The best advent calendars with a twist

30 October 2017 by
First published: 28 November 2017

The best advent calendars with a twist

Christmas is coming, and with it a whole slew of advent calendars to count down to the big day with. Gone are the days of opening the door to a chocolate every day. Advent calendars are big business and mean you or your loved one can be surprised with a glorious treat every morning. From nail polish to protein bars (yes, you read that right), here are the advent calendars you need to get your hands on this December.

Ciate Mini Mani Month

Ciate was the first brand to make ‘alternative’ advent calendars a thing five years ago, and they’re still leading the market today. We love their Mini Mani Month advent calendar, which is complete with 19 mini paint pots alongside Ciate’s best-selling mani and pedi essentials. Check out their 12 Days of Ciate too, which pulls together the brand’s hero makeup products in one calendar.


MyProtein Protein Bar Advent Calendar

Advent calendars needn’t be indulgent. Just ask MyProtein, who have curated two calendars made for the gym bunny. We love their Protein Bar Advent Calendar, which boasts a selection of their best-selling bars including the High Protein Bar, My Bar Zero and Oats & Whey bar in a selection of their favourite flavours including Salted Caramel, Chocolate Orange and Caramel Peanut.


Cocoa Brown 12 Days of Tan Advent Calendar

Know a tan addict? Twelve full-sized Cocoa Brown tanning favourites should be enough to satisfy them this Christmas. Open the door to a number of staples, from the cult 1 Hour Tan Mousse and Kardashian-favourite Goddess Oils and all the body scrubs, moisturisers and tanning mitts in between. It may not be a white Christmas after all…


Iconic Girl About Town Gift Box

For a seriously indulgent advent calendar this Christmas, splash out on Iconic’s Girl About Town Gift Box. Featuring 12 cult Iconic products, including the classic EVO brush that had everyone talking and the must-have illuminator loved by celebs, it’s a beauty buff’s dream. The best bit? Products are all full-sized!

£150, Fortnum & Mason

Holland & Barrett’s Ethical Beauty Advent Calendar

Try a calendar with a conscience this Christmas with Holland & Barrett’s Ethical Beauty Advent Calendar. Jam-packed with 12 products pulled from Holland & Barrett’s extensive ethical beauty range, eco warriors will find beauty products from Dr. Organic, Weleda, Pure Potions and many more waiting behind the door.


Cocoa+ Advent Calendar

If nothing beats a chocolate countdown, make it a little healthier with Cocoa+’s offering. Their calendar uses protein chocolate with less sugar to satisfy your sweet tooth, while each window contains a creative recipe, fun fact about their chocolate, or a simple at-home workout you can do that day. That’s the kind of chocolate we can get on board with!

£7.49, Holland & Barrett


Laura Ashley Advent Calendar

If anyone can countdown to Christmas in style it’s Laura Ashley and her collection of mini treasures. Behind each door lies deluxe sample sizes of Laura Ashley’s best-selling bath and beauty luxuries, including body lotion, hand and nail cream, bath foam and shower creme. Classic Laura Ashley touches like a silk bow and pretty boxes that can be used long after Christmas is over make this calendar extra special.

£40, Boots
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The best advent calendars with a twist
From nail polish to protein bars (yes, you read that right), here are the advent calendars you need to get your hands on this December.