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The best advent calendars for brides-to-be

With everything from wine to beauty, these are perfect for the countdown to Christmas

We love chocolate as much as the next person, but the countdown to Christmas – and more importantly, your wedding day – can be so much more magical. With alcoholic tipples – you need to taste test those if you’re going to serve them at the wedding, after all – and make-up and skincare treats that will help you get wedding-day ready, here’s our edit of the advent calendars perfect for brides-to-be…

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1 Fortnum & Mason Beauty Advent Calendar

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Fortnum and Mason has a stunning beauty advent calendar out this Christmas

The value of Fortnum & Mason’s second ever advent calendar is astounding – inside, you’ll find an edit of bestselling products from its beauty floor including skincare, make-up, hair and nail care, plus bath, body, and wellness products, worth a total of £750 in total. There’s the chance to try Chantecaille’s legendary Faux Cils Mascara, Bamford B’s calming Silent Night Time Organic Temple Balm and the transformative Supertips Midnight Secret from Guerlain. Basically, everything you need for a pre-wedding pamper. But be quick, these sell out fast. £195 at Fortnum & Mason

2 Elemis 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar, £165

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Get glowing skin with the Elemis advent calendar

Honeymoon luggage at the ready, 25 drawers of iconic Elemis miniatures are waiting to be revealed in this 2019 advent calendar, from the Pro-Collagen Hydra Gel Eye Mask that will make crow’s feet fly away to its Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash for juicy, glowy skin. Plus, the full-size jar of Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is ideal for wedding-day skin prep. £165 at Elemis

3 Hotel Chocolat The Advent Calendar For Two

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The Hotel Chocolat advent calendar is great for a sweet tooth

This is a no brainer for newlyweds-to-be at Christmas. With 48 baby truffles to share between you (how romantic is that?) in Hotel Chocolat’s Advent Calendar For Two, you can discover flavours such as Raspberry Rush, Simple Dark & Gingerbread together – and if you’re looking for favour options, this is a great way to taste test them first.  It would be rude not to. £26 at Hotel Chocolat

4 Missoma Advent Calendar

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The Missoma jewellery advent calendar will get you dazzling in time for Christmas

If you’re in need of some wedding jewellery, look no further: Missoma is launching its first ever advent calendar. Containing 12 of its bestselling jewellery pieces that you could mix and match on your honeymoon, too, it also comes with the Cosmic Slide that will launch exclusively with the calendar. £395 at Missoma

5 Jo Loves Christmas Advent Calendar

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Jo Loves Advent Calendar

Calling all fragrance lovers: you won’t be disappointed by this generous calendar from Jo Loves worth £450. Inside you’ll find 24 deluxe miniatures, including Jo by Jo Loves Hand & Body Lotion, plus 10 purse-friendly sizes of its bestselling fragrances that you can carry in your bridal bag for a refreshing spritz. It’s enough to satisfy the most fanatical of fragrance lovers. £300 at Jo Loves

6 Virgin Wines Wine Advent Calendar

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Enjoy a tipple or two with Virgin Wines Advent Calendar

Want to do a bit of wine tasting for inspiration for what to serve on your big day? Of course you do. Having sold out three years running, the Virgin Wines Wine Advent Calendar is back, and this year it has introduced an all red and all white wine selection, on top of the standard mixed selection. Now all you need to do is choose your favourite ones. £69.99 Virgin Wines

7 Diptyque Advent Calendar

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Scent your home divinely with the Diptyque advent calendar

Who doesn’t get a sniff of a Diptyque scent and get transported to a happier place? This beautiful Diptyque Advent Calendar includes miniature candles in all the most iconic scents, travel-sized perfumes, and even skincare treats. So, in other words, everything you need to create a luxe ambience for your big day, whether it’s you or your reception room. £320 at Diptyque

8 Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Advent Calendar

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The Charlotte Tilbury advent calender will grant your beauty wishes

Always one of the most anticipated beauty calendars, Charlotte Tilbury’s Beauty Advent Calendar, doesn’t just have a random assortment of products but contains everything you need to create two whole looks – ideal for bridal make-up. And with skincare treats too, including her fabled Charlotte’s Magic Cream, it’s practically made for brides-to-be. £150 Charlotte Tilbury

9 That Boutique-y Gin Company’s Advent Calendar

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Toast the 25th with Boutique-y Gin Company’s Advent Calendar

What’s a wedding day without gin? And to work out what to serve, you need to try before you buy. The That Boutique-y Gin Company’s Advent Calendar  features award-winning* Moonshot Gin, Spit-Roasted Pineapple Gin and Chocolate Orange Gin. You could even buy a few calendars and give the miniatures as favours (you’re welcome). £49.95 at Master of Malt

10 L’Occitane Luxury Beauty Advent Calendar

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Add some French chic with the LOccitane luxury advent calendar

Beauty junkies will just love this Luxury Advent Calendar from the cult French skincare brand. What we love most about it is the unique moving design, with two rotating towers that reveal different hidden drawers, bearing goodies that include their delicious Almond Shower Oil, Shea Butter Comforting Eye Patches and Cherry Blossom Hand Cream to help fend off the winter chill. £79 uk.loccitane.com

13 Next Beauty x Fabled by Marie Claire

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A stunning gift for any bride-to-be (or just a treat to self), beauty emporium Fabled and high street giant Next have teamed up for this bumper calendar worth over £175. With an all-star line up including hair, face and body treats from the likes of Pixi, L’Occitane and Smashbox, it’s amazing value and sure to make your December go with a beauty bang. £65 next.co.uk

14 Moroccanoil Beauty Vault Advent Calendar

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Get gorgeous curls with Moroccanoils Advent Calendar

If wedding plans plus Christmas leave your bank account stretched, this mini advent calendar (7 days instead of 24) comes in on budget at just £20, featuring a medley of hair heroes and body treats including their famous Moroccanoil Treatment to keep wayward curls in tip top condition. £20 at Look Fantastic

15 Beaverbrooks A-Diamond-A-Day Advent Calendar

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Add some sparkle with the Beaverbrooks Advent Calendar

A diamond a day? Yes please! Coming in at a whopping £100k this is the ultimate pre-wedding gift to guarantee a bling-tastic December. (We recommend keeping it locked in a safe when not in use!) Sparklers inside it including a Gucci gold pendant, Tag Heuer watch and a platinum diamond solitare ring (which can double up as a gorgeous engagement ring if you haven’t yet bought one). You might have to sell a kidney but what the hell when the jewellery’s this good? £100k beaverbrooks.co.uk

16 Bird & Blend Tea Advent Calendar

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Enjoy a cuppa with the Bird and Blend Advent Calendar

Trying to cut down on chocolate? Well, pop the kettle on, as this tea selection is sure to satisfy every sweet tooth. Boasting a variety of brews for you to sip on a cold December morning, fun flavours include Chocolate Digestive (yes really!), Cherry Bakewell and Fairytale of NY. birdandblendtea.com

17 The Protein Ball Company Christmas Advent Calendar

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Power up with Protein Ball Company’s advent calendar

This tasty advent calendar ticks all the boxes. Delicious? Check. Vegan? Check. Healthy? Double check. The perfect way to power through December, these different flavoured protein balls (choose from six) are perfect for curbing afternoon hunger pangs or restoring your energy levels after a workout. And coming in at under £20 they won’t break the bank either. £19.99 theproteinballco.com

18 Naked Marshmallow Gourmet Marshmallow Advent Calendar

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Toast some marshmallows and get in the festive spirit

Nothing puts us in the festive mood more than toasting marshmallows over an open flame. And at just £17.50 for the marshmallows alone, you’ll be easily tempted to push the boat out and buy the additional marshmallow toaster and skewers set (£3.75). Each day you’ll be rewarded with a gooey cube of deliciousness in a different flavour – with the star of the show being a Belgian chocolate spoon for the 25th. £17.50 (£21.25 with toasting kit) nakedmarshmallow.co.uk

19 Joe & Seph’s Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar

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Joe and Sephs Popcorn Advent Calendar will curb your sugar cravings over Christmas

Probably the poshest popcorn we’ve ever tried, this picturesque calendar serves up 12 unique flavours including salted caramel, chocolate orange and banoffee pie to watch those family Christmas movies in true cinematic style. Designed to look like a snow-covered Victorian shop-front, this story book-style calendar is giving us all the festive feels. £25 joeandsephs.co.uk

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