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Everyone loves an advent calendar and in recent years they've evolved from chocolate countdowns for children to luxury gifts for adults.
This week's episode of Yahoo's lifestyle podcast, The Life Edit, looks at what's out there, what's worth investing in - and what should probably be left along with the discarded paper hats.
Senior Lifestyle Editor, Flic, and Shopping Editor, Sabrina, discuss their own favourite kinds of advent calendars, how the whole thing began (a lot further back than you might imagine), and take a thorough look at the advent options.
Whether it's Hotel Chocolat luxury, expensive Fortnum's exquisiteness or cheap and cheerful Cadbury's they've got the chocolate options covered.
They also investigate the best beauty calendars on offer this year, which are packed with mini and full-sized treats for cosmetic queens, and look at some of the more unusual options, from flavoured teas to sex toys.
Lively, funny, and always trustworthy, the Life Edit podcast covers every aspect of lifestyle, and why it matters. Whether it's shopping, travel, fashion, homes, gardens, food and furniture, royal and relationships or health and family, each episode takes a speedy deep dive into the topics that matter.
If you think it's too early to even consider Christmas, Flic and Sabrina are here to challenge that notion. "They sell out fast" warns Sabrina- so you'll need this indispensable guide to the calendars that count this Christmas.
5 of our favourite 2021 advent calendars
Lookfantastic Advent Calendar 2021 | £85 (Worth £414) from Lookfantastic
Lookfantastic has launched their hotly anticipated Beauty Advent Calendar for this year, and after last year's pre-sale sell-out success, as well as selling out for six years in a row, this is not to be missed. Big brands across skincare, cosmetics and hair care, such as ESPA, Aveda, Nars and Kate Somerville are among some of the luxury labels included in the Christmas countdown. Plus beauty subscription box members - new and existing - can get an extra £15 off.
Ted Baker Advent Calendar | £45 from Boots
This Ted Baker Christmas countdown has 24 goodies waiting behind each door, from make-up and skincare essentials to beauty tools, as well as haircare treats, for the ultimate pamper.
From a body cream and under eye sheet mask, to blush and highlighter palettes, eye lash curlers and tweezers, Ted Baker has left no stone unturned with this almighty bundle.
That Boutique-y Gin Company Advent Calendar | £49.99 from Masters of Malt
A yearly favourite amongst gin lovers, this calendar from Boutique-y Gin Company means that you'll be discovering 24 different 30ml wax-sealed sample drams of incredible, inventive, immensely tasty gins every single day in December.
Fortnum's Chocolate Truffle Selection Advent Calendar, 250g | £35 from Fortnum & Mason
Fortnum & Mason have launched their fancy advent calendar to sweeten up the countdown to Christmas. Famous for their hampers, the company has just put out a Christmas brochure which includes this selection of fancy truffles with extraordinary flavours including Marc de Champagne, Christmas Pudding, and Christmas Spice Butter Biscuit. Plus shoppers can enjoy discounts on wine.
The Grand Advent Calendar | £68 from Hotel Chocolat
Hotel Chocolat have brought out an advent calendar with extra special treats. It contains twin packs of truffles, festive chocolate slabs and selector packs. You can dig into one of their Dark Chocolate Batons or a pair of decadent Cinnamon Bun truffles. The Cacao Gin and Velvetised Cream Liqueur miniatures are a nice evening treat. As well as chocolate you'll find an array of tipples, beauty products, and creamy hot chocolate. Even better, new customers can enjoy 9% off their first order.