The countdown to Christmas is always exciting and Selfridges Birmingham is making it even more magical this year with a whole host of advent calendars for the whole family.
From luxurious candles to LEGO, the Bullring department store has more advent calendars than ever before, to suit every taste and budget – making every day up to December 25 a celebration.
Paris fragrance house Diptyque has pulled out all the stops this year with an advent calendar that is exclusive to Selfridges. Comprising 25 cute miniatures, including mini-candles, a 70g candle, eau de toilette, plus its signature skin and bodycare products, this extra special treat costs £300.
The Selfridges Beauty Calendar (£70) is packed with skincare favourites that will help to ensure your skin is glowing on the Big Day.The 24 treats include St Tropez Gradual Tan Body Lotion, Rodial’s X-treme Acid Rush Peel, Lord & Berry’s Travel Cheek blusher crayon and 3INA’s The Pen eyeliner.
The exclusive Selfridges L’Oréal Luxe 24-Day Advent Calendar (£120) is based on the two cities of London and Paris and contains beauty must-haves such as YSL Blur Primer, Viktor and Rolf Bonbon, Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, and Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate.
Clinique’s 24-day advent calendar (£75) includes some of the beauty brand’s signature 3-Step Skin Care range, make-up and fragrance, including Aromatics in Black, Lash Power mascara, and Chubby Stick moisturising lip colour balm.
Charlotte Tilbury’s Naughty And Nice beauty box (£150) contains 12 deliciously decadent treats. Unwrap best-sellers such as Wonderglow, Supermodel Body and Full Fat Lashes – all boxed up in a case that can be used as a jewellery case afterwards.
Find your new signature fragrance with the Atelier Cologne advent calendar (£60), which features 24 fabulous mini gifts, including pure perfume sprays, dabbers and deluxe soaps.
The NYX Professional Lippie Countdown Calendar (£50) contains 25 of its ultimate lip colours, mattes, suedes, creams, lipsticks and glosses, giving you the chance to try out a new look every day until Christmas.
Imagine unwrapping a beautiful piece of jewellery in the run-up to Christmas – Carat London has produced a stunning advent calendar exclusively for Selfridges (£350). The 12 days of shiny treats are all set in 925 sterling silver and rose gold finishes and include earrings for pierced ears and two necklaces.
Kikki K has produced a fantastic advent calendar featuring 25 treats for stationery lovers, including a notepad, mini-calendar, pen and a candle (£90).
Gin has never been more popular and to celebrate the tipple, Drinks by the Dram has created its incredible Ginvent advent calendar (£135), which has 24 30ml samples of the spirit behind every door.
That Boutique-y Whisky Company has produced two advent calendars this year – one for vodka lovers and another for whisky. The whisky calendar (£170) contains a selection of 24 whiskies, including single grain staples to a rare Speyside single malt, while vodka lovers can taste 24 vodkas – from smooth and rich to spiced – in the run-up to Christmas. Just add a mixer and ice!
Lovers of fine spirits can also get their hands on the Japanese whisky calendar (£199) and the Chase advent calendar (£130).
Selfridges Selection is the department store’s signature advent calendar (£12.99) containing 24 delicious chocolates.
Selfridges Selection Absolute Advent Calendar (£50) contains 24 handcrafted chocolate pralines by Al Garnsworthy, master chocolatier at The Chocolate Society, including cashew pralines, milk gianduja, and almond & hazelnut praline.
Lovers of Godiva’s fine Belgian chocolates should pick up its deluxe advent calendar (£28), filled with 25 white, milk and dark Belgian treats.
Who says advent calendars have to contain chocolate? Selfridges Selection 12-days of mince pies is (£25.99) is the ultimate treat for anyone who loves a traditional mince pie. Made to Selfridges Selection’s original recipe, which was rediscovered in 1929, each festive pie stays contains sticky fruits, candied peel and, of course, a slug of brandy.
As if children aren’t excited enough for the visit from Father Christmas, they can also countdown to the Big Day with some amazingly fun advent calendars.
May the force be with you – LEGO Star Wars (£30) is the ultimate gift for fans of the franchise. It contains 24 amazing mini figures, including starships, vehicles, a Battle Droid and themed collectibles, as well as a playmat.
The LEGO City Advent Calendar (£20) has 24 pieces to be built into a Christmas party scene, including Santa, vehicles, a fireplace setting and a gingerbread house.
Lovers of Barbie can enjoy their very own beauty-themed advent calendar (£15). Behind the 24 windows are fabulous surprises, including eyeshadow compacts, fake nails and hair accessories.
My Little Pony Cutie Mark advent calendar (£15) contains 24 treats such as hair extensions, lip pencils, rings and glitter powder.
Even the smallest people in the family can enjoy a daily treat in the run-up to Christmas, thanks to VTech, which has produced a Toot-Toot Drivers advent calendar, containing a truck with three Christmas songs, six festive melodies and sound effects, a SmartPoint trailer, Christmas decorations, and other treats. The box panel also folds down to become a road.
Here’s a seductive advent calendar for men and women from Amorelie, guaranteed to spice up the festive season. Containing £385 of products, the Amorelie premium erotic calendar (£230) includes toys, massagers and accessories from brands such as Fun Factory, Bijoux Indiscrets, Miss V, Kama Sutra and Bold.
For further information visit www.selfridges.com