Count down the days
Miss the days when you looked forward to Christmas by counting down on your advent calendar?
Advent calendars are no longer just for kids.
With a whole range of delicious, creative and boozy boxes on offer, you can find something for all the family.
We round up the very best advent calendars you can buy this year.
Boozy Gourmet Marshmallow Advent Calendar (18+), £17.50, The Naked Marshmallow Co
The only thing that could make a marshmallow even better… booze.
We’re soft on this marshmallow advent calendar, with six fizz, gin and cocktail-inspired flavours. Strictly for 18 years and over.
Draper Tools Advent Calendar, £29.99, Yandles
This tool calendar is perfect for the handyperson in your life
If lockdown has spawned a new generation of DIY gurus, this tool advent calendar could come in very handy for those little unexpected Christmas jobs. One pound from every sale is being donated to NHS Charities Together. Good work.
That Boutique-y Whisky Company Advent Calendar, £99.95, Master of Malt
What better way to spend December than drinking your way around the world of whisky?
You won’t be scraping the barrel with this whisky calendar filled with 24 international wee drams.
Prosecco & Sparkling Wine Advent Calendar, £59.99, Aldi
Aldi’s got your Christmas drinking sorted
You’ll be all of a fizz with this boozy advent calendar, which opens up to a 200ml bottle of daily bubbles to toast in the Yuletide spirit. Our sort of social bubble.
Classic Advent Selection Box, £25, Chococo
Start each day in December with a delicious chocolatety treat
Festive fanfare at the ready: this best-selling advent selection chocolate box is back. So get your order in now and make December the most wonderful time of the year. A vegan variety is also available.
Taste The Difference Coffee Pod Advent Calendar, £10, Sainsbury’s
For the coffee lovers – why not try something new?
Get your daily caffeine hit with this coffee calendar featuring 24 Nespresso-compatible pods. Start as you mean to go on.
Tea Advent Calendar, £60, Newby
How smart is this posh box of Christmassy teas?
Elevate your Christmas cuppa to a 24-day journey of aromatic teas and tisanes with this luxury calendar. Keep hold of the elegant townhouse and refill year after year.
Fortnum’s Feasting Advent Calendar, £200, Fortnum & Mason
Fortnum’s has the key to every foodie’s dreams with this delectable calendar
It’ll feel like Christmas Day every day with this super-luxe, foodie advent calendar filled with 25 posh treats and tipples. Not cheap, but oh so special for gastronomes everywhere.
Beer Advent Calendar, £64.90, HonestBrew
It will be a very hoppy Christmas with this advent calendar
Beer buffs will raise a glass to this beer advent calendar, packed with easy drinking brews to see you through to the big day. Hoppy days are here again…
Cannabis Infused Chocolate Advent Calendar, £24.99, Body And Mind Botanicals
These CBD-infused truffles are the perfect stress reliever
This advent calendar won’t do the shopping and cooking for you, but the CBD-infused truffles behind each door might just help soothe stress in the crazy Christmas run-up.
Percy Pig Advent Calendar, £5, Marks & Spencer
Who doesn’t love Percy?
We’re never too old for Percy Pigs and this cute milk chocolate calendar has a pack of our favourite piggies to scoff on the big day.
Ilchester Cheese Advent Calendar, £8, Ocado
There’s nothing stinky about this cheesy advent calendar!
No sweet tooth, no problem. This savoury advent calendar has individually-wrapped cheese portions (and a cheesy joke) behind every door. Just remember to keep in the fridge.
Vegan Popcorn Advent Calendar, £25, Joe & Seph’s
This popcorn advent calendar should see you through your Christmas film viewing schedule (Picture: SOLK Photography Ltd)
Indulge in a daily festive fix of sweet treats with mini packs of gourmet popcorn in flavours such as salted caramel and orange chocolate. Very sweet.
Six of the best advent calendars for little ones
Advent Calendar For Cats or Dogs, £2 each, In store only at Wilko
Don’t leave you beloved pets out of the countdown fun
Make sure furry friends don’t miss out on the festive fun thanks to these dog and cat calendars filled with carob or catnip treats.
Stationery Advent Calendar, £28, Paperchase
Great for creative kids!
Swap sweets for stationery with this festive calendar bursting with funky notebooks, pens and desk kit. A delight each day for little and big kids alike.
Activity Advent Calendar, £8, John Lewis & Partners
This advent calendar should keep the whole family entertained
Keep kids busy with this cheap and cheerful family advent calendar, with simple ideas for fun daily activities in the run up to Christmas.
PLAYin CHOC Organic Chocolate Advent Calendar, £55, John Lewis & Partners
A combo of chocolate and puzzles sounds like a win-win (Picture: Scott Kimble)
Torn between craft and confectionary? Panic over. Each drawer of this festive calendar contains an organic, vegan chocolate plus a plastic-free puzzle to build.
Haynes Retro Radio Advent Calendar, £22, MenKind
You’ll have your very own vintage radio by Christmas
Older, tech-tastic kids can get on the same wavelength with this build-a-retro-radio calendar containing 24 parts.
Harry Potter advent calendar, £16, In store only at Primark
Harry Potter themed and reusable – this advent calendar really is magic!
Harry Potter diehards will need to get their hands on this Hogwarts shaped reusable advent calendar before it flies off the shelves at Primark for good. Spellbinding stuff.
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