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he advent calendar industry has grown astronomically in the past few years. What was once a simple chocolate or illustrated surprise has turned into the chance to indulge yourself (or a lucky recipient) in treats from some of the world’s most coveted brands. And why not? After a long year, we’ve all earned a little extravagance.
Whether it’s the ever-popular beauty advent calendar, a series of gorgeous daily jewels or a traditional chocolate advent calendar taken to the next level courtesy of a haute patisserie house, here’s our guide to the best luxury advent calendars for Christmas 2021.
Beauty and grooming advent calendars
Acqua di Parma x Emilio Pucci advent calendar
A collaboration between two classic Italian brands – Acqua di Parma and Emilio Pucci – this fragrance-centric advent calendar is about as chic as they come. Inspired by hat boxes and featuring Pucci’s Vortici print, it offers 25 products from the Blu Meditarraneo, Colonia, Le Nobili and Signatures of Sun fragrance lines, with a portion of all proceeds donated to Save The Children.
Chanel No.5 advent calendar
Designed to replicate the iconic Chanel No.5 fragrance bottle and containing 27 boxes numbers 5 to 31 (5 for the perfume and 31 for the address of Coco Chanel’s Paris apartment on Rue Cambon), Chanel’s limited edition beauty advent calendar is anything but standard. Among its covetable collection are a special edition Rouge Allure lipstick, a brand new shade of red Le Vernis nail varnish, a snow globe and a No.5 inspired bracelet, among many other skincare, make-up and accessory treats.
No.5 advent calendar, £610, chanel.com
Diptyque advent calendar
Taking its inspiration from a traditional Cabinet of Curiosities, Diptyque’s 2021 advent calendar offers fans access to a range of new, limited-edition candles, fragrances and skincare products. Highlights include a new Flocon (Snowflake) fragrance, a refillable solid Do Son perfume, a full-size Sapin candle and three limited-edition tree decorations.
Selfridges beauty advent calendar
Back by popular demand, Selfridges' beauty advent calendar promises the absolute cream of the crop when it comes to skincare, make-up, hair and body products. Featuring a blend of full and travel-size treats, expect classics from the likes of 111Skin, Ren, Le Labo, Sunday Riley, The Ordinary, and many more. Plus, you’ll also get a complimentary appointment with the Selfridges Beauty Concierge to extend your new-found glow well into 2022.
MrPorter 12 Days of Grooming advent calendar
Beauty advent calendars aren’t just for girls – as MrPorter has proved with its hugely-popular grooming calendar, now in its fourth year. Offering 12 full-size products from some of the platforms best-selling brands, including Tata Harper, Susanne Kaufmann, Augustinus Bader and Dr. Barbara Sturm, this year’s edition includes everything from deodorant and sheet masks to cleanser and bubble bath. Now you’ve got no excuse to look unkempt at the Christmas work party.
Feelunique advent calendar
Feelunique's expansive range of beauty brands means it has the pick of products when it comes to curating its advent calendar and, accordingly, it’s sold out for the past six years in a row – so you’ll need to be quick to get your hands on one. The 2021 edition features 27 new and classic products from the likes of Charlotte Tilbury, Elemis, Huda Beauty, Laura Mercier, BY Terry, and more - totalling more than £385.
Oto Ritual CBD advent calendar
Looking for a really chill Christmas? Leading CBD brand Oto is promising just that with its Ritual advent calendar. Containing a combined total of nearly 5,000mg of CBD, this 12-day advent calendar offers a variety of CBD-infused skincare products, sleep enhancers and body serums to melt away the stress of the season.
Jewellery advent calendars
Lark & Berry Charms Box advent calendar
Best known for its range of lab-grown diamond jewellery, Lark & Berry’s made-to-order 12-day advent calendar highlights the new additions to its charms collection. Each of these 14-karat yellow- and white-gold pieces will feature the brand’s cultured diamonds, with design inspiration coming from everything from flora and fauna to planets and celestial beings.
Missoma advent calendar
If you don’t have thousands of pounds to spend but still want the daily decadence of a quality jewellery advent calendar, Missoma’s collection of 18-karat gold vermeil treats offers luxury the won’t break the bank. Designed to be gender-neutral, the calendar features a dozen of Missoma’s best-selling designs, including hoop earrings, hair clips and rope bracelets.
Foodie advent calendars
Cartografie chocolate advent calendar
London-based chocolatier Cartografie is on a mission to create exquisite patisserie treats that are sustainable, ethical and, most importantly, delicious. Designed by head chocolatier Kae Shibata and handmade at Cartografie’s boutique on London City Island, its advent calendar is filled with 25 unique pralines, ganaches and chocolate discs presented in a wooden keepsake box.
Cartwright & Butler advent calendar
If you don’t have the sweet tooth to stomach chocolate every day, Cartwright & Butler’s varied foodie advent calendar is the ideal alternative. The British fine foods firm is best known for its extensive range of hampers – making this advent calendar packed with full-size treats a brilliant run-up to the festive season. Expect loose leaf teas, Christmas cake, savoury biscuits, chutneys, classic British sweets and much more.
Venchi Prestige advent calendar
Part chocolate advent calendar, part puzzle, each of the 25 gourmet chocolates in this calendar is housed in a box decorated with four different images, which can be constantly rearranged to create four larger festive illustrations. If art isn’t your thing, Silviano Venchi’s range of world-class truffles, chocolate shells, mousses and ganaches are sure to satisfy.