A Luxurious Start To The Festive Season

Words by
Andy Morris

18th November 2021

Count down to the big day with a luxurious festive selection - including one featuring over £1166 of cult beauty products

Jo Loves Advent Calendar
Fragrance pioneer Jo Malone has created this striking star shaped box set for your yuletide delight: it is so beautiful it works well as a centrepiece or can even be hung to decorate a door. The star houses 24 deluxe travel products included a Mulled wine candle, Eucalyptus and Cedar Woods hand lotion and the delightful Snowflakes fragrance. As an extra treat, there is also one full size item for Christmas morning itself. 
£325. Joloves.com

Acqua Di Parma Advent Calendar
As one of the most instantly recognisable luxury brands on the planet, Acqua Di Parma’s timeless sun-soaked elegance makes the perfect antidote to the depths of British midwinter. This year they have collaborated with Italian fashion label Emilio Pucci and created an elegant hat box decorated with a vivid Vortici print design. The contents include a selection from a number of ranges: including Blue Mediterraneo, Le Nobil as well as Signatures Of the Sun and the Home collection. Best of all, each sale contributes to the Save The Children ‘Rewrite The Future’ campaign.
£450. Acquadiparma.com

Artisan du Chocolate Ultimate Advent Calendar

The best advent calendars surprise as well as delight. The Artisan du Chocolat not only has an elegant seasonal design offering fine milk and dark chocolate but offers a real wow moment for the 25th: another whole additional box of chocolates to share on the day itself! Perfect for the time around 7pm where, after a whole day of eating, you discover somehow that you feel a tiny bit peckish.  And if that isn’t sufficient? Well, the Santa belly tube ‘salted honeycomb’ comes highly recommended.
£40. artisanduchocolat.com

Harrods Beauty Calendar
As one might expect from the Knightsbridge store that helps define the festive period with its celebrity light switching and boxing day sale, the Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar is supremely luxurious, resembling a hand-picked collection from the beauty halls. A truly awe-inspiring collection, worth a total of £1166, it features products ranging from Elemis, Charlotte Tilbury, Oribe, Dr Barbara Sturm and Nars.
£250. Restocking soon on harrods.com

Kiehl's Limited Edition Holiday Advent Calendar (pictured above)
As a cult New York label with international appeal, it makes complete sense that they would partner with a London-based Parisian artist for their advent calendar. Artist Marylou Faure has depicted a New York street scene which instantly makes it all the more covetable. The box contains £155 worth of products, which, when used in their entirety, should give you the appearance of having been on a spa break over the festive period. One aspect that feels particularly timely: the calendar uses zero plastics and is made with FSC certified materials so that it doesn’t cost the Earth.
£99 at selfridges.co.uk

Floris Twelve Days Of Christmas

Rather than the frankly unnecessary lords a’ leaping and maids milking, traditional British perfumer Floris have provided a more fragrant way to start the Christmas count down. The Twelve Days Of Christmas gift set features 12 of their most sought after Eau de parfums and Eau de toilettes, including our personal favourite the Neroli Voyage. Given that Floris have had 291 years of delighting gift buyers at Christmas, buy with confidence.
£225, florislondon.com