Advent calendars: 10 to buy now before they sell out in Australia

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child looks at the advent calendar. Baby girl in a Christmas hat and pajamas shows on first gift.
Advent calendars don't have to be for children. Credit: Getty Images

It's that time of year when we've started to think about Christmas. With Australia Post at capacity delivering lockdown parcels, this year it's essential to be extra organised. 

Advent calendars are the first thing on the list to think about - which means ordering now so they're delivered by December 1. 

Gone are the days of cheap chocolate in a cardboard box; today's advent calendars can add a touch of luxury to the festive period. We've picked some of the best; buy them now before it's too late!

NET-A-PORTER Beauty Advent Calendar

Start Christmas with a bang with this luxe beauty edit. It contains 17 full-size and eight travel-size products from cult-favourite brands, including a Charlotte Tilbury eyeliner, Victoria Beckham Beauty lipstick, Susanne Kaufmann Mallow Blossom Bubble Bath and a Claus Porto Banho Citron Verbena-scented candle. With these luxury products, you'll get to Christmas looking and feeling fabulous. There's no price tag or release date yet, so keep an eye on Net-a-Porter for more details as they're released. 

NET-A-PORTER Beauty Advent Calendar,

Lego Advent Calendars, $49.99

Keep the kids entertained in the lead up to the big day with a Lego Advent Calendar. They come in a range of themes; purists can opt for Lego City and Lego Friends, or if your kids love a theme, try the Harry Potter and Star Wars versions. Behind each of the 24 doors is a different toy or figure, and you can pull down the board on the box to make a scene for the characters to play on. Seriously fun, for big and little kids alike. 

Lego City Advent Calendar
Lego Friends Advent Calendar

Cult Beauty's Advent Calendar, $400

This much anticipated beauty calendar certainly isn't cheap, but it's valued at $1800 - so if you're looking to invest in some beauty products, this could be the time. 

This year's calendar contains 38 products, including Augustinus Bader and Victoria Beckham Beauty. Behind the final door is a full-sized Bella Freud Loving Candle so your Christmas day will smell super sweet. 

Even better? Cult Beauty is donating over $70,000 from sales to Beauty Backed Trust, an organisation formed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that supports beauty professionals through grants, mentorships and masterclasses. The calendar is due to be released in October; sign up at Cult Beauty to get priority access. 

You have to order it from the UK, but there's free worldwide shipping - a sign of how eagerly anticipated it is.

Cult Beauty's Advent Calendar, $400

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Gin Loot Advent Calendar - $319

If you don't mind the odd tipple of gin come Christmas time, this is the advent calendar for you. It includes 24 30ml gins from across the world, including Japan, France USA and South Africa. But don't fret if you're more into your whiskey or rum as Liquor Loot also have you covered with specific advent calendars for every spirit drinker. 

Gin Loot Advent Calendar
Gin Loot Advent Calendar. Photo: Gin Loot

Body Shop Advent Calendars, $100 - $250

This year The Body Shop have three different calendars on offer. The budget friendly Share the Joy calendar is $100, and valued at $126. It contains 24 goodies, including bubble baths, body butters and sheet masks. 

The Share the Love calendar has 25 gifts, including some full sized products including the new Avocado Body Butter and Shea Shampoo, and is $160, worth $210. 

The Share Love and Joy Ultimate Advent Calendar is $250, and worth $375. It contains the Drops of Youth™ Concentrate, Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser and a mini skin-tingling Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

The calendar itself is designed to be resusable, with small drawers that are great for storing jewellery or other small items. Sign up to The Body Shop mailing list to be one of the first to know when the calendars are released. 

The Body Shop Share the Joy Advent Calendar,
The Body Shop Share the Joy Advent Calendar, $100. Credit: The Body Shop
Photo: The Body Shop
The Body Shop Share the Love Advent Calendar

Play Doh Advent Calendar, $34.95

Let your kids get creative in the Christmas countdown with this Play Doh calendar. With five tubs of Play Doh, two tubs of sparkles, and plenty of other tools, stamps and accessories, there's plenty to keep little hands busy for a whole month. 

Play Doh Advent Calendar, $34.95
Play Doh Advent Calendar, $34.95. Credit: Catch.com.au

24 Days of Cognac Advent Calendar, $279.99

Start your festive season by enjoying a tipple a day, with this cognac advent calendar. There's a 20ml bottle of cognac behind each of the 25 doors. It looks great too - in a high quality box decorated in black and gold, it's an ideal early Christmas gift for someone special. 

24 Days of Cognac Advent Calendar, $279.99

Benefit Cosmetics Shake Your Beauty Minis Makeup Set - $119

There's nothing like counting down to Christmas with a beauty treat a day to make you even more excited. Benefit is released a 12-day advent calendar with 12 mini-size surprised from the best-selling beauty range. That includes the Precisely, My Brow Eyebrow Pencil, Hoola Matte Bronzer, The Porefessional Hydrate Primer and the BADgal BANG! Mascara

Benefit Cosmetics Shake Your Beauty Minis Makeup Set
Benefit Cosmetics Shake Your Beauty Minis Makeup Set. Photo: Sephora

Lovehoney Best Sex Of Your Life Couple's Sex Toy Advent Calendar (Man + Woman) - $225

Looking to heat things up in the bedroom this Christmas? Look no further than Lovehoney's range of advent calendars. This Best Sex of You Life Couple's Sex Toy Advent Calendar comes with 24 windows to open in the lead up to the holidays. And the pièce de résistance is a Womanizer Classic is included in the pack, worth $199.95 alone. 

Lovehoney Best Sex Of Your Life Couple's Sex Toy Advent Calendar (Man + Woman)
Lovehoney Best Sex Of Your Life Couple's Sex Toy Advent Calendar (Man + Woman). Photo: Lovehoney

24 Reasons to Smile Teabag Edition Advent Calendar - $45

If drinking a different cup of tea a day is more your style in the lead up to Christmas, then this T2 advent calendar has 24 different flavours for you to try. Not only will it bring joy with what's inside, but it's pretty to look at too. 

24 Reasons to Smile Teabag Edition Advent Calendar
24 Reasons to Smile Teabag Edition Advent Calendar. Photo: T2

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