There was a time, not so long ago in fact, when advent morning anticipation meant looking forward to finding a singular chocolate coin or even a painted nativity scene behind a numbered paper door. But it’s 2019 and the times, they are a-changin’. Brands are now clambering over themselves to produce the latest, über luxe advent alternatives — and building up a serious cult following in the process.
And, while we know we have only just entered November, and it still feels a little early to be uttering the C-word, these seriously decadent calendars are already dominating our shelves (and targeted Instagram adverts) – with several of the serious big-hitters already snapped up and sold out.
So, if you’re struggling to know what to buy for the person who has everything this year, why not treat them to one of these seriously extravagant seasonal offerings?
Freshen up: Acqua di Parma Advent Calendar
Let’s be honest, investing in this calendar is worth it for the packaging alone. Resplendent in Acqua di Parma’s signature sunny yellow tones, this distinctly summery offering is divided into four sections — which collapse to recall the shape of the iconic Acqua di Parma hatbox. Once opened, the calendar is designed to resemble a festive Italian home, and offers a sweet-smelling surprise for each of the 25 days.
Alongside a miniature version of the signature Colonia scent, it also includes Blu Mediterraneo, Le Nobili and Signature of the Sun miniatures. With roll-on vials, bath and body products, and a special surprise for December 25th — this is the calendar which promises to keep you feeling invigorated this winter. £325, harrods.com
Tuck in: Fortnum & Mason Feasting Advent Calendar
Arguably the most quintessentially festive inclusion on this list, there can be few tastier ways to countdown to Christmas than with a special Fortnum’s surprise every morning. Filled with 25 delicious treats – from the brand’s world famous tea, coffee, confectionery, biscuits, preserves, condiments and alcohol ranges – this generously-stocked calendar will ensure that the festive build up has never tasted so good. £200, fortnumandmason.com
Raise a glass: Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar
Savour the world’s most spectacular sippers this advent with this festive box filled to the brim by Drinks by the Dram. Perfect for any open-minded whisky drinker, this calendar features 24 miniatures, including intriguing releases from world-renowned brands and delicious new discoveries, making this a seasonal smash-hit for avid fans and newbies alike.
Unwrap a different 30ml treat each day during advent to make this a Christmas countdown you actually might end up forgetting. Drams include Isle Of Jura 18-Year-Old, Nikka Days and Balcones Texas Single Malt — but we’re keeping the rest a secret. £149.95, masterofmalt.com
Splash the cash: The Very Old and Rare Whisky Advent Calendar Macassar from Drinks by the Dram
If you want to give the gift of a lifetime to the whisky lover in your life, then you’ll be hard-pressed to beat this quite staggering creation by Drinks by the Dram. The Very Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar is teeming with some of the most sublime whiskies in the world right now, with a different 30ml dram of exceptional quality behind each window – whether it’s an expression from a selection of the most revered producers, or treasured samples from long-closed distilleries. There are even drams which are no longer available to purchase, and whisky from a bottle worth £19,000.
The perfect keepsake item, every Very Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar is presented in a bespoke wooden box, hand-crafted by Kent cabinet maker Simon Jewell Designs. This one is finished in wonderful Macassar Ebony, with a Walnut edition also available.
Get creative: Linley Advent Calendar
Inspired by the architecture of Belgravia and crafted from oak burr and sycamore, this remarkable advent calendar from the master craftsmen at Linley presents traditional Christmas household scenes. The illustrations adorning the calendar are brought to life through marquetry in figured sycamore, madrona burr, eucalyptus, birch, bolivar and bird’s eye maple veneers.
The advent calendar features an engravable plaque on the front, designed to resemble London’s famous English Heritage Blue Plaques. Perfect for the more creative gift-giver, there are 24 numbered drawers for you to fully personalise and fill with gifts as well as a signature Linley hidden compartment for Christmas Day. £15,000, davidlinley.com
And, for her: The Ultimate Advent Calendar by Tiffany & Co.
If you’ve got a spare £104,000 lying around, why not treat the woman in your life to the most luxurious advent calendar to ever exist? Behind each door of the four-foot, 11-stone calendar lies a gift in the famous little blue Tiffany box, including an 18ct rose gold pendant with diamonds, the popular Tiffany Key, and a sterling silver harmonica (every home should have one).
Getting your hands on this calendar may prove a little tricky, however, as only four of these extraordinary offerings are being made — with just one available in the UK which will be stocked exclusively at Harrods. The perfect opportunity to show her just how much you love her (and put off that engagement ring for another year). £104,000, tiffany.com
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