The Best Adult Advent Calendars To Get You In The Christmas Spirit
Christmas isn’t just for the kids. While they look forward to the school holidays, Santa and piles of toys under the tree, it is the family time, Christmas feasts and advent calendars that get the adults excited. Yes, the advent calendars.
Forget the $10 supermarket-bought chocolate calendar, the 24-day Christmas countdown has plenty of more sophisticated, adult renditions. Give yourself even more to look forward to this Christmas season by opening up the doors and drawers on one of these grown-up advent calendars.
Gintonica Aussie Gin Advent Calendar Edition 2
Attention all gin aficionados – after a successful first year, the Gintonica Aussie gin advent calendar ($279.95) is back in 2018. Thanks to Australia’s booming gin industry, there are 24 all-different gins to get your senses around this silly season.
As well as the daily surprise tipple, each door contains its own set of tasting notes and serving suggestions from the distiller. For those who want to take their daily gin a little further, there is even a bonus cocktail guide compiled by the Martini Whisperer which might encourage you to get the muddler out and have a go on the tins.
Whether you like to sip, mix or share your gin, there is plenty enough to go around. Each of the 24 minis in this calendar is a generous 50ml in size; not your standard 30ml.
Drinks by The Dram Premium Whisky Advent Calendar
It isn’t often you get presented with a nip of $1000 whisky, but this Christmas you may just get lucky. If you find your hands on one of the Drinks by The Dram’s 2018 premium whisky advent calendars ($375.49), you know you have hit that jackpot.
Hidden somewhere behind one of the 24 doors of this calendar is a 30ml bottle of an ‘old and rare’ blend. Made from the finest of 50-year-old very rare, small batch whiskies, this drop is said to be warm, smooth and elegantly complex.
While the old and rare is reason alone to purchase the premium whisky advent calendar, there are plenty of other good drops to get stuck into over the 24-day period. Alongside the old and rare is Japanese Nikka dram, a 2016 Caol Ila and even some Woodford Reserve Masters Edition. So, without giving too much away, that old and rare blend is in very good company.
Hotel Chocolat Grand Advent Calendar
Not all chocolate advent calendars are made equal, and the Hotel Chocolat Grand Advent Calendar ($122.55) is living proof.
This is no ordinary chocolate filled calendar. Comprising of not just one, but two sides of decadent surprises, this calendar is best set aside for just the adults. Hotel Chocolat do what they do best with treats like the macadamia and coconut ‘snowballs’ and cinnamon bun truffles, but spice it up a little with a cheeky bottle of salted caramel vodka (yes, a bottle of flavoured vodka and their award-winning cacoa gin).
Christmas is the season of indulgence, so why not do it properly?
Fluffy Crunch Fairy Floss Advent Calendar
Sydney’s Fluffy Crunch have given your favourite childhood treat an adult makeover that will have your inner child screaming for more. It may not sound like the most cultured of treats, but with flavours like chilli mango, pina colada and choc orange, this fairy floss has been created with a more sophisticated palate in mind.
As you count down the days to Christmas, each of the 25 doors of the Fluffy Crunch calendar ($140) will reveal a 15gm sample of award-winning fairy floss, along with a daily message. Snack on the daily treat as is, or explore the endless possibilities of fairy floss and try adding it to desserts and cocktails.
Net-A-Porter 25 Days of Beauty
The perfect Christmas countdown for any beauty or travel enthusiast, Net-A-Porter’s advent calendar ($239.25) contains 25 of their best-selling beauty products – in mini form – to get you through the busy party period. Stash the daily treats in your cosmetics bag or handbag, or take it as a chance to give the products a test run before committing to the full sized version.
With no shortage of cult favourites on site, expect to open the drawers to things like travel-sized bottles and tubs of Charlotte Tilbury’s award winning Goddess Skin Clay Mask, Le Labo’s body lotion and shower gel, and even some of Illamasqua’s matte gel sculpt.
L’Occitane Magic Premium Advent Calendar
Get your hands on L’Occitane’s magic premium advent calendar ($180) this Christmas, and get your hands on an impressive selection of the Provence based, cult beauty brand’s portfolio. Featuring sample sizes of 24 of their 100+ sustainable, natural beauty products, this is advent calendar for the serious L’Occitane fan, or simply for someone who appreciates luxurious skin care.
The calendar promises products like the shea butter ultra rich body cream, repairing shampoo, almond milk concentrate and a little tester bottle of the verbena eaud de toilette.
Published 03 December, 2018