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The best advent calendars for grown-ups

Lizzy Dening
The best advent calendars for grown-ups

Treat yourself in the run up to Christmas with one of these fabulous grown-up advent calendars.

Boots No7 Ultimate Beauty Advent Calendar, £40


It doesn’t get much more glamorous than this big beauty box, and it goes without saying that fans of No7 are in for a treat! It’s packed with everything your beauty kit needs, from the No7 Airbrush Away primer to the No7 Matte Lip Crayon – and of course the ever popular Protect and Perfect Intense Advanced Serum. It’s limited edition and you’ll get £169 worth of goodies for your £40 spend.

Available at Boots 


Soap and Glory ‘It’s a Calendar Girls’, £40


A masterpiece of kitsch, this extremely pink offering is sure to be popular with teenaged granddaughters. While the packaging might be frivolous, we rate Soap and Glory products highly – especially the hand cream – and there’s lots to enjoy here including Thick and Fast Mascara and The Scrub of Your Life body scrub.


Available at Boots


Swizzels Advent Calendar, £5


OK, we know we said for grown-ups, but somethings are too good to miss out on! Party-bag favourites Swizzels have released a piggy-bank-friendly £5 calendar stuffed with sweeties.


Available at Tesco 


SockShop Ladies’ Advent Calendar, £79.99


It might seem pricey, but when you consider you’ll be getting 24 pairs of socks, it starts to seem more reasonable. Plus these are the cutest little animal socks that will make every day start with a smile. Men’s styles also available.


Available at SockShop


Dunelm Tealight Advent Calendar, £8

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If the winter nights often see you reaching for a candle, you’ll love this cosy calendar which offers a festively scented tealight for every day of advent. Plus a total bargain at £8.


Available at Dunelm


Holland and Barrett Ethical Beauty Calendar, £35

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If you’re looking to live a more natural, ethical life you’ll want to get your eco-friendly mitts on Holland and Barrett’s first ever beauty calendar. Behind every door is a beauty goody that’s free from parabens and micro plastics, from face wash to anti-ageing cream.


Available at Holland and Barrett 


Sparkle Sparkling Wine Advent Calendar from the Pip Stop, £125

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Put the fizz back into the holidays with this bubble-tastic boozy calendar. There’s a 20cl bottle of sparkling wine (including prosecco and cava) behind each door to tickle your taste buds and help you beat the winter chill. There’s even a premium Laurent Perrier Champagne bottle behind the 24th – for Santa!


Available from the Pip Stop 


Pukka Herbs Tea Advent Calendar, £7.99

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Looking to keep the weight off in the pre-Christmas rush? Feel like a bastion of virtue with this calendar – it’s not only a bargain, but it’s filled with herbal teas to help you keep your water consumption up. Try exciting flavours including Turmeric Gold, Vanilla Chai and Wild Apple and Cinnamon and stay warm through December.

Available from Pukka Herbs

Misfortune Cookies Anti-Advent Calendar, £27.99


A bit of a quirky one - if you're more Scrooge or Grinch-y when it comes to the holidays, this is the calendar for you! The Anti-Advent Calendar is packed with black fortune cookies (still tasty!) each one containing a fortune of blackest humour that will start your day with a grin.

Available at Prezzy Box

Niederegger Marzipan Calendar, £33


Calling all marzipan fans! This famous Niederegger calendar is packed with 40 mini pieces of marzipan figures, truffles, pralines and other goodies - to see you through until the New Year.

Available at Selfridges