The 2019 collection of advent calendars are more exciting and comprehensive than ever before.
Competition in the retail space is fierce. With that in mind, it’s no surprise to see some real creativity in the 2019 collection. Here are a selection of the most noteworthy choices this season.
That Boutique-y Gin Company (My 2019 choice!)
Hand-illustrated design by Grace J Ward, this calendar features 24 award-winning gins with quirky flavours including pineapple and chocolate orange.
Behind each of the 24 windows you’ll find a different 30ml wax-sealed dram of stupendous gin from the world’s first independent gin bottler.
There are now multiple gin advent calendars in the shops to choose between, but it’s not often their price tag is as impressive as this.
British chocolatier Montezuma’s are adding to its existing Advent range – which includes options for vegans! – with this truffle calendar.
It contains a selection of milk, dark and white truffles in tempting flavours such as The Secret Squirrel (praline), The Colombian Cappucino (coffee) and The Sweet Summertime (white chocolate & raspberry).
Priced £24.99. Available in Montezuma’s stores and online from 1 October.
Belgian chocolatier Pierre Marcolini is launching this snow globe-inspired calendar into Selfridges, Harrods and its Marylebone boutique at the end of October.
Depicting trees and animals in a snowy winter scene, the 24 Notes of Sweetness calendar contains decadent confections such as the pistachio praline, passionfruit heart, and almond marzipan.
Priced £49.00 available online.
Discover a selection of new and iconic beauty treats in the countdown to Christmas with the JLP indulgent Beauty Advent Calendar.
A delightful gift for beauty enthusiasts or to treat yourself, a collection of 25 full and deluxe size products is brimming with radiant skincare heroes, makeup must-haves and beautifully scented fragrance favourites.
Looking for something a bit different this year?
DTC coffee company Pact is aiming to ‘caffeinate your Christmas cheer’ with its new Advent calendar.
The box contains 25 sachets, all containing different blends of ‘omnigrind’ coffee, which is suitable for all brewing methods except espresso. Launching on the Pact website in September, the calendar also contains a tea towel as an extra gift.
Choice vegan option
Promising a Christmas countdown free from dairy and gluten, Livia’s Advent calendar (rsp: £39.99) is packed full of the vegan brand’s sweet snacks.
These include various flavours of Million Squares, Nugglets and Dunx – a cookie and nut butter dip product that recently underwent a packaging overhaul.
Available online and at Selfridges from 7 October.
Holland and Barrett
Fans of the store’s recently launched Zero Waste Beauty Kit will be thrilled to discover that they can get a similarly spectacular line up of treats in advent form. There’s 25 eco-friendly days to enjoy, with hero buys like Weleda Skin Food and Dr Organic’s Manuka Honey Rescue Cream.
You get a whopping £146 worth of delightful wellness-based beauty products for just £35.00
MAC ‘Starring you’ treat
Calling all MAC fanatics! This glamorous star-shape advent calendar contains every legendary MAC product you’ll need this festive party season. Think Clear Lipglass, Velvet Teddy and Lady Danger lipsticks, Prep + Prime Fix + setting spray, and many more.
MAC Starring You Advent Calendar, £129.00
English Tea Shop
A fine choice
Premium tea brand English Tea Shop is launching two Advent options this Christmas. The Book Style Calendar (rsp: £9.80) is available in blue or green, and contains 25 pyramid teabags in 13 different flavours.
For the eco-conscious, the teabags, box and outer packaging of the Advent Calendar Sachet Box (rsp: £4) are all fully compostable, and the sachets can be recycled.
Available from Amazon and Liberty London, the calendars offer festive flavours such as Spicy Pumpkin, Super Star Anise and Ginger Cranberry.
Plamil So Free
Finally a vegan option without the big price tag!
This range of free-from chocolate Advent calendars is available from Suma, The Health Store, Tree of Life and CLF. The vegan and gluten-free calendars come in Organic Milk Chocolate Alternative, Organic White Chocolate Alternative and Smooth Cocoa & Coconut flavours.
Priced £4.95 available online.