Why save gifts for Christmas itself when you could reward yourself with an advent calendar rummage every day of December? After last year’s countdown to nothing – well, the kind of event that the phrase ‘damp squib’ was coined for – we’ve found ourselves feeling more festive than ever.
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. The blockbuster beauty calendars may have sold out already, but there’s plenty more doors to open...
West Londoners will recognise the pastel façades of Notting Hill, where British chocolatier Melt has their flagship store. Untie each perfectly formed property for one of their hand-made, organic chocolates, which include suitably festive flavours like chestnut pate de fruit, gingerbread caramel and orange praline. £69, meltchocolates.com
Setting our childish glee at the sight of the 3D design aside – it even includes mini fairy lights – this year’s advent calendar from Rituals is packed with mini candles, home fragrance, moisturisers and body creams, each hidden inside a house. Who need dig out the nativity with this on display? £89.90, rituals.com
It might not be the most expensive option out there, but this mini mince pie advent calendar feels wonderfully indulgent. And this is Selfridges, so don't expect 25 identikit pastries – flavours include citrus, almond and chocolate. There's even a mini Christmas cake for the big day itself. £34.99, selfridges.com
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 12-day advent calendar offers almost a fortnight of mindful moments, including CBD-infused body oil, a pillow mist, face mask and a rather mysterious secret gift. All are vegan and cruelty-free. £299, otocbd.com
If you're a believer in the idea that variety is the spice of life, look to this advent calendar from The Cocktail Man, aka award-winning mixologist James Vyse. It includes enough spirits and ‘sliquer’ syrup blends to create thirteen different cocktails. £124.95, thecocktailman.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 Fenty Beauty, Foreo, Murad and more. It tots up to £662 worth of beauty, and they've even thrown in a year’s digital subscription to ELLE £149, hearstmagazines.co.uk
Rather than a month-long trawl through everything organic skincare brand Neom has to offer, this is a succinct edit of their best bits, designed to give you a wellbeing boost in a notoriously busy period. Your eight hours are in the spotlight there – think magnesium body butter and candles scented for sleep. £150, neomorganics.com
Parisian perfume house Diptyque might well have pipped the competition to the post for best packaging this year with a design that converts into a house when closed. Dive into individual drawers for an edit of the brand's most coveted candles, fragrances, body creams and scrubs in miniature, including log fire-scented ‘Feu De Bois’. £320, diptyqueparis.com
This bursting-at-the-seams advent calendar is like your annual Christmas shop on steroids – think flaked almond shortbread, sea salt fudge and dark chocolate gingers. You certainly won’t be caught short by festive visitors with this to hand, and it makes a great gift for a family. £200, cartwrightandbutler.co.uk
Hand-picked by the Harper's Bazaar beauty editors, this is a treasure trove of top products from the likes of REN, Barbara Sturm, Victoria Beckham Beauty and RéVive worth £652, plus a 12 month digital 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. £140, hearstmagazines.co.uk