Why save gifts for Christmas itself when you could reward yourself with an advent calendar rummage every day of December? If there was ever a year to treat yourself – or someone especially deserving – we say it's this one.
Though there'll always be a place in our heart for budget chocolate, these luxury advent calendars are decidedly grown up, offering a covetable cache of everything from candles to cocktails in packaging worthy of a prime spot on the mantlepiece. Here's our pick of the best advent calendars to scoop up before they sell out.
This advent calendar from heritage British pottery house Wedgwood is a far cry from cheap festive chocolate. Behind each box is an exquisite porcelain tree decoration in signature blue and white, strung with a white satin ribbon. Mini replicas of some of its most iconic designs are seriously special – think lilliputian-esque versions of the ‘Jasper Portland Vase’ and ‘Venus Bust’, plus dinky teapots and traditional coffee pots. £650, wedgwood.com
Parisian perfume house Diptyque might well have pipped the competition to the post for best packaging this year, with its hand-illustrated design by French artist Ugo Gattoni. Dive into the individual drawers for an edit of the brand's most coveted candles, fragrances, body creams and scrubs in miniature, including winter scents like ‘Moonlit Fir’. £320, selfridges.com
Fortnum's ever-popular feasting advent calendar sold out in a flash this year, but the team have still got a few tricks up their sleeve. This tea calendar touts unusual brews like ‘Camomile & Bee Pollen’ and ‘Gin & Tonic Green Tea’ alongside the classics. £25, fortnumandmason.com
Hand-picked by the Harper's Bazaar beauty editors, this is a treasure trove of top products from the likes of Estée Lauder, Dr Barbara Sturm, Aesop, Guerlain and The Inkey List worth £510, plus a bonus: a 12 month Harper's Bazaar subscription. As it's a beauty box rather than a traditional style advent calendar, you'll have to ration yourself – no mean feat when the goodies are this glamorous. £125, hearstmagazines.co.uk
Brit brand OTO has played a considerable part in catapulting CBD into the mainstream by making a convincing case for its soothing and skin-enriching properties. This 14-day advent calendar offers a fortnight of mindful moments, including CBD-infused sleep drops, a pillow mist, face mask and a rather mysterious secret gift. All are vegan and cruelty-free. £329, otocbd.com
Jo Malone's yearly offering is a heavyweight of the advent calendar world, and a well-deserved wish list topper. Tucked in the smart signature cream and black box are 24 colognes, body crèmes, hand washes and candles in much-loved scents like ‘Pomegranate Noir’ and ‘Lime Basil & Mandarin’, as well as lesser-known ‘Wood Sage & Sea Salt’, ‘Green Tomato Leaf’ and ‘Poppy & Barley’. Miniature sizes present a perfect opportunity to dive into the world of scent pairing. £320, jomalone.co.uk
France's oldest tea house knows a thing or two about a luxury brew. This advent calendar offers a daily dose of their expertise in the form of 25 cotton muslin teabags, from the evocatively named ‘Espirit de Noel’ – a blend of Christmas spices, orange peel and vanilla – to a traditional ‘Earl Grey’. £45, mariagefreres.com
There are more French treats from bakery Poilâne, who launched their first ever advent calendar last year. Thankfully, they've brought it back for 2020, and filled each window with beautiful biscuits, chocolate and nougat for the discerning snacker. The illustration by Axel Charrier is a sweet tribute to their original bakery in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. £32, shop.poilane.com
In a somewhat surprising partnership, gin behemoth Bombay Sapphire has partnered with London Graphic Centre to offer an advent calendar stocked with creative supplies and cocktail ingredients – the best of both worlds, we say. It's designed to stir your creativity between 25 December and 5 January, when many of us are barely stirring on the sofa. Available from 17 November. £75, londongraphics.co.uk
This year's beauty advent calendar from the editors at ELLE is a veritable who's who of top brands, with products from Marc Jacobs Beauty, Aveda, Sisley, Bobbi Brown and Benefit. It tots up to £530 worth of beauty, and they've even thrown in a 12 month subscription to ELLE. The design is an exclusive from Bella Freud, who – spoiler alert – has added her ‘Starry Nights’ candle to the mix. £125, hearstmagazines.co.uk
Biscuiteers called on Sophie Conran to design this gorgeous reusable cloth calendar, which is handcrafted in India using traditional techniques. Though you can fill it yourself, it's designed to be stocked with the too-pretty-to-eat hand iced biscuits from their advent luxe tin. We're more than happy to oblige. Advent Calendar, £125; Advent Biscuit Tin, £58, biscuiteers.com