If 24 little chocolates no longer cut the mustard, upgrade your Advent calendar experience to a luxury alternative full of gin, craft beer, stationery, coffee or even pork scratchings…
1 HonestBrew Craft Beer Advent Calendar
The HonestBrew Craft Beer Advent Calendar contains 24 beers in 15 styles from 12 countries, including seven exclusive beers such as the Cloudwater collaboration. Among the IPAs, stouts, porters and sours, you’ll also find a £10 beer voucher & introductory beer booklet. The calendar features artwork by HATCH (the moniker of London-based artist and illustrator Dave Smith), who mixes bold line work with highly detailed patterns and tones. £69.90.
2 Lego Stars Wars Advent Calendar 2018
The LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar from Harrods comes makes for a super fun Christmas countdown with 24 Star Wars-themed gifts including mini-figures of beloved characters Rose, Rowan and General Merrick, as well as villainous Death Troopers and Security Soldiers. Each piece can then be assembled on the fold-out mat. £19.95.
3 Christmas Coffee Advent Calendar
Indulge in an array of caffeinated coffees with Perkulatte’s Christmas Coffee Advent Calendar. 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. £40.
4 KIKKI.K Stationery Lover’s Advent Calendar
This advent calendar from super sweet Swedish label Kikki K. is a stationary lover’s dream! From sweet star-covered pens to stickers, candles, little notepads and inspiring quotes, there are 25 little surprises behind the doors in the run up to – and including – Christmas Day.
5 Bird & Blend Tea Co. Matcha Tea Advent
Bird & Blend Tea co. has launched the world’s first Matcha Advent Calendar, with 23 different, hand-blended flavours of matcha (including Ice Cream, Salted Caramel and Mince Pie Matcha), a surprise gift behind door 24 and a free travel whisk worth £10. You’ll also get tips, tricks and recipes to make the most of each matcha. £65.
6 Drinks by the Dram Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar
From rare Scotch to award-winning drinks from remarkable distilleries, this calendar contains a selection of the best whiskies available from the land of the brave. Decorated in Celtic knots and tartan hues, the Advent calendar contains offerings from both boutique producers and world-renowned brands. £149.95.
7 Pork Scratchings Mega Advent Calendar
The Pork Scratchings Mega Advent Calendar by The Snaffling Pig Co is a great idea for those who like a quality snack over a sad little Santa chocolate every morning. Behind each window you’ll find a mini bag of pork crackling in one of six flavours, including Pigs In Blankets, Low & Slow BBQ, Maple, Black Pepper & Sea Salt, Salt & Vinegar and Perfectly Salted. £17.50.
8 Christmas Beard Oil Advent Calendar
Moustached men and bearded boys will love the Christmas Beard Oil Advent Calendar, where each window houses a new dose of sensationally scented love for your facial hair. Discover a new scent each day from the selection of 24 of the Bearded Man Company’s most popular beard oil scents. £29.99.
9 Gin Advent Calendars
Not on the High street stocks a variety of gin Advent calendars. The Ginmas Advent Calendar contains a 70cl bottle of Lakes Explorer Gin and 24 bottles of assorted 20cl tonics from the likes of Fever Tree, Fentimans, Double Dutch, Bottlegreen and London Essense (£134.95). Then there’s the Drinks by the Dram Gin Advent Calendar, with daily 3cl treats from world-renowned brands and boutique distillers, there’s a daily enclosed behind the 24 doors (£164.95)
10 BareMinerals Out of This World Advent Calendar
Each door in the BareMinerals Out of This World Advent Calendar is loaded with covetable shades, gorgeous textures and addictive finishes behind every door. The collection includes treats worth a total of £281, including Moxie Plumping Lipgloss in various shades, Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara, All-Over Face colour in Glee, eyecolours, eyeliners and more. £79.
11 GAIL’s Bakery x Melt London Advent Calendar
In collaboration with its Notting Hill neighbour and London chocolatiers, Melt London, the GAIL’s Bakery x Melt London Advent calendar houses delicious bespoke chocolates behind all 24 of its doors. The chocolates are made using breadcrumbs from GAIL’s signature French Dark Sourdough that are slowly caramelised and folded in to decadent milk and dark chocolate by Melt. £18.
Available in bakeries and online at gailsbread.co.uk
12 Fortnum’s Musical Advent Calendar
The countdown to Christmas will be all the more exciting with Fortnum’s Wooden Musical Advent Calendar, which plays a different Christmas tune when each door is opened. Decorated with the façade of Fortnum’s Piccadilly store, it contains 24 spaces to hide sweets, toys and other treats (not included) and will be a treasured keepsake for years to come. £165.