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The best advent calendars for 2023

Beauty, chocolate, toys and more at Drake Circus…

The Christmas countdown is here. This year’s biggest and best advent calendars are hitting the shops now. So head to Drake Circus and uncover this year’s most-wanted calendars, build your own and surprise loved ones… But get them now before they go (don’t forget Click & Collect)…


The biggest and best beauty advent calendars

Photo of Lush advent calendar products
Image provided by Lush

Drake Circus is beauty advent calendar heaven… From Lush’s huge array of bath bombs and lip scrubs to gorgeous selections from Marks & Spencer (in store 26 October and featuring Benefit, Clinique and Ren), Holland & Barrett and Rituals (three incredible choices filled with carefully wrapped products and their first-ever 12-day calendar for men), it’s difficult to choose which one you’ll want.

Rituals advent calendar
Image provided by Rituals


Find Liz Earle, No 7 (one was sold every 10 seconds in the first week of release last year) and Soap & Glory at Boots and, don’t forget, Next are serving up their 2023 calendar filled with ESPA, Clarins and Neom. Enjoy your shopping…


Chocolate advent calendars

Photo of Hotel Chocolat advent calendar
Image provided by Hotel Chocolat


Hotel Chocolat has calendars for all ages (we love cute reindeer and Santa character-filled one) including a grand £75 one while Boots and Superdrug have picks from Cadbury, Haribo, Lindt and more – perfect for nieces, nephews, grandkids and beyond.


Unmissable advent calendars for kids – Lego, toys and Harry Potter

For an advent calendar that’ll last long past Christmas, kids’ toys and books are the perfect solution. Head to Smiggle for fun stationery-packed ideas and The Entertainer for toys (their Mini Brands and Paw Patrol ones are brilliant); Waterstones has inspired book calendars including Mr Men, the Gruffalo and Usborne. Tiger also has build-your-own designs – so you can create your very own bespoke surprise.


Unlikely advent calendars for him and her

The advent calendar craze has exploded over the last few years to embrace everything from craft beer to beautiful charms via delicious food, drink and underwear. Uncover beautifully presented gifts to indulge your loved ones with ideas from Pandora, Ann Summers and Brewdog.


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