The festive season is fast approaching and whether you’ve started ticking off items on your Christmas Shopping list already or are planning a last-minute shopping spree in December, one thing that you need to get sorted soon is what advent calendar you’ll be opening on December 1st!
Nothing beats counting down to Christmas with a daily treat, but advent calendars have come a long way since the mini chocolate versions of your childhood – now there really is something for everyone. With beauty and skincare options, tasty foodie nibbles, alcoholic tipples (for adults only!) or miniature toys that are guaranteed to delight little ones in the run up to Christmas, you’ll find something to suit every friend or member of your family.
We’ve put together our guide to the hottest advent calendars available from retailers in The Centre which leaves just one important question… which one will you pick?!
If you’re searching for an advent calendar for a festive foodie, look no further than Debenhams where you’ll find everything from calendars filled with Cornish fudge, hot chocolate, Reese’s peanut butter cups and a savoury favourite - the Snaffling Pig pork scratching advent calendar!
For dairy-free and no added sugar options, head over to Holland & Barrett where they also have an organic herbal tea advent calendar for £6 which includes an exciting collection of teas including artichoke, matcha and jasmine flavours - guaranteed to please tea lovers everywhere. (Image 1)
Christmas doesn’t have to be all about indulgence though… At Argos The Boostbox Protein Advent Calendar is perfect for the gym lover in your life. With an average of 15g of protein for each day of December, there’s no excuse for not keeping fit over Christmas. Bursting at the seams with 25 of the hottest protein products out there, it includes protein cookies, flapjacks, bars, chocolates and much more for £42.
Beauty advent calendars are always a popular option as they give the lucky recipient the chance to sample a host of indulgent beauty products without investing in full size items. There are some amazing deals to be snapped up by keen beauty aficionados, so if you’ve got your eye on one, invest now while it’s still in stock!
The Ultimate Beauty advent calendar from Debenhams, £70, offers a treasure trove of products from makeup to skincare that will make you feel pampered and indulged throughout the whole of December. Filled with 24 beauty treats like Glamglow Youth Mud 15g, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Black 0.2ml, L’Occitane En Provence Shea Butter Hand Cream 10ml and Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser 30ml, the calendar is worth over £150 - one not to miss this festive season. (Image 2)
Why not pop into Boots where their No7 Beauty Calendar is available for just £42. The calendar contains 25 luxurious skincare and gorgeous beauty treats including No7 Intense Volume Mascara Black 7ml, No7 Stay Perfect Lipstick in seasonal Auburn Whisper, No7 Precision Lips Pencil in Nude 0.31g and No7 Airbrush Away Primer 30ml… all waiting to be revealed behind each door. With products worth a total of £177, these are sure to sell out quickly.
Over at M&S their 2018 beauty calendar is a pampering extravaganza and is priced at £35 when you spend £35 on clothing, home or beauty items. Available from 6th November, the calendar comes filled with 25 specially curated beauty treats, which includes a mix of M&S own-brand and products from big name brands like Nuxe, Stila, L’Occitane, Ren, Pixi and many more.
At Next you can invest in their beauty advent calendar for £25 - this comes complete with perfumes, cosmetics and pampering treats ensuring you’re top-to-toe fabulous on the big day. (Image 3)
Why not give your friend or loved one the gift of relaxation this festive season, courtesy of Lush?! Celebrate the 12 days of Christmas with twelve full-size products to use in the bath and shower, including the Naughty Elf Bubble Bar, Cheery Christmas Bath Bomb and Snow Fairy Shower gel, £75.
For a budget friendly beauty option – check out the offerings at Wilko where you’ll find the Glow Beauty Advent Calendar for just £10. (Image 4) The calendar contains everything you need to keep you refreshed and relaxed during the festive season including shimmering bath bombs, bubble bath, nail polish, body lotion, hand cream and much more. If make-up is more up your street they also have the Kiss Make-Up Advent Calendar in stock for £6 - with an essential piece of make-up kit behind each door, it will keep you pampered all the way to Christmas Day. (Image 5)
Beauty calendars aren’t just for the lady in your life – at Superdrug you’ll find Bristle and Smith Mens 12 Days Advent Calendar for £9 which helps to tame and maintain their look with a range of dapper toiletries and accessories including shave balm, beard comb and beard wash, (Image 6) while over at Debenhams you can pick up the Clarins Men 12 days of advent gift set for £60 which has everything they need to keep cleansed and moisturised this winter.
Why not keep little ones entertained with a daily dose of their favourite character toy – Debenhams have a great range in stock including the Peppa Pig Advent Calender for £25, where they’ll find a surprise toy behind every door. There are 24 pieces to collect to build a Christmas scene including Peppa, George and even Santa! (Image 7) For little Hatchimals fans, the Hatchimals Colleggtibles advent calendar is £25 from Debenhams and offers 24 days of hatch-tastic surprises. Children can hatch and discover exclusive characters, nests, paper craft accessories, and more. (Image 8)
Over at Argos you can pick up the Playmobil Santa Advent Calendar for £15.99. Children can create a winter wonderland scene using each of the 24 toys - Father Christmas makes an appearance as well as a few helpful elves, a sleigh and a cute reindeer. (Image 9)
Let your little one go on an inter-galactic journey of holiday fun in 2018 with the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar, £24.99, Argos. Behind the doors they’ll discover a star-studded collection of LEGO mini-figures, starships, vehicles and more! And, when they’ve collected all the gifts, they can unfold the play-mat and create their own action-packed desert and ice-planet scenes. (Image 10)
It’s not just children that deserve a treat in December… for a festive calendar that’s strictly for adults, check out the ‘12 Days of Whisky’ calendar from Debenhams for £40 - a perfect gift for whisky fans. (Image 11) Open a door each day to reveal a small whisky bottle to see them through the festive season with cheer. If you’re not a whisky fan, don’t miss the Festive Cocktails Advent Calendar, £25, at M&S – where opening a door will reveal 12 Peach Bellini Truffles, 12 Bucks Fizz Truffles and a bottle of sloe gin. (Image 12)
This year M&S will also be releasing the ‘Twelve Beers Of Christmas’ gift pack for £20, so beer aficionados can enjoy a different type of beer on each of the 12 days running up to Christmas, including salted caramel porter, grapefruit IPA and blood orange wheat beer.
If you’re buying a calendar for a loved one why not embrace your creative side and pop to New Look where you’ll find a customisable advent calendar for £17.99. It’s the perfect gift for tweens and teens as you can personalise it with a range of gifts they’ll love – from cute accessories and toiletries to tasty chocolate treats and cosy socks. (Image 13)
If you’ve got a weakness for stylish stationery with elegant rose gold detailing, check out the cute advent calendar filled with 25 mini stationery items from Next for £18, while tweens and teens alike will be keeping fingers crossed for an indulgent stationery treat on December 1st in the form of a Smiggle Advent Calendar. For £25 they’ll be treated to 25 days of limited edition Smiggle stationery surprises worth over £40.
Disney fans are sure to be queueing up for Primark’s Deck the Halls Disney Advent Calendar, £15. Behind each of the 25 doors, you’ll find a gorgeous Disney bauble in a mix of designs including ones complete with Mickey Mouse ears and glittery bows – all guaranteed to transform your Christmas tree into something truly magical this December. (Image 14)
Continuing the Disney theme Superdrug also have a Snow White themed 12 days of bath and body advent calendar in stock for £7. The hidden surprises include hand cream, body lotion and bath fizzers and all have a fresh apple fragrance.
Finally, for traditional chocolate advent calendars, look no further than Wilko where you’ll find delicious offerings from big brands including Lindt, Cadbury, Thornton’s and Nestle. If you’re on the hunt for a gift for your furry friend, Wilko also has cat and dog treat calendars for £2. The cat version is filled with twenty-four delicious, festive-shaped catnip flavour treats - sure to get your moggie involved with all of the festivities this year. (Image 15)
Whichever one you choose, make sure you countdown to Christmas in style this year, with a little help from The Centre.
Image 1: Holland & Barrett, £6
Image 2: Debenhams, £70
Image 3: Next, £25
Image 4: Wilko, £10
Image 5: Wilko, £6
Image 6: Superdrug, £9
Image 7: Debenhams, £25
Image 8: Debenhams, £25
Image 9: Argos, £15.99
Image 10: Argos, £24.99
Image 11: Debenhams, £40
Image 12: M&S, £25
Image 13: New Look, £17.99
Image 14: Primark, £15
Image 15: Wilko, £2
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