No longer the preserve of the kids in the household, luxury advent calendars are the perfect excuse to give yourself a daily dose of something nice in the run-up to the big day. Here is TLL’s pick of the best calendars for beauty, food and drink lovers.
Fortnum & Mason Beauty, £195.00, www.fortnumandmason.com
This gorgeous limited edition box of delights is filled with festive beauty surprises hoarded from Fortnum’s iconic beauty hall – altogether worth more than £625. The vintage illustration was exclusively designed by Edward Bawden for Fortnum & Mason in 1958.
L’Occitane Beauty, £49, www.johnlewis.com
The ethical and sustainable brand’s festive feast features illustrations from French fashion house Castelbajac Paris. The 24 bestselling fragrance, skincare, body and hair care products include Peony Hand Cream, Shea Butter Body Lotion and Cherry Blossom Shower Gel.
ASOS Face & Body, £55, www.asos.com
Behind each door you’ll find a beauty treat for hair, skin and face, such as Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel, MAC Strobe Cream and Clinique Moisturiser; the only problem will be trying not to open them all in one go.
John Lewis & Partners Beauty, £165, www.johnlewis.com
This collection of 25 full and luxury trial size products is brimming with skincare heroes, make-up must-haves and beautifully scented fragrance favourites, including Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, Clarins Extra Firming Jour and Acqua Di Parma Eau de Cologne.
Food & drink
Freixenet Prosecco, £75, https://shop.freixenet.co.uk
Upgrade the countdown to Christmas with these indulgent mini bottles of Freixenet favourites, such as Italian Sparkling Rosé, timeless Nails Inc party shades, premium Prosecco bath bombs, aromatic candles and many more surprises for a daily pampering treat.
Edinburgh Gin, £120, www.johnlewis.com
Your Christmas countdown will be merry, warming and aromatic with these 25 mini 5 cl clean, fresh and spicy on-the-nose gin bottles. Delighting the palates of gin connoisseurs, hints of juniper, pine, floral, lavender, soft spice and citrus wait behind each window.
Fortnum & Mason Rare Teas, £145, www.fortnumandmason.com
From Dong Ding Oolong to Jasmine Fairy, and Double Dragon Pearl to Assam Hattialli, count down the days to Christmas with a cup of Fortnum’s Rare Tea in hand. Twelve delicious sensations have been selected for this pretty wooden calendar.
Carluccio’s Luxury Artisan Deli, £85, www.carluccios.com
Back by popular demand, this 24-day food journey through Italy features quintessentially Italian products from Carluccio’s core collection. Delights include chocolate truffles, Piemontese biscuits, pasta, sauces, oils and Christmas treats.
John Lewis Beer, £70, www.johnlewis.com
If you’re more of a beer buff than a gin lover, this one’s for you. This selection is brewed by Adnams in Southwold, and will take you on a tasty beer adventure from lagers via pale ales.