10 of the best advent calendars available to buy for 2020 - from gin to beauty

Tuesday, 1st September 2020, 11:01 am
Updated Monday, 12th October 2020, 2:07 pm

While it may still be summer, many of us are starting to plan for Christmas, and how best to count down to the big day than with an advent calendar?

As supermarket shelves and online stores start to fill with festive treats, we take a look at some of the best advent calendars for this year, from those stuffed full of beauty products to ones fit for foodies.

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LEGO Star Wars

LEGO and Star Wars fans can count down to Christmas with this special calendar, which includes Star Wars mini figures such as Poe Dameron and Darth Vader. There are also Christmas sweater decorations and Tauntaun with a red nose.

Once all the doors are open, there's a fold out playmat for kids to enjoy their own Star Wars festive adventure.

The calendar is available now, priced at £24.99 from John Lewis.

Jo Malone

A sell out each year, this iconic calendar is home to 24 miniature Jo Malone products from candles to bath oil.

Housed in the chic townhouse box, the calendar costs £320, which given the retail price of the brand’s products, isn’t too surprising but is most certainly one for the wishlist for most.

The townhouse advent calendar will be available exclusively online from 1 October for a two week period, before a nationwide launch in all stores.

Feel Unique

The discount beauty website has launched their 2020 advent calendar for £89  - and it contains £250 worth of products.

Brand names included range from This Works, Charlotte Tilbury, Elemis and Emma Hardie. Those keen to get their hands on this box of treats will need to be quick, as it usually sells out quickly.

The advent calendar will be available to pre-order from 16 September at Feel Unique.

Popcorn Shed

For a slightly different sweet treat this December, why not try an advent calendar from Popcorn Shed?

Behind each of the doors, you'll find a packet of mini popcorn in flavours such as salt and vinegar, toffee and smoky maple.

There is a new vegan, free-from calendar as well as a gourmet option and both are ideal for those looking for something a bit different from traditional chocolate.

Available to pre-order now, priced at £20.

Gin calendar

Toast the countdown to Christmas with a premium gin advent calendar from Drinks by the Dram. Inside each window is a different 30ml wax-sealed gin from brands such as Hendrick's, Roku and Edinburgh Gin.

The calendar is priced at £84.95 and available to pre-order now from Master of Malt, with an estimated dispatch date of 8 October.

Whisky calendar

If you'd prefer a dram to a gin then you're in luck as Drinks by the Dram also have a whisky advent calendar.

Much like the gin one, there are 24, 30ml wax sealed whiskies behind each door from a range of  single malts to blends, rye and more.

Whiskies include Glenfarclas, BenRiach and Dalmore and the calendar can be pre-ordered on Master of Malt now for £149.85 with an estimated dispatch date of 8 October.

Lush

The Lush advent calendar is back, and this year it includes 24 vegan products, which are a mix of retro and new products including scrubs, body washes and bath bombs.

Made from 100 per cent recycled materials, the Lush  calendar is priced at £185 and is available to pre-order now.

Diptyque

The Diptyque calendar is another fast seller, and is once again home to 25 mini products from the brand - from candles to perfumes and body care.

Ideal for fans of the French brand, this one is a budget buster at £320 and will go on sale on 15 October.

Cadbury

For traditionalists, Cadbury have a range of chocolate calendars available for Christmas 2020, including a Dairy Milk and white chocolate options.

The white chocolate calendar is priced at £2.19 and is available exclusively at ASDA stores whereas the Dairy Milk calendar has filled with chocolate treats, including walnut and caramel, and has a RRP of £5.99.

Harry Potter

M&S have launched a special edition collection of Harry Potter sweet treats in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, and there's an advent calendar ideal for fans to countdown to Christmas.

The Harry Potter Enchanted Forest Advent Calendar is £12 and filled with milk chocolate snowballs, soft enchanted animals, and solid milk chocolate gold discs – and a special Harry Potter quiz.

Calendars to look out for

For the last few years the Ilchester cheese advent calendar has been popular, as has the Aldi wine countdown to Christmas. Beauty fans can usually pick up the M&S calendar for a discount when a certain amount is spent in store.