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The Grown-Up Advent Calendars Worth Counting Down To

If you’re not across grown-up advent calendars, you may not know that luxe skincare and craft gin have replaced bad compound chocolate behind the little cardboard doors.

If you’re not across grown-up advent calendars, chances are that your association with the genre is cartoon-covered cardboard doors opening to reveal bad compound chocolate.

If you’re all caught up, however, you’ll know that advent calendars have become big business, with luxury brands creating their own versions with everything from rare whisky samples to cult-status skincare hiding behind the little doors.

Whisky advent calendars

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Old and Very Rare Whisky advent calendar. Photo: Master’s of Malt

Coming in a bargain $14,455, Master of Malt’s Very Old and Rare Advent Calendar opens the door to 24 drams (30ml) of incredibly hard to find pours. In the mix is a 60 year old single malt Glenfarclas, aged in a cask from 1672, a Japanese Yamazaki from the 1960s (actual age unknown) and a 40 year old Glenfiddich. Unfortunately, the rarity of these whisky means that the calendar sold out immediately.

Priced at a more accessible $216, the Whisky Advent Calendar has a mix of Irish, Scottish and American whiskies and is the perfect way to discover a new favourite. For purists, you can also get Scotch, Japanese and Bourbon-specific calendars.

Diptyque fragrances calendar

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Parisian luxury fragrance brand Diptyque dubs their advent calendar ($570) a ‘discover format’, which is fitting. The gorgeous monochrome book hides away 25 miniature versions of their best-selling candles, parfums and body products in a range of Grecian-inspired scents. These packs sell out quickly, so get in fast. Available through Mecca.

Corgi sock calendar

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The Corgi sock calendar. Photo: Mr Porter

Of course there is a sock advent calendar. This fun little creation from Welsh brand Corgi includes 24 hand-crafted socks with seasonal designs, and a luxe cashmere blend squirrelled away for Christmas Eve. Priced from $495, pick one up from Mr Porter.

High end make-up

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London glamour queen Charlotte Tilbury is known for her cult status skin and beauty goodies, and releases an advent calendar for makeup addicts annually. This year’s Naughty and Nice Magic Box ($295) has a mix of 12 full sized and mini products, including the cult-status Magic Cream moisturiser, Rock ‘n’ Kohl eyeliner and Full Fat Lashes mascara. Given Aussies can’t test drive the products in person, the calendar is a great way to get your mitys on the CT line before committing to full size versions.

Gourmet confectionary

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There’s never a place for compound chocolate. Adelaide favourite chocolates Haigh’s has a fun, fill-it-yourself solution. Purchase the reusable fabric calendar and fill the pouches with your favourite truffles, foiled-wrapped squares or whatever tiny treat your prefer. Win-win.

Travel sized skin savers


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The ultimate goodie bag for Kielh’s lovers. This traditional-style calendar with 24 unisex products ($85), including full sized hand salve and lip balm, and travel sized hair and body products, plus serums, sunscreens, masks and peels. A lovely way to play with some of the brand’s best-selling products.

I’m dreaming of a white (and red) Christmas

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Online wine retailer The Wine Gallery have compiled their 12 most popular drops for the year in a secret 12 pack mix of red, white, rose and sparking wines, hand-picked by award-winning somm Banjo Harris-Plane. The mystery mix comes will handy tasting notes and other cheeky inclusions for $285 (including shipping).

Australian craft gin kit

advent calendar calendars luxury grown-up gin beauty Online craft distillery retailer White Possum offers some of the best local whisky and gin brands in the country – think Archie Rose, Applewood Distillery, Four Pillars, Husk Distillery and plenty more. Trial 25 different gins (all packaged as 30ml versions), along with a Sin-Ko-Nah tonic syrup to craft the best-ever gin and tonics in the lead up to Christmas. Each box showcases Australian-only gin for $229, or you can opt for whisky and gin tasting set with 12 samples a piece.


Published 17 November, 2017