The Christmas countdown is officially on and we’re enjoying every second of it. Making the most of the lead up to the big day with an Advent calendar is a treat we’ll happily indulge in, so it’s only fair we take it up a notch this season with these more-than-chocolate alternatives. There’s truly a calendar for every interest, and we’ve rounded up a few of our favourites in anticipation of December 1st. From untraditional twists to the sweet-tooth-satisfiers to extravagant beauty buys, it’s worth getting your hands on one of the best Advent calendars of 2018.
Best for: Truly treating yourself
Looking to truly treat yourself this season? Wake up excited every day in December with this luscious Jo Malone package. Now on its fourth year, this Advent calendar is a thing of beauty, and each gift is guaranteed to mark the twenty-four day countdown to Christmas in true style. Pop open the dreamy cream doors to find fragrances, creams, scented candles and bath oils to make your morning. Though the price is on the higher end of the spectrum ($4,000), you can rest assured that you’re getting top quality products that you’ll use all through 2019!
Limited quantity available at Jo Malone Stores and Lane Crawford counters.
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Best for: Discovering undercover brands
Worth over $3,000, and priced at $850 (with free delivery in Hong Kong), this enchanting lookfantastic Advent calendar has caught our eye and kept our attention. Featuring favourites like GlamGlow, Molton Brown and Illamasqua, this is a chance to savour all your classic luxuries, whilst also finding new and exciting brands. Housed in a festively decorated case, the 25 beauty products have been carefully selected, wrapped and boxed, ready to be spritzed and swatched. From travel-size tanning oil and haircare to cosmetics, branded tools and exclusive products, you’ll find a mixture of full-sized products and deluxe samples, some of which are exclusive to lookfantastic. Bold, bright and bursting with surprises, this one is definitely value for money.
Available at lookfantastic
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Best for: Men’s styling and grooming
This ASOS Advent calendar is the ideal pre-Christmas treat for a gent who knows how to look after himself. Containing 24 days of top quality grooming products. Brands include Lab Series, Clinique, Uppercut and Clarins Men, and cover everything from hair gel, to face cream, to lip balm and beard shampoo. It lets your man try out new products without the fear of commitment. Sold.
P.S. In case you’re wondering, there are also plenty of women’s Advent calendars available on ASOS – but it’s all selling out quick!
Available at ASOS
Best for: Not believing in cheat-days
We are firm believers that guilt-free and chocolate should always walk hand-in-hand, but there’s no reason an Advent calendar can’t fuel your workout. Keep healthy diets intact through the holiday season with MyProtein’s health-conscious Advent calendar. With a selection of delicious bites designed to keep that all-important training on track, you’ll find high-protein milk chocolate, crafted with delicious cocoa butter and whey protein behind every window. These gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly slabs of choco won’t leave gym-goers disappointed.
Available at MyProtein
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Best for: Unleashing your closet alcoholic
This one’s for the whisky drinker in the family – whether that’s you, your mum, your dad or your S.O. Filled with 24 of the most exciting whiskies, Drinks by the Dram’s calendar is a treat for alcohol lovers. If there are any leftover sips, guessing where the whisky’s from can be a fun Christmas Day game. Packed with a 50-year-old Scotch, rich Irish and American whiskeys, and expressions from some of the most exciting world whisky distilleries, there are plenty of variations to make your way through. Complete with handmade 30ml wax-sealed drams, it’s a chance to explore single grains and rare single malts from across the globe. Cheers to that!
Available at Master of Malt
Best for: Ethical and eco gifting
The Body Shop knows we like options, so it’s created not one, not two but three alternative Advent calendars for 2018. With varying sizes available, you can stock up on body butters, soaps, lip-liners, hand creams, body sprays and more. Give your skin some moisture with the Coconut Body Butter and reveal a radiant complexion with the Strawberry Face Mist and British Rose Scrub. This brand has refused to test on animals for years, and the Advent calendar cardboard packaging is all recyclable. As a bonus, just when Boxing Days blues set in, The Vegan Count Down to New Year keeps the party going from Christmas Day to 2019.
Available at www.thebodyshop.com
Best for: The tea sipper
There’s nothing quite like a good cuppa tea, and in Hong Kong, we’re spoilt with such a gorgeous variety. If you’re keen to taste test further, and willing to splurge in the process, this Advent calendar by Fortnum & Mason contains 24 loose leaf canisters of rare tea perfect for the tea fanatic in your life ($1,968). And if you’re looking for something a little more affordable, Fortnum & Mason also have a Christmas Tea Lovers Advent Calendar for $338.
Available online at Lane Crawford
Best for: The hardcore beauty lover
Nars is notorious for a wide colour palette, strong pigmentation, effortless application and long-lasting results. This year, the experts are stepping it up with an Advent calendar worth raving about. Uncover 24 of NARS’s star-studded favourites – some even come in full size. Everything from matte lip pencils and a long-wear eyeliner, to a mini Orgasm Blush, Vanilla Radiant Cream Concealer and the favourited Kabuki Brush. The covetable collection is inspired by the iconic punk fashion of the 1970s, but the makeup is timeless, and sure to carry you into 2019.
Available at www.nars.com.hk