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Cassie Steel
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 09:53

Forget chocolate, these advent calendars are full of whiskey and perfume

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If sweets before breakfast aren’t your thing, these next-gen Christmas countdowns could be

When we were younger the first of December meant the start of an epic 25-day countdown, which involved opening a window on our cardboard calendars and eating a festive-shaped chocolate every day. Fast-forward a few years however, and the excitement about eating a tiny, suspiciously old sweet isn’t quite what it used to be.

Luckily this year adult-approved advent calendars are doing the rounds everywhere, and with only two sleeps until the first day of Christmas, here are our picks:

1. Master of Malt’s whiskey advent calendar, $209

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Nothing says Merry Christmas like 25 mini whiskey samples – one to try a day right up until December 25. And with drops like Glenfiddich and Dalmore included in the mystery mix, it’s a great way to discover your new spirit malt.

Available here

2. Diptyque’s fragrance-filled advent calendar, $485

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OK, so it’s a little *cough* a lot pricier than your OG chocolate calendar, but considering it’s full of mini fragrances and candles by luxury French perfumery house Diptyque, it’s a freakin’ bargain! If this is all we got for Christmas we’d be happy.

Available here

3. The Body Shop’s Happy Days advent calendar, $139

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This is the perfect (25-days early) Christmas present for a friend or family member who loves their beauty stuff. Daily gifts include shower gels, moisturisers, soaps and body butters, and it’s basically worth it for the delish-smelling box alone.   

Available here

4. Haighs’ reuseable chocolate advent calendar, $21

HaighscalendarThis genius invention can be used to curate your own quality advent calendar year after year. Fill with your favourite Haighs chocolates – think peppermint frogs, milk speckles and scorched almond blocks – for a more personal take on the cardboard get-what-you’re-given thing.

Available here

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