While the provenance of advent calendars was steeped in the Lutheran tradition, modern-day renditions inspire a childlike anticipation for Christmas once December comes round, and double as a prelude to the mountain of gifts we receive come the 25th day of the month.

Day by day, a tab is pulled, revealing small treats that span from candy to trinkets hidden behind each tab. Though we love ourselves good chocolate, we’d take an advent calendar that dishes out lasting gifts any day, and for that, we turn to the beauty industry.

Brands like Penhaligon’s, Jo Malone London, and more are capitalising on the advent calendar practise by creating their own take on the countdown to Christmas. Pull a drawer, open a door, or flip a tab to discover surprises that include mini perfumes, lipsticks, skincare products and more. For any beauty junkie that believes in the ethos of treating yourself, these advent calendars are a household necessity.

We pick out some of our favourite beauty advent calendars this Christmas 2019.

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Net-A-Porter Beauty

Net-A-Porter may have joined in the advent calendar bandwagon only last year, but the minute it landed, the units sold out. This year, the coveted product is back, with a 25-day countdown housing a mix of full-sized to travel products, from brands like Marc Jacobs Beauty, Charlotte Tilbury, Hourglass and more. Beyond just the sheer amount of goodies within, this advent calendar offers some serious bang for your buck.

S$400. Available on Net-A-Porter.

2
Penhaligon's

Storied British perfumer, Penhaligon’s, gets us thick in the festive mood with its first limited edition advent calendar. Beautifully designed to evoke the act of opening presents, this advent calendar takes you through 12 days, and includes travel-sized and full-sized Penhaligon’s goodies. Apart from perfume, there’s also body care items, lip products, and a candle.

S$690. Available at Penhaligon’s.

3
Sephora

Sephora’s house brand is often overlooked in favour of the beauty retailers other brands, but its Frosted Party Advent Calendar demands you redirect your attention in its direction. Packed with 24 days and 24 products, this kitschy advent calendar offers items that include makeup, bath-ware, skincare and even nail care.

S$80. Available at Sephora.

4
Clarins

The festive season demands your presence at many parties, which also wreaks havoc on your skin health. Give yourself an incentive to treat your skin better with the Clarins 24-Day Advent Calendar, which contains the brand’s bestselling makeup and skincare products, including the likes of its signature face masks.

S$188. Available at Clarins.

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Jo Malone

Jo Malone’s advent calendar is thick in the spirit of “treat yourself”, what with each of its creamy drawers being pulled to reveal Jo Malone’s luxurious scented delights. Minis of its fragrances are obviously at the heart of this advent calendar, but the set also offers bath and body items, as well as scents for the home.

S$730. Available at Jo Malone.

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.