If 24 little chocolates no longer cut the mustard, upgrade your Advent calendar experience to a luxury alternative full of gin, craft beer, beauty products, coffee or even pork scratchings…
1 Craft Beer Advent Calendar
Dive into the booziest of holidays with a daily bottle of craft beer courtesy of the Craft Beer Advent Calendar. For £69.99, you’ll get 24 seasonal saisons, stouts, pilsners and ales from the likes of Two Roads Brewing Co, Stone Brewing, Evil Twin and Schneider Weisse.
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, a BB-8 figure, starships, vehicles and foldout mat with play scenes to create your own epic adventures on Jakku and the Starkiller Base. £29.95.
3 Christmas Coffee Advent Calendar
While the kids get their sugar fix in the morning with the traditional chocolate calendars, adults can indulge in an array of caffeinated coffees with Perkulatte’s Christmas Coffee Advent Calendar. Sealed for freshness in craft bags, each bag is numbered and filled with 20g of fresh artisan roasted coffee in 12 different blends including the likes of Brazil Villa Borguesa, Colombio Excelso, El Salvadoe El Molinito, Costa Rica SHB and Malawi AB Phoka Coop. Choose from a cafetiere, filter, espresso or Aeropress grind. £40.
4 Kaemingk Book Advent Calendar
The Kaemingk Book Advent Calendar from Harrods is crafted all in wood and painted in festive green and red colourway to make a cute Christmas family heirloom to pass on through the generations. Fill the miniature drawers, numbered 1-24, with advent treats of your choice to create a bespoke advent calendar that both kids and grown ups will love. £59.
5 Fortnum’s Rare Tea Wooden Advent Calendar
Fortnum & Mason Rare Tea Wooden Advent Calendar is a super grown-up way to countdown the days to Christmas. The handcrafted, wooden tea calendar hosts 24 decorative doors, each concealing a rare tea such as Ceylon Uva St James Pekoe, Kenya Kangaita OP1, Daokrajai Tea With Lemongrass, Menghai Ripe Puer Mini Tuo Cha and Dong Ding Oolong. £125.
6 Diptyque Advent Calendar
For a super indulgent Christmas countdown, treat yourself to the Diptyque Advent Calendar from Selfridges. This seriously stylish calendar houses 25 cute miniatures including a 10ml Vinaigre de Toilette, deluxe 15ml skin and body care and mini-candles, as well as a 70g candle, to make every day a little celebration. £300.
7 Master of Malt Whisky Advent Calendar
The Master of Malt Advent calendar will keep this winter chills at bay with 24 windows housing a daily 3cl wax-sealed dram of whisky. The 2017 edition is packed with award-winning liquid delights, from single malt Scotch whiskies to exciting Irish and American expressions, and delicious world whiskies. There’s even a whisky worth £600 a bottle squirreled away inside! £149.95. (FYI, they also do a Ginvent Calendar.)
8 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.
9 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.
10 Gin Advent Calendars
Not on the High street stocks not one, but two gin Advent calendars. O come all ye gin faithful! 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 (£124.95). Then there’s Gin Foundry’s Ginvent Calendar, which contains 24 carefully selected gin miniatures as well as a G&T Book and Gin Annual 2017/18 (£129.95).
11 BareMinerals Box of Wonders Advent Calendar
Each door in the BareMinerals Box of Wonders Advent Calendar reveals a glamorous goodie, perfectly picked for festive get-togethers and magical moments under the mistletoe. The collection includes treats worth £238 such as the Tinted Mineral Veil Finishing Powder, Mini Lash Domination, Deluxe Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in four shades, Deluxe Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in four shades, six eyeshadows and a limited-edition pen and notepad. £75.
12 HonestBrew Craft Beer Advent Calendar
The HonestBrew Craft Beer Advent Calendar, priced £74.90, contains 24 beers including IPAs, stouts, porters and sours, from top craft breweries. The calendar features all new artwork by HATCH, the moniker of London-based artist and illustrator Dave Smith, who mixes bold line work with highly detailed patterns and tones. New for 2017 is the HonestBrew Ultimate Craft Beer Advent Calendar, which features extremely limited beers (IPAs, double IPAs, imperial stouts, barrel aged beers and sours) from one-off runs in small quantities (£114.90).
13 Biscuiteers Advent Calendar by Susie Watson
Countdown to Christmas in country cottage style with Biscuiteers’ handcrafted Susie Watson Advent calendar, priced £60. This cloth calendar features a host of hand-finished embroidered designs including Santa Jolly Ginger, his trusty reindeer and presents under the Christmas tree. There are 24 pockets to fill with whatever treats you fancy. You can also buy a Biscuiteers Advent biscuit tin with the calendar for £99.
14 Jessops Photo Advent Calendar
Jessops new personalised advent calendar service allows you to create an Advent calendar using your favourite photos from the year. To design your advent calendar, simply select your size, format and the chocolates you’d like to add (choose from brands like Kinder Chocolate and Ferrero Rocher, or pick the option to fill the advent calendar yourself), and then add your favourite photos. A must for any selfie fan! Order by 17 November 2017 to receive a personalised Jessops photo advent calendar in time for the 1st December. From £6.99.
15 The Manstuff Advent Calendar
The Manstuff Advent Calendar comes with 12 days of male grooming essentials in a rather dashing gift box that’s shaped like a classic gentleman’s cabinet. With washes, gels, soaps and accessories, the Manstuff chaps will be looking tip-top this winter. £14.99.