Pretty picture calendars are all well and good, but why open a traditional door every day when you could be treated to these gorgeous goodies every day for an entire month!?

The countdown to Christmas has never been so exciting!


First they told us about gin advent calendars, and we were excited. Then we heard there were wine advent calendars, and we did a little victory dance. Now we find out that there is an actual CHEESE Advent Calendar hitting stores, and we can’t quite contain ourselves. Unfortunately, this box of 24 cheesy delights won’t be available until next year, and it also looks set to sell out, quickly. Sign up for a calendar now and be first on the list here . And once you’ve got your hands on one, you might want to team it with…

 The wine advent calendar

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What better way to mark the festive season that with a glass of wine or two? This quirky advent calendar includes a combination of 24 mini bottles of white, red, rose, mulled and even chocolate wine. The 187ml bottles are the perfect way to warm you up after a cold December day! Priced at £69.95, from First4Hampers.

The chocolate advent calendar with a twist

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We rarely need an excuse to tuck into a box of chocolates, but if we did then this chocolate advent calendar would be it. Esthechoc’s Limited Edition Advent Calendar contains bite-size portions of this youth-boosting chocolate product, which has been shown to improve skin health in as little as three weeks. As an added bonus each bar contains just 39 calories! Priced at £69.99, from Esthechoc.

The perfume advent calendar

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GHOST’s 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar is bursting with beauty treats and Ghost’s signature fragrances. The perfect advent calendar to have on hand before a night on the town. Priced at £30, from Superdrug.

The beauty on a budget advent calendar

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Looking good doesn’t need to cost a fortune. And Aldi’s Lacura beauty brand has launched it’s first advent calendar. Filled with 22 exclusive samples designed to  lift, moisturise and refine skin it’s the perfect way to prep your complexion ahead of the busy Christmas season. Priced at £19.99, from Aldi stores nationwide.

The rest and revive advent calendar


Take some much needed time out from the hustle and bustle of Christmas, with Sanctuary’s Let Go Days of Christmas Advent Calendar. With 24 products to help you unwind at the end of a long day, you’ll be relaxed in no time. Priced at £25, from

 The mani for a month advent calendar

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Ciate’s mini mani month advent calendar will keep you nails looking in tip top condition, whatever the occasion. With 18 mini paint pots and 1 full size pot on offer, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Plus there’s 1 mini treatment and 2 magical nail toppers. Dream night in anyone? Priced at £50, Ciate London.

The luxury chocolate advent calendar


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OK we know chocolate advent calendars are nothing new, but we think this one is extra special. There are 24 delicious milk chocolate Christmas figures to indulge in, and each one is as delicious as the next. Price £12.50, from Hotel Chocolat.

The beauty surprise advent calendar



Who doesn’t love surprises? And the 2016  ‘Beauty Secret’ Advent Calendar has 24 of them. Last year’s calendar sold out in just two weeks and with a range of deluxe sample size & full size samples from a mix of well-known and undiscovered brand on offer, we can certainly see why. Price £70, from Look Fantastic.

And that’s not all…

The feel good on the inside and out advent calendar


The Paleo Calendar is packed with 24  delicious, raw, vegan, unprocessed fruit & nut bars, perfect for a healthy Christmas countdown! Price £34.99 from Primal Pantry.

The luxe advent calendar


Kiehl’s Jeremyville limited edition advent calendar is the stuff of beauty dreams. Packed with 24 different items including two full size products and 22 deluxe’s, there’s something for everyone. The Midnight Recovery Concentrate is perfect for the day after the night before. Price £95 from Selfridges.

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