Whether you’re after a beauty box or a boozy box, these alternative Advent calendars will have you all set to count down to Christmas Day…
The Christmas countdown will soon begin and we intend to enjoy 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 boozy boxes to extravagant beauty buys, it’s worth getting your hands on one of the best alternative Advent calendars of 2021.
Wine Moments Premium Wine Mini Advent Calendar
Make the lead-up to Christmas a boozy affair with the Wine Moments Premium Wine Mini Advent Calendar. From red to rosé, dry to sweet, behind every door of this advent calendar you’ll find a different 100ml mini bottle wine to sample each day, ending with a full-sized bottle of sparkling wine to celebrate the New Year! Perfect for wine-lovers, we love this as a fun way to celebrate the holiday season while discovering new wines. Pro-tip: pre-order now and save 10% when ordering two or more calendars.
Use code “SASSY” to enjoy 10% off all orders. Offer excludes seasonal items and already-discounted products.
Available for pre-order online from Wine Moments for $1,190 (includes free delivery), to be dispatched at the end of November.
Lush Advent Calendar
Treat yourself to 25 sumptuously scented vegan products from Sassy favourite, Lush. Expect special treats such as the Merry Christmas Shower Gel, Kris Mouse Bubble Bar and Sleepy Bath Bomb – which are can only be found in this seasonal gift set – alongside bestsellers and retro products. The gifts come packed in a beautiful reusable box designed by London-based designer Sally Kelly, that is made from 100% recycled materials (even the ribbon is made from recycled drinks bottles!).
Fortnum’s Feasting Advent Calendar
Eat, drink and be merry this Christmas with Fortnum’s Feasting Advent Calendar. This bountiful box is jam-packed with a veritable feast of gourmet delights, from classic teas, biscuits and chocolates to mouth-watering preserves, condiments and festive tipples. The calendar contains a generous assortment of full and deluxe sample size products – but you’re still left wanting, check out Fortnum’s beauty, chocolate or tea-filled advent calendar for more festive treats.
Available online from Fortnum & Mason for $2,214.44
OTO Ritual Advent Calendar
Here to help you through the busiest time of the year, this unique calendar will take you on a 12-day journey introducing the best of OTO’s premium CBD experiences, complete with an eye mask, silk hair band and Gua Sha face tool. The special selection of award-winning CBD-infused skincare favourites, alongside new and exclusive products, will have you revitalised and restored, ready for the new year.
Available for pre-order online from OTO for £299, to be dispatched 1 November
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Dior Advent Calendar
Inspired by Dior’s iconic flagship boutique in Paris, this magnificent holiday calendar was specially designed by London-based artist Alice Shirley. Open each of the 24 windows of the Dior Atelier of Dreams and discover a new surprise each day. The advent calendar houses a lust-worthy collection of 24 deluxe fragrance, makeup and skincare items, as well as an exclusive Dior 30 Montaigne candle. Yes please!
L’OCCITANE Reusable Advent Calendar
In addition to its Classic Advent Calendar ($570), L’OCCITANE has gone a step towards sustainability this year, bringing you a reusable advent calendar made from recycled cotton that you can use again, year after year. Created in collaboration with British illustrator Isla Simpson, each pocket of the hand-illustrated advent calendar carries a luxury size natural beauty product.
Available for pre-order online from L’Occitane for $790, to be dispatched 12 November
The Ritual of Advent Village
This Christmas, Rituals brings you holiday cheer in the form of a delightful 3D advent calendar. The festive “Advent Village” houses four special Mini Candles from the Private Collection, which can be collected each Sunday of December, and other exclusive gifts. Lending an extra touch of magic, Rituals has thrown in a small set of Christmas lights to light up your village.
Diptyque 2021 Advent Calendar
A cabinet of curiosities, Diptyque’s opulent 2021 advent calendar invites you to discover the parfumerie Maison’s iconic creations. Behind the doors, you’ll uncover limited-edition surprises such as the festive Sapin/Pine Tree candle, along with a selection of eaux de perfum, skincare essentials, gilded mental holiday decorations and more.
Available online from Diptyque for $2,950
Dr Hauschka Advent Calendar
Is all you want for Christmas healthier skin in the new year? Dr Hauschka’s luxurious Advent calendar is the answer to your prayers, containing the brand’s coveted Lavender Sandalwood Calming Body Cream, Regenerating Serum, Soothing Cleaning Milk and Revitalising Mask, among other items. The certified natural and organic products are packaged in 24 individual cotton bags within a minimalist recyclable cardboard box, making this Advent calendar as good for the planet as it is for your body.
Available for pre-order online from Naturisimo for $909.58
Atelier Cologne Discovery Advent Calendar
Parisian perfume house Atelier Cologne partners with Ukraine-based artist Daria Hlazatova to create this stellar celestial-themed advent calendar. Made with 100% plastic-free packaging, the 24-day countdown features a treasure trove of mini and full-size fragrances, candles, luxurious hand creams and limited-edition holiday ornaments.
Hero image courtesy of Fortnum & Mason, image 1 courtesy of Wine Moments, image 2 courtesy of Lush, image 3 courtesy of Fortnum & Mason, image 4 courtesy of OTO, image 5 courtesy of Dior, image 6 courtesy of L’OCCITANE, image 7 courtesy of Rituals, image 8 courtesy of Diptyque, image 9 courtesy of Dr Hauschka, image 10 courtesy of Atelier Cologne.