Gone are the days when advent calendars were exclusively chocolate and reserved only for little ones. Advent calendars are now bigger and better than ever and there really is something for everyone.
Whether your festive season is chocolate-filled, party-central or cosy nights in – Meadowhall has the advent calendar for you. So, get ready to deck the halls and count down the December days with our guide to your perfect advent calendar.
Night on the tinsel town
If you’re ready to get your sparkle on and make the most of party season, a beauty advent calendar might just be the thing for you.
With lots of make-up must-haves tucked behind each door, beauty advent calendars are a great way to experiment with a range of different products or try a new brand at a great price, so it’s no surprise they are top of many people’s wish lists.
Packed with everything you’ll need for your festive fun, No7 and Benefit advent calendars are just a few of those on offer at Boots, with a great range also available at Next and Superdrug. For something extra-special, browse the range at FLANNELS.
No7 Beauty calendar in Boots.
Some of the biggest beauty brands have been known to sell out fast so make sure you get down to Meadowhall early so you don’t miss out.
For Him Beauty Calendar at Boots.
Fragrance Advent Calendar at The Fragrance Shop (image provided by The Fragrance Shop).
Best for: Make-up and beauty lovers
Silent night of bliss
The Body Shop Advent Calendar (image provided by The Body Shop).
There’s nothing quite like a long soak in a warm bath when the weather outside is frightful, and with a daily dose of bath and body treats, you’ll never want to leave your cosy oasis again.
12 Days of Christmas calendar at Lush (image provided by Lush).
Rituals Advent Calendar (image provided by Rituals).
And of course, Christmas is a time for giving, so if you’re looking to spend a little more, FLANNELS, L’Occitane, Rituals and The White Company all offer a luxury advent calendar filled with their amazing products – a lovely idea as a gift, but a nice festive treat to yourself too!
L'Occitane Advent Calendar (image provided by L'Occitane).
The White Company Advent Calendar (image provided by The White Company).
Best for: Skincare obsessives
‘Tis the season for treats and nibbles
No longer are our choices limited to milk, dark, or white chocolate – with advent calendars now available with everything from cheddar cheese to gourmet popcorn and even spicy sriracha.
A variety of Wilko advent calendars (image provided by Wilko).
Best for: Foodies
Mistletoe and wine
Many of us clink and toast our way through December, as gatherings and Christmas parties fill the month.
So, what could spread more festive cheer than a boozy advent calendar filled with your favourite tipples.
Best for: Connoisseurs – pro and amateur
Ho ho home
One of the best parts of the festive season is all of the familiar scents that go with it – from cosy cinnamon and apple, to the sweet smell of warm cookies and hot chocolate.
Yankee Candle advent calendar in Cardzone.
Best for: New homeowners and candle lovers
Festive fun for the little ones
Keep sugar levels low but excitement high when counting down to the big day with an advent calendar filled with toys instead of sweet treats.
Lego Advent Calendar in Waterstones.
Best for: Little ones (on the ‘nice list’!).
All things books and stationery
Whether you could open a library with your book collection or have more pens and washi tape than you’ll ever get through, there’s an advent calendar out there for you.
Paperchase Advent Calendar (image provide by Paperchase).
Head to Paperchase to shop your perfect stationery advent calendar or for little ones, the Smiggle advent calendar is sure to be a hit. Book lovers can unwrap a new story each day with an advent calendar filled with books from WH Smith, Waterstones or The Works.
Smiggle Advent Calendar (image provided by Smiggle).
Best for: Doodlers and bookworms
A Christmas craft
For a truly perfect fit and an ideal festive gift for someone, make your own advent calendar packed with personalised treats.
Build the calendar with supplies from The Works, then secretly pack it with 24 of their favourite things for a thoughtful surprise each day.
Best for: Crafters and family fun
The Christmas classic
Sometimes, you just can’t beat the original and nothing spreads joy like chocolate at breakfast.
Lindt Calendar in WH Smith.
Traditionalists can find their favourite Cadburys or Nestlé chocolate advent calendars from Poundland and Wilko or for a touch of luxury, the M&S and Hotel Chocolat advent calendar are popular choices too.
The Everything Calendar at Hotel Chocolat (image provided by Hotel Chocolat see the range Hotel Chocolat Advent Calendar on our news page).
Swiss Golden Blond Calendar at M&S.
Best for: Chocoholics
Whether you’re looking for an advent calendar for adults, or something for your little elves, it’s best to hit the shops early to make sure you get your hands on the one you want. For the full list of stores on offer at Meadowhall, visit our Eat Drink Shop page.