Holidays-a-comin'

Holidays-a-comin'

Count down to C-Day in style with our top 5 luxe advent calendars - strictly for grown-ups…

Best for beauty junkies

With party season fast-approaching pampered princesses, closet drag queens and anyone hoping to increase their chances of a kiss under the mistletoe will love waking up to a gorgeous new beauty product each day. Offerings from Selfridges, Liberty and Benefit will have you looking like a right Christmas cracker in no time.

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Best for homebodies

With most of our time spent indoors during the winter months, there’s never been a better excuse to embrace the Danish concept of ‘Hygge’. While there’s no direct English translation, it describes a feeling of warmth and cosiness. A decadent advent calendar from the likes of Diptyque or Jo Malone is the ultimate indulgence to make your home a sanctuary.

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Best for booze lovers

If the thought of being another day closer to Christmas leaves you in need of a drink, salvation comes in the form of the boozy advent. Fancy making that coffee Irish? Sure. Fortnum & Mason’s calendar caters for the whisky connoisseur.  Elevenses? Go on then. Crack open the aptly named Ginvent calendar. And if your taste leans towards the (whisper it) hipster, then a craft beer calendar could have you rooting for Crimbo by the time the 25th rolls round.

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Best for foodies 

Start as you mean to go on, throw caution - and the bathroom scales - to the wind and tuck into a tempting array of culinary calendars, with gingerbread, truffles and mulled wine-infused treats galore to be had before breakfast. Shoulder the guilt with a willing accomplice and Hotel Chocolat’s Truffles for Two pack or if you really want to show Santa how good you can be, Eat Performance has a sin-free paleo (that’s gluten, dairy and soy free to you and me) number on offer.

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Best for crafters

If you’re looking for a way to keep idle hands busy, look no further than a DIY advent calendar. Style magpies can build their own charm bracelet or create a personalised calendar with polaroid snaps that double up as festive decorations but it’s Play-doh’s epic advent offering that’s the ultimate boredom buster.

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  • Words: Rebecca Parker and Catriona Taylor