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Best advent calendars 2021 & how they save you money!

Best advent calendars 2021 and how they save you money - the thrifty island girl

I know it’s only October, but supermarkets and shops across the UK are already selling their Christmas stock. This month many retailers are launching their advent calendars. Whether you’re after a beauty, toys, sweet or alcoholic treats advent calendar, there is a calendar for everyone! To help you decide which calendar to buy that suits you, your family and friends, I’ve listed the most sought after advent calendars from beauty, toys, books, sweet treats and alcoholic treats. Since I’m all about saving money and enjoying luxuries on a smaller budget, how much money you could save buying these festive calendars!

How can advent calendars save you a lot of money?

You might be wondering how are some of these advent calendars good value for money. Well I’ve figured out that with some of these advent calendars, buying the contents separately from the retailers could cost substantially more. So by investing into a advent calendar from my favourite retailers, I could save a lot of money. There may be a few things from the calendar that I may not like, but these can be sold to get some money back or why not give some away as a gift?

I’m super excited to get my advent calendars for this year, as it’s nice waking up to a treat every morning in December until Christmas day. I’m hoping that we can all celebrate Christmas with friends and family, without the Coronavirus restrictions we had last year!

For more ways to save money this Christmas, check out my 50 tips to save money this Christmas

Beauty Advent Calendars For Women

Are you wondering which beauty advent calendar is the best? Look no further, here is the list of the most popular skin care & make up advent calendars on the market.

The Body Shop Advent Calendar 2021

This year The Body Shop has not just released one, but four advent calendars! All four of these pop-up beauty advent calendars can be reused for the next year by filling the boxes with treats again. Or why not use as a jewelry box? I still have red, house shaped The Body Shop Deluxe advent calendar from 2019 and am still reusing it by hiding treats in it for my little girl. Here are the 4 calendars packed with head-to-toe pampering treats:

The Body Shop Share the Joy Advent Calendar

The Body Shop Share the Joy Advent Calendar 2021 - The Thrifty Island Girl
Available now from The Body Shop

This is The Body Shop’s smallest and more affordable out the the 4 festive calendars that they have released this year. It contains mini versions of their best sellers such as lip balms, lotions, soaps and body butters.

It costs £55 and it’s contents are worth £77. Therefore it’s a £22 saving.

The Body Shop Share the Love Big Advent Calendar

The Body Shop Share the Love Big Advent Calendar 2021 - The Thrifty Island Girl
Available now from The Body Shop

This advent calendar by The Body Shop is the next size up from their Share the Joy calendar. This is too packed with minis of the retailers most popular products. Perfect for someone that loves Body Shop products but likes to explore.

This calendar is now available and retails at £80, with contents worth £119 when bought separately. That’s a total saving of £39.

The Body Shop Share Love & Joy Ultimate Advent Calendar

Available now from The Body Shop

Body Shop’s Share Love & Joy Advent Calendar is the cosmetic’s brand second biggest skincare calendar. It has two drawers stuffed with the brand’s best selling products. This is a must have for any Body Shop fan!

This calendar is now available and retails at £140, with contents worth £206 when bought separately. That’s a total saving of £64.

The Body Shop Share Love, Joy & Kindness Exclusive Advent Calendar

Available now from The Body Shop

Make counting down to Christmas with The Body Shop’s biggest, reusable advent calendar more exciting! It’s packed with lovely full sized and deluxe mini goodies worth £495 for £320. This would save you £175!

The Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar 2021

Liberty Advent Calendar 2021- Best Beauty Advent Calendar - The Thrifty Island Girl
Available from 6th October from Liberty

The iconic Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar has been the most successful and fastest selling product for 145 years from the luxury department store Liberty. You will find skin care, makeup and wellness products packed in recyclable packaging in the beautiful draws of the calendar.

Beauty lovers will love this beauty festive calendar, as it contains products with a total value of over £840 for only £215! That’s a massive £625 saving or more! What’s more, there is one Golden Ticket hidden in one of the Beauty Advent Calendar. The winner of the Golden Ticket, will win £5000 to spend at Liberty!

ASOS Face + Body 24 Day Advent Calendar 

ASOS Face + Body 24 Day Advent Calendar  2021 - save money with advent calendars - the thrifty island girl
Available from ASOS

If you are into skincare and makeup, as well as reusables and sustainability, then this advent calendar by ASOS is for you! It comes with a reusable, cotton ASOS tote bag with a cute scarf. This great value Chrismtas count down calendar comes with many popular and known beauty brands such as MAC, Elemis, Clinique, Origins, Laura Mercier, Urban Decay and Estee Lauder.

The calendar comes with 15 full sized products and 9 minis. I’ve worked out the total value of the full sized products alone comes to £204. Therefore I’m estimating the value of the contents at about £250, saving you approximately £175.

Elemis No.25 Beauty Advent Calendar 2021

Elemis advent calendar 2021 - save money on luxury skin care products the thrifty island girl
Available from Elemis

The Elemis advent calendar is an absolute bargain at £175 with products worth at total of £410! That’s a total saving of £235! A must have for any Elemis fan. This year’s calendar includes the award winning Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, and Papaya Enzyme Peel.

MAC Cosmetics Box Of Tricks Advent Calendar

MAC Cosmetics Advent Calendar 2021 - Save money with The Thrifty Island Girl
Available from MAC Cosmetics

If you love MAC products, then this gorgeous MAC makeup advent calendar is a must have to enjoy the run up to Christmas!

It costs £135, but is loaded with £340 worth of products. Hence would save you £205!

If I didn’t have so much makeup, I’d definitely go for this cosmetics calendar.

LOOKFANTASTIC Advent Calendar 2021

LOOKFANTASTIC Beauty and make up advent calendar 2021- enjoy luxury beauty products on a budget - The Thrifty Island Girl
Available from LOOKFANTASTIC

If you love bargains and enjoy using luxury skincare products and make up, this is the perfect calendar to countdown to Christmas! Though LOOKFANTASTIC isn’t fully revealing what’s in the calendar, to keep it a surprise, we know that some items are from brands such as NARS, Sheseido, ESPA and Kate Somerville.

If your budget for a beauty advent calendar is under £100 and your aim is to get the biggest saving, then this is the festive calendar for you! It retails at £85 and contains products with a total value of £414. This would save you a massive £329!

Advent Calendars for kids

Are you looking for an advent calendar for girls or and an advent calendar for boys? There are so many awesome calendars for children on the market, but these are the most popular kids Christmas count down calendars for the year!

Lego Advent Calendar 2021

This year Lego hasn’t just released two, three or four, but fife amazing advent calendars! There is a lego advent calendar for any child! But then who said the Lego is just for children? I’m 33 and I still love lego! This years Lego Advent calendar themes include Lego Friends, Lego City, Harry Potter, Star Wars and Marvel Avengers.

Classic Lego Advent Calendar 2021

Available from Lego

The Lego City & Lego Friends Advent Calendars are Lego’s classics. Every year Lego has released a Lego Friends and Lego City Christmas countdown calendar. When I compare these two festive calendars, I tend to go for the one with more pieces as both of these are £19.99. This way I’m getting more monies worth. This year the City calendar contains 349 Lego pieces, whereas the Friends calendar contains 370.

As I’m writing this, the cheapest price for the Lego Friends calendar I’ve found was from SportsDirect at £16. If you are after this calendar for your little girl, I’d buy it now before it sells out at this price.

Lego Harry Potter, Marvel Avengers & Star Wars

Available from Lego

Do you know a Harry Potter, Marvel or Star Wars fan? These movie themed calendars would definitely put a smile on any fan’s face, no matter what age they are!

These Lego calendars cost £24.99, but when I compare these three, I find the Lego Star Wars advent calendar is worth more than the Harry Potter or Marvel one. The Star Wars one contains 335 pieces of Lego, whereas the Harry potter one has 274 pieces and the Marvel Avengers one has 298.

Fidget Toy Advent Calendar

Available with free delivery from Amazon

Fidget toy fans will love this Fidget Toy Advent calendar, revealing a different fidget toy each day they open a door to count down to Christmas.There is a great range of different fidget toy types such as fidget spinner, bubble pop fidget, infinity cube, fidget noodle,fidget snakes and fidget retro. Great for any fidget toy collector and is suitable for kids from age 3 years old.

The calendar costs £17.99, which isn’t bad, because it works out at £0.75 per toy and we all know a tiny fidget toy can cost between £1-4 each.

Have you bought any calendars to count down to Christmas yet or are you planning to buy one soon? If so I’d love to hear, which ones you’ve decided to get in the comments box below.