19 best Christmas advent calendars

From beauty to biscuits and candles to cats, there's an advent calendar for everyone (and every budget) this Christmas

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While choosing an advent calendar in the lead up to Christmas once meant picking between 'real chocolate' or 'advent calendar chocolate,' 2018 is a very different matter. From beauty to biscuits and candles to cats, there's an advent calendar on the market for everyone. 

Find the one for you with our pick of 2018's best Christmas advent calendars – then visit our Christmas page to discover everything else (we think) you need. 

1. A budget-friendly advent calendar for candle obsessives 

The perfect choice for candle obsessives, Yankee Candle's Fold Out Advent Calendar is a great way to sample everything that their festive collection has to offer. With scents including Frosty Gingerbread, Christmas Cookie, The Perfect Tree and Spiced White (to name but a few), there's something to suit all.

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2. Choose an alternative sweet treat this advent

A one-stop-shop for all things biscuits, Biscuiteers haven't disappointed with this year's advent calendar. Pair their limited edition Biscuiteers Advent Calendar, designed by Susie Watson, with the contents of the Advent 24 Luxe Biscuit Tin for beautifully decorated (and equally delicious) festive biscuits. 

The best bit? You can keep the fabric calendar and stock up with more wonders from Biscuiteers next year. 

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Limited Edition Biscuiteers Advent Calendar 

A reusable fabric advent calendar designed by Susie Watson for biscuiteers.View Deal

Advent Luxe 24 Biscuit Tin

A selection of 24 gorgeous, hand iced biscuits from Biscuiteers which make the perfect sweet treat this advent. View Deal

3. The perfect advent calendar for home lovers

An advent calendar designed with home lovers in mind, the Poster A Day Advent Calendar from Junique features 24 different posters perfect for decorating your walls (gallery wall, anyone?) or for giving away as individual gifts.

Available in five varieties: The Animal Kingdom; Botanical Beauties; Black & White; Motivating Mantras; and A Poster A Day (which is a mix of styles), there's something to suit all tastes.  

poster advent calendar by junique

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Junique A Poster A Day Advent Calendar

The perfect idea for home lovers, A Poster A Day gives you exactly what it says on the tin in the lead up to Christmas. 

4. Don't forget about the pets

While the cats or dogs debate is no closer to resolution (the Real Homes team are still arguing about which are better), one thing we know for sure is that Brits are a nation of pet lovers. Enter the Lily's Kitchen Cat and Dog Advent Calendars. We love the novelty of their design and will certainly be stocking up for our furry friends.

vat advent calendar by lily's kitchen

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5. Invest in a luxurious beauty advent calendar

Blow the budget: the highly coveted Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar is back this year and better than ever, making the perfect (early) Christmas gift for beauty junkies. Containing over £600 worth of products from brands such as Hourglass, Byredo, Aromatherapy Associates and Diptyque (to name but a few), expect to enjoy 24 days of new products. Available online and in store from Wednesday 24th October. See pic seven (below) for something a little bit more purse-friendly...

Know a beauty lover and don't know what to get them for Christmas? Take a look at our (more affordable) Christmas gift guide for beauty lovers

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6. Get creative and choose your own advent calendar gifts

For a more personal option, we love the idea of filling this gorgeous Red House Advent Calendar from Not On The Highstreet with advent gifts that mean something to their recipient: chocolates, written memories, small keepsakes, photographs and IOU vouchers are just a few ideas. 

red hosue advent calendar from not on the highstreet

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7. An affordable beauty advent calendar

If you love the idea of a beauty advent calendar but don't want to fork out the hundreds of pounds that some of them cost, the M&S Beauty and Make-up Advent Calendar is a more affordable alternative. 

Boasting brands such as L'Occitane, This Works, REN and Nuxe and costing just £35 when you spend £35 at M&S, this advent calendar is a must for beauty addicts. Available from 1st November. 

beauty advent calendar by m&s

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8. The ultimate luxury advent calendar

Home, beauty and fragrance lovers should get set to bask in the beauty of Diptyque's 2018 advent calendar. Complete with a selection of best selling candles, eau de toilette and body creams, an advent calendar is a great introduction to all that Diptyque has to offer. 

Pick up your Diptyque advent calendar in early November – and check out our selection of the best Christmas candles

candle advent calendar by diptyque

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9. The stationery lover's advent calendar

Loved one who can't get enough of stationery, or bit of an organisational obsessive yourself? We know we are, so when we heard that Kikki K – everyone's favourite Swedish stationery brand – were releasing a 25 day calendar comprised of gorgeous gifts, we were beyond excited. 

Pick up the Kikki.K Lover's Advent Calendar exclusively at Selfridges.

kikki k stationery advent calendar available exclusively at selfridges

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10. Let's not forget the chocolate calendar

While we've harped on about alternative advent calendars throughout this entire feature, sometimes you just can't beat a good, old fashioned, chocolate calendar.

Big fans of Lindt, we can't think of chocolates we'd rather unwrap during the lead up to Christmas. Find the Lindor Advent Calendar online and at Lindt stores across the UK. 

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11. Possibly (definitely) the best advent calendar design this year...

A sizeable proportion of the advent calendar experience is the packaging and L'Occitane got it completely right this year, producing what is probably (read: definitely) the prettiest calendar on the market.

Pick up the Luxury Advent Calendar before they run out and enrich your life with its selection of beautiful bath and body products.

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12. The tea-lover's advent calendar

If you, or a friend, are fans of all things tea, the Holland & Barrett Tea Advent Calendar is an affordable option that provides the perfect opportunity to try out 24 of the brand's organic teas. From Peppermint and Pineapple to Hibiscus, Oolong and Matcha, you'll find a mix of old favourites and new flavours to try out. 

tea advent calendar from holland & barrett

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13. A budget-friendly calendar for kids (and big-kids)

An affordable alternative to the popular Lego Advent Calendar, the Blox Advent Calendar from Wilko allows children (and adults) to build festive scenes during the build up to Christmas, making it a great alternative to traditional chocolate calendars. 

Blox pieces are compatible with the leading brand, meaning, they'll slot of perfectly into a larger collection once Christmas is over.

blox advent calendar from wilko

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