Let the countdown begin with our round-up of the best advent calendars out there.
Once upon a time the 1st of December was greeted with mass excitement as the first window on the advent calendar was opened. In those days (okay, we are talking the 1980s) the only treat behind that window was an illustration of either a religious figure or a red robin, and that was still exciting. Nowadays, pretty much anything goes when it come to calendars and there’s much more to get excited about than just a pretty picture. Alcohol, beauty, chocolate and even pets are covered when the countdown begins, and here are our Fabric faves:
Fizz and Gin
British Home Stores: Good old BHS has 2 fab calendars available this year for those of us who enjoy a wee festive tipple. The ‘Sparkling Advent Calendar’ (£125) has 24 mini (20cl) bottles of white and rosé sparkling wines, as well as a mini Laurent Perrier Champagne to save until New Year’s Eve (if you can wait that long). The ‘Ginmas Advent Calendar’ (£100) has a full-sized bottle of The Lakes Gin to try with 24 different flavour tonic waters from expert producers like Fentimans and Fever Tree.
Esthechoc: What’s this, a chocolate advent calendar that’s proven to improve skin health? ‘Smart chocolate’ Esthechoc does not raise insulin levels and is packed full of natural antioxidants. Daily consumption of one small bar has been proven to reduce oxidative damage related to inflammation by 72%. Oh and at only 38 kcal a bar it’s a guilt-free treat! Available from Harrods this advent calendar, priced at £60, sounds the perfect mix of science, skin health and indulgence.
Godiva: Sticking with the more traditional chocolate offering, Godiva always delivers on indulgence. Their ‘Luxury Chocolate Advent Calendar‘ (£28) is packed with luscious and limited-edition chocolate pieces in an amazing array of milk, dark, and white chocolates.
Niederegger Marzipan: Much like Marmite, marzipan isn’t for all, which is why we love receiving it at Fabric HQ as there’s more to go round for the two of us who do love it! And boy are we happy with Niederegger‘s latest advent calendar; featuring 40 mini treats, including their famous marzipan, truffles and praline, this calendar takes you up to the 1st January.
Kiehls: Kiehl’s 2017 Holiday Advent Calendar is designed by Kate Moross. Created exclusively for Selfridges, the red, white and blue colour palette compliments an array of playful illustrations synonymous with Kate’s designs. This generous advent calendar includes 24 of their most coveted best-sellers including 2 full size products and 22 deluxe size samples. Look out for best-sellers like Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Crème de Corps and Facial Fuel Moisturiser. This really is a special gift (for yourself). RRP: £95
ESPA: This is the first year ESPA have created an advent calendar and we are very pleased that they have. 24 doors are filled with lovely ESPA products to keep you feeling calm during the festive period. RRP: £100.
For our Pets
Lily’s Kitchen: Let’s not forget our faithful furry friends though. Lily’s Kitchen is launching its new ‘Christmas Fireside Tails’ collection, made up of sumptuous Christmas meals and treats, which are bursting with natural goodness to help every dog and cat enjoy the festivities alongside the rest of the family. There are different cat and dog advent calendars available at £9.95 each and packed full of healthy treats.