At this time of the year, it seems everyone indulges. And even when you do find yourself looking around the room for someone passing judgment, all you get is a smile and nod of approval in return. Brilliant, we are all on the same team… thanks St Nick. But instead of just chocolate, it's about time to step up the game. Think alcohol, makeup, treats and more—for 25 days straight. Yes, it's bougie advent calendars, so we've created a list of our favourites.
Beer Jerk Advent Calendar
Kicking off with the Beer Jerk Advent Calendar which is back this year—with a vast array of beers to help ease you into the holiday season. With a stellar selection of 24 various beers, this is the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys a brew in the summer sun. The box includes fantastic beers from well known international breweries such as Stone, MoonDog and Nomad & Bruery, alongside local favourites like Behemoth, 8 Wired and more. The perfect way to discover new and exciting beers from all over the world, Beer Jerk is a new surprise everyday. Available online for $200 and numbers are strictly limited so get in while you still can.
Body Shop Advent Calendar
Perfect for anyone who loves getting luscious skin and a warm summery glow, let your dreams run wild this Christmas. The Dream Big Body Shop Advent Calendar is an absolute treat, with 25 carefully chosen products from their favourite collections. With best selling bath and body products, make up goodies, and skincare/haircare, these small samples are the perfect way to perk up your days in the lead up to Christmas. Not only will you be covered in glorious products from head to toe, but you will also SMELL like Christmas. Did someone say Gingerbread? Available online for $149 or the mega pack for $425, in selected stores around NZ.
Cult Wine Advent Calendar
Imagine waking up to a new bottle of wine everyday… Wouldn’t it be awesome? That's right team, if you love wine and enjoy tasting and trialling all the goodies that New Zealand vineyards have to offer, then the Cult Wine Advent Calendar is the one for you. Featuring 24 half bottles from the likes of NZ greats such as Escarpment, Quartz Reef, Amisfield, Ata Rangi and Maude as well as iconic international wines such as Chablis, Prosecco, Champagne, Burgundy, and Rioja… we say it's time to get quaffing. These are wines worth worshipping, and given it's Christmas, we say it's about time to pass the wine, pair it with your fave cheese and embrace the summer sun. Order before the 20th of November in order for it to be shipped in time for Christmas. The Cult Wine Advent Calendar will set you back $600 and can be found here and is extremely limited, so if you're keen, order now.
T2 Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar
Who doesn’t love a cuppa after a long hard day enduring repetitive Christmas music and stupid mall carparks? Serenely sip your way to Christmas this year with 24 different tea bags to taste and trial. Including many old favourites and special edition new friends, these teas are the perfect way to wind down as the end of the year approaches. Flavours such as Chai, Christmas Breakfast, Morning Sunshine and Packs a Peach, are included within the box—each individually portioned for your perfect daily cuppa. Presented beautifully in a specialised cardboard Christmas box, this is a glorious gift for a friend, or a great gift to yourself. Pass the biscuits please! Get yours for $45 from online or in selected stores around NZ.
Lego City Advent Calendar
Thats right team… its about time to make all of your childhood dreams come true. Ring in the holiday season with LEGO® City Advent Calendar, and get busy building this December. Featuring 24 different buildable presents, one for each day of the holiday season, you can build items such as a Christmas Tree, Space Shuttle, Race Car, Monster Truck, Drones and more… Better yet, they have even included SANTA. Yes, even good old St Nick doesn’t mind a building project at the busiest time of the year. Open a door each day to explore all that Christmas lego has to offer, or select a friend to gift this to, for a creative project that takes them back to childhood. Available online from $44.99, and in selected stores around NZ.
Small Batch Gin Advent Calendar
Snow, snow go away… come again (and bring back GIN today). Yes, that's right, the very popular Gin Advent Calendar is back this year. You can choose to gift your loved ones, treat yourself, or even share with your friends and family… with 24 hand bottles 50ml bottles of glorious gin. The perfect advent calendar for adults… you will not only get to try unique and small-batch gins from local and international distilleries such as Reefton, The Spirits Workshop, Malfy, but you will also expand your knowledge and taste buds along the way. Pre order your Small Batch Gin advent calendar here by November 18, or have a look online for a variety of other specialty wine/beer options for the festive season.
Crabtree and Evelyn Advent Calendar
Celebrate 12 days of Christmas with an epic range of both botanical and infused hand therapy treatments. With each product hidden behind a beautifully decorated door, your hands and your whole body will be thanking your for over two weeks of utter moisturised bliss. Think Goats-milk, Pink Peppercorn, Pomegranate, and White Cardamon… these Christmas inspired creams are a fantastic way to treat yourself with some self love this year. With glorious scents and inspired fragrance unique to every cream, each body butter is infused with shea butter for worn hands. Not to mention… this is the perfect thing to use when you get just a bittttt too much sun. Grab it here for $69.99
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