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8 OF THE BEST ADVENT CALENDARS FOR FOODIES

From the finest chocolate to award-winning gin, there’s an advent calendar out there packed with foodie treats to suit all tastes. Here are a few of the best to countdown to Christmas 2015 with

1. Carluccio’s Buon Natale

For a festive Italian treat, try Carluccio’s 2015 Buon Natale calendar. The colourful design is tasteful (not tacky), plus you’ll find a cute foil-wrapped chocolate character behind each window. £11.93, available at carluccios.com

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Say Buon Natale with Carluccio’s

2. Ginvent

Not interested in chocolate? This calendar is an excellent alternative. It features 23 different varieties of the spirit, from the award-winning FEW American gin to the Australian craft-distilled Four Pillars. There’s also a botanical version of the original Ginvent calendar, aimed at gin connoisseurs who might want to create their own tipples by blending the aromatic samples.  The Ginvent (£114. 95) and Botanical Ginvent (£124.95) calendars are available for pre-order at ginfoundry.com

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One for gin lovers

3. Paul’s Christmas tree

This calendar from French bakery Paul is ideal for chocolate lovers. Each individual drawer reveals a truffle and a ceramic charm character including a reindeer, rocking horse and snowman. Best of all, this decorative tree can be recycled next year. £19.95, available at paul-uk.com

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A tree calendar packed with chocolates from Paul

4. Harrods 12 Teas of Christmas

Strictly speaking, this isn’t an advent calendar – but if you’re not up for munching on chocolate every day in December, sampling some of the finest teas from Harrods is still a treat. £12.95, available at harrods.com

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Sample a selection of Harrod’s tea

5. Prestat’s Finest Truffles

If you’re treating a loved one to an advent calendar this year, you can’t go wrong with this one from luxury brand Prestat. 24 of these delicious chocolate truffles are the perfect fuel for getting through the manic month of December. £29.95, available from prestat.com

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Chocolate heaven from Prestat

6. Biscuiteers Handmade Calendar

Biscuiteers has teamed up with the team at Susie Watson Designs to create these embroidered cloth calendars.  The 24 pouches can be filled with treats from the brand’s biscuit tin, which this year feature a selection of wintry animals from a polar bear to a husky dog. The calendar is £55.00 or £95 when purchased with the advent tin. biscuiteers.com

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Festive biscuits!

7. Fortnum & Mason’s Musical Wooden Calendar

A calendar with sound? Yep, it’s a thing. This year, Fortnum & Mason has launched this beautiful wooden calendar inspired by the façade of the Piccadilly store. It contains 24 spaces to hide your own treats (the Fortnum’s refill pack look very tempting) and on opening each door, a different Christmas tune will play. What could be better than sweets with music? £150 available from fortnumandmason.com

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This Fortnum’s calendar will sing to you!

8. Lakrids by Johan Bülow

For an advent calendar with a difference, how about indulging in gourmet liquorice from this Danish sweets brand. This sleek design is free from Santa-shaped figures. Definitely one for grown-ups. £29.99, available from selfridges.com

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Liquorice from Lakrids

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