14 of the best Advent calendars for adults

Make-up and grooming Advent calendars, tea and alcoholic advent calendars - the best beautifying, boozy and delicious mum (and dad) treats for the run up to Christmas 2017


Why should kids have all the fun at Christmas? We reckon mum and dad deserve a treat each day in December, too!


Don’t get us wrong, there are some truly lovely Advent calendars for kids on the market – but we we think some of the adult Advent calendars are *dare we say it* even better.

From daily drops of high-end beauty products, to 24 boozy mini bottles – there’s more and more choice than ever before.

Here are 14 of the best Advent calendars for grown-ups this Christmas…

1. Charlotte Tilbury Naughty And Nice Magic Box, £150

charlotte tilsbury advent calendar

Why we love it: The Holy Grail of adult Advent calendars. 12 days of full-sized Charlotte Tilbury treasures (including mascara, lipstick and face balm) – the ultimate luxury beauty gift for a mum friend (or better yet, for yourself!)

Available from: Charlotte Tilbury

2. The Grooming Advent Calendar, £55

adult advent calendars

Why we love it: It’s the dream calendar for the well-groomed dad or dad-to-be, featuring 24 mini products from top-name brands like Murdock’s, Elemis, Carmex and more…

Available from: ASOS

3. Reese’s Advent Calendar, £19

reeses advent calendar

Why we love it: Our houses will be filled with tiny milk chocs hidden inside cardboard windows, so for ourselves, why not go for something with a twist? These windows have behind them 24 little peanut butter cups.

Available from: JD Williams

4. 24 Days of Clinique Advent Calendar, £75

clinique advent calendar

Why we love it: Not just make-up, but skincare and fragrance too. You’ll be kitted out for all of next year with this well-priced calendar.

Available from: Selfridges

5. Aldi Wine Advent Calendar, £49.99

wine aldi calendar

Why we love it: Erm, it’s an advent calendar… filled with wine. In stores and online, from 1 November 2017.

Available from: Aldi

6. Meri Meri Pop Up Honeycomb Tree Advent Calendar Décor, £15

meri meri advent calendar

Why we love it: One for the family with an eye for design – this charming 3D paper tree comes with a calendar that reveals a different decoration behind each door.

Available from: Trouva

7. ASDA Cheese Advent Calendar, £9.99

advent cheese asda

Why we love it: It’s the same concept as a chocolate calendar, except you just don’t know what type of cheese you’re gonna get each day. A Brie, Cheddar, Appleswood… lover’s dream! ???  In stores 6 November 2017.

Available from: ASDA

8. The Boutique-y Gin Company Advent Calendar, £99.95

boutique gin advent

Why we love it: if you’re not into wine, or tea, there’s always gin, right? 24 3cl bottled samples of gin in flavours ranging from citrus, choc orange to Swedish rose ?

Available from: Master Of Malt

9. Superstar Sparkling Advent Calendar, £125

sparkly wine

Why we love it: Look, this isn’t cheap – but if you and yours enjoy a fair few tipples over the Christmas holidays, then this is a calendar worth investing in! It’s all about the fizz this time: (white and rose) prosecco, cava and champagne.

Available from: The Pip Stop

10. Beer Hawk Advent Calendar, £65

beer hawk

Why we love it: If gin, wine, tea or bubbly won’t do – why not go for some carefully-curated craft beer? Oh, and there’s a tenner off the original price of £75. Brilliant.

Available from: Beer Hawk

11. House Of Fraser Beauty Advent Calendar, £25

house of fraser advent

Why we love it: In a perfect world we’d all have £100+ to splash on a festive treat, but sadly, we don’t. We hope that House Of Fraser’s make-up Advent offering won’t break the bank.

By Christmas day you’ll have yourself a mini make-up bag of lip products, eye products and more – so you can look glam through the holidays and beyond…

Available from: House Of Fraser

12. Holly’s House Nutcracker Advent Calendar, £25

advent calendar nutcracker

Why we love it: This stylish ‘calendar’ takes the form of a jewellery box and each day you’ll get a quirky charm to go with your golden bracelet. What makes it ‘Nutcracker’? The pop up fairy characters inside!

Available from: Trouva

13. Dunelm Christmas Candles Advent, £8

advent calendar tealights

Why we love it: Beauty, food and drink seem to be the majority advent calendars on the market, but this cheap and cheerful calendar offers a fragrant tea light for each day of December.

Available from: Dunelm

14. Gourmet Marshmallow Advent Calendar, £15

marshmallow advent calendar

Why we love it: If you’re all about indulging on your sweet tooth around Christmas time, then opening a door each morning to one of 6 sugary marshmallow flavours – S’mores, Candy Cane, Humbug, Gingerbread, Mint Choc Chip & Choc Orange – is right up your street!

Available from: Not On The High Street

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