CHRISTMAS is coming and for those of us who love the run up to the big day, advent calendars are one way of getting our festive fix – and if they add a little luxury to life then so much the better.
Different people may define luxury in different ways. We have something for all ages in our roundup of top luxury advent planners.
This year’s bumper crop seems even more bountiful than usual, as more and more brands realise just what a wonderful way they are to bring joy to the world.
So grab a hot chocolate, snuggle up on the sofa and read on Rudolph, for our rather lovely roundup of this year’s best luxury advent calendars!
Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar: British Icon
- Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar 2022, £245 from Liberty London – buy here
This year, the iconic London store has been a symbol of excellence.
Their luxury advent calendar is worth £1,065 and contains 30 gifts, of which 20 are full-size. Makeup, skin care and hair care products from names such as Le Labo, Votary, Kate Somerville and UOMA Beauty grace the recyclable box, which is resplendent in Liberty’s Peacock Manor print.
What’s more, there are five golden tickets hidden inside five calendars, which are each worth £1,000 to spend in the store.
Best home fragrance: Diptyque advent calendar
Diptyque fans will love this heavenly calendar.
The book features stunning illustrations of the Milky Way against a dark sky with highlights of gold.
Candles, including Feu de bois, Ambre, Baies and Figuier, lie alongside travel-size perfumes and body balm, as well as for the first time, seasonal scented candles in Neige, Sapin and Étincelles.
Best children’s chocolate calendar: Teddy Sleigh Advent Calendar
- Teddy Sleigh Advent Calendar, £18.29 from Amazon – Shop Here
The kids are going to love this – luscious chocolate treats from Swiss chocolatier Lindt – one for every day leading up to Christmas.
Favorite items include white and milk chocolates, mini Lindor Truffles, and the chocolate Teddy.
ESPA Wellness Calendar offers the most luxurious spa experiences
- ESPA Wellness Calendar, £160 from Look Fantastic – buy here
The ESPA spa calendar makes your home feel like a spa. You can relax using their Signature Blends Energising Bath & Body Oil or the Winter Spice Candle scent. Then, you will drift off to sleep by Restful Pill Mist.
A beautiful collection of 25 skincare, bodycare and haircare products in luxurious packaging – pure bliss! Worth £319 and available from early October.
Biscuiteers Sophie Conran Advent Books and Luxe Biscuit Tin: Best Biscuits
- Biscuiteers Sophie Conran Advent Calendar, £125 and Advent Luxe Biscuit Tin, £60 – buy here
The biscuits are made from handcrafted animal biscuits. These biscuits look too delicious to be eaten.
They were kept in a special container. Sophie Conran created a hand-crafted embroidered cloth calendar that fit the biscuits perfectly. It’s a wonderful way to prepare for Christmas Day.
Best chocolate for grownups: Montezuma Butter Nutter advent calendar
- Montezuma Butter Nutter advent calendar, £21 from Ocado – buy here
Montezuma’s is famous for its handmade chocolate, responsibly sourced cocoa and ethical principles – as well as its delicious products!
This calendar contains chocolate peanut butter truffles – one for each day of December, including Christmas Day. If you know Montezuma’s more for their grown-up dark chocolate then you’re in for a treat!
Best designerJo Malone Advent Calendar fragrance
- Jo Malone Advent Calendar, £350 – buy here
This year’s Jo Malone calendar is one of simple, understated elegance in classic cream and black. Inside the box-like packaging, you will find miniature home fragrances and colognes. Also, there are selected full-size gifts.
There’s something for every day up to and including Christmas day with much-loved fragrances of lime, basil & mandarin; peony & blush suede; velvet rose & oud, and blackberry & bay, among others. Total luxury!
Best luxury cuppa: Fortnum’s Tea Filled Wooden Advent Calendar
- Tea Filled Wooden Advent Calendar, £155 from Fortnum & Mason – buy here
You will not be able to taste any other Fortnum & Mason tea after you’ve tried the luxury Fortnum & Mason selection. Every one of these 24 loose-leaf teas is presented in individual miniature tins.
Assam Superb Smoky Earl Grey is a blend of green and dark teas. It also includes Assam Superb Black Tea (with Cranberry), Royal Blend, Christmas Green Tea and Royal Blend.
Best for men: Clarin’s 12-Day Self-Care Advent Calendar
- Clarin’s 12-Day Self-Care Advent Calendar, £55.25 from John Lewis – buy here
Self-care is crucial for everybody, not least at this – often stressful – time of year. Favorites such as ClarinsMen’s Super Moisture Lotion for Men, Active Face Wash, Energizing eye Gel, and SOS Hydra mask will make you party-ready in no short time.
The 12 products are worth over £128 and include two full size versions in addition to 10 miniature gifts.
Best for fragrance: Penhaligon’s Doors of Wonder Advent Calendar
- Penhaligon’s Doors of Wonder Advent Calendar, £375 – buy here
Luxury parfumier Penhaligon’s Doors of Wonder presents a bouquet of fragrances for the festive season. The 24 doors open to reveal body care gifts and candles, as well as a selection of the company’s iconic perfumes.
Whisky enthusiasts will love the Whisky Tour of Scotland Advent Calendar.
- A Whisky Tour of Scotland Advent Calendar, £199.95 from Amazon – buy here
This calendar, which contains whiskies from some of Scotland’s finest distilleries, is a must have luxury for those who love whiskies.
An assortment of 18 single malts and three single grains are blended together and bottled in the cask. They’re then stored in a wooden handmade case.
This calendar makes a great gift idea for large-sized gifts
- Style Advent Calendar, £199 from Latest in Beauty – buy here
You will find a host of beauty products in this advent calendar. 21 out of 25 drawers include full-size products.
Favourites such as Fenty Beauty, Trish McEvoy, Nails Inc and Murad come together to create a truly beautiful haul of gifts worth more than £800.
Best French beauty: Dior advent calendar
- Dior advent calendar, £470 from Harrods – buy here from mid October
The navy and gold packaging of Dior’s 2022 advent calendar is divine and depicts the designer’s original Paris store on 30 Avenue Montaigne.
The 24 products within are equally sumptuous and include perfumes such as J’adore and Miss Dior, makeup favourites Rouge Dior lipstick and nail colour, skincare and an exclusive 30 Montaigne candle. The products are available from October to midOctober.
What are the top luxury advent planners available?
Online and on the high street, you’ll find a great mix of luxury advent calendars to suit all tastes. Check out the websites and stores of the brands themselves, for example Penhaligon’s and Jo Malone have flagship stores in London, as well as being stocked within department stores.
Many of the best luxury advent calendars are stocked by more than one online retailer so if you can’t find what you’re looking for in one, you should find it in another. Don’t be tardy though, advent calendars, especially beauty advent calendars, sell out quickly.
Which luxury advent calendars do you think are best?
This depends on your tastes and what you’re looking for.
Beauty advent calendars can seem very pricey, especially when you think about their cost.
The Latest in Beauty calendar contains more than £800 of products and Liberty London’s offering for this Christmas is worth more than £1,000! That’s a lot of luxury for a relatively little price.
Advent calendars can be purchased when they are on sale
There are many on sale now, however there are also some more expensive brands available to purchase. In October, designerBeauty brand launches
Many have waiting lists you can sign up to so you’re among the first to know – and the first to buy, so take a look at the websites of those brands you’re desperate to get your hands on.