It’s that time of year again…
Start each morning with a festive surprise and count down to Christmas with our pick of the 12 best advent calendars of 2021 from shops in St James's and nearby Regent Street.
1. Fortnum’s feasting advent calendar
Eat your way through the best of Fortnum & Mason’s Christmas range with its Feasting Advent Calendar. From crunchy Christmas biscuits to smooth jams and spicy chutneys, stock your Christmas cupboard or gift someone special Fortnum’s selection of gourmet goodies.
2. Liberty’s beauty advent calendar
The original beauty advent calendar returns to Liberty for 2021. Consistently topping most wanted lists, this recyclable calendar is bursting with top-rated beauty finds from brands like Le Labo, Olaplex, Dermalogica and Susanne Kaufmann. 19 of the 25 products are full-size, plus one lucky winner will find a golden ticket gifting them £5000 to spend at Liberty. Men aren’t left out with Liberty’s alternative line-up of grooming goodies worth £623. Act quickly as they will sell out.
3. L'Occitane's reusable advent calendar
Designed in collaboration with UK illustrator Kitty McCall, L’Occitane’s floral-inspired reusable advent calendar is not only packed with best-selling products, but it’s a stunning addition to your Christmas decorations. Got a packed party season ahead? Soothe tired feet with its relaxing lavender bath foam and shea butter foot cream. Feel special everyday with L’Occitane’s collection of 24 natural beauty treats.
4. Paxton & Whitfield’s ultimate cheese advent calendar experience
Unwrap emment-all the cheeses this Christmas with Paxton & Whitfield’s Artisan Cheese Advent Calendar. Tuck in to 24 hand-wrapped cheeses, sent straight to your door in three carbon-neutral deliveries. Each specially numbered box contains a factsheet with details about the cheese, its maker and pairing or recipe ideas. With 75g of each cheese, there’s plenty to share – if you want to.
5. LEGO City Advent Calendar at Hamley’s
Build excitement with the kids with LEGO’s City Advent Calendar. The most cherished festive memories are always time spent together so create new traditions and enjoy a challenge every day with easy-to-follow instructions. The only limit is your imagination.
6. Whittard’s warming hot chocolate, coffee and tea advent calendars
Are you a committed tea drinker or can’t function without your coffee? Or do you love a comforting cup of hot chocolate? Whatever your preference, Whittard of Chelsea have the best blends, teas and infusions ready for you each morning. Try the festive blend in its coffee advent calendar for two or sip teas like elderflower and apple, raspberry and rose or the iconic Piccadilly blend from its tea advent calendar. The indulgent hot chocolate advent calendar makes the perfect early Christmas present.
7. Jo Malone’s advent calendar
With everything from soaps and body butters to its signature colognes, Jo Malone’s advent calendar is high on our Christmas list. Packed with year-round favourites, the reusable jewellery box design would look just as lovely housing trinkets and treasures throughout the year ahead.
8. Hotel Chocolat’s indulgent advent calendar
If you're a traditionalist and prefer an advent calendar that's stuffed with edible surprises, look no further than Hotel Chocolat's ultimate chocolate advent calendar. You won't find any basic chocolate coins here though; think cinnamon bun truffles, dark chocolate batons and cacao gin. This year's calendar is a celebration of the magnificent cacao bean in all its forms.
9. Kiehl’s limited edition advent calendar
Put a smile on someone’s face with Kiehl’s limited edition advent calendar, covered in quirky illustrations which bring the magic of Christmas in New York to life at home. Unwrap 24 cult favourites like its nourishing avocado eye cream and ultra facial cream. Kiehl’s everyday commitment to sustainability extends to this beautiful advent calendar which is also fully recyclable so you can look and feel good.
10. Penhaligon’s fragrant advent calendar
Penhaligon’s scent-sational advent calendar contains a selection of its best loved fragrances including Halfeti, Ambar Stone and The Favourite. Look out for other little festive surprises like a Christmas charm, candle, lip balm and more. Five lucky people could also pull a golden ticket from the perfume-shaped calendar to win extra full-size goodies.
11. Molton Brown’s advent calendar
Celebrate Molton Brown’s 50th anniversary with its stunning 2021 advent calendar topped with an illustration of its first Christmas at the original West End location. Count down with 24 drawers filled with fragrances, body lotions, candles and more.
12. The Gruffalo and Friends advent calendar book collection at Waterstone’s
With over eight miles of bookshelves inside Waterstone’s Piccadilly, the largest bookshop in Europe, there’s plenty of stories waiting to be uncovered. Sit down with the kids and enjoy a book a day with The Gruffalo and Friends advent calendar book collection. Discover 24 songs, rhymes and activities from family-favourite, The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler and start each day together.