Gina Aker's guide to cracking Advent Calendars

By Ben Fitzgerald - 30 November 2018

FamilyFood & Drink

The countdown to Christmas has never been so good. The luxury advent calendar is now well and truly making for its way to becoming a new tradition to see you through to reaching the festive finale. 

Whether you love chocolate, want to bring on the beauty or just need that daily gin there’s an advent calendar to suit all. 

Here are 2018’s most awesome advent calendars:

Tiny Tipsy Tree with Gin 

Including 24 mini bottles of your favourite spirit, chose from more classic gins or a flavoured gin tipsy tree, each gin is vegan and vegetarian friendly, Wine and Fizz Tipsy Trees are also available, £140, from

Green & Black's Luxury Chocolate Advent Calendar 

It's here! The first ever Green & Black's Advent Calendar, open a door each day to find Green & Black's individually wrapped dark and milk chocolates, including a collection of Dark 70%, Dark Sea Salt, Dark Salted Caramel and Milk Chocolate pralines. Green & Black's create delicious chocolate made from the finest ethically sourced ingredients, £7.69 at

FotoInsight - Design Your Own Photo Advent Calendar 

Want a bespoke advent calendar that no one else has got? Well here's your chance. FotoInsight make advent calendars to order with your own photos from just £7.49 (plus p&p), you can even have chocolates in your advent calendar including Kinder and Ferrero Rocher (from £9.99 plus p&p), visit

Gin Advent Cracker

Gin-gle Bells! Behind every door you will find a miniature bottle of delightful gin, each gin is vegetarian and vegan friendly, a flavoured gin advent cracker and whiskey advent cracker are also available, £125, visit

L’Occitane Classic Beauty Advent Calendar

This year L’OCCITANE’s Christmas Collection has been designed with a touch of magic by CASTELBAJAC Paris, and includes the most gorgeous Advent Calendar, £49.00 (worth £85.00), from

MAD BeautyOh Deer 24 Day Advent Calendar

If you love make-up this is the advent calendar for you, with 24 marvellous make-up and cosmetics, £20 at

Mankind Christmas Collection  

An amazing gift for him this Christmas, containing 12 full-size premium grooming products worth over £475 for only £100. It’s a great alternative to the Mankind advent calendar that sold out in record time, £100 from

I Love Christmas 12 days of Christmas Set

This 12 days of Christmas countdown calendar by MAD Beauty contains 12 beautiful bath time pampering treats, £12.99 from

Beauty Expert 12 Days of Christmas Collection

In a lovely festive white and gold box, with 12 drawers containing twelve full-size luxury products. It retails at £100 and contains over £450 worth of products – a lovely premium beauty gift for her this Christmas, £100 at

12 Days Cube Advent by MAD Beauty

This cool cubed Christmas countdown set includes 12 lovely beauty products, £12.99 from

Lookfantastic 2018 Advent Calendar

Containing 25 beauty treats worth over £300 for only £79 – it’s the ultimate beauty countdown to Christmas! £79 at



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