The Best Alternative Advent Calendars For 2020

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Treat your senses to 12 seasonally scented shower and bath products from Sassy favourite Lush. Expect bell-shaped bath bombs, spicy soaps and “Celebrate” body milk – a 2020 Christmas gift exclusive. What’s more, the products come in a reusable box, beautifully designed by Harriet Seed, that is made from 100% recycled material. Good for the planet AND for your body!

Available online and in-store from Lush for $1,150

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Looking to truly treat yourself this season? French luxury fashion house Balmain is making your Christmas dreams come true with 10 treats for your tresses. Inspired by the city of lights, the advent calendar is illustrated with 10 of Paris’ most famous buildings and includes the brand’s coveted Argan Moisturising Elixir, Styling Powder and a mini detangling brush, among other items. Basically, everything you need to get your hair ready for the new year!

Available online from Selfridges for $1,550

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Lisa Angel

Bring a little bling to your December with Lisa Angel’s 12 Days Charm Bracelet Advent Calendar. Open each door to reveal your 18 carat gold plated charms, along with the meaning behind each piece. You will also receive a bracelet that you can add your new charms onto each day.

Available online from Gifts Less Ordinary for $388.50

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L'OCCITANE en Provence

The beautiful book-style packaging opens up to reveal the scene of a charming little Christmas market in Provence – the birthplace of the brand – designed by award-winning French Illustrator Edith Carron. This year’s calendar features a selection of bestsellers such as the Shea Butter Hand Cream and Almond Shower Oil, as well as L’OCCITANE’s more newly launched products.

Available online or in-store from L’OCCITANE for $550

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This ASOS Advent calendar is the ideal pre-Christmas treat for a gent who knows how to look after himself, featuring 12 days of top quality grooming products. Brands include LAB Series, L’Oreal, The Ordinary, covering everything from hair clay to toothpaste, shave cream, beard moisturiser and more.

Available at ASOS for $370.99

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Atelier Cologne

Discover a new fragrance daily with Atelier Cologne’s Discovery Advent Calendar, filled to the brim with pure perfumes and mini sprays, along with a leather case for your 30ml bottle. For more than just perfumes, wait until the release of the Luxury Advent Calendar ($2,980), which also includes scented candles and luxurious hand creams.

Available online at Lane Crawford and in-store at Atelier Cologne for $900. The Luxury Advent Calendar will be available from Friday, 13 November.

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What better way to start your morning than with a nice, warm cup of tea? Enter Twinings’ Wellness Tea Advent Calendar. From calming spiced camomile, detoxing lemon & ginger and immune-boosting citrus & ginger, this calendar aims to give your days a boost, one brew at a time. Be sure to have the kettle on when you open each door!

Available online from Selfridges for $115

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The Rituals 3D advent calendar doubles as a lovely centrepiece for your dinner table or window ledge. Hidden inside the snow-topped paper houses and trees are 24 items from the brand, including bath oils, creams and fragrance sticks, as well as four Advent candles to light each week.

Available soon. Stay up to date here.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally written by Tania Shroff in November 2017, and was most recently updated in October 2020.

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Lady M

Presenting Lady M’s first Advent calendar, which does not disappoint. Centred around a snow globe, the calendar has a total of 24 pull-out drawers. Inside you will find an assortment of unique gummies and chocolates. Much more than the standard milk variety, expect chocolate flavours such as Sesame, Salted Milk Cereal and Rainbow Confetti. In the gummy department, you can look forward to flavours like Strawberry Shortcake, Rum Cola and Coffee Bean.

Available in-store from Monday, 2 November for $588

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Missoma’s 12 Days of Christmas Advent calendar is packed with a dozen of the London label’s best-selling and must-have pieces, including a new arrival or two. From chain chokers to drop anklets and hoop earrings to key rings, this beautifully designed drawer-style box houses collection of items worth over $7,500 and is 100% recyclable!

Available online from Selfridges for $3,450

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