One of the best ways to really get into the Christmas spirit is the advent calendar. Opening a new door each day really adds to the festive excitement for kids... and let’s face it, lots of adults too!
Advent calendars have come a long way since their simple 19th century origins and beyond the traditional set of candles or doors on card or wood, they often now arrive full of chocolates, booze, luxury beauty products and plenty of other delights. We’ve rounded up some of the most luxurious advent calendars for you to consider buying in Newcastle this Christmas.
Rituals, Eldon Square
Luxury home and beauty brand Rituals has three advent calendars available this year, each of which boast a stunning festive design and a splendid surprise to wake up to each morning. There’s a Classic calendar (£87.90), a Deluxe (£120.90) and a Premium (£165), each featuring 24 of Rituals' luxurious products to enjoy - the latter two even have twinkling LED Christmas lights built into their beautifully crafted designs.
Molton Brown, Eldon Square
Molton Brown is known for going above and beyond with its luxury advent calendars and this year is no different with a gorgeous gold foil design crafted from recycled materials and inspired by its new Marvellous Mandarin & Spice range. Priced at £210, the calendar comes with 24 iconic Molton Brown products - from fragrances and hand lotions to shower gel and a mini scented candle - plus a few of its Mandarin & Spice items.
The White Company, Monument Mall
Presented in a minimal white box with a simple green foil wreath (as you’d expect from The White Company) their advent calendar (£175) contains 25 gifts because they believe you deserve an extra gift on Christmas Day too! From candles and lotions to home sprays and shower gels, many of The White Company's seasonal favourites are included - some in full-size quantities.
Hotel Chocolat, Blackett Street
For a more traditional - yet equally luxurious - take on the advent calendar, look no further than Hotel Chocolat. The chocolate experts have no less than ten different advent calendars available this year, from children's and vegan-friendly editions to a sharing calendar for two. For all out indulgence, go for the Grand Advent Calendar (£75) - a chocolate lover's paradise packed with tonnes of treats including truffles, liqueur chocs and even some lip balm.
Fenwick, Northumberland Street
Fenwick has a large range of advent calendars – more than 40! – from all manner of premium brands. There’s a beauty gift calendar from L’Occitane to boozy selections from Drinks By The Dram and That Boutique-y Company, chocolate offerings from Lindt, truffles from Charbonnel & Walker and even a jewellery advent calendar from Missoma. The Fenwick 12 Days Of Beauty Calendar (£165) is a popular choice, with 15 beauty products – from shampoos to perfumes, lipsticks to face creams – all selected by beauty expert Rob Draper.
Whittard of Chelsea, Eldon Square
There's nothing more Christmas-cosy than curling up with a warming beverage and Whittard of Chelsea's advent calendars offer that in droves. Their Tea Advent Calendar for Two (£70) features no less than 94 teabags - from classic English Breakfast to flavours like elderflower and apple, and even a Christmas tea - that are perfect for kickstarting each day in the run-up to Christmas. Alternatively, their Hot Chocolate Advent Calendar for Two (also £70) is ideal for chocolate lover's with 48 sachets in indulgent flavours like salted caramel, sticky toffee pudding and crème brûlée.
Charlotte Tilbury, Fenwick
Charlotte Tilbury's 2023 advent calendar is perfect for beauty fanatics. A 12-door calendar, its gorgeous jewel-handled drawers hold an array of the brand's most iconic makeup and skincare items including lipsticks, mascara, moisturiser and setting spray. Priced at £160, and featuring £225 worth of products, it's an advent calendar that's bound to leave you looking and feeling fab throughout the festive season and beyond.
John Lewis, Eldon Square
John Lewis always embrace Christmas big-style and, as you'd expect, they've got a huge range of advent calendars available this year with something to suit everyone. The ever-popular John Lewis Beauty Advent Calendar ((£175.50) comes packed with products from brands like Neom, Clinique and Clarins but there are plenty of boozy advent calendars perfect for lovers of beer, wine, cocktails and fizz. And because the kids deserve a little luxury as well, there's some fab LEGO calendars on offer too.
Boots, Eldon Square
For amazing beauty savings and a luxurious treat every day, Boots is the place to go. Priced at just £99, their 24 Days of Premium Beauty Treats advent calendar features over £460 worth of items - including makeup, bathing products, cleansers, creams and serums - from high-end brands like Fenty, Rituals and Shiseido. Better yet, 14 of those products are full-size too - perfect for keeping you glowing all Christmas long.
Lush, Eldon Square
Lush have gone all out this year with the launch of two limited edition advent calendars each offering 25 indulgent treats, including festive exclusives and retro Lush favourites. The classic Lush Advent Calendar (£195) comes in a beautiful box created by designer Andrew Williams featuring everything from body lotions and bath bombs to lip care products and a scented candle. The Christmas Buds Advent Calendar (£125) boasts a gorgeous dollhouse-inspired design and is packed with bath bombs, bubble bars and bath melts. Both advent calendar boxes are crafted from recycled materials and are perfect for storing treasures in after the advent period is over.
Whether you fancy indulging in fancy chocolatey treats, high-end beauty products or toasty cups of tea in the run-up to Christmas, there's a luxury advent calendar for you in Newcastle so why not kickstart the festive season the right way and treat yourself to one of the calendars above?