35 best advent calendars for women 2023 UK | The Sun

LOOKING for a unique way to countdown to Christmas this year? These are the best advent calendars for women.

Whether you're shopping for gifts or treating yourself, advent calendars are the perfect way to get into the festive spirit. And, this year's editions are filled with the most luxe of goodies, from beauty treats to artisan drinks and nibbles.

Forget cheap chocolate or even a picture behind each door: these days, advent calendars are serious business, with some of the most iconic brands releasing coveted editions that sell out year after year. Think the likes of Liberty, Cult Beauty and Jo Malone, to name a few.

Now is the time to start picking yours up, with many calendars having already officially launched and others being up for pre-order.

We've handpicked the best advent calendars for women below, with a wide range of price points and treats inside, whatever your taste and budget.

Best advent calendars for women at a glance:

  • Best overall advent calendar: Charlotte Tilbury Lucky Chest of Beauty Secrets
  • Best beauty advent calendar: Look Fantastic Beauty Advent Calendar 2023
  • Best advent calendar for mum: Bonne Maman Advent Calendar
  • Best advent calendar for girlfriend: The Premium Gin Advent Calendar
  • Best sexy advent calendar: Lovehoney x Womaniser Sex Toy Advent Calendar



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Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte's Lucky Chest of Beauty Secrets

Charlotte Tilbury Lucky Chest of Beauty Secrets advent calendar
  • Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte's Lucky Chest of Beauty Secrets, £160 from Charlotte Tilbury – buy here

Legendary make-up brand Charlotte Tilbury is back with another beauty advent calendar for 2023 – and we've been tipped off that it's already five times more in demand than 2022's offering.

Always super-popular with beauty fans, the above stat means it's likely to sell out very soon indeed, so we advise purchasing fast to avoid disappointment.

Coming in at £160, but offering a staggering £244 worth of products, the advent calendar is presented in a luxurious box, where behind each of the 12 jewel-handled drawers, you'll find some of the brand's award-winning makeup and skincare icons.

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From a travel-size Charlotte's Magic Serum Crystal Elixir to a full-size Charlotte's Magic Lip Oil Crystal Elixir, it's all in there – plus you'll also automatically qualify for a free gift as, as part of a current offer on orders over £90.

Need we say more? Don't walk – run!

Amount of items: 12

Delivery time: Express delivery available.

Look Fantastic Beauty Advent Calendar 2023

  • Look Fantastic Beauty Advent Calendar 2023, £99 from Look Fantastic – buy here

Update your beauty collection with the Look Fantastic advent calendar worth over £565 – its highest-value edition to date.

This year's calendar includes 27 products from brands including Sol De Janeiro, Nudestix, Color Wow and Nars, which you'll find behind the 25 daily doors.

There are some great ways to save, too. If you subscribe to the Look Fantastic Beauty Box, you'll get an extra £15 off the Beauty Advent Calendar. Or if you're pressie shopping, buy two calendars to get them for £90 each – or buy three and save over £35.

As with all beauty advent calendars, this one's super popular, so get in there quickly to make sure you don't miss out.

Worth: £565 Amount of items: 27

Delivery time: Next Day available.


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Lovehoney X Womanizer Sex Toy Advent Calendar

  • Lovehoney X Womanizer Sex Toy Advent Calendar (24 Piece) £425.99 £135 from Lovehoney – buy here

If you're looking for something a little spicier this Christmas, then Lovehoney's Womaniser Sex Toy Advent Calendar might be the perfect treat.

An amazing saving on the highest-quality sex toys, the calendar features the Womaniser Classic 2, which is worth £119 alone.

Inside, find 24 different sex toys, bondage, games and more including mini wands and massage oil.

Shoppers agree that it's a fantastic advent, with one saying "I bought this after years of not using toys. It’s been brilliant for the money. My favourite item is the womaniser – wow!"

Plus it is on offer so shoppers can save 68%, which is the equivalent of just under £300 on this bundle.

Amount of Items: 24

Delivery time: Free and standard is three working days

Diptyque Advent Calendar

  • Diptyque Advent Calendar, £390 – buy here

If you're shopping for the ultimate luxury advent calendar – look no further than Diptyque's limited edition Advent Calendar of fragrant treasures.

Filled with 25 decadent treats, it's perfect for sampling the label's bestselling scents across fragrance, home candles and bath and body products, so you can recreate your own spa in every room of the house.

Some of the festive scents to expect inside, includes Sapin, Délice, and Coton.

At just under £400, it's certainly one of the more extravagant advent calendars out there – but it's worth a lot more, so it's a great chance to try out some iconic cult items for less.

Amount of items: 25

Delivery time: Free standard delivery within 3-5 working days or free same-day delivery in London (Available for select postcodes).

NIO Cocktails 24-Cocktail Celebration Box

  • 24-Cocktail Celebration Box, £135 from NIO Cocktails – buy here

Love cocktails but don't love making them? NIO's got you covered.

With its 24-Cocktail Box, you'll get to sample every cocktail waiting behind each door (with accompanying dried garnish) that have already been pre-made and housed in sustainable and transportable packaging.

You can expect to find classic mixes like a Negroni, Margarita, Cosmopolitan, Old Fashioned and Espresso Martini alongside other delicious concoctions. All you need to do is pour over ice, or however you like to enjoy your tipple, and slurp away.

This calendar contains two of every cocktail, which means you can sample it twice, or enjoy a cocktail with your friends, housemate or partner come the evenings.

It's available to order now – plus Eden Reforestation Projects will plant five trees for every purchase.

Amount of items: 24

Delivery time: 3-4 Day Delivery across the UK, and 1-2 Day Delivery to England and Wales.

Rituals Premium Advent Calendar

  • Rituals Premium Advent Calendar, £165 from Rituals – buy here 

This advent calendar from Rituals is 3D and filled with luxurious treats inside, adding a bit of fun to your calendar set-up, though there are another two advent calendars from rituals to shop, including the Classic Advent Calendar and Deluxe Advent Calendar.

Filled with 24 goodies, eight of which are full size, that are worth a total of £295.50, though it is available to buy for £165 – saving you £130.50.

Inside the Premium Advent Calendar you'll get eight luxurious full-sized Rituals products, as well as LED Christmas lights and private collection bestsellers: think anti-ageing serums, perfume, body creams and more.

Available to shop now, it's worth being quick so you can get your hands on it before it sells out.

Amount of items: 24

Delivery time: 1-3 working days.

Best of Thorntons Advent Calendar

  • Best of Thorntons Advent Calendar, £14 from Thorntons – buy here

Thorntons is one of the long standing confectionary shops many may have grown up with, and rely on to gift sweet treats to a special someone this Christmas. So, if you are looking to elevate your chocolate advent calendar, this is the luxe confectionary bundle to shop.

The Best of Thorntons Advent Calendar is under £15, and contains some of Thorntons most popular chocolates, which range from milk, dark and white chocolate truffles, as well as the new Thorntons Pears Orange Velvet choccie delight.

Some mouthfuls may contain gluten and nuts, so it is not idal for those with allergies.

Amount of items: 24

Delivery time: Standard Delivery takes 3 working days, or Next Day Delivery

Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar

  • Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar, £220 (Worth £1094) from Selfridges – buy here

Selfridges' 2023 beauty advent calendar is an elite creation, as it contains 33 beauty products, across skincare, haircare, make-up, fragrance and home scents, totalling over £1,000.

The bundle features big name brands in the beauty business, such as Byredo, 111SKIN, Penhaligons, MALIN+GOETZ, and many more.

This advent is ideal for those who wish to try new products, ingredients, and brands, but also indulge in a pamper from head to toe this Christmas.

The bundle is a great saving as you are paying a fraction of the price than if you were to buy each item separately.

Plus, there is a Selfridges gift card worth £45 inside too, just in case you want to stock up on some of the products inside the advent calendar, get a larger sample, or treat yourself to something else.

Amount of items: 33

Delivery time: Standard, Nominated, Timed and International delivery options available

Astrid & Miyu 12-Day Advent Calendar

  • 12 Day Advent Calendar in Gold, £325 from Astrid & Miyu – buy here

Astrid & Miyu has a variety of advent calendars available to shop this year, all filled with jewellery pieces.

The collections range from 12-day advents, as well as 24-day in both silver and gold jewellery, as well as the brand's first ever 14k Gold Advent Calendar.

The 12-Day Advent Calendar in gold features 18k gold plated recycled sterling silver accessories, which range from studs, hoop earrings, ear cuffs and a barbell earring too, some of which contain dazzling gems to perfect a sparkling ear curation.

The bundle contains over £600 worth of jewellery essentials inside, saving you almost half price on the full contents.

Amount of Items: 12

Delivery time: Free UK Standard Delivery, plus standard international delivery

That Boutique-y Gin Company Advent Calendar (2023 Edition)

  • That Boutique-y Gin Company Advent Calendar (2023 Edition), £59.95 from Master of Malt – buy here

If you enjoy an alcoholic tipple, then a gin advent calendar is a great way to introduce yourself to some new blends.

Available to buy now, the That Boutique-y Gin Company advent calendar offers a different 30ml sample each day with a miniature sample waiting behind every door in the run down to December 25.

This year, there are some new treats to enjoy, as well as favourites from past editions – all lovingly handpicked by the Drinks by the Dram team.

The alcoholic samples inside include flavours from all over the world, such as Smoked Rosemary Gin, Cherry Gin, Neroli and Yuzu Gin, plus many more.

Choose express delivery for a date that suits you; it'll give you plenty of time to spare before the countdown to Christmas begins.

Amount of items: 24

Delivery time: Express delivery available.

M&S Beauty Advent Calendar

  • M&S Beauty Advent Calendar, from £45 at M&S – buy here

M&S's beauty advent calendar is always a hit, so you'll be pleased to know it's back for 2023 – with the retailer promising that it's "bigger than ever."

Worth an incredible £340, there are 25 hand-picked skincare, bath and body products this year – including 11 that are full-size – from iconic brands like Origins, Aveda, Clinique, Benefit and Pixi.

The treat continues with a luxe metallic beauty case that holds the products and will come in handy for storage whether you use it at home or take it on your travels.

Better still, you can pick it up for just £45 when you spend £35 on Clothing, Homeware or Beauty, which means you can save almost £300 on this festive bundle.

Amount of items: 25

Delivery time: Standard and nominated delivery, as well as collect from store.

Hotel Chocolat 45% Nutmilk Chocolate Advent Calendar

  • 45% Nutmilk Chocolate Advent Calendar, £13 from Hotel Chocolat – buy here

It can be hard to find great quality vegan chocolate, but Hotel Chocolat knows how to deliver.

The brand's signature Nutmilk advent calendar is 45% nut milk, meaning the dinky chocolates are made out of nuts instead of milk – guaranteeing creamy, flavourful bites every time, and dairy free.

These sweet delights, shaped as festive figures, such as a snowman, reindeer and Christmas tree, are so tasty, you wouldn't believe it was vegan, though it is also suitable for vegetarians too.

The chocolate has been moulded into festive figures and you’ll also find a cheerful message behind each door. Milk-free, positive and full of flavour: what more could you want?

Amount of items: 24

Delivery time: Standard delivery, next day and nominated day delivery options available.

24 Days of Premium Beauty Treats Christmas Advent Calendar

  • 24 days of Premium Beauty Treats, £99 from Boots – buy here

If you're a beauty lover who loves discovering new products from the best brands, then this beauty advent from Boots is perfect for you.

New from the retailer, it's an elevated advent calendar that features an array of beauty products from top brands like Sol de Janeiro, Lancome, Arkive, Liz Earle, REN and more.

Made for beauty fans, inside you'll find a mix of skincare and makeup, with more than half the products being full-sized to last long after Christmas.

Worth a whopping £467.91, it's an amazing saving of over £368.

Considering the bundle retails for under £100, yet contains products like the REN Brightening Dark Circle Eye Cream that is worth £49 alone, makes this an absolute steal.

It's a popular pick with shoppers with many praising its 'great selection' and that it's 'great value for expensive products'.

Amount of Items: 24

Delivery time: Free and three to five working days

The Velvetiser Drinking Advent Calendar

  • Velvetiser Drinking Advent Calendar, £45 from Hotel Chocolat – join the waitlist here

Every festive season the Velvetiser was one of the most popular Christmas gifts – and for good reason.

Now Hotel Chocolat has unveiled a brand new advent calendar that's perfect for the Velvetiser lover in your life.

This year, the advent calendar features 24 different sachet flavours including classics like 45% Nutmilk, 85% Dark and with festive flavours like Mince Pie, Salted Caramel & Clementine and Mint, plus many more.

It's a great way to try out a variety of flavours for the holiday season and is no doubt going to become a bestseller this year.

However, the Velvetiser Drinking Advent Calendar is "crafted in limited numbers only", according to the website, which is why shoppers must join the waitlist to avoid missing out.

Amount of Items: 24

Delivery Time: 3 – 5 working days from £3.95

Kiehl's Limited Edition Holiday Advent Calendar

  • Kiehl's Limited Edition Holiday Advent Calendar, £109 from Kiehls – buy here

Kiehl's Limited Edition Holiday Advent Calendar is back once again.

Featuring 24 skincare gifts behind each yuletide door, this advent calendar will set you up with a whole new skincare routine come the end of December.

Inside you'll find cleansers, face masks, serums, moisturisers and more from the famous apothecary brand, including several favourites like the Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado which we reviewed and loved, and the Ultra Facial cleanser.

The advent calendar allows you to navigate a full, and thorough, skincare routine from start to finish, both morning and evening.

The bundle has been flooded with praise from shoppers, with some hailing the festive countdown "the best of the best of the best!"

Amount of items: 24

Delivery time: Next Day Delivery available.

Yankee Candle Advent Book

  • Yankee Candle Advent Book, £49.99 from Yankee Candle – buy here

Is there anything more festive than a candle that smells like Christmas? Yankee Candle has Christmassy candles aplenty.

With the Yankee Candle Advent Book customers will find a calendar filled with votive candles and scented tea lights in a festive fragrance during the 24-day lead-up to Christmas.

The fun doesn't stop there, as the countdown also features a glass tea light holder.

If you'd prefer something smaller (and cheaper), Yankee Candle also offers an Advent Wreath for £27.99.

If you are looking for larger scented candles to fill your home with warm cinnamon aromas this December, you can shop large jars.

Explore the rest of Yankee Candle's advent calendar collection here.

Amount of items: 24

Delivery time: 2-4 working days (free standard delivery on orders over £35).

Bird and Blend Tea Advent Calendar

  • Tea Advent Calendar, £38 from Bird and Blend – buy here

Who doesn't love a hot brew on a cold morning?With this advent calendar from Bird and Blend customers will find 48 bags of tea, which means two tea parcels every day in the lead-up to Christmas.

Whether you choose to have two cups of tea throughout the day, or enjoy a morning brew with your housemate, or partner, every morning in the run up to Christmas is up to you.

This year blends include Strawberry Lemonade, Banana Bread Chai and Hazelnut Rocher tea to name but a few. What you can be certain of is that each blend will be unique and warm.

Choose between regular or caffeine-free tea, and also feel guilt-free because this calendar is 100 per cent plastic-free and recyclable, including tea bags.

Amount of items: 48 (two tea bags per day)

Delivery time: Standard (2-3 working days), First Class (1-2 working days) or Tracked Next Day.

Liberty Advent Calendar 2023

  • Liberty Advent Calendar 2023, £250 – buy here

An annual occurrence, the Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar sold out in 2022, as well as previous years, even in 2019 queues stretched around the department store to snap up the festive countdown.In fact, last year, it was the fastest-selling product in the department store's 147-year history.

Every year, the luxury icon goes one better with its selection of cult products from The Liberty Beauty Hall – and it's finally unveiled its newly designed Beauty Advent Calendar 2023 which lands at midnight on 27 September.

Housing over £1,043 worth of products for just £250, this year's offering contains 29 goodies from super luxe brands including Vilhelm Parfumerie, Bibbi Fragrance, Sunday Riley, Le Labo, Augustinus Bader, Charlotte Mensah and Rose Inc. – plus there's even jewellery for the first time, courtesy of Estella Bartlett

Including full and sample-sized products that cover haircare, skincare and make-up, one thing's for sure – this calendar won't hang around for long.

Be sure to register your interest by heading over to the sign-up page linked above.

Amount of items: 29 (including 20 full-size products)

Delivery time: UK Next Day delivery.

Macmillan 24 Doors of Joy Beauty Advent Calendar

  • Macmillan 24 Doors of Joy Beauty Advent Calendar, £90 from Boots – buy here

Boots is always a go-to destination for getting top beauty on a bargain and its annual Macmillan advent is back, with even bigger savings.

Supporting Macmillan Cancer Support, this advent calendar is complete with 24 beauty products across skincare, body and makeup from brands including No7, Ted Baker, Sleek and more.

There's an assortment of items including luxurious skincare from Liz Earle to cleanse and revitalise and soothing pillow spray from The Botanics.

It's always a favourite with Boots shoppers and currently has an average of 4.7-star rating with customers praising how 'gorgeous' and 'great value' it is.

One added: "Bought for my daughter she loved it so much, lots of different makeups and well-known products. So different to other advent calendars and very reasonably priced."

Amount of Items: 24

Delivery time: £3.95 Standard Delivery

Tapp'd Cocktails Christmas Countdown Box

  • Tapp'd Cocktails Christmas Countdown Box, £41.99 from Not On the High Street – buy here

If you're a cocktail lover, then this advent from Tapp'd Cocktails is perfect for you, or to gift to a loved one to make their countdown to Christmas all the more exciting.

Tapp'd is a British brand that creates ready-to-serve cocktails from fresh fruits and award-winning spirits.

Ideal for anyone who's low-maintenance, as it contains a dozen 175ml bottles of numerous cocktails that are made with high-quality ingredients and pre-mixed for a fuss-free cocktail evening.

With flavours like Mango Margarita, Cosmo, Mojito, Pornstar Martini and more, you can enjoy your favourite cocktail in the comfort of your own home.

The 12-day advent calendar means you will find a new tipple waiting behind each door every other day in the run up to December 25.

Whether you sample them every other evening, save for the weekend, or even for Christmas Day when guests arrive for festive fun is up to you.

Amount of Items: 12

Dimensions: 33 x 26 x 19cm

Delivery time: Free DHL delivery

Swizzels Advent Calendar

  • Swizzels Advent Calendar, £5 from Swizzels – buy here

Not really a chocolate fan but still love something a bit sweet behind the door of your advent calendar? Enter Swizzels Advent Calendar.

The brand – best known as the inventors of Love Hearts, Drumstick, Parma Violets, Fizzers and Refreshers bars – offers this fun-looking advent calendar designed in the style of an old-school sweet shop. And naturally, it's full of retro sweets for you to taste.

From the looks of the box, you can expect favourites like the classics we've mentioned above as well as banana skids, fizzers, stingers and more.

But the only way to find out for sure is to get your hands on this sweet calendar yourself.

One happy shopper added: "We get these every year and lovely to have a new design showing the factory insides."

Amount of Items: 23

Delivery Time: 48 hours tracked

Neal’s Yard Remedies’ 12 Days of Beauty & Wellbeing Advent Calendar 2023

  • Neal's Yard 12 Days of Beauty & Wellbeing Advent Calendar 2023, £95 from Neal’s Yard Remedies – buy here

Neal’s Yard Remedies' calendars are always popular: last year's sold out, and its 2023 version is officially available to purchase, so make sure you don't miss out.

Featuring 'a fresh new line-up of natural, sustainably sourced cult favourites and new arrivals', we've had a peek and we can tell you it's filled with 12 amazing beauty products that you'll love. Think brightening and hydrating lotions and potions, and scented treats for the bathroom and bedroom.

There's no need for unnecessary waste because the calendar can be used for storing keepsakes going forward.

Plus, if you purchased last year's calendar, you can reuse your box and simply refill it with the items in this year's iteration as each product comes individually wrapped and numbered – so no need to spoil the surprise.

Amount of items: 12

Delivery time: Next Day Delivery available.

Bonne Maman Advent Calendar

  • Bonne Maman Advent Calendar, from £27.99 from Amazon – buy here

For a sweet treat every day in the lead-up to the big day (Christmas Day, that is), is there anything more wholesome than mini pots of jam? We think not.

In this calendar, you'll receive 23 mini 30g jars of jams, marmalades and spreads specially created for Christmas – plus two surprise gifts on the 1st and 24th of December.

Included are Fig with Cardamom, Orange with Cinnamon, Strawberry and Redcurrant, as well as Apple with Caramel and Cinnamon alongside lots of others.

"I got this as a secret Santa for my work college who loves jam and she was over the moon! It was perfect," reads one impressed shopper's review.

Amount of items: 25

Delivery time: Free and Next Day delivery available.

Penhaligons The Toy Chest Advent Calendar

  • Penhaligon's The Toy Chest Advent Calendar, £395 from Selfridges – buy here

Renowned for its unique, expertly crafted fragrances, Penhaligon's advent calendar is back with an exclusive to Selfridges – and it's as beautiful as ever.

Having branched out from pure fragrance, this advent calendar reflects the brand's artfully curated candles, body lotions and soaps as well as its famous perfumes – meaning you'll get to try something new every one of the 24 days in the lead-up to Christmas.

Giving a teaser, Selfridges says to 'expect appearances from icons like Halfeti, Elizabethan Rose and Endymion, to name a few'.

If you want the whole run down, the full list of scented goodies can be found on the product page: including the uber-popular Halfeti, the gorgeously floral The Coveted Duchess Rose and the fresh and spicy Blenheim Bouquet which was originally created for the Duke of Marlborough.

There are also three 35g candles, one 30g soap, plus lip balm, hand creams lotions and a Christmas charm.

At £395, it may be pricey, but Penhaligon's is a luxury brand steeped in history (it was established in 1870) and has the royal seal of approval both officially and through its collaborations. The brand recently worked with King Charles III on a beautiful, fresh fragrance inspired by his gardens at his Highgrove home.

If it's good enough for the King, it's good enough for us.

Amount of items: 26

Delivery time: Standard delivery, Nominated day or Timed delivery.

Meri Meri Necklace Advent Calendar

  • Meri Meri Necklace Advent Calendar, £64.95 from Harrods – buy here

We love the idea behind this advent calendar from LA-founded party supplies and gifts brand, Meri Meri.

Perfect for little girls and the young-at-heart alike, the 25 windows house a gold-tone charm necklace, as well as 19 enamel charms and tassel attachments to collect every day to add to the pendant.

This super cute jewellery advent calendar allows you to build a super-cute, and ever-changing, charm necklace during the build-up to Christmas.

It comes in an adorable mini gingham suitcase box with numbered trays, which you can keep and store your personal items in after.

Priced at £64.95, it's the perfect companion for the countdown to Christmas.

Amount of items: 25 (including suitcase)

Delivery time: Standard delivery, Nominated day or Timed delivery.

Hotel Chocolat Up to Snow Good Advent Calendar

  • Up to Snow Good Advent Calendar, £8.50 from Hotel Chocolat – buy here

Sometimes you can't beat a good old chocolate advent calendar, especially for kids.

This has little ones in mind, with 24 milk chocolate penguins, Santas and snowmen behind each door, with an extra big surprise on Christmas Eve.

Using only 40 per cent milk chocolate, kids won't be starting the day with too much of a high in sugar, low in cacao, treats and will instead have a more satisfying bite.

While some may choose to indulge in the advent in the mornings, others may save their sweet treat for the afternoon or evening, that option is down to you.

This edible advent calendar is really affordable at just £8.50.

Amount of items: 24

Delivery time: Standard delivery, next day and nominated day delivery options available.

The Body Shop The Advent Calendar of Wonders

  • The Body Shop Advent Calendar, £95 £70 from The Body Shop – buy here

With a generous 25 treats inside The Body Shop's Advent Calendar of Wonders, the products included have been selected as a reminder of the Ghanaian women who work as part of the brand's community Fair Trade project.

Expect to find bestsellers like body butter and face masks inside, including Shea Body Butter and British Rose Shower Gel.

The bundle contains skin-loving ingredients such as aloe vera products, as well as vitamin C and vitamin E, so you can be sure your skin will be hydrated, brighter and well nourished after using these products.

New for 2023, The Body Shop Advent Calendar is a staple for beauty lovers, as you can indulge yourself with a home pamper every day in the run up to Christmas Day and beyond.

Valued at £173.50, you can get all 25 goodies for just £70, which makes a saving of over £100.

Amount of items: 25

Delivery time: Several options including next working day.

The Premium Gin Advent Calendar

  • The Premium Gin Advent Calendar, £89.95 £79.95 from Drinks by the Dram – buy here

If cocktails, beer or wine are not your preferred alcoholic beverage, maybe gin is, in which case the Premium Gin Advent Calendar is for you.

Treat yourself to a tipple each day in the lead-up to Christmas with this gin-tasting advent calendar from Drinks by the Dram.

Filled with 24 30ml wax-sealed drams, this set allows you to try gins from all over the world, including classics like Hendricks and Tanqueray, as well as lesser-known options like Tobermory gin, and many more.

Pair with classic tonic, a more flavoursome mixer, juice or ginger beer, the options are up to you.

The good news is that this calendar is available now, so grab it quickly while it's still in stock.

Amount of items: 24

Delivery time: Standard 3-day service.

Virgin Wines Advent Calendars

  • Virgin Wine Advent Calendars 2023, from £89.99 from Virgin Wines – buy here

Still figuring out your wine palette? Or are you a seasoned wine drinker? Either way, these advent calendars from Virgin Wines are a must-buy.

Coming in three iterations (red, white and mixed), you'll be treated to a sample-sized bottle of a different wine each day – although as to which, you'll have to find out for yourself.

You'll also be treated to a full-sized bottle on Christmas Day for an extra special treat to pair with your roast dinner.

Each calendar is available to reserve now for £10, with the remaining £79.99 billed to you when it's dispatched in November, so be sure to secure yours now in time for the Yuletide festivities.

Amount of items: 24

Delivery time: Named day and saturday delivery

Holland & Barrett Beauty Advent Calendar

  • Holland & Barrett Beauty Advent Calendar, £45 from Holland & Barrett – buy here

Holland & Barrett has announced its 2023 advent calendar, which is available to shop now, and it's one to get excited about.

Filled with 25 skincare, beauty and wellness essentials, worth £179 (its highest value to date) though it retails for a fraction of the price as it can be yours for under £50 – a huge saving of 75% off the RRP of all items.

Several of the products will be full size including the bestselling Weleda Skin Food Body Lotion, VitaSkin Vitamin C Collagen Boosting Serum and Miaroma Rosemary Pure Essential Oil.

It's officially on sale now and is set to be popular, so we'd recommend getting in early.

Amount of items: 25

Delivery time: Several options including Same Day Click & Collect and Next Day Delivery.

The Cartwright & Butler Advent Calendar

  • The Cartwright & Butler Advent Calendar, £210 from Cartwright & Butler – buy here 

If you've decided to spoil yourself or a loved one this Christmas, then Cartwright & Butler is just the ticket.

For fervent foodies, this 24-day advent calendar is filled with an array of the brand's best-selling treats, including chocolate fudge, shortbread rounds, cheese crumbles and soft fruit jellies.

This bundle makes a welcome alternative to chocolate filled advent calendars, and a more elevated festive bundle to fill your stomach.

You'll be wishing the time in bed away so you can taste what's on offer each day in the lead-up to Christmas.

It's selling fast, so best to be quick.

Amount of items: 25

Delivery time: Several options including Next Day Delivery.

Debenhams Beauty Advent Calendar 2023

  • Debenhams Beauty Advent Calendar 2023, now £72.25 £85 – buy here

Say hello to Debenhams' Beauty Advent Calendar, which the retailer promises is "bursting with the biggest names and must-have treats."

Currently reduced to £72.25, it contains make-up, skincare, haircare and fragrance goodies worth £390 – making this an absolute bargain saving you approximately £320.

The bundle features 24 beauty items inside, and 14 of which are full-sized products.

As for the brands? Expect treats from the likes of Huxley, Estee Lauder, Nails Inc, Elizabeth Arden, Urban Decay and plenty more.

"So good, had to buy again this year," reads one five-star review, adding: "I bought this last year also as a gift and my sister was thrilled. For the money, it’s one of the best on the market."

Amount of items: 24

Delivery time: Free standard delivery of 3-5 working days.

The White Company Beauty Advent Calendar

  • The White Company Beauty Advent Calendar, £175 from The White Company – buy here

It's safe to say we all dream of having The White Company home, and lust after transforming their house into The White Company Christmas home.

Make your living spaces a little homelier each day in the lead-up to Christmas with The White Company advent calendar.

Containing indulgent products like the Pomegranate Hand Cream, the Sleep Bath Shot to pamper yourself, as well as the Seychelles Signature Candle and Midnight Mini Home Spray to fill your home with soothing scents, it's the perfect calendar to help you relax and enjoy some relaxing "me time" during the mad rush of the Christmas season.

The elegant front cover features a wreath foil motif that'll look luxe wherever you place it – and with contents worth £273 (a saving of £98), it'll certainly give you that luxurious Christmas feeling, too.

Amount of items: 25

Delivery time: Several options including next day.

Embracing Mindfulness Task Jar  

  • Mindfulness Advent Calendar, £11.95 from Amazon – buy here

There's something rather splendid about an advent calendar that asks us to look inward rather than out.

This Mindfulness Advent Calendar is filled with 24 lovely cards with activities to build a sense of calm and contentedness in the run-up to Christmas – which is well needed with parties, shopping and socialising filling up calendars.

The Mindfulness Advent Calendar is a welcome alternative to food or alcoholic advent calendars, and is ideal for the mindful shopper.

The activities can range from taking a mindful walk, among other wholesome tasks.

Take a breath and have a moment to yourself each morning for less than £15.

Amount of items: 24

Delivery time: Next Day Delivery available.

Artisan Cheese Advent Calendar 2023

  • Artisan Cheese Advent Calendar 2023, £150 from Paxton and Whitfield – buy here

Imagine having a different slice of 75g cheese every day in the lead-up to Christmas…

Well, with this advent calendar from Paxton and Whitfield, you don't need to, because the brand will deliver three fresh deliveries of artisan cheese right to your door.

Paxton and Whitfield say the calendar will contain festive classics like Gruyere and Stilton as well as other more unique concoctions from all over the UK and Europe.

Among the classic cheeses, this advent will also feature exclusive savoury delights to sample too.

While some will gladly nibble on the cheese sample in the morning, others may wait for lunch time, or the evening, or save to create your own cheeseboard come Christmas Day.

There are only 750 calendars available, so make sure you order yours today to secure availability.

Amount of items: 24

Delivery time: Three fresh cheese boxes delivered on 30th November, 8th December and 15th December.

Where to buy advent calendars for women in the UK?

There are plenty of places to pick up a great quality advent calendar for women, whether you head to a retailer with its own release (for example Look Fantastic, Boots and Master of Malt) or to a more general stockist such as a supermarket or Amazon.

Check out our top recommendations below:

  • Master of Malt
  • Ocado
  • Neal's Yard Remedies
  • Amazon
  • Look Fantastic
  • Yankee Candle
  • Oliver Bonas
  • NIO Cocktails
  • Bird and Blend
  • Selfridges
  • Hotel Chocolat
  • Rituals
  • The Body Shop
  • Virgin Wines
  • Holland & Barrett
  • Cartwright & Butler

How much do advent calendars cost?

We'll cut to the chase: prices massively vary when it comes to advent calendars for women, so it all depends on how much you're looking to spend.

In our search, the cheapest option was the Swizzels Advent Calendar at £6 (perfect for a fun taste of retro sweets) while the priciest was Penhaligon's The Toy Chest Advent Calendar at £395: a definite splurge but uber luxurious!

What are the best beauty advent calendars?

Beauty advent calendars nearly always sell out because of the huge savings many brands offer when you buy one.

Some of the best are the Neal's Yard 12 Days of Beauty & Wellbeing Advent Calendar, Look Fantastic's 2023 offering, The Body Shop's box of treats, the beauty calendar from Holland & Barrett and The White Company's Beauty Advent Calendar.

What is the best women's advent calendar?

This depends on what you're looking for. If you're all about big savings, then Look Fantastic's Beauty Advent Calendar 2023 is worth over £565 – its highest-value edition to date – but costs just £99, saving you an incredible £466.

If alcoholic drinks are your cup of tea, then the That Boutique-y Gin Company Advent Calendar offers lots of fresh flavours to try.

Most will tell you what's inside, so if you don't mind spoiling the surprise, you can make a judgement for yourself about which advent calendar floats your boat.

Is Marks and Spencer doing an advent calendar in 2023?

It sure is! M&S's bestselling beauty advent calendar will be available to buy in-store and online from 26 October. This year's edition is worth £340 so don't miss out when it goes online. You can buy it for just £45 when you spend £35 on Clothing, Homeware or Beauty.

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What is an advent calendar?

An advent calendar is a countdown to Christmas, that begins on the 1st of December and ends on the 24th or 25th.

Most of the time, there are 24 or 25 doors to open every day, with each one revealing a surprise – that could be chocolate, gin or beauty products, depending on which calendar you choose –although some calendars only offer 12 days.

Want to find more savings on your online shopping? Then head to Sun Vouchers where you can get discounts and voucher codes from hundreds of top retailers including B&Q, Boots, Iceland, Lookfantastic, Dunelm, Adidas and more.

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