The six best advent calendars of 2023
The most wonderful time of the year is fast approaching, and with it comes the age-old tradition of advent calendars. With a modern spin on the cherished tradition, there are now advent calendars to suit every taste and budget – from skincare, beauty, alcohol and, of course, chocolate – there’s something for everyone. With so many beautiful advent calendars on the market, it’s just another reason for the festive build-up to be just as magical as the day itself. As we mark less than 60 days until Christmas Day, it’s the perfect time to pick your advent calendar of choice, and we’ve rounded up some of the very best on the market.
For something truly decadent, this prosecco and champagne advent calendar from Getting Personal is the perfect treat this Christmas. There are 24 mini bottles of prosecco, from renowned brands such as Bottega, Freixenet, Mionetto and Ca’neri, to open every day leading up to Christmas. Personalised gift card messages are available through the website to give your calendar an extra special touch if you’re sending it as a present to a loved one. Plus, with more and more prosecco advent calendars popping onto the market these days, this is the most affordable when compared with other retailers, making this one advent calendar not to be missed.
Time and time again, Lush delivers when it comes to their festive offerings, and this year is no exception. With not one, but three advent calendars to choose from this Christmas, there’s an advent calendar to suit every budget.
Packaged in an adorable red Christmas house, and made from 100% recycled board, this Christmas Buds advent calendar is the perfect choice for bath lovers with a carefully curated mix of 25 bath bombs, bubble bars and bath melts. There are several exclusive products too including a Chocolate Santa bath bomb, Snowman bubble bar and Snow Angel bath melt. As we settle into those cold wintry evenings, unboxing one of these bathtime treats each day is the ultimate form of self-care and pampering.
For those wanting to spend a little less, the 12 Days of Christmas gift is an ideal choice and offers a great selection of bath bombs, bubble bars, shower and body products. If you fancy spending a bit more and going all out this Christmas, the Lush Advent Calendar has 25 Lush favourites covering bath, body, shower and fragrance, all housed in a beautiful limited edition box, designed by Andre Williams, that can be reused year after year.
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a traditional chocolate advent calendar, and Lindt Master Chocolatiers are putting a new spin on their classic advent calendars with a Pick & Mix version. With 23 varieties of their indulgent chocolate truffles to choose from, this is the perfect way to customise your advent calendar and ensure each treat is one you’re going to absolutely love. Available to create in-store or online, it’s ideal for anyone with firm favourites – Raspberry & Cream, Milk & White and Champagne Milk are particular standouts.
There are truly no advent calendars on the market as beautiful as those available from home and body cult-favourite, Rituals. This year’s Deluxe Advent Calendar is guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit with 24 miniature houses lit up by LEDs to create your very own charming Christmas scene. Inside, there are some classic treats including the Ritual of Sakura body cream, Sweet Jasmine hand wash and the Ritual of Mehr Shower Oil.
Their Premium Advent Calendar creates another beautiful Christmas scene with 24 lit-up miniature cardboard houses, but this time including eight full-sized products. For a more affordable option, their Classic Advent Calendar has a total value of more than £150 but costs a reasonable £87.90 for another 24 goodies. Last but not least, for the men in your life, Rituals have created The Ultimate Men’s Gift Box with 12 luxury grooming essentials, including five full-sized products to see them through the countdown to Christmas Day.
For skincare enthusiasts, this Dr Hauschka advent calendar is just what you will need to see you through the countdown to Christmas Day. There are 23 individually wrapped travel-sized goodies, with a special full-sized product waiting for you on Christmas Eve. With a total value of more than £120, this calendar is great for those wanting to sample some of Dr Hauschka’s most-loved skincare favourites as well as some brand-new launches, too.
Worth a whopping £565, this calendar from Look Fantastic is a beauty lover’s dream. Packed full of 27 treats, including 12 full-sized products, from fan favourites like Sol De Janeiro, Color Wow, NARS, MAC and Elemis, this advent calendar has everything you need in the build-up to Christmas Day. There’s a fantastic mix between cosmetics, skincare, haircare and body care so you’ll have all the essential must-haves this party season. Plus, The Box subscribers can save £15 on this year’s advent calendar to get it at the even better price of £84.