Palm Beach, Clinique and Body Shop

Think of these luxury Christmas gifts as sweet bites of beauty perfect for the candle lovers, skincare enthusiasts and makeup obsessives in your life.

No longer just for chocolate, advent calendars have made their way into adulthood, there’s this cheese version, and an even better alcohol option but they’ve also become a staple in the beauty industry and they’ve proven their worth. From outgrowing the kitschy, mini versions of their full-sized predecessors, these Christmas gifts pack a punch – and also give you (or your recipient) a chance to try before you buy. Here’s a round-up of this year’s best buys.

Fine fragrances

Luxe: Diptyque Advent Calendar ($612, at Mecca)

This luxury gift is a hot commodity in the candle realm. Packed with 25 little beauties including a 2019 limited edition candle, metal Christmas tree decorations, 35g candles in the fragrance haus’ most covetable scents, plus a mix of fragrance and skincare. Tres chic!

Less: Palm Beach Christmas Advent Calendar ($79.95, at Palm Beach)

A sweet way to share the 12 Days of Christmas, this pack is home to 12 mini candles and includes 10 core fragrances and two new scents that smell just like Christmas morning – Prosecco Rose and Balsman and Fir.

Skincare showcases

Luxe: Dr. Barbara Sturm Advent Calendar ($883.05, at Net-a-Porter)

A powerhouse player in the skincare game, Dr. Barbara Sturm has an endless list of A-list clientele for good reason. If you have a serious skincare enthusiast to buy for this is a gift they’ll cherish forever. We promise!

Less: Clinique 24 Days of Clinique ($175, at Myer)

Valued at $357, this round up includes 17 skincare minis and a few colour cosmetic favourites, too.

All the beauty loot

Luxe: Net-a-Porter Beauty 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar ($461.59, at Net-a-Porter)

In what could possibly be 2019’s most-wanted beauty gift you’ll find a mix of travel and full sized luxury products selected by the Net-a-Porter beauty buyers. There’s cult skincare finds from Dr. Dennis Gross to Miranda Kerr’s favourite KORA product.

Less: Myer Little Box of Beauty Red Limited Edition ($89, at Myer)

At a value of $285, this curated selection of 19 beauty goodies includes an array of popular buys from Clinique, M.A.C and Dolce & Gabbana.

Clean and green

Luxe: The Body Shop Dream Big This Christmas Ultimate Advent ($250, at The Body Shop)

Not only does this calendar come with The Body Shop’s best sellers, but also brings daily trivia from inspiring women to empower your recipient every day. Plus, the boxes are collectable and can be used to create a cute magical Christmas village – sustainably savvy!

Less: Inika Organic 12 Days of Natural Beauty Advent Calendar ($199, at Inika Organic)

Valued at $360, this organic natural makeup box comes equipped with everything to fill up your makeup kit – from vegan mascara to lipstick, eyeliner and illuminator.

Cult classics

Luxe: Estee Lauder Holiday Countdown (380, at Estee Lauder)

24 of the brand’s highly prized products including their latest innovation Advanced Night Repair Intense Reset Concentrate, to old faithfuls like Gentle Eye Makeup Remover and Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil.

Less: Clarins 12-Day Christmas Advent Calendar ($120, at Clarins)

An iconic mix of skincare and makeup goodies such as Lip Oil, Beauty Flash Balm and Extra Firming Mask.