I know it’s only September, but let’s get ready for Christmas! In the last few years, alternative advent calendars have become popular, especially beauty ones. I thought I’d compile a list of some of the many, many options that are available. I’ve ordered this list from lowest price to highest price, because how else would I do it?!
This is so adorable! I love sewing, embroidery, and other crafts, mainly as they’re good ways of keeping my hands busy and trying to distract myself from picking at my split ends. This includes felt for you to make the advent calendar as well as 24 Christmas themed felt toys. It may seem like this is aimed at children, but I can see anyone who likes crafts enjoying this! Prime Student members can get 10% off.
This year, Primark has released a Disney advent calendar filled with 25 super cute baubles for you to decorate your tree with throughout December. And at £15, that’s only 60p per bauble. That’s such a good price, especially considering that these Primark x Disney baubles are usually 4 for £4. It’s such a bargain, and perfect for any Disney fanatic. The 25 Days of Disney Baubles advent calendar is available in Primark stores now!
English Tea Shop Advent Calendar, £15.25
This advent calendar would such a wonderful gift for anyone who likes tea. It’s pretty affordable, especially compared to some of the high-end tea calendars I found. It is a premium collection of 25 handpicked, organic teas. With this calendar, you could enjoy a new tea every morning in the lead up to Christmas! (Side note – I think that this is possibly the most British thing I’ve ever had on my blog.)
The Bomb Cosmetics advent calendar is such a bargain, at only £17 for 24 bath bombs and soaps – that’s only about 70p per item! Bomb Cosmetics use natural products wherever they can, and their products are jam-packed with essential oils. Almost everything is handmade, including the adorable wrapping. And the best thing about Bomb Cosmetics? They’re completely cruelty free! They even refuse to sell their products in countries that require animal testing by law. Basically, they’re an amazing, affordable company and I would definitely recommend this advent calendar!
This advent box contains 12 days worth of stationery, including washi tape, sticky notes, pens, stickers, and so much more. Every box is unique, so you’ll definitely be surprised! There’s also a 25 days of Christmas box as well, which is slightly more expensive at £35. It’s totally up to you how much you want to get. It would be a perfect fit for bullet journalers, students, or just anyone who loves stationery.
There aren’t that many stationery calendars around (that I could find anyway), but this is a super cute postcard one. By Christmas day, you’ll have a set of 24 adorable unicorn postcards, and you can spread the joy even more by sending them to friends and family. Or, you know, treat yourself and keep the postcards for yourself! Personally, I think they’d look so nice as room décor.Jewellery Advent Calendar, £25
This advent calendar by SIX contains 24 jewellery items, including rings, earrings, and necklaces. It has quite a nice range of products, in gold, silver, and rose gold. Personally, I think that it is aimed more at teenagers and young adults, but I still think it would make a great gift! I know that 15 year old me would have absolutely loved something like this. Also I really love the design of the front of the advent calendar!Lego Star Wars: The Last Jedi Advent Calendar, £26
Indulge your inner child with this super fun Lego Star Wars advent calendar! It includes seven minifigures and some vehicles. Honestly, I haven’t actually seen any of the Star Wars films (please don’t hate me). Luckily Lego has such a wide appeal that it doesn’t even matter!
This charm bracelet advent calendar from Not On The High Street gives you a bracelet on the first of December. From then on, you will get a new charm every day, ready to add to your gorgeous bracelet. You can even get an engraved charm for an extra personal touch! This is such a lovely, Christmassy gift.
Behind each door in this advent calendar, you’ll find one of 12 miniature handmade soap slices or 12 mini bath bombs – perfect for relaxing and pampering during the run up to Christmas! This isn’t too expensive compared to other cruelty free soap brands that have suddenly become extortionate.
Scented candles are so lovely, and this advent calendar can even be personalised to make an extra special gift. It includes 24 candles, in 12 different scents, so you’ll have the opportunity to try out each scent twice! They include vanilla, white linen, vanilla lime, lemon meringue, cinnamon bun, blueberry pie, ocean breeze, pink gardenia, mulberry, citrus orange, lavender, and apple cinnamon.
In my opinion, this advent calendar is going to sell out, fast. At only £35, it’s definitely worth it, especially as the products are worth over £250. However, it isn’t quite as good of a deal as it seems. You have to spend at least £35 in M&S to be eligible to buy the advent calendar for another £35. Even so, it’s still a decent deal, and it’ll give you a chance to get some of your Christmas shopping done early. It’ll be released in stores and online on the 6th of November.
This advent calendar will take you through the 12 days of Christmas. I love this one so much because it has some really quirky pieces of jewellery. You also get quite a wide range of jewellery with this advent calendar, including pins, earrings, hairbands, a keyring, and necklaces. This is probably my favourite jewellery advent calendar for 2018!
Advent Biscuits, £40
These iced biscuits from Honeywell Bakes are probably the cutest biscuits ever! And I imagine that they’re delicious too. If chocolate feels too sweet for you, maybe biscuits are the way to go. Although these gorgeously iced treats do look so deliciously sugary.
Personally, I really hate coffee. Like, a lot. Even the smell of it makes me feel like throwing up. But anyway… This advent calendar seems like it could prove useful in getting you through those dark winter days. It comes in re-sealable pouches to ensure that your coffee is fresh. You’ll also have a chance to try new and exciting exotic coffee flavours! (This all sounds horrible to me, but I’m sure a lot of you guys will love this idea!)
The Body Shop, from £45
The Body Shop have three advent calendars available this year. The Enchanted advent calendar is the cheapest, at £45, containing 24 treats. The Enchanted Deluxe contains 25 miniature and full size surprises, and costs £65. Finally, The Enchanted Ultimate calendar will give you 25 amazing products, including a whopping 14 full size treats! There’s something for you, whatever your budget.
L’Occitane have two advent calendars out this year – classic and luxury. The classic calendar is £45, and the luxury calendar is £99. Other than that, there’s not much information about either of them. I guess all will be revealed once they are released on the 20th of September.
This is a collection of 24 lipsticks, glosses, and lip creams. I love NYX, you have no idea how happy I was when Boots started stocking their products a few years ago! The Lippie Countdown will be released on the 10th of October.
The 2018 Asos advent calendar features products for hair, skin, and face. It includes goodies from brands such as Benefit, Clinique, Spectrum, Iconic London, Bobbi Brown, and so many more. It’s worth so much more than the £55 price tag, and has some pretty fantastic products.Birchbox Beauty Advent Calendar, £65
Birchbox are back again with another extraordinary advent calendar. It’ll contain 24 products worth over £170. Last year, it sold out in less than 24 hours! Because subscribers get first access, they sold out before going on sale to the public. So, if you want to get your hands on the Birchbox Beauty Advent Calendar this year, you’ll have to become a subscriber. The calendar will go on sale to subscribers on the 2nd of October, and it (might) go on sale to the public on the 3rd. Good luck!Selfridges Beauty Workshop Selection Box, £70
This line-up of cutting-edge skincare and make-up favourites from the likes of bestselling brands ZOEVA, Limecrime, beautyblender, Eyelure, stila, and Too Faced is worth £245. You’re basically making money on a deal that good! It’s a fan-favourite that is exclusive to Selfridges.The Little Beauty Parcel by Feel Unique, £75
Feel Unique’s 2018 advent calendar will give you 24 deluxe beauty minis, including products from Limecrime, Murad, Sleek, and Charlotte Tilbury. It is worth over £250 and launches on the 15th of October.
The first ever advent calendar by GLOSSYBOX will feature 25 products, including 17 (yes, seventeen!!) full size treats. Subscribers will get priority access, as well as a hefty discount. Non-subscribers will have to pay £99, but at least they get free delivery! It’s worth over £300, and will be launching on the 15th of October.
24 Days of Clinique, £76
Clinique’s advent calendar this year includes a range of skincare and makeup, with two full size products. I haven’t really tried much Clinique skincare, but I absolutely love their lipsticks. If you’re already a Clinique fan, this advent calendar is definitely worth investing in. The Clinique advent calendar will be released on the 2nd of November.
This year, the lookfantastic advent calendar contains 25 magical beauty treats worth in excess of £300. The products range from skincare to haircare, from tanning to cosmetics. It’s going to be released on the 1st of October, so there’s not long left to wait now!
There’s a pretty big price jump here as we jump into luxury territory here with the Selfridges L’Oréal Luxe advent calendar. This one is pretty special as it features the best of L’Oréal brands, such as Urban Decay and Lancôme. There are a lot of different types of products in this calendar, including perfumes, primers, mascaras, and skincare. I like this one as it allows you to test out new products from quite a few brands. This’ll be released on the 26th of September, exclusively at Selfridges.
ESPA Advent Calendar, £130
ESPA’s 2018 calendar is the best of all of their products. It’ll include shower gel, cleansers, bath oils, balms, body butter, moisturisers, and more. I think that this is one of the best luxury skincare advent calendars there is this year – you even get a full size gift on Christmas day! You can sign up for priority access now. An exact release date hasn’t yet been set, but it will be some time in October.
Prosecco Advent Calendar, £145
This advent calendar is filled to the brim with 24 bottles of prosecco, cava, and champagne! I absolutely adore the packaging of this one, as it’s got cute little quotes in a festive gold. It’s the perfect thing to add a bit of sparkle to your December! And if you need another reason to buy this – the packaging is cardboard and eco-friendly.
This is filled with so many iconic makeup and skincare products from Charlotte Tilbury. It will be launching at some time in October here. I am so totally in love with the claret and gold design of the box! If you already love Charlotte Tilbury products, this is the perfect advent calendar for you.
Elemis Advent Calendar, £150
Released on the 1st of October, Elemis are really treating us with this advent calendar! At £150, it’s definitely good value if you usually use Elemis products.
Liberty are back with another amazing advent calendar featuring some of the most luxurious beauty products they have to offer. It even includes 18 full-size products! It’ll be released on the 24th of October in-store and online. If you order online, new customers can get 10% off!
The YSL 2018 advent calendar will be released on the 10th of October, at Selfridges and on the YSL beauty website. It includes 24 high end goodies, from perfume to primers.
Harrods Advent Calendar, £250
This luxury advent calendar from Harrods features some of the best brands in beauty, including Nars, Charlotte Tilbury, Huda Beauty, and Kiehl’s. Collectively, these products are worth £680, so getting the whole lot for just £250 is a great deal! It’ll be released online and in store on the 1st of October.
The 2018 Jo Malone advent calendar is packed with classic scents as well as some new Christmas goodies. It’ll be available in Harrods from the 1st of October. After the 1st of November, you’ll be able to buy it from the Jo Malone website as well as in other retailers.
Diptyque Advent Calendar, £320
Finally, we have the gorgeously decadent Diptyque advent calendar. It contains a nice mix of products, including candles, EDTs, body cream, and shower oil. This is the most luxurious advent calendar that you could possibly buy this year! It’ll be released in November, so keep your eyes peeled.
That about rounds up most of the non-chocolate advent calendars of 2018. Which ones are you thinking of getting? I’ll probably still get a classic chocolate one though! Let the countdown to Christmas begin!
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