Although Christmas is months away, it won’t be long before the festivities begin. As ever, opulence is key. And what better way to greet the Yuletide than with the most lavish advent calendars money can buy?
Charbonnel et Walker
Chocolate boxes and cake stands, trifles and piles of presents grace the drawers of the Charbonnel et Walker advent calendar. Its Art Nouveau design hints at the nature of the chocolates within. The chocolatiers at this infamous Bond Street boutique have kept things simple this year, focusing on milk- and dark-chocolate truffles. As you pull out each small drawer it reveals the gem-like delicacy inside, evoking the spirit of the two women who founded the shop in 1875: Madame Virginie Charbonnel, a chocolatier, and Mrs Minnie Walker, an artisan jewellery-box designer.
Available from September 25th, £55, Charbonnel et Walker
Pierre Marcolini's Countdown to a Fairytale Christmas calendar is, as its name suggests, whimsically styled after a children’s fairytale - the box, that opens like a book, is illustrated with squirrels and teddy bears. Perfect for those who want a Christmas season brimming with child-like spirit, chocolate and good cheer. Filled with hazelnut pralines, raspberry hearts and milk-chocolate ducks among others, each sweet is hand-crafted by Pierre Marconi’s 80-strong team of Belgian chocolatiers.
Available from October 30th, £49, Pierre Marcolini
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Acqua di Parma
At first, Acqua di Parma’s 2020 calendar might seem similar to last year’s, but a closer look reveals a twist. The art lover will recognise the work of the Instagram-famous Chinese artist, Oamul Lu, using the brand’s emblematic yellow livery. Alongside shower gels, eau de toilettes and body lotions, this calendar contains a unique ceramic pot that will absorb whatever scent you pour in and infuse the room it sits in. Not only will it brighten the living room, but also the skin of those who purchase it.
Available from October 1st, £400, Harrods
In its sixth year of this Christmas tradition, Liberty's beauty department has delivered a calendar that is beautiful inside and out. Behind the illustration of the shop’s distinctive half-timbered facade, is a sumptuous selection of top-tier beauty products from brands such as Le Labo, Hourglass and Venn. And once you’ve emptied out all the drawers, the beauty of the box itself means it’s worth keeping and recycling next year.
Available from October 7th, £175, Liberty
Those who want a pick and mix of the highest calibre, look no further. This collection of skincare and beauty products brings together Guerlain and Baccarat Rouge, Maison Francis Kurkdjian and Augustinus Bader. The calendar’s emblematic green exterior houses the wonders of the store itself without any of the fuss of Brompton Road.
Available from October 1st, £250, Harrods
Gentlemen, your time has come. Unique in many ways, this advent calendar boasts eighteen full-sized products, promising the continuation of festive cheer long after Christmas has come and gone. The selection of products specifically for men, brings together herbal soaps from Aveda and sports deodorants from Bamford among others. And in the midst of it all, a special treat from the Liberty Food Hall. Not only this, but Liberty will be shipping internationally to ensure no one misses out.
Available from October 7th, £195, Liberty
Once again, Wedgwood delivers an exquisite selection of carefully crafted porcelain ornaments with its Christmas advent calendar book. The simplicity of the colour scheme accentuates the complexity of each miniature form. The pieces vary from playful woodland animals to miniature replicas of Wedgwood classics (keep an eye out for the Mini Jasper Portland Vase). Each piece is tied with a delicate white bow, to be hung over the fireplace or on a Christmas tree. As a plus, this timeless calendar is infinitely recyclable (until you start breaking the ornaments).
Available from August, £650, Wedgwood
This year, Diptyque promises to fill living rooms across the land with bold scents and colours using artwork by the talented Parisian illustrator Ugo Gattoni. Stags and lions, elephants and swans leap across 25 drawers brimming with Diptyque scented candles, beauty products and room sprays. Both full-size and miniature pieces, exclusive and classic, fill this calendar.
Available from October 15th, £320, Diptyque
Fortnum and Mason
Perfect for the gourmand, the Piccadilly emporium’s second feasting calendar is bursting with delicious treats. The front sports the same light-hearted design as one of Fortnum’s cookbooks, Christmas and Other Winter Feasts, making the combination a perfect gift for a foodie couple. 25 classics from the store’s food hall promise a tasty countdown to Christmas, with a mini bottle of champagne to celebrate on Christmas day. With everything from salted caramel florentines to English cassis gin, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, should the recipient choose to share...
Available from September 10th, £200, Fortnum and Mason
This year Fenwick has provided for all of the recipient’s beauty needs, from make-up to fragrance, hair products to body creams. With its playful, yet fashionable design by Fenwick’s artist in residence, Julie Verhoeven, this calendar is one for the kids. The combination of products inside, which includes shampoos and conditioners from Aveda, body oils from Kiehl’s and moisturisers from Clarins, will keep the recipient looking glossy through December and beyond.
Available from October 2nd, £150, Fenwick
Bright, bold and creative, this year, Space NK has pulled out all the stops with its Beauty Anthology calendar. Its second advent calendar is presented as four alliterative volumes of beauty and poetry (Volume I, for the beginning of December, will ‘Glisten, Glow, Smooth and Groom’). Campaigning poet and author, Charly Cox, has penned a poem for each day leading up to Christmas. The products range from pampering beauty products to party make-up.
Available from October 1st, £195, Space NK
Drinks by the Dram
This 'old and rare' calendar offers a roundup of world-renowned and award-winning whiskeys. A team of specialists at Drinks by the Dam alcohol-sampling firm scoured distilleries across the world for these rarities, bringing together everything from Yamazaki to Fettercairn. Each small bottle is sealed with wax and presented in a sleek black box.
Available soon , £999.95, Master of Malt
To celebrate its 150th anniversary this year, Penhaligon’s has brought together a treasure trove of fragrances with its holiday countdown calendar. Lip balms and candles, and classic scents such as Blenheim Bouquet, Halfeti and Quercus nod to the firm’s British heritage. And to ram the point home, the calendar is crowned by a plush Union Jack bow.
Available from October 2nd, £375, Penhaligon’s
While last year’s calendar sported a daytime depiction of the fashion house’s facade, this year night falls on Maison Dior. Miss Dior, J’adore and Sauvage are among the signature perfume lines featured, with 24 mini samples populating the calendar. A selection of make-up and skincare products are also presented in this picturesque, accordion-like gift.
Available from October 15th, £340, Dior
Carolina Bucci has brought back the Forte Beads calendar from last year. Although the price and contents remain unchanged, this calendar comes with the added status of being one of the most expensive on the market. The gift comes with a thick golden cord and 24 navy drawers - each of which reveals one coloured bead that can be slid on to the bracelet. By Christmas, the recipient will have a full string of beads to keep or gift.
Available now, £850, Matches Fashion
The CBD Mindfulness Calendar from OTO provides one way to ease the stress of 2020. With a collection of 12 products, such as a mini pillow mist and lip balm, that seek to soothe the user with CBD properties, this calendar has a focus on sleep. Perhaps a solution for those with particularly active minds to finally nod off this Christmas season.
Available soon, £329, Oto
With faux-diamond handles and pinkish bronze, Charlotte's Bejewelled Chest of Beauty Treasures is the ideal gift for a teenager. Inside, products such as the Hollywood Beauty Light Wand highlighter claim to mirror the effects of enhancing social media filters. Contents also include body shimmer and face masks: a sleepover kit in disguise.
Available from October 1st, £150, Charlotte Tilbury
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