For the year that’s in it, many brides and grooms will have to sacrifice the usual wedding gift list they had their hearts set on, with wedding numbers whittled down to single figures. However, if you are feeling generous and want to gift a Christmas bride or indeed groom, something different, decadent and useful this year, take a look at these fabulous beauty-based advent calendars from some of the most well-regarded names in the beauty industry. Who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive such a bundle of fabulousness?

1/ Charlotte Tilbury’s Bejewelled Chest of Beauty Treasures

Charlotte Tilbury’s art deco looking packaging is a gift in itself, but inside this treasure trove of delights are some of Charlotte’s must-haves such as her famed Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk lipliner in a travel size, a travel-sized version of the iconic Magic Cream, a travel-sized version of her Rock ‘N’ Kohl in Barbarella Brown eyeliner, and Charlotte’s Full-Size Hollywood Beauty Light Wand in Spotlight, the perfect highlighter for creating Christmas memories. Watch the receiver screech with pleasure!

Cost: €185, available at Brown Thomas & Arnotts

2/ The Kiehl’s Advent Calendar 2020

Kiehl’s is a cult brand known for its down to earth no-nonsense approach to skincare, grooming and general wellness. This nifty gift box, made from fully recycled paper, is ideal for someone unfamiliar with the brand and open to be converted. It contains 23 top products, including some full sizes, from the brand’s cult favourites such their lush Crème De Corps body cream, the nightstand essential Midnight Recovery Concentrate and Kiehl’s Strengthening Super Serum. Kiehl’s also does an utterly adorable gift box presentation so this will look marvellous amongst your Christmas decorations!

Cost: €99, available at Brown Thomas and Arnotts

3/ The No7 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar

The Boots No. 7 range has gathered much momentum with lots of great new products being released since its inception. There’s massive respect for No. 7 products amongst skin care devotees and this beauty calendar always has a long waiting list ahead of its launch. There are no dud products here- they are all solid bets, such as No7 Laboratories LINE CORRECTING Booster Serum and the No7 Hydration Mask, and No7’s Lift and Curve Eyelash Curler. This snazzy looking and cost-effective Beauty Calendar contains some great products and is perfect for winter days of self-care.

Cost: €55 (Total Worth Value:€231), from www.boots.ie

4/ The Body Shop’s “Make It Real Together” Big Advent Calendar

Ideal for the vegan bride or groom, the originators of earth-friendly, animal-loving beauty have some darling offerings this Christmas which will wow woke brides and grooms. The colours and illustrations on the eye-catching Make It Real Together Advent Calendar are little works of art and this adorable and generous beauty calendar has a mixture of 25 great products, in full size and mini versions including face masks, haircare and the much-praised Almond Milk and Body Butter. As well as bursting with mini treats, no one can argue that this durable, recyclable, bounty-filled chest of gems will look gloriously festive on the mantlepiece, under the tree or in the hallway! 

Cost: €150.00 (Total Worth Value:€208.00), available from www.thebodyshop.com and Body Shop outlets nationwide

5/ L’Occitane’s Luxury Advent Calendar

Lovers of French sustainable beauty house L’Occitane will go crazy for this luxurious advent calendar which is bursting with beauty booty. I adore L’Occitane’s commitment to earth-friendly beauty with most of the products being derived from plants, recyclable and refillable packaging and genuinely hard-working skincare. This adorable calendar contains mini versions of the must-have ultra-comforting Almond Shower Oil, a relaxing pillow mist and gorgeous hand creams, which let’s face it, we all need after a year of severe hand washing!

Cost: €115 (Total Worth Value:€157.00), available at L’Occitane stores and online at www.loccitane.com

6/ Mr Porter’s 12 Days of Grooming Advent Calendar

Geared more towards the male skincare lovers, Mr Porter’s 12 Days of Grooming Advent Calendar has 12 full-sized, high-end, stunning beauty products to guarantee good grooming this Christmas. The Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream is the perfect winter treat for a quick at-home skincare fix, and Dr Barbara Sturm’s Hyaluronic Serum is a celeb favourite, ideal for men who might suffer from the dreaded curse of dry winter skin. This festive treat is perfect for the man in your life.

Cost: €115 (Total Worth value: €490), from www.mrporter.com

7/ The Jo Malone Advent Calendar

This is the ultimate gift for fans of perfumer Jo Malone, and lovers of beautiful fragrances in general. The packaging is chic and minimalist and would make for a statement Christmas gift or wedding gift this winter. Containing 24 scented surprises, each drawer is brimming with loveliness, with Jo’s most wanted treats hidden away. This delightful Advent Calendar includes the Incense and Embers Mini Candle, Jo Malone’s Oud and Bergamot Cologne Intense and the luxurious Velvet Rose and Oud Shower Oil.

Cost: €360, available at Brown Thomas, Arnotts, and www.jomalone.co.uk

 

- Avila