Molton Brown Cabinet of Scented Luxuries Beauty Advent Calendar, £165. Available here.
28. L’oreal Luxe Advent Calendar
Based on two cities, London and Paris, this calendar features 24 cult beauty must-haves to help make the festive period even more glamorous. From the covetable gold-flecked YSL Blur Primer to Victor and Rolf’s best-selling Bonbon fragrance, behind each door beholds a truly luxurious treat for you to uncover. 24 Day Beauty Advent Calendar, £120. Available from Selfridges.
29. Liz Earle’s Beauty Advent Calendar
Find Liz Earle’s hot cloth cleanser, soothing eye lotion, moisturiser, night concentrate, lip balm, eau de perfume, nourishing mask, sponge, headband and cotton cloths hidden behind the 12 doors of this beauty advent calendar. Liz Earle’s 12 Days of Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar, £66 Available here.
30. Nail polish advent calendar
Uncover Opi’s 25 limited edition nail varnish shades in this covetable advent calendar featuring bold reds, standout metallics and sultry purple, charcoal and black hues. Love OPI XOXO Beauty Advent Calendar, £63. Available here.