The Most Lavish Advent Calendars of Christmas 2018

Back in the 1980’s, the recipient of an advent calendar was perfectly content on discovering that an artfully crafted manger scene was hiding behind door number 24. Fast forward a decade, and such a discovery would have resulted in consternation and disappointment – perhaps even distinct feeling of emptiness.


The chocolate advent calendar was nothing new, but the increasing commercialisation of Christmas saw manufacturers scrambling to produce the most ‘rewarding’ countdown to the big day. A generation of kids (okay, big kids too) habitually expected each calendar window to reveal an increasingly worthy chocolate treat. Woe betide the producer who didn’t include at least a fun-size, individually wrapped prize behind door 24!


Today, in 2018, the fun-size mars-bar has become the manger scene. Large retailers have begun to usher in the age of the “luxury” advent calendar. And it's big business. With ever more lavish and expensive calendars selling out in record time.


As we approach the 2018 festive season, we decided to take a curious peek at the most lavish and pretentious calendars of this year.


Oh, what a time to be alive!



John Lewis & Partners

John Lewis Advent Calendar


At a whopping £165, this years’ effort from John Lewis is a department store shoppers dream, featuring a collection of full and trial size beauty products.


Hotel Chocolat


Hotel Chocolat Advent Calendar

Not a fun-size mars bar in sight – This chocolate behemoth is a sweet-tooth’s dream, at £68 from hotelchoclat.com




Harrods Advent Calendar

Never one to be out-priced, London department store Harrods’ 2018 advent calendar is a collection of 25 luxury brands, costing an eye watering £250! Harrods claims the value of the products totals £680 making the calendar a bargain, right?


Premium Whisky Calendar


Whisky Advent Calendar



Compliment a booze-soaked Christmas period with this collection of 24 rare malt whiskeys, sourced from around the world. This award-winning collection will set you back £250 from MasterofMalt


Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum and Mason Advent



Luxury London-based department store Fortnum & Mason have also jumped on the beauty bandwagon for their £195 edition.


Gin and Tonic Calendar


Gin Advent Calendar


A gin-lovers paradise! This vast collection of differently flavoured gins and range of tonics will ensure a very merry Christmas indeed. £99 from First4Hampers.com



So, there we have it. This Christmas’s most out-there advent calendars. What will they think of next?


We’ll take a delicious chocolate advent calendar any day – as will your most treasured clients, partners and colleagues. The Christmas period represents the perfect time to ride the wave of festive goodwill and show them just how valued they are.


Just like grabbing one of these sought-after gems, the time to act and secure your beautifully branded corporate calendar is now! Call the AdGifts Online team today on 01782 571950 to get started.

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