Advent calendars now come in even more varieties for adults, from luxury skincare to gourmet foodie ones: the choice is yours! We’ve taken our pick of the best advent calendars for women on offer for 2021 so you can countdown to Christmas in style…
Beauty advent calendars for women
This super-sized and deluxe Jo Loves: An Advent Calendar will look spectacular on the mantelpiece. It contains 24 mini mood-boosting treats, including candles, lotions and bubble baths, along with one full-sized product on Christmas Day!
When your calendar is empty, style around a Luxury Candle for the ultimate centre-piece or use the iconic Jo Loves Red Ribbon to hang it from a door.
Freedm Street Christmas Express advent calendar contains vegan, environmentally-friendly and refillable products across skincare, haircare and bodycare. You can also choose to include or exclude make up products, based on your preferences.
Plus, it has plastic-free packaging and a donation is made to a charity with each purchase. Last year, they sold out super quickly, so be sure to get your order in soon!
The advent calendar from Dr Hauschka is packed full of 24 skincare, bodycare and beauty products, including one full-sized product for Christmas eve!
The 100 per cent natural goodies are packaged within a luxurious gift box with each gift wrapped in a reusable cotton bag, which you can keep to make your own calendar next year!
The Body Shop has once again created a wide range of advent calenders this year, to suit different budgets and preferences. The Share the Joy Advent Calendar has 24 self-care treats hiding inside its pop-up construction. Expect fragrant bath bubbles, body butters and sheet masks.
Inside every box, you’ll also find a little act of kindness so you can share some selfless love and joy with your friends, family and community!
Countdown to Christmas with this beauty advent calendar for women from Rituals. Behind each of the 24 doors is a luxurious skincare, wellness or body care product, including an anti-ageing serum, nourishing body lotions and a relaxing pillow mist. There are also four mini candles, perfect for adding a cosy touch to your home in the run up to the big day!
With such gorgeous products behind each door, this would make the perfect gift for someone special – or why not treat yourself!
Add a touch of glam to your Christmas countdown with the beauty advent calendar for women from Clarins. With 12 full-sized skincare and make-up products, including lipstick, mascara, cleansers and face masks, your skin will be glowing as the year draws to a close!
The whole collection is worth £123. At only £65 for the advent calendar, this is a great opportunity to try out some high-end beauty products at a fraction of the price.
One for the budding nail artists out there: this advent calendar contains 24 high quality nail varnishes, in a range of colours and finishes, including metallics, glitters and more – perfect for the glitz and glam of the festive season! The collection also includes a handy top coat, so you can protect your nail art.
At only £15 for 24 nail varnishes, this beauty advent calendar is a bargain. What’s more, all of the nail polishes are vegan-friendly and cruelty-free!
This 12-day advent calendar provides a perfect opportunity to explore the award-winning Liz Earle Beauty range. You’ll find both full-sizes and miniatures of some of the best-loved skincare products from the range, including the Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, among many cleansers, moisturises and active serums.
Plus, every product in this festive range has achieved CarbonNeutral® product certification, and all gift packaging is reusable or recyclable.
Created in support of Macmillan Cancer Support, these advent calendars for women from Boots contains 24 beauty and skincare treats from a range of different much-loved brands including No7, YourGoodSkin, Liz Earle and Soap & Glory.
This calendar won’t just help your skin: it’ll also support the vital work carried out by Macmillan Cancer Support, with £2 from every sale being donated to the charity.
Behind each door of this luxury advent calendar are mini skincare and grooming products worth more than £600! All are specifically selected by Heaven’s founder, Deborah Mitchell, to help you achieve gorgeous, glowing skin.
Feel Unique’s legendary beauty advent calendar is back – and bigger than ever!
Worth over £385, this luxury beauty advent calendar contains 27 products from high-end luxury brands, including Charlotte Tilbury, Emma Hardie, ELEMIS, Aromatherapy Associates and more.
Many beauty advent calendars only contain sample sized products. However, this one features five full-size products, including a Huda Beauty Nude Obsessions Palette!
Amazon has once again created a beauty advent calendar for women, which features 24 products and deluxe samples from beauty brands such as L’Occitane, Foreo, Elemis and Neal’s Yard – altogether, it’s worth around £260!
Food advent calendars for women – or the whole family!
Enjoy beers without booze in the run-up to Christmas with The Dry Drinker Alcohol Free Beer Advent Calendar. It includes 12 bottles and 12 cans of surprise beers and there is even a Dry Drinker glass hidden in there, too.
Lovers of a good cuppa will delight in this Mariage Frères Noël Haute Couture Christmas Calendar. Inside you will find 25 premium teas from the French teahouse.
We love the brightly-coloured green and gold case. Once you’ve finished your teas, it would make a beautiful display box for Christmas gifts!
The luxurious Pierre Marcolini Advent Calendar has a charming illustration of a frosty winter scene inside a snowglobe, complete with woodland animals and a gingerbread house!
It contains 24 chocolate creations including a raspberry heart and a salted butter caramel. The cocoa beans are sourced from 8 unique plantations around the world, which use ethical practices to protect the planet and its people. Available in boutiques and online from November 5.
Also on the chocolate front, this Happi Free From Advent Calendar is a first from the company and contains dairy-free chocolate made with oat milk. The packaging is sustainable and the chocolate is ethically sourced – we approve!
The Pukka Herbs 2021 Tea Advent Calendar is perfect for lovers of herbal tea! There’s a different organic blend every day, including Lemon, Ginger and Manuka Honey, Wild Apple and Cinnamon, and Elderberry and Echinacea – perfect for your immune system. Plus the packaging is recyclable!
With a new design for Christmas 2021, PLAY in CHOC’s advent calendars feature 12 or 24 vegan-friendly, plant-based, natural and organic chocolates. All chocolates are also free from 14 of the main allergens, including dairy, nuts and gluten. Plus, all packaging is plastic free and 100% recyclable!
This calendar is great for adults and kids alike: alongside the chocolate treats, each window also reveals a super-cute and eco-friendly festive toy, which doubles up as an adorable decoration. The outer sleeve of the advent can also be opened up into a landscape to play with all 24 toys.
Containing 25 must-have nutrition buys, the Myprotein Advent Calendar the perfect fit food alternative to the traditional advent. Including a range of Myprotein’s bestsellers, you can expect a festive twist for your tastebuds, with the Impact Whey Protein in a salted caramel flavour, and the Crispy Layered Bar in a delicious chocolate caramel flavour.
There’s also the Myvegan Choc Chew in Chocolate Orange and Myvitamins Multivitamin Gummies, plus a super-convenient MP Recovery Ball.
Sous Chef offers a range of food-themed advent calendars that are perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. Options range from the more classic Belgium chocolate calendar, to doors filled with marzipan or liquorice!
There’s also a spice discover advent calendar, which is a perfect option for any budding chef.
Luxury popcorn company Joe & Seph’s is once again kick-starting the Christmas countdown in style with this gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar!
Illustrated as a snow-covered Victorian shop-front, this calendar opens like a giant Christmas storybook. Behind each of the 24 doors are snack-sized packs of artisan popcorn in 12 unique flavours, from Salted Caramel to Speculoos Chocolate Orange and Banoffee Pie.
Pure Heavenly creates delicious chocolate, which is free from dairy (vegan-friendly!) and low in sugar. It replaces milk with rice cream for a super creamy and tasty chocolate.
The Pure Heavenly Advent Calendar features 24 of their delicious dairy-free chocolates. It’s available in 5 different festive designs and is a bargain at £5.95. Plus, there is currently an offer to get 3 advent calenders for £15, using special code ‘ADVENT3’.
We love the huge selection of plastic-free teas from Bird & Blend. With so many options to choose from, this tea advent calendar is a great opportunity to try out some of the company’s best-selling festive teas.
Each advent calendar is filled to the brim with limited edition Christmas teas, boasting wonderfully festive flavours including; Gingerbread Chai, Eggnog Rooibos and Peppermint Cream Oolong. All vegan-friendly and hand-blended in the UK.
Unlike many calendars, which offer 24 goodies, this year, Bird & Blend has filled its calendar with 48 plastic-free teabags, so you can enjoy it morning and evening. There’s also a decaff option available. Pop the kettle on!
Home and well-being advent calendars
This home fragrance advent calendar features 24 luxury wax melts, each one with a unique festive scent to get you in the spirit as you count down to Christmas.
The wax melts are all made with natural soy wax and biodegradable glitter for eco-friendly and non-toxic home fragrancing. Simply pop one on a wax burner, and enjoy!
Create an advent calendar that will give you, or someone you love, a reason to smile every day throughout December. Simply share your favourite photos for a truly personal countdown to Christmas.
Advent of Change creates a range of advent calendars that donate to a different charity every day. The Premium Advent Calendar (£32.95) has a brand new design for 2021 and donates £1 per day to 24 charities; local, national and international, including Alzheimer’s Research UK, Children in Need, and Emmaus, among many more.
We also love their Charity Advent Candle (£24.95) which reveals hidden numbers as the natural wax burns down.