If 25 little chocolates no longer cut the mustard, upgrade your Advent calendar experience to a luxury alternative full of gin, coffee, marzipan or even mince pies…
1 Fortnum’s Feasting Advent Calendar
Fortnum & mason has launched its first ever food advent calendar this year. Countdown to Christmas with 25 delicious treats, including Fortnum’s best-selling products from the decadent Toffolossus Biscuits to the iconic 181 sauce and Sir Nigel’s Marmalade. Each gift has been carefully chosen to brighten up each day, such as Fortnum’s coffee on a Monday, a cheeky tipple on a Friday and, on Christmas Day, a small bottle of fizz! £200.
2 Drinks by the Dram Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar
Savour Scotland’s most spectacular sippers with Drinks by the Dram’s famous Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar. The festive box is filled with 24 Scotch whiskies, from world-renowned brands to delicious new discoveries, including Port Askaig 8 Year Old, Glenfarclas 21 Year Old and Balvenie Peat Week. Unwrap a different 30ml treat each day to make this a thoroughly enjoyable Christmas countdown. Maybe don’t swig it on the way to work, though… £149.95.
3 Ladurée Advent Calendar
Ladurée’s 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 macarons – you’ll find a delicious chocolate or sweet, from caramels and nougats to flavoured chocolates, calissons and more. £32.
Available in all Ladurée stores and at laduree.co.uk
4 HonestBrew Craft Beer Advent Calendar
The hugely popular HonestBrew Craft Beer Advent Calendar is back once more, this time with 24 beers in 20 styles from nine countries, including 12 exclusive beers and unique collaborations. The calendar features hoppy IPAs, indulgent Stouts and flavour-packed lagers with beers from leading breweries including Stu Mostów, Northern Monk and Boundary. HonestBrew has also collaborated with Cloudwater, Howling Hops and more to bring you four unique brews. Available now for pre-order and delivered from 20 November to keep the beers fresh. £74.90.
Pierre Marcolini, renowned for his exceptionally crafted chocolates, has created a magical oversized snow globe for the Christmas countdown. Each day, discover Marcolini’s iconic chocolates in a selection designed for all chocolate lovers, featuring two almond-hazelnut pralines, two salted caramel pralines, two Maldon salted nougat praline bells, almond marzipan, a raspberry heart, two almond-hazelnut bells and more. £49.
Available from the Marylebone Boutique, counters in Selfridges and Harrods, and online at eu.marcolini.com
6 Perkulatte’s Christmas Coffee Advent Calendar
Indulge in an array of caffeinated coffees with Perkulatte’s Christmas Coffee Advent Calendar, presented in a luxury gift box. Sealed for freshness, each bag is numbered and filled with 20g of fresh artisan roasted coffee in 12 different blends (so you get two of each blend), including the likes of Brazil Villa Borguesa, Colombio Excelso, El Salvadoe El Molinito, Costa Rica SHB and Malawi AB Phoka Coop. Choose from whole bean or pre-ground for cafetiere, filter, espresso or Aeropress. £39.99.
7 Selfridges Festive Mince Pie Advent Calendar
Nothing says Christmas like mince pies, and what could be better than 24 of them? A variety of flavours await behind each door of this indulgent Advent calendar, including classic, almond, chocolate or citrus topped mince pies. A mini iced Christmas cake, handmade in the Cotswolds, sits behind door 25 to be enjoyed on the big day itself. £39.99.
8 Niederegger Marzipan Carousel Advent Calendar
Marzipan can be as decisive as Marmite, but if you’re a lover, then you need Niederegger Lubeck Marzipan. Made with love in Germany since 1806 to a secret family recipe, it’s the only premium manufacturer that exclusively produces its own marzipan paste. The Niederegger Christmas carousel is a new design for the Niederegger Advent Calendar, taking you on a journey from Santa’s grotto, through Christmas markets and onto Santa’s sleigh ready to deliver gifts. The calendar includes 37 marzipan truffles and pralines (contains alcohol). £30.
9 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 cheeky tipple – again, not really suitable for work – including That Boutique-y Gin Company’s festive Chocolate Orange Gin, award-winning Moonshot Gin and rather delicious and Spit-Roasted Pineapple Gin. £50.
10 Waterdrop Advent Calendar
Waterdrop, the world’s first ‘microdrink’, designed to inspire us to drink more water, has introduced a limited-edition Waterdrop Advent Calendar. Perfect for conscious foodies, or those not up for over-indulging this Christmas, the calendar contains a sugar-free Waterdrop flavour behind each door. Made with fruit and plant extracts, with additional vitamins, each drop enriches your water and makes staying hydrated a more enjoyable experience. Also inside is a limited-edition glass bottle and signature Waterdrop accessories. £99.90.
11 Bird & Blend Tea Co. Matcha Tea Advent
Bird & Blend Tea Co. launched the world’s first Matcha Advent Calendar in 2018 – and now it’s back and even better! Behind each window you’ll find 24 different, hand-blended hot matcha or matcha latte flavours in a 5g mini tin (including Ice Cream, Chilli Kale, Salted Caramel and Mince Pie Matcha), as well as tips, tricks and recipes to make the most of each matcha. Each mini tin contains enough for 3-4 cups per tin. £65.