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Remember the days when you were a kid… Christmas was on the doorstep, Santa Claus was readying his sleigh and stockings were being hung in anticipation. Remember when you realised the rations of sweets & treats were foregone for this one festive season, when your parents bought your advent calendar home. And now, as adults, we try with the greatest intentions to relive the happy memories, only to end up on the phone to our besties, putting the wrongs of the world right over a bottle of Chardonnay and 25 measly pieces of chocolate. What’s worse – it’s not even December.

Here’s a list of the greatest new-age Christmas advent calendars that break all the traditional rules; allowing kids to stay in the realm of pre-obesity & adults to indulge in 25 days of pure luxury:

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Balloon Advent Calendar and Activity Kit £16

Keep the house treat rules, and keep them engaged with this Balloon Advent Calendar and Activity Kit by Luna Studio Designs for £16. Each day, pop a balloon and discover a new activity or treat inside! Pick one up here.

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Jo Malone Advent Calendar £300+

Expensive tastes? Who cares when Jo Malone is in town! In this box of pure goodness you will find one of the below each day…

Red Roses Bath Oil – Incense & Cedrat Cologne Intense – Peony & Blush Suede Candle – Basil & Neroli Cologne – Tuberose & Angelica Cologne Intense – Oud & Bergamot Cologne Intense – Geranium & Walnut Body Scrub – 154 Body & Handwash Gel – Orris & Sandalwood Cologne Intense – Mimosa & Cardamom Body Creme – Dark Amber & Ginger Body Creme – Velvet Rose & Oud Cologne Intense – English Pear & Freesia Cologne – Red Rose Cologne – Blackberry & Bay Cologne – Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne – Frosted Cherry & Clove Candle – Lime Basil & Mandarin Shower Oil – Incense & Embers Candle – Earl Grey & Cucumber Cologne – Peony & Blush Suede Cologne – Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne – Orange Blossom Bath Oil

This special edition Jo Malone advent calendar is now sold out on their site but you can still pick one up on Ebay for a £370! Given one travel candle is usually around £20, it’s actually a fairly decent price for a whole lotta luxury.

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Johnny Loves Rosie gold advent calendar

Treat yourself every day for an entire month with this bundle of dazzle available in River Island for £40. Each day includes gold plated jewellery surprises from bracelet charms to necklaces, rings and earrings. Perfect for those Christmas & New Year celebrations! Pick up yours here 

Personalised Dog Advent Calendar £45
Personalised Dog Advent Calendar £45

Who said advent was just for humans? Give your pooch a little suprise each day with this Personalised Dog Advent Calendar from The Dandy Dog Company. The calendar is reusable so can be used again next year, and the next, and the next, and the next and..you get the idea.

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Molton Brown Advent Calendar £150

For a more bank friendly alternative to the Jo Malone calendar above, try this Molton Brown version here  . Each day, receive a new Molton Brown goodie, beautifully boxed & feel pampered throughout December. In one calendar, you can expect to find:

9 x 50ml bath & shower gels – 3 x 50ml body lotions – 3 x 50g body polishers – 2 x 100ml hand washes – 3 x 30g scented candles – 50ml shampoo – 50g hair mask – 40ml hand exfoliator – 40ml hand treatment – 75ml festive bauble

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Personalised Photo Christmas Advent Calendar £14

A treat a day doesn’t need to be in the form of material goodies or tasty treats – why not celebrate the run up to Christmas with a happy memory each day via this personalised  advent calendar by Instajunction. Each day hangs from string which when opened, reveals a personal picture in a poloroid style. This is a perfect gift idea, rather than one for yourself.  But hey, who said you can’t have an advent full of your best selfies to open each day? #SelfieQueen

MYO Cheese Advent

Although you can’t exactly purchase this one, it’s most definitely worth a #SO in my books. As a cheese fanatic, this Make Your Own Cheese Advent Calendar is a MUST HAVE. Sadly. this marvelous invention won’t be available until 2017, but good news is you can make your own in the meantime by following the instructions here or register your interest to pre-order your 2017 version here

For more great Christmas Calendars or more Christmas inspiration, check out NotOnTheHighStreet.com – home of fabulous inventors for those that have everything!

Let me know what you think of these calendars by commenting below

Chloe x