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.