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Christmas countdown: 19 of the best advent calendars for adults

From beauty products to James Bond, there’s a calendar to suit every grown-up (with no chocolate in sight)

1

Nivea

Ski-Lodge advent calendar by Nivea

Ski-Lodge advent calendar

Made from 30% recycled material and with 100% plastic-free outer packaging using certified FSC cardboard, Nivea’s ski lodge-themed advent calendar is one of the better ones for the planet. The calendar contains 24 pamper-centric treats, including both full and travel-size Nivea essentials, to ensure your beauty regime doesn’t go “off-piste” this Christmas (groan).

2

Walker’s

Shortbread advent calendar

Shortbread advent calendar

Wake up to shortbread each December morning with the Walker’s Shortbread advent calendar. Each window contains a bite-size, individually-wrapped shortbread product, including pure butter shortbread fingers and mini chocolate chip shortbread.

3

Sockshop

25 Days of Socks

25 Days of Socks

Sock and hosiery retailer Sockshop has partnered with Emmaus UK for its 25 Days of Socks calendar and will be donating 10% of each sale to the homelessness charity. Available in women and men’s sizes, this calendar contains a pair of high-quality bamboo socks in fun and festive prints for every day of December in the run-up to Christmas Day. 

4

Bird & Blend

Bird and Blend advent calendar

Tea Advent Calendar

Indie tea company Bird & Blend has launched a new advent calendar which features almost 50 tea bags and some rather unusual flavours (I’m curious, what do you imagine a “Fairytale of NY” tea to taste like?), as well as classic Christmas blends. This tea advent calendar is extra special as opening each door reveals not one but two tea bags, the idea being that you can catch up with a loved one, friend or colleague over a cuppa.

5

Beer Hawk

Beer Hawk advent calendar

Beery Christmas

Behind the doors of this enormous Beer Hawk calendar are 25 different beers from both offbeat and big-name breweries, brewed exclusively for this Christmas creation. From traditional wheat beers to more modern IPAs – and spanning 14 countries from France to New Zealand – this varied selection of beers is any hop lovers’ dream.

6

Cheesies

Cheesies advent calendar

Better than a Cheese-Bored

London-based start-up Cheesies, which makes crunchy, 100% natural cheese-based snacks, has brought out its first advent calendar – which is sure to delight the fromage fans. “Better than a Cheese-Bored” contains 24 20g bags of Cheesies in six different varieties including “sharp and punchy”, “creamy and bold”, “strong and tangy” and a special-edition “tongue-tingling chilli cheddar”. 

7

Scream Pretty

Celestial Ear Party Advent Calendar

Celestial Ear Party

This limited-edition advent calendar features 12 best-selling pieces by designer jewellery brand Scream Pretty, including stud earrings, ear cuffs and charm hoops. Available in both sustainable recycled sterling silver, and gold plated recycled sterling silver, this calendar is designed to make your ears truly stand out at the office Christmas party.

8

Drinks by the Dram

The Premium Gin Advent Calendar

The Premium Gin Advent Calendar

Countdown to Christmas with 24 specially selected craft gins from some of the world’s best distilleries, presented in generous 30ml wax-sealed drams. This gin advent calendar, from Drinks by the Dram, has been awarded an editors’ choice award by Which?.

9

The Naked Marshmallow Co.

Boozy Gourmet Marshmallow

Boozy Gourmet Marshmallow Advent Calendar

The makers of the world’s first gourmet marshmallow advent calendar (there’s a first for everything) are back with a boozy version for adults. Behind each door, you’ll find a piece of handmade marshmallow in a selection of cocktail-inspired flavours, from peach bellini to pina colada. For £3.95 extra, you can add a marshmallow toasting kit to roast each sweet treat to gooey perfection.

10

007Store

The James Bond Advent Calendar 2021

James Bond Advent Calendar 2021

007Store, the franchise’s official online shopping site, has launched its debut James Bond advent calendar – a perfect present for that Bond fan who can’t get enough of No Time To Die. This luxury, limited-edition calendar features 12 drawers of Bond-inspired gifts including a money-can’t-buy Casino Royale prop and a special collaboration with Swatch.

11

Candy Kittens

Advent Calendar Tree

Advent Calendar Tree

Vegan sweets brand Candy Kittens, co-founded by Made in Chelsea star Jamie Laing, has partnered with UK-based social change and reforestation charity TreeSisters. This unique, 3-D advent calendar is packed with gourmet gummies – and to make things even sweeter, TreeSisters is planting a tree for every one sold.

12

Bonne Maman

Bonne Maman 2021 Advent Calendar

Bonne Maman 2021

Say Joyeux Noël with jams this Christmas thanks to French conserve specialist Bonne Maman’s adorable jam-based advent calendar. The calendar contains 23 mini jars of jams and marmalade as well as two “surprise gifts” (no, we’re not giving the surprise away) – one to open on 1 December and the other on Christmas Eve. 

13

24 Days of Rum

24 Days of Rum Advent Calendar

24 Days of Rum

Featuring 24 20ml glass bottles of premium rum – including rare offerings from Madeira, India, Thailand and Germany – this advent calendar is great for rum lovers or the rum-curious. Also included in the box are two tasting glasses and tasting notes, to enhance the rum-drinking experience. This calendar is available to buy online or from various retailers including Harvey Nichols.

14

Sandford Orchards

Cider Advent Calendar

Cider Advent Calendar

This cider-centric advent calendar contains 24 bottles and cans of ciders made by Sandford Orchards, the craft cider maker based in rural Devon. Every door reveals a different drink, including many well-known favourites from Sandford Orchards’ award-winning range.

15

So Wrong It’s Nom

Cheese Advent Calendar

Cheese Advent Calendar

This award-winning advent calendar contains 24 individual miniature wheels of cheese, encased in recyclable, fridge-door-friendly packaging. Members of So Wrong It’s Nom – the online community of cheese lovers – even voted to select one of the featured cheeses: a limited-edition “Ilchester Apple, Onion & Sage”. Since it first came out in 2017, almost 750,000 of these calendars have been sold – now that’s a lot of miniature cheeses.

16

L’Occitane en Provence

Classic Beauty Advent Calendar

Classic Beauty Advent Calendar

L’Occitane’s “Classic” advent calendar features some of the French beauty and skincare brand’s best-loved products, including items from the Verbena and Almond shower range, youth-boosting Immortelle skincare solutions and shea butter hand cream. These calendars recently underwent a climate-friendly update; in 2020, L’Occitane replaced its plastic interiors with cardboard sourced from sustainable forests, saving 22.5 tonnes of plastic waste.

17

Cartwright & Butler

Cartwright & Butler Advent Calendar

Cartwright & Butler Advent Calendar

’Tis the season to indulge – with thanks to Cartwright & Butler. The maker of luxury biscuits and cakes has produced a gigantic new advent calendar, featuring all sorts of sweet and savoury treats, including hot drinks, preserves and confectionery. 

18

Flying Goose X Sous Chef

12 Days of Sriracha

12 Days of Sriracha

Spice up your December with 12 Days of Sriracha, the UK’s first sriracha sauce calendar. Behind each door (designed to open every other day), you’ll find a bottle of Flying Goose sriracha, with flavours including original, super hot, yuzu and smokey sriracha. 

19

HIDE

HIDE Advent Calendar

HIDE Advent Calendar

The HIDE advent calendar is a wonderfully decadent Christmas treat curated by Michelin-star chef Ollie Dabbous. This calendar contains all the luxuries you might need during the festive season including Mariage Frères tea, Le Labo candles, white truffles, a yule log, mince pies, lobster rolls and 50-day aged ribeye. 

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