There’s been something of a revolution in the advent calendar space.
The first of these Christmas countdowns is said to have dated back to the late 19th century where in Hamburg, a bookshop owner hid sweets behind 24 windows for a child to enjoy as they marked the 24 days till the big one.
Despite being around since 1902, the humble advent becomes modernised each year where the sophisticated offering now extends to just about every booze-filled tipple under the sun - from gin to wine - as well as beauty, for pets and even filled with sex toys. Of course, the traditional chocolate and kids-related models exist, but the idea has taken on a life of its own.
One of the most treasured iterations of these festive favourites is a new crop of calendars hiding jewellery behind its walls. The ultimate pre-Christmas treat, these designs typically pack all sorts of bling - and usually for far less of the RRP compared to purchasing each item individually.
You will find universally adorned earrings, necklaces, rings and more where the best part of all is the ability to re-gift any item, helping you share the love just in time for the gift-giving season. This is, by no means, a prerequisite and if you’re intending on self-gifting the entire contents, there are no judgements here.
Shop the best jewellery advent calendars for Christmas 2022 below, from Missoma to Astrid & Miyu.
The Liberty 12 Days of Jewellery Calendar
Release date: October 20
In a first for the luxury department store, it has launched a jewellery-filled advent. The brand is well known and loved for its beauty offering that is usually an instant sell out and has now brought its expert curation skills to a multi-brand calendar that will shoot right to the top of your Christmas wishlist.
It is filled with some of the hero labels from the Liberty jewellery hall as well as newer, lesser known brands to add to your box of bling. Alighieri, Otiumberg, Kenneth Jay Lane, Dinny Hall and of course, Liberty are just some of the names that you can expect as well as earrings, necklaces and more worth £1,400.
Buy now £845.00, Liberty
Estella Bartlett jewellery advent calendar
Release date: October 1
In this 12-day countdown to Christmas, there is £258 worth of Estella Bartlett jewellery hidden behind its starry night themed exterior.
Each day will reveal the likes of silver or gold-plated earrings, necklaces and huggies as well as scrunchies, hairclips and even a mini jewellery box.
Buy now £150.00, Estella Bartlett
Missoma advent calendar 2022
Release date: Available now
One of the best things about this advent calendar from Missoma is that, while its contemporaries may be fairly wasteful in excess paper, this option can be reused as a jewellery box with a design that you’ll be content in displaying.
Inside the calendar, you will find the dainty jewellery that the London-based label is most famous for to encourage you to up your stacking game from ear bling to layering necklaces.
This advent calendar will help you count down the 12 Days of Christmas with a glitzy treat plucked from the bestsellers. There’s two variations of hoop earrings - one classic and one adorned with bobble detailing as well as an ear and wrist cuff, beaded bracelets and chains galore.
The only thing that will be more decorated is your Christmas tree.
Buy now £395.00, Selfridges
Astrid & Miyu Advent Calendar 2022
Release date: October 13
Whether it will snow this year is anyone’s guess, but you can guarantee you’ll glisten through the season thanks to this jewellery packed advent calendar from Astrid & Miyu.
Hot on the success of last year’s sell-out calendar, it’s back - and prettier than ever. There are two options: a 12 day calendar (£290) and a deluxe 24 window option (£590), each packed with earrings, necklaces, bracelets and bonus surprises like vouchers to spend in-store. Both will be available from October 13 - set your reminders now.
Buy now £290.00, Astrid & Miyu
Mignonne Gavigan Advent Calendar
Release date: October 10
New York-based jewellery label Mignonne Gavigan is known for its beaded earrings and statement necklaces, all of which have been handmade. The brand collects some of its most sought-after and bestselling pieces together for its first ever advent offering packed with 12 days of goodies.
Within the calendar’s drawers, you will find classic pieces like the chain necklace and Petite Crystal Madeline Studs to suit the minimalists as well as the Bloom and Madeline Earrings for those looking for something brighter and bolder.
The collection is valued at nearly £900.
Buy now £385.00, Mignonne Gavigan
12 Days of Grove & Vae Advent Calendar
Release date: Mid-October
Jewellery advent calendars may feel a tad excessive, but the cost of the box is always lower than if you were to buy the pieces individually - and besides, the element of surprise is beyond priceless.
Emerging Jewellery Brand of the Year 2022 nominee Grove and Vae is ready to make your Christmas with its 12 day countdown, packed with striking pieces to elevate your jewellery box. The selection includes the brand bestseller, the Maia Gold Malachite Necklace, which costs £80 alone. If bought separately, the advent calendar’s contents come to a cool £679, not bad when you consider the RRP.
On pre-sale from October.
Buy now £389.00, Grove and Vae
Harry Potter Keepsake Tin Advent Calendar
Release date: Available now
Die-hard Harry Potter fans will need to get their hands on this advent calendar. In the lead up to December 25, you will open up one of the 24 gift boxes to reveal a special gift from the Harry Potter range of jewellery and accessories that will transport you to the festive season in the wizarding world.
We’re talking a Platform 9 3/4-inspired pendant jewellery, a Golden Snitch adorned charm bracelet and playful hair ties. The tin is embossed with a picture of Hedwig and can be reused time and time again.
Buy now £60.00, Amazon