Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Sayonara 2021! The 10 Best, Most OTT Advent Calendars to See the Year Out

Although I have been trying to watch my pennies, the sheer fact that it is 2021, I’m still here and the year is nearly over, means I’m not buying another one of those supermarket advent calendars filled with little chocolates that taste like the cheap cardboard that encases them.

Nope, this year, I’m investing in a crazy advent calendar.

After all, has there ever been a greater countdown than one that takes us out of this shitstorm of a year?

If you’re with me, and will take great enjoyment in this year’s countdown PLUS getting to enjoy some Christmas magic, here’s what I’ve got my eye on and what I can suggest for you!

My top 10 Advent Calendars for counting us out of 2021 (and down to Christmas, of course) in no particular order:

1. Let there be light!
The Capsule team is truly a team of dedicated candle fans, so this one is IDEAL. She’s expensive, but so delightful. Presented in a dazzling glitter foiled gift box, inside you’ll find mini versions of 24 of Glasshouse’s most indulgent products – and there’s a little bit of something from each fragrance family. Amongst the goodies you’ll find treats like a Night Before Christmas Dancing Sugar Plums 30g Soy Candle, Melbourne Muse Coffee Flower & Vanilla Body Lotion 50ml and Midnight In Milan Saffron & Rose Eau De Parfum 5ml. It’s a no-brainer gift for those who live for fine fragrance, or a clever way to discover new fragrance as a gift to self.

Glasshouse Fragrances Advent Calendar, $279, Glasshouse Fragrances (Pictured above)

2. Naughty or Nice?
Looking for something different this year? Regardless of whether you’ve been naughty or nice, with this luxurious advent calendar you can count down 24 sleeps until Christmas with eight high-quality sex toys, six bondage items, six intimate cosmetics and lubricants, and four accessories and games. Each day brings a new pleasurable surprise waiting to be explored behind the calendar’s doors, making it the Christmas gift that keeps on giving, and giving, and giving…! Yip, she’s a bit of a splurge, but it’s also a bargain, because these products have a value of more than $800! Get in quick – this is Adult Toy Mega Store’s third year of making indulgent advent calendars and they sell out quickly each year!

Sex Toy Advent Calendar, $299.95, available from Adulttoymegastore

3. It’s a chocolate advent calendar… but not as you know it!
If you’re still after a little chocolate treat advent calendar, but want something that’s a serious step up from the regular cardboard tasting ones, this one is for you! From Honest Chocolat, this 24 day calendar is oh so cute, and includes treats for two. Each numbered house has TWO Honest Chocolat treats & anecdote to brighten your day. Contains a selection of chocolate bonbons and festive chocolates. There’s also single advent calendars, which start from $44. Even better, their delicious treats are gluten free, vegan, soy free, palm oil free, organic and ethically sourced. Sign us up!

Decadent Christmas Advent Calendar FOR TWO, $95, Available from Honest Chocolat

4. Start each day right…
If your morning routine isn’t complete without a cup of coffee, add a bit of something extra special to your morning routine with this truly beautiful calendar from the good folks at Nespresso. For this edition, its stunning packaging has been designed by Johanna Ortiz and takes Nespresso lovers through a different coffee each day from December 1 to 23, with a special gift on the 24. Make your morning coffee an extra treat by taking some time out for yourself to sit and enjoy a special brew in the lead up to Christmas!

Nespresso Advent Calendar, $69, available from November 15 at Nespresso.

5. Cheers to that!
If you know someone who loves a craft beer at the end of a busy day, they will likely lose their Christmas mind over this one. It’s made up of 25 (yes, you get a special Christmas Day beer too!) craft beers, fresh from independent craft breweries – particularly the local, unique and small ones. The beers span the spectrum of styles but there’s a large selection based on popular hoppy styles like IPA and pale ale. Cheers!

The Craft Beer Advent Calendar, $199.99 by The Beer Library

6. Get Happy Feet…
Treat your feet to 24 days of festive joy, with this cute advent calendar from Happy Socks. Each day there’s a new Christmas themed pair of cotton socks to don for the day. It comes in two size options – 36-40 or 41-46 – and will be sure to brighten your December.

24 Days Of Holiday Socks Gift Set 24-Pack, $225, Available from Happy Socks.

7. Suits me to a T…
Tea lovers rejoice, here is the calendar for you! Sip your way to Xmas as you sample 24 teas, from old favourites to new friends to scrumptious festive blends. All presented in a beautiful calendar, there are two options available: teabags or loose leaf.

T2 Advent Calendar, $50, from T2

8. Bathe in Christmas…
Emma and I once talked to a woman who worked for Lush who explained that her job had been to go to another country and immerse herself in their Christmas markets/celebrations/traditions/spirit and come back to report to the group – who also each went to a different location, and that from there they would work out which new creations to make for their Christmas collection. To this day, I simply have not heard of a better job. In short, Lush knows how to do Christmas well. And this calendar is total OTT Christmas indulgence and I need one. There are 25 treats – most of them full sized and Christmas themed, from my fave Yog Nog Shower Gel 100g, to Cinnamon Roll Bubble Bar 200g and a Twilight Bath Bomb 200g to ensure you get a dreamy good sleep while you wait for Santa. This is just the kind of OTT thing we all need in 2021.

Lush Advent Calendar, $385, Lush

9. Treat Yourself From Head to Toe…
ASOS makes a pretty legendary advent calendar, with 24 treats for your face and body – all for 74% off what you’d expect to pay at retail. It includes 24 goodies – 15 of them are full sized products – each individually boxed inside a branded tote. Amongst the treats you’ll fine a full-size Mac Lipstick in Whirl, full-size Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask, 7ml Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum and 15ml Clinique Take The Day Off Balm.

ASOS Face + Body 24 Day Advent Calendar $193, available from ASOS

10. Screw it, it’s been a hell of a year – take all of my money!!
If your year has been utter hell and you’d like to throw money at something totally indulgent and OTT, look no further. I don’t know if it’s just me, but something about mini-size beauty products make me lose my mind a little. Besides the, aw-that’s-cute factor, they’re so handy to pop in your bag, purse or when you’re travelling. This advent calendar has an OTT white and gold box adorned with gold leaves – you can feel extra good about it though because it is a plastic-free gift box, made of 100% cardboard sourced from sustainably managed forests. Inside you’ll find 24 surprises – 17 minis, 6 full sizes and 1 gift. And, maybe it’s a steal after all, because it’s actually valued at $945??

YSL Yves Saint Laurent Advent Calendar, $449, available from Themarket.com

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