Count down on the best Advent Calendars around…
I loved having an advent calendar when I was a kid — even though I was never allowed the ones with chocolate in. (I know, I know, I might as well have been raised by wolves, I tell you, wolves…) So when I saw the thoroughly tempting selection that Hero, over at Muddy Bucks and Oxon, has come up with… well, I just had to share.
The Limited Edition Advent Calendar by Kérastase
Because you’re worth it (oh hang on, wrong brand).Well, anyway, treat yourself to a sublime hair transformation with Kérastase – 24 deluxe travel-size hair care products and a full size Elixir treat. £79.99 kerastase.co.uk
Body Shop Advent Calendar
Body Shop has gone a bit Boots-ish over recent years but there’s something sturdily charming about this 24 Happy Days beauty advent calendar with treats for the bath, skin and hair. £60 or deluxe version for £80. thebodyshop.co.uk
Craft Beer Advent Calendar
One for Muddy men. Get in the festive mood with pale ales, pilsners, saisons, stouts, IPAs, weissbiers, dubbels, tripels and more. Expect to discover the likes of Brooklyn, Beavertown, Flying Dog and other world class breweries, with bottles that retail for anything up to £3.79 each apparently. £74.99 (with free delivery)beerhawk.co.uk
Carluccio’s Advent Calendar
Oooh classy. Packed with milk chocolates, some with a gianduja filling (yeah go on, look it up, I had to!), there’s a foiled chocolate face to greet you from every window. £11.95 carluccios.com
Jaquie Lawson Advent Calendar
Super-lovely animated calendar. My friend always buys these and her kids (now 10 and 12) still love them. This year’s theme is a Victorian Christmas. Definitely worth checking out.
Jelly Belly Advent Calendar
How can you resist Mr Jelly Belly in full on Santa mode? 24 x 10g Pyramid bags are hidden behind the numbered windows with a special surprise flavour waiting for Christmas Eve.
Drinks by the Dram – Vodka Advent Calendar
A vodka shot every day – mother’s little helper throughout December. Behind each of the 24 windows on this one, you’ll find a different 3cl sample of the hard stuff, with versions also available for whisky, gin and brandy. £99.95masterofmalt.com
Alison Gardiner Traditional Advent Calendar: Country House Christmas
If you don’t to give your grasping ungrateful children another reason to fight with each other, ban the chocolate and buy this classic advent calendar. The pictures behind each window show the people in the house preparing for Christmas. Your kids will, er, love it! £7.25, amazon.co.uk
Liberty Tudor Building Advent Calendar
It’s a classic! Beautifully illustrated with a festive scene featuring the iconic Tudor building. No choccies, but every day you can pretend you’re in central London about to step into the store and go crazy with your credit card. £8.95,liberty.co.uk
If all else fails…
Dairy Milk advent calendar, £2
Go into your local convenience store, grab one of these – two! three! they’re so cheap! – and scoff to your heart’s content.