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The best advent calendars for 2023

Beauty, chocolate, toys and more at Glasgow Fort…  

The Christmas countdown is here. This year’s biggest and best advent calendars are hitting the shops now. So head to Glasgow Fort and uncover this year’s most-wanted calendars, build your own and surprise loved ones… But get them now before they go (don’t forget Click & Collect)…


The biggest and best beauty advent calendars

Image provided by Marks & Spencers

Glasgow Fort is a beauty advent calendar delight. From The Body Shop’s Wishes & Wonders filled with top-to-toe treats (saving £109 on products) to Marks & Spencer’s gorgeous selection (in store 26 October and featuring Benefit, Clinique and Ren) via Holland & Barrett’s pampering case of Weleda and Tisserand, it’s difficult to choose which one you’ll want this year.

Head to Boots the most-wanted collections from No 7 (one was sold every 10 seconds in the first week of release last year) – there are three to choose from including minis and full-size products – you’ll also be able to get your hands on ones from Liz Earle, Soap & Glory and more. And, don’t forget, Next are serving up their 2023 calendar filled with ESPA, Clarins and Neom.

Image provided by Rituals


For other joyous finds, Rituals have three incredible choices filled with carefully wrapped products and their first-ever 12-day calendar for men; Lush’s multicoloured and joyful collection contains their signature bath bombs and lip scrubs while Yankee Candle has festive wreaths and books filled with their mini candles.


Image provided by Lush


Chocolate advent calendars 

Image provided by Hotel Chocolat


Hotel Chocolat has calendars for all ages (we love cute reindeer and Santa character-filled one) including a grand £75 one; a couples’ sharing calendar and, best of all, a vegan-chocolate packed solution.

For delicious chocolate from Cadbury, Lindt and Tony’s Chocolonely plus Haribo and more, pop into Boots, Superdrug, Poundland and Asda – perfect for organising finds for nieces, nephews, grandkids and beyond.


Unmissable advent calendars for kids

For an advent calendar that’ll last long past Christmas, kids’ toys and books are the perfect solution. Head to Smiggle for fun stationery-packed ideas while Argos has a huge selection from Disney, Lego Star Wars and Harry Potter while Smyths Toys have Paw Patrol and Roblox. Pick up a build-your-own calendar from TK Maxx or Hobbycraft or head to Waterstones for inspired book calendars including Mr Men, the Gruffalo and Usborne.


Unlikely advent calendars for him and her

The advent calendar craze has exploded over the last few years to embrace everything from craft beer to beautiful charms via delicious food, drink and underwear. Uncover beautifully presented gifts to indulge your loved ones with ideas from Ann Summers, Pandora and Menkind (electronic games anyone?).


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