If 25 little chocolates no longer cut the mustard, upgrade your Advent calendar experience to a luxury alternative full of gin, prosecco, popcorn or brownies…
Lead image: HonestBrew Craft Beer Advent Calendar
BOOZY ADVENT CALENDARS:
5 OF THE BEST
1 Getting Personal Prosecco & Champagne Advent Calendar
Getting Personal has an exclusive Prosecco & Champagne Advent Calendar for those looking to fizz their way through the festivities. Featuring 24 miniature bottles (20cl) of prosecco and Champagne behind the countdown doors, you’ll find everything from Bottega Prosecco Gold and Rose Gold to Mionett Prosecco DOC Prestige Orange and a little bottle of Laurent Perrier Brut to cap it all off. Merry fizz-mas! £124.99.
2 12 Drams of Christmas Premium Whisky Selection Box
A whisky a day probably won’t keep the doctor away, to be quite frank, so how about scaling it back to 12 of the best? This Premium Whisky Selection Box, priced £89.99, contains 12x3cl bottles of premium whiskies including Talisker Port Ruighe, BenRiach Temporis 21 Year Old and Dalmore 15 Year Old. There’s also a non-premium version for £69.99 featuring the likes of Bowmore 15 Year Old and Laphroaig Quarter Cask. The Whisky Shop has two London stores one on Paternoster and one on Piccadilly.
3 That Boutique-y Gin Company Advent Calendar
That Boutique-y Gin Company and Drinks By The Dram have joined forces to bring you a 24-dram festive gin discovery. Behind each little window you’ll find a 30ml wax-sealed serve of gin, including That Boutique-y Gin Company’s festive Chocolate Orange Gin, award-winning Moonshot Gin and rather delicious and Spit-Roasted Pineapple Gin. £49.95.
4 HonestBrew Craft Beer Advent Calendar
The hugely popular HonestBrew Craft Beer Advent Calendar is back with a fresh festive design and a variety of super-fresh craft beers. Stocked with 24 different styles and flavours by independent brewers, it’s the perfect countdown for beer lovers (£64.90 or £59.90 for members). If you really love your beer, however, plump for the Ultimate Advent Calendar, with 24 of the best seasonal, limited-edition, exclusives and collaborations from Europe’s leading breweries (£129 or £109 for members).
5 Laithwaites Wine Advent Calendar
Wine lovers rejoice – Laithwaites has popped 24 little 187ml wine bottles into a pretty château-design advent calendar. From smooth, fruity Silver Creek Shiraz to a crisp Nika Tiki Sauvignon Blanc and a Terramater Cabernet Sauvignon, there’s a wine to suit all sippers, plus a half bottle (375ml) of Didier Chopin Brut Champagne in the ‘roof’ for a Christmas Eve treat. £79.99.
FOODIE ADVENT CALENDARS:
5 OF THE BEST
1 Livia’s Vegan & Gluten-Free Advent Calendar from Selfridges
Being vegan can really narrow down your advent calendar choices, as can food allergies, but Livia’s indulgent treats, made with natural, plant-based and gluten-free ingredients, always hit the sweet spot. Find treats like Livia’s Million Squares in flavours like Chocolate Orange and Salted Peanut Butter, Cookie Dough Nugglets, Choco Hazel Twist Dunx and lots more behind the countdown doors. £39.99.
Ladurée’s delightful new advent calendar invites you to step into a fairy-tale world of pâtisserie. Behind each window of the beautifully illustrated façade of Ladurée’s Parisian tea room – famous for its decadent macarons – you’ll find a delicious chocolate or sweet, from caramels and nougats to flavoured chocolates, calissons and more. £35.
3 Fortnum’s Feasting Advent Calendar
Fortnum & Mason’s Feasting Advent Calendar is the ultimate for festive foodies – full of best-selling products like Toffolossus Biscuits, 181 sauce and a little bottle of fizz – but it sells out pretty much as soon as it hits the shelves. Instead, try the Christmas Tea Lovers Advent Calendar (£25), Truffle Selection Advent Calendar (£35), or quirky Gramophone Musical Advent Calendar (£45). Alternatively, buy one of their beautiful keepsake advent calendars and fill it up with your own choice of treats.
4 The Sweet Reason Brownie Advent Calendar
South London-based Sweet Reason Company has launched a series of brownie advent calendars to make Christmas extra special. There’s the Artisan Advent Brownie Box, with popular festive flavours like Mince Pie, Baileys, Mojito, Honeycomb, Salted Caramel and Peanut Butte, a gluten-free version, and also a Gluten Free Advent Box, and an Artisan Biscuit Advent Calendar full of festive biscuits shaped like Santa, snowflakes and stars. £54-£66.
5 Joe & Seph’s Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendars
North London-based popcorn enthusiasts Joe & Seph’s has launched three new advent calendars this year – the Gourmet, Vegan & Tipsy, all priced £25. Gourmet features caramel popcorn flavours like Apple & Custard, Banoffee Pie, Brandy Butter, Cinnamon & Custard Roll, Gingerbread, Pumpkin Spice and Tiramisu; Vegan features dairy-free caramel popcorn like Salted Caramel, Salted Maple, Olive Oil and Orange Chocolate; and Tipsy includes Eggnog, Espresso Martini, Gin & Tonic, Irish Coffee Liqueur, Limoncello, Pina Colada, Prosecco Popcorn and more.