Countdown to Christmas with a guide to the best advent calendars | Entertainment

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As the end of year celebrations approach, choosing an Advent calendar has become as exciting as unwrapping Christmas presents! Chocolate, toys, beauty and more – here’s our guide to the best of 2022.

1. With over £140 worth of goods packed into a stunning advent calendar for just £70, ARRAN Sense of Scotland’s deal should be high on your wish list. It’s full of soaps, shower gels, body lotions, candles and other goodies, with a special extra hidden behind door 25. Find out more at https://arran.com/ products/advent-calendar-2022

2. The packaging of the Joules Christmas Village Calendar (£40, https://www.boots.com) is a big part of its charm, with the soaps, creams, body mists and more contained in individual pop-up houses that can be refilled and reused every year.

3. Fans of clean beauty will love Holland and Barrett’s advent calendar, which features 25 products, including 14 full-size from brands like Dr Organic, Westlab, Vitaskin and Evolve that provide a daily treat from the head to the feet. It’s worth over £180 but only £55 at https://www.hollandandbarrett.com

4. Bayliss and Harding also have a vegan-friendly offer, with their cute calendar looking a lot more luxurious than its £30 price tag suggests. There are 24 products, including body washes, lotions, bath bubbles and shower creams in some of the brand’s most popular scents, including jojoba, vanilla and almond oil and wild fig and pomegranate.

5. While Lush’s annual supply tends to sell out almost as quickly as it goes on sale (no surprise – it’s amazing) – they’re also giving away a 12 Days of Christmas gift, a reusable light up box filled with 12 festive products for £75. It is available at Lush.co.uk or in stores nationwide.

6. L’Occitane (https://uk.loccitane.com/) is offering three calendars this year, suitable for all budgets and all prices. The first is the Classic Advent Calendar, which has a selection of brand favorites for £55. For those who want to splurge, the Premium Calendar costs £99 and comes in a reusable box that makes for a fun and colorful storage case to use afterwards. Finally, the stunning reusable advent calendar may cost £165, but the timeless eco-cotton design can be used year after year. Plus, if you already have one of their reusable designs, you can buy a refill pack for £120.

7. Back for the fourth consecutive year, the Boots advent calendar in support of Macmillan is back. Through the 24 doors, you’ll find a wide range of products from some of the retailer’s most popular brands, including Liz Early, Soap and Glory, No.7 and Champneys. It’s £88 and £2 is donated to charity with every sale.

8. Pierre Marcolini’s Enchanted Forest Calendar (£54, https://www.marcolini.co.uk) offers a taste of indulgence with caramels, pralines and other chocolate treats, with individual packaging for each day adding to the luxury feel.

9. Get your nails ready for Christmas with the Mylee Advent Calendar. It’s only 12 days, but there’s everything you need, from cream and glitter gel polishes to nail care items, including builder, cuticle oil pen. £65, https://mylee.co.uk/.

10. Hotel Chocolat has something for everyone, from £13 for milk, dark, caramel, white chocolate or vegan nut milk calendars, up to £27.50 for the advent calendar for two — containing, unsurprisingly, two treats a day — or the whole schedule. But true chocolate addicts will love the Big Advent Calendar. Costing £75, treats behind the doors include chocolate crowns and snowflakes, alcohol and even lip balm. Buy on https://www.hotelchocolat.com/

11. Danilo has added ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Harry Potter’ to his range of music calendars this year (£24.99, https://danilo.coms) As well as pieces to create a moving scene, fans will also find stickers, jokes and questions behind every door.

12. LEGO fans can choose from their own City or Friends brands (both £21.99) or ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Harry Potter’ (all £29.99) this year. With figures or small builds every day, the hours of play will last well beyond the holiday season. To learn more, visit https://www.lego.com/en-gb/search?q=advent+calendar

13. The Niederegger Advent Calendar design screams Christmas. The oversized Santa on the front will make you smile almost as much as the marzipan and praline treats inside – and as a bonus, some days you get two! It’s £30 at https://www.JohnLewis.com

14. Of course, Toblerone has a triangular advent calendar! Inside there is a mix of classic white, milk and dark chocolate, with salted caramelized almonds and almonds and honey. It’s around £7 in most major supermarkets.

15. Divine Chocolate offers a creamy milk and a rich dark chocolate calendar, both currently just £4 (https://www.divinechocolate.com/shop/christmas) each. The delicious treats are fair trade and ethically sourced, while the beautiful, festive packaging is also recyclable.

16. Looking for something to keep you busy in December? Look no further than the Craftvent Calendar from Make Arcade. Each of the 24 boxes contains what you need to sew a cute felt decoration in a variety of designs, from festive favorites to kitsch foods, drinks and even animals. It’s £70 at https://www.themakearcade.co.uk/products/craftvent-calendar-full-payment-option.

17. The enduring popularity of “Friends” continues, and young fans of the classic comedy will love the official offering from Small Stuff Accessories (https://smallstuffaccessories.com/collections/advent-calendars-official). It’s currently priced at £10 and is packed with scrunchies, badges, earrings and bracelets that all pay homage to the beloved show.

18. The company also offers a ‘Harry Potter’ props calendar (£7.99, retail price) ideal for boys and girls, with unisex items including wristbands, keyrings, stickers and badges inside.

19. As the tagline says, “Kids and adults love it…” Haribo’s brightly colored calendar (£5, supermarkets and other major retailers) features mini bags of sweets mixing favorite selections with mini seasonal bags and themed jellies such as a reindeer, Christmas tree and Santa’s boot.

20. Roblox fans will love their festive offer (£29.99, major retailers including Smyths, Selfridges, Amazon and Very.com, with Gingerbread Man, Reindeer, Santa, Snowman, Elf and Christmas Tree figures and accessories to decorate them.There are also two exclusive virtual item codes.

21. Think you know Matcha? Bird and Blend will make you think again. cobbler, ice cream, Nordic berries and candy apple.

22. Do we have to catch them all? The Pokemon Deluxe Holiday Calendar (RRP £59.99, retailers including Smyths, Selfridges, Toymaster and Amazon) has you covered. With 15 two-inch figures – featuring an exclusive red finish – and nine diorama accessories, all festively themed, fans can play with something new every day, then assemble them to create a seasonal scene on the final day.

23. For a keepsake for kids that will outlast Advent, Stych Accessories has a cute Charm Bracelet Advent Calendar. It’s currently on offer for just £25 (https://stychaccessories.com/products/fruit-salad-advent-calendar) and in addition to the bracelet itself, behind each door is either a fruit-themed charm, or an enamel badge.

24. The Very Merry Advent Calendar will fuel Christmas excitement for youngsters with either a craft, recipe card, storybook or challenge hidden within the 24 boxes, which come together to make a chute of fireplace. There’s an adult guide inside the box to let parents and caregivers know what’s in store for them for the month, plus an adorable, cheerful and mischievous elf. It is currently priced at £35 from https://shop.toucanbox.com/

25. Take care of your hair and stay stylish with Invisibobble’s 2022 Advent Calendar. From hair ties to clips and even two exclusive srunchie designs, there’s £59 worth of stuff in there for just £30 at invisibobble.co.uk.

26. Maybe not one to open first thing in the morning – but Virgin Wines (https://www.virginwines.co.uk/) can certainly help you relax in the evening with their advent calendars. Priced at £89.99 and available in red, white or mixed, there’s a specially selected mini bottle for each day leading up to Christmas and a full-size bottle for the big day.

27. Martha Brook’s Stationery 24 Day Advent Calendar (https://www.marthabrook.com/) is back with a whimsical new design featuring 24 embossed boxes designed to look like a row of colorful books on a shelf. Inside there’s everything from fancy pens, Christmas cards, gift tags, a ruler, highlighters, and even personalized items, including a notebook. Its price of £95 reflects the luxurious look of this beautiful set.

28. It wouldn’t be Christmas without cheese, and luckily So Wrong It’s Nom has you covered. Behind the 24 doors are individual miniature cheese wheels of nine different Norseland varieties, whose brands include Jarlsberg, Applewood, Mexicana and Ilchester. It’s just £8 from Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Lidl and Ocado.

29. T2’s Sip the Future Hello calendar is available in both loose leaf and teabag versions, though the two share the same flavors behind the door. Ranging from classics such as Earl Grey, Chai and Irish Breakfast to more unusual offerings such as Packs a Peach and Sticky Date Delight, it’s a great way to kick off those December mornings. £22, https://www.t2tea.com/.

30. Eco-responsible families will use the PlayIn Choc Advent calendar. Behind each door is organic and vegan chocolate, a factual card and a cute plastic-free decoration. Plus, the box unfolds into a play scene when empty. £49.95, https://playinchoc.com/

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