H&IS Christmas List: Luxury advent calendars you’ll love
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In the latest in our H&IS Christmas List series, we highlight our favourite advent calendars that offer a luxe treat for every day of December
Curated by Adrianne Webster
The festive season can be a bit much at times. The shopping stress, the dark mornings and nights, the endless Christmas songs on the radio… With that in mind, why not treat yourself to a luxury advent calendar that will add a little bit of joy to your December days?
The below calendars offer excellent quality products, as well as value for money, and would make a great gift for yourself or a loved one. Enjoy!
Inject a sense of wellbeing into your life with this luxurious wellness calendar from ESPA. Coming complete with miniature versions of beloved products like the Fortifying Bath & Body Oil and the Refining Skin Polish, it’s perfect for helping you destress and unwind ahead of the chaos of the 25th.
Its minimalist moss green design will look gorgeous in any design lover’s home, too.
The calendar comes with:
Modern Alchemy Purifying Polish 55ml
Active Nutrients Super Nourish Glossing Shampoo 50ml
Active Nutrients Super Nourish Glossing Conditioner 50ml
Pink Hair and Scalp Mud 30ml
Tri-Active™ Regenerating Define and Tighten Body Serum 30ml
ESPA Winter Spice Scented Ceramic Ornament
Fortifying Bath & Body Oil 15ml
Active Nutrients Yuzu and Ginger Cleansing Sorbet 15ml
With an overall worth clocking in at over £1000, you more than get your money’s worth with this year’s Cult Beauty calendar.
Packed with luxury full-size and travel-size products from brands like Jo Loves, Olaplex, Supergoop!, Elemis and Augustinus Bader, it’s perfect for beauty fans who like a chic product that looks just as good on their dressing table as on their skin.
Here’s what it comes with:
19/99 Beauty full size Precision Colour Pencil in ‘Barna’ (1.1g)
bareMinerals full size MINERALIST Gloss-Balm in a random selection of ‘Heart’ or ‘Serenity’ (4ml)
Biossance full size Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream (15ml)
Conserving Beauty full size Conserve You Face Oil (30ml)
For those who like a good old traditional advent calendar but fancy something a bit more upmarket this year, there are worse choices than this one from Scottish chocolatiers Coco.
This year’s calendar comes with 24 mini bars totalling 480 grams of single origin chocolate altogether, ethically sourced in Colombia.
The box itself is a work of art, and was designed by Hola Lou, an artist, designer and muralist based in Mexico. She takes inspiration from her Latin roots and surroundings for her use of colour and shape in her designs.
Scottish personal and home fragrance brand Arran Aromatics have released their Christmas advent calendar for 2023 and it’s packed with a range of coastal-inspired fragrances, including After the Rain, Glenashdale, Seaweed & Sage, Lochranza and their newest range, Kildonan.
As well as bestselling favourites, they’ve included two limited edition seasonal scents, Forest Frost & Rowanberry Embers. Worth over £150 altogether, this calendar is perfect for those who like to create the perfect mood in their living spaces during the festive season.
Few do skincare as well as Dr. Barbara Sturm. Her famous formulations have gained a cult celebrity following, with the likes of Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss and Gwyneth Paltrow listing her products as amongst their must-haves.
Included in the box, worth over £1,118, is…
Super Anti-Ageing Cleansing Cream (Deluxe Size, 20ml)
Lip Balm (Mini, 3g)
Darker Skin Tones Hyaluronic Serum (Mini, 10ml)
Face Cream (Deluxe Size, 20ml)
Face Mask (Deluxe Size, 20ml)
Super Anti-Ageing Night Cream (Deluxe Size, 15ml)
The Better B Niacinamide Serum, (Mini, 10ml)
Super Anti-Ageing Face Cream (Discovery Size, 3.5ml)
Lifting Serum, (Mini, 10ml)
Hyaluronic Serum (Mini, 10ml)
Anti-Ageing Body Cream (Deluxe Size, 50ml)
Balancing Toner (Deluxe Size, 30ml)
Clarifying Mask (Deluxe Size, 20ml)
The Good C Vitamin C Serum (Mini, 10ml)
Molecular Hair and Scalp Comb
Super Anti-Ageing Neck and Decollete Cream (Discover Size, 3.5ml)
Super Anti-Ageing Eye Cream (Discovery Size, 3.5ml)
Another one for the chocolate lovers. Hotel Chocolat’s The Grand Advent Calendar contains the brand’s signature melt-in-the-mouth decadent chocolate slabs, batons and truffles, so that you can discover a new indulgent treat each day in the run-up to Christmas.
It also comes with boozy favourites like the Cacao Gin and Salted Caramel Cacao Vodka that you can enjoy at the weekend cosied up on the sofa.