If you’re anything like me, you just LOVE Christmas time.
Sure, in places like London and New York the countdown to Christmas time is a sight to behold, but in Australia, we’re seriously lacking something.
Maybe that’s why I get SO excited about advent calendars.
It feels like a little gift everyday makes up for the serious lack of snow, and decorations and eggnog… Well, it’s a good start.
But let’s be honest, chocolate doesn’t really cut the mustard, so I set out to find the best non-chocolate advent calendars to make your countdown to Christmas extra merry.
A BENEFIT Advent Calendar
CHOCK full of Benefit’s best ever buys, you can restock your kit – and your travel kit with some of THE best value minis of all time. Posie Tint, They’re Real Mascara and Hoola Bronzer are just a FEW of the all stars to make an appearance in the 12-day kit.
A GIN Advent Calendar
Ginvent Advent Calendar, $AU249
You guessed it. FILLED to the brim with baby gins. Not gin for babies, like teeny bottles of gin. Each year 24 gins that provide a snapshot of the category’s depth, diversity and global reach are selected. There’s a mix of all types – even fruit-infused!
A CHARLOTTE TILBURY Advent Calendar
If you’re into make-up – or celebrities – you’ll know that Charlotte Tilbury is a pretty big deal in the beauty world. Loved by celebs like Miranda Kerr, Cara Delevingne and Sienna Miller, the calendar consists of a great mix of full sized and travel sized best sellers, like their full size Lip Lustre and Legendary Lashes.
A BODY SHOP Advent Calendar
If I know one thing, it’s that The Body Shop give good Christmas. With some of the best smelling products on the planet, like frosted berries, spiced apple and vanilla chai, you’ll definitely score a mix of products you’ll actually cheer about.
A SEX TOY Advent Calendar
From tickle feathers, to faux rose petals, to the kinkier kinds of term… plugs, it’s safe to say the Lovehoney advent calendar is a very different way to celebrate the countdown to Christmas, especially with your significant other.
A SKINCARE Advent Calendar
LACURA Skincare Advent Calendar, $39.99, available at ALDI stores
If your main goal is a clear, glowing complexion, then this calendar is sure to give you a satisfying surprise each time you open the doors. In fact, the calendar consists of an intensive 24-day beauty regime for the ultimate ‘luminous skin’.
An ASOS Advent Calendar
ASOS Beauty Calendar, $97.61
Now THIS, I love. If you like a little of everything, including hair care, skincare, make-up, body products and nail adornments, you’d be silly not to order this baby! Especially because you’ll get 20% off if you order today during their Black Friday sale!
An OPI Advent Calendar
OPI Breakfast at Tiffany’s Mini Mani Month Advent Calendar, $89.95, available from MYER, David Jones and selected salons.
Polish as far as the eye can see, in all the shades you love most including ‘I Believe In Manicures’, ‘Lucky Lucky Lavender’ and ‘Miami Beet’. Each day you get a beautiful miniature OPI polish to adorn your talons. Oh, and the box has AUDREY on the cover!
A NON-CHOCOLATE Advent Calendar for the KIDS
SMIGGLE Advent Calendar, 44.95
One the kiddies will LOVE, the Smiggle Advent Calendar is the ULTIMATE back to school countdown kit that’ll provide the kiddies with erasers, keyring, toys – and even a watch. PLUS you could win a $500 Smuggle shopping spree if you’ve got one of the 25 lucky tickets!
A WINE Advent Calendar
A little vial of deliciousness each day in the countdown to Christmas. Now THAT’S what I’m talking about. Vinebox believes you deserve a better glass of wine, and we agree – AND that’s just what you’ll get… times 12.
An NYX Advent Calendar
NYX Wanderlust Envie De Voyager, $99, available from Priceline
Based around the wander of travel, the calendar counts down to Christmas revealing a delicious beauty morsel representative of a place around the world, like Copenhagen and Morocco. Includes a world of ‘velvety rich colour’ inside! We can HARDLY wait!