Once a niche offering, there are now masses of beauty Advent calendars to choose from, helping you countdown to Christmas with a glamorous gift every day.

While they may seem on the pricey side, when you tot up the value of what’s inside – a wealth of products that will last well into next year – these curated collections are worth the investment. And who doesn’t deserve a bit of indulgence at the end of what’s been a really difficult year?

So whether you’re gifting a loved one or treating yourself, here are seven of the best beauty Advent calendars…

1. Holland & Barrett 25 Days of Natural Beauty Advent Calendar, £40

Holland & Barrett 25 Days of Natural Beauty Advent Calendar
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Featuring 14 full-sized products and 11 minis from brands such as Weleda and UpCircle, and valued at more than £170, this is the best value beauty Advent calendar we’ve found. No wonder the impressive selection, which is vegan-friendly and comes in a fully recyclable box, has proved so popular – it’s sold out online but is still available in stores.

2. Soap & Glory 24 Days to Roam The Foam Advent Calendar, £42, Boots

Soap & Glory 24 Days to Roam The Foam Advent Calendar
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Packed with scrumptious-smelling body washes, scrubs, lotions and butters, plus skin-boosting masks and a few make-up minis, this sweet selection, worth £85.73, contains everything you need to create a spa experience at home.

3. L’Occitane Classic Beauty Advent Calendar, £53

L’Occitane Classic Beauty Advent Calendar
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Featuring cult favourites such as Shea Butter Hand Cream and Overnight Reset Serum as well as the latest L’Occitane launches, this beautifully illustrated box of treats from the much-loved French brand, valued at £87, makes a fantastic discovery set or gift for a long-time fan.

4. Ciate Mini Mani Month, £59

Ciate Mini Mani Month
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Back for a fifth year running, Mini Mani Month 2020 brings the festive season to your fingertips with a Ciate selection worth £150. As well as 18 mini polishes, one full-size pot and two nail toppers, you’ll get a surprise gift and a sneak peek of a hot new nail care launch.

5. The Body Shop Make It Real Together Big Advent Calendar, £70

The Body Shop Make It Real Together Big Advent Calendar
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Alongside 20 mini versions of bath and body favourites, this bumper box features five full-size products, including the Banana Truly Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner duo, and is valued at an impressive £140.

6. Dr. Hauschka Advent Calendar, £85

Dr. Hauschka Advent Calendar
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One for the natural beauty lover, Dr Hauschka’s 24-piece festive countdown, valued at £116, brings together a sleigh-load of skincare and body essentials plus the star on top of the tree: a full-size tube of the brand’s ultimate hero, Rose Day Cream.

7. Freedm Street 2020 Advent Calendar, £149

Freedm Street 2020 Advent Calendar
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Curated by eco retailer Freedm Street, the UK’s first vegan, plastic-free and cruelty-free beauty Advent calendar houses a selection of full-size skincare and make-up products from sustainable brands as well as a couple of plant-based snacks. Not only that, three ‘good deed’ doors provide donations to charities, with the whole lot worth a whopping £325.

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