Christmas Advent Calendars 2014

With Christmas only 6 weeks away, it' is time to get into the holiday spirit and what better way to do so than to open a new window of your advent calendar every day, for 25 days?

And if you can't make up your mind, here is my 2014 advent calendar round-up :

The Beauty Calendars

Who ever said advent calendars had to be filled with sweet treats has obviously never seen these.

Featuring Liberty's must-have beauty buys, from skincare to scents and everything in between, this advent calendar is the most indulgent way to count down the days to Christmas... Assuming you can resist the urge to open all those windows at once, of course. 

Benefit never fails to impress with their advent calendars. This year is no exception. Their 'Candy-Coated Countdown' features over £100-worth of the brand's best-sellers, including High Beam, the POREfessional and They're Real mascara. This is one of the most popular calendars, so don't wait too long to grab yours or you might just miss out. 

With everything from Katy Perry lashes to Moroccan Oil conditioner and Vaseline, the Beauty at Tesco calendar is the perfect option for all the drugstore addicts out there. 

One for my US readers, this ULTA-exclusive calendar features a new Tarte surprise hidden behind each of its 12 doors. Do I even need to mention the $122 value? Bargain!

The Selfridges advent calendar needs no introduction. It has been the most coveted beauty calendar for the past few years and for good reason. From Urban Decay to Lancôme, YSL and even Khiel's, this calendar is the perfect way to inject some luxury into your morning routine. Only downside? Well, it's probably already sold out by the time you read this. 

Beautifully crafted after the Jo Malone London townhouse, this calendar hides a Jo Malone fragrance, body cream or other little luxury behind each of its 24 doors. 

N°7 Beauty Calendar, £35

Behind each window of the Boots N°7 advent calendar hides one of the brand's best sellers - including skincare, makeup and even nail polish. 

Filled with 12 different skincare products, this is the perfect calendar for anyone who isn't really into makeup, or simply owns too much of it already. Sounds familiar? That's what I thought. 

Expect to find some Essie, Caudalie, and some GlamGlow behind the 24 windows of the YOU Beauty Discovery Advent calendar. Worth  a whopping £240, but retailing for only £49.50, this calendar is, in my opinion, the best value for money.

Filled with 24 mini Paint Pots and Effect blends, this Ciaté advent calendar is the go-to choice for all the nail-art lovers out there. Now the real question is, which one will you wear on Christmas day? 

Inspired by the French tradition of the '13 desserts' and filled with 13 classic L'Occitane products, this advent calendar is the perfect introduction to the brand or the ultimate festive pampering treat for those already in the know. And the best thing? It is currently on sale for £45. Need I say more? 

Treat yourself or a loved-one to the best of the Body Shop with this advent calendar, which features 24 of the brand's best-sellers, including their famous Almond Hand and Nail cream and vitamin E Moisture Mask. 

The Traditional Calendars

If you prefer the traditional chocolate filled-calendars or even the old-school pop-up kind, these are for you :

It doesn't get more traditional than this vintage-style calendar, with its 24 exquisite drawings. 

With two delicious festive chocolate truffles hidden behind each window - think cinnamon, salted caramel and mulled wine flavours -, this is the perfect calendar to share with your other half.  Not in the mood for sharing? You can also go for Hotel Chocolat's classic dark, milk or white chocolate calendar.

Modeled on Fortnum's famous store in Piccadilly, this wooden calendar is filled with delicious, festive treats. Behind each numbered door is something sweet, such as a sugar mice, jelly beans, fondant sweets and of course, F&M's signature chocolates. You can also buy it unfilled for you to put your own treats and gifts in.

Filled with 25 delicious truffles made of Prestat's finest chocolate, this is a calendar fit for a Queen, especially when you know Prestat actually provides treats to Her Majesty herself.

The Not-So-Traditional Calendars

If you just want something quirky and different, why not give these a go?

One for my Canadian readers, this David's Tea advent calendar offers a new blend of tea for each day of Advent, making it the perfect morning treat in the run-up to Christmas Day. 

Featuring 24 different beers in a Christmas-tree shaped box, this is the ultimate adult version of the traditional festive countdown. 

This cleverly named 'Ginvent' calendar contains 24 30ml samples of artisan gins from around the world. And if gin isn't your thing, why not try the tequila, vodka or whiskey version

Filled with 25 'Freedom at Topshop' goodies - including stud earrings, charm necklaces and dainty bracelets -, this is one for the accessory lovers amongst us. 

Each door reveals a tea light candle in one of the brand's signature festive scents, which include 'Candy Cane Lane', 'Sugared Apple' and 'Christmas Cookie' to name a few. 

Which calendar will you go for this year? I personally can't make up my mind between the YOU Beauty calendar and the Yankee Candle one. 

- Elodie x

  1. I work for The Body Shop, fingers crossed I can get staff discount! I would also chose the Yankee candle one, shame it's out of stock already! X

  2. 24 days of tea! What a great idea!

    This year we're trying to embrace the true spirit of xmas and have made an "Acts of Kindness" advent calendar, with a different good deed/task to do each day. There are a few similar ones on the web for printing/purchasing but we'd love to know what you think of our effort:!

  3. Oh my lord, that yankee one!! Would love most of the beauty ones though!

  4. Oh, my God... I want all of those advent calendars! They're so stunning!

  5. Looking amazing!
    Have a nice day!
    Angela Donava

  6. I done a blog post on the beauty at tesco one. The top shop one looks nice too. I may have to buy it

  7. We were all admiring the Liberty one last week....AMAZING!