Top 23: Best Advent Calendars 2019 for the Countdown to ChristmasBy Francesca Brooking
The countdown to Christmas is nearly upon us and it’s almost time to get your advent calendars at the ready. If you’re in need of some inspiration this year then we’ve got you covered. From cheese to beauty, chocolate and even one for your pets, here are our top 23 advent calendars this year:
What: Chococo Vegan Advent Selection Box
The Lowdown: Handmade chocolate brand Chococo is back with its limited-edition Advent boxes and this time it’s brought out a brand new vegan version. This Advent selection box contains 25 dairy-free and vegan-friendly handmade fine chocolates presented in a beautiful box, decorated with frosted numbered sleeves and menu. Each chocolate is inspired by Chococo’s existing collection of award-winning and festive chocolates as well as a few added exclusive flavours. Expect flavours such as Spiced Rum, Milc Cashew Gem and Agave Honeycombe to name a few. Every Chococo Advent Box is handmade to order and delivered in the last week of November to maintain freshness.
Where to Buy: Order online at Chococo or visit Chococo’s Chocolate Houses in Swanage, Winchester, Exeter and Horsham.
What: Advent of Change Premium Advent Calendar
The Lowdown: Advent of Change has launched the world’s first charitable advent calendars where instead of receiving a gift, you donate 50p or £1 per day to a different charity. With one single purchase, you will be making a donation to 24 amazing charities. Open a new door each day and discover what your donation has provided, including services such as helping the homeless, protecting our oceans and offering a week’s worth of medicine to a sick child. Advent of Change is a non-profit on a mission to make the world a better, fairer and more sustainable place by supporting and raising awareness of charities from all over the world.
Where to Buy: Advent of Change online and John Lewis & Partners stores nationwide.
What: Aldi Wine Advent Calendar
The lowdown: Aldi’s sell-out Wine Advent Calendar is back and it’s bigger and better than ever. Getting you ready to cheer on the Christmas season, this Advent calendar is filled with 24 mini bottles of Red, White, Rosé and Fizz including customer favourites such as The Exquisite Collection Macon Villages and the Calvet Cap d’Agde Rose. Cheers!
Where to buy: Aldi online and in stores nationwide.
What: Beer Hawk Craft and ADVENTure Calendar
The lowdown: Beer Hawk is celebrating the run-up to Christmas with a craft beer Advent-ure around the globe. The calendar features 24 beers covering 15 different styles from 14 countries. As well as an exciting beer lineup, Beer Hawk has also built in the UK’s first-ever virtual beer tour – powered by the brand’s own special Beer Goggles, and 3 unique cloaking devices to keep your Advent calendar safe until December 1st. Once the cloaks are off the doors will start to open and reveal a wealth of prizes, tap takeovers and beer to enjoy during the countdown to Christmas.
Where to buy: Beer Hawk online.
What: Pure Pet Food Merry Woofmas Advent Calendar
The lowdown: Pure Pet Food is here to make sure that your furry friends don’t miss out on the countdown the Christmas with its Merry Woofmas Advent Calendar. It contains 72 truffles which are made up of human-grade chicken, coconut, coconut oil, honey and organic molasses. Pure Pet Food prides itself on its high-quality and healthy food for dogs and this Advent calendar is bound to be a hit.
Where to buy: Pure Pet Food online.
What: Meri Meri Charm Bracelet Advent Calendar
The lowdown: Children can swap the chocolate advent calendars this year for a chance to make their very own Christmas charm bracelet one day at a time with Meri Meri’s Charm Bracelet Advent Calendar. They can open a window each day to receive a new charm to create a beautiful completed bracelet to wear on Christmas Day. This stunning calendar is decorated with a wintery skating theme design and presented in a shimmering pink box.
Where to buy: Bobby Rabbit online.
What: Nuxe Magnetique Advent Calendar Gift Set
The lowdown: Premium online beauty retailer Escentual is offering a Nuxe advent calendar filled with indulgent skincare products to make you feel pampered in the run-up to Christmas. The Nuxe Magnetique Advent Calendar Gift Set promises 24 days of luxury skincare that come in perfectly portable sizes for travelling. Expect treats such as Reve de Miel Ultra Comforting Face Cream, Insta-Masque Detoxifying and Glow Mask and much more. It’s a perfect beauty gift for die-hard Nuxe fans or for those who want to try something new.
Where to buy: Escentual online.
What: Livia’s ‘Indulgence with Bells On’ Advent Calendar
The lowdown: Livia’s ‘Indulgence with Bells On’ Advent Calendar is set to be on everyone’s Christmas wishlist this year. This festive countdown to Christmas is packed with full-sized Livia’s customer favourites including heavenly Nugglets to gooey Million Squares and dreamy DUNX. It’s a little bit of indulgence every day and with a calendar like this, we can hardly resist.
Where to buy: Livia’s online and Selfridges.
What: Sue Ryder Advent Calendar Collection
The lowdown: National healthcare charity Sue Ryder has unveiled a new Christmas homeware collection and 100% the profits going towards supporting the charity’s palliative, neurological and bereavement care. As part of the collection, the charity has launched a range of elegant hand-crafted wooden advent calendars. These festive designs all come with decorative numbered draws which can be filled with personal gifts and treats for any family member whether they’re sweets or a tipple. Choose from an illuminated festive scene with reindeers, Christmas trees, and nutcrackers.
Where to buy: Sue Ryder online.
What: Sleek New Day, New Attitude Makeup Advent Calendar
The lowdown: Beauty brand Sleek Makeup has launched a makeup calendar to give you a new look every day during the countdown to Christmas. It includes bestsellers and exclusives to look forward to as well as a fun combination of bold and essential looks to experiment with. There are 24 Sleek treats in total and you can enjoy a lineup of lipsticks, eyeliners, blush and mascara such as Glitter Eyeliner Gold, Matte Me Lip Cream ‘That’s So Fetch’ and I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette All Night Long to name a few.
Where to buy: Boots online and in-store.
What: Pierre Marcolini Giant Snow Globe Advent Calendar
The lowdown: Luxury chocolatiers, Pierre Marcolini has launched a 24-piece advent calendar in the shape of a giant festive snow globe. Each day brings a taste of Pierre’s iconic chocolates in a selection designed for any chocolate lover. Enjoy enchanting delights such as Maldon salted nougat praline balls, dark chocolate Pavé de Tours ad divine raspberry hearts bringing you a little taste of joy this advent.
Where to buy: Marylebone Boutique, Harrods, Selfridges and Pierre Marcolini online.
What: Whitley Neill Premium Gin-Vent Calendar
The lowdown: The festivities have well and truly begun with Whitley Neill’s luxury Gin-Vent Calendar which features 24 different premium British-distilled gins including award-winning gin favourites Whitley Neill, City of London Distillery and Liverpool Organic Gin. Perfect for gin lovers, this advent calendar is inspired by far-flung destinations across the world as well as here in the UK. Customers can also get a free collectable tasting book included containing tasting notes, recommended serving suggestions and a back story for each of these exquisite gins.
Where to buy: Amazon.
What: Joe & Seph’s Gourmet Advent Calendar
The lowdown: Family gourmet popcorn brand Joe & Seph’s is kicking off the Christmas season just right with its indulgent Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar packed with delicious treats and corny jokes – and it’s gluten-free. Presented in the form of a beautiful snow-covered Victorian shop-front, this year’s calendar features 12 flavours behind 24 windows, including Specaloos, Orange Chocolate and Banoffee Pie popcorn.
Where to buy: Debenhams, House of Fraser, Harvey Nichols, John Lewis Food Hall, Booths, Whole Foods Market, Ocado nationwide and Joe & Seph’s online.
What: English Tea Shop Organic Tea Advent Calendar
The lowdown: English Tea Shop is bringing us festive joy in the form of comfort with its Organic Tea Advent Calendar. Ideal for those wanting to spice up their cuppa, this advent calendar has a range of organic and vegan flavours to accompany those winter nights. From blending its own flavours in its small factory in Sri Lanka to the perfect cup at home, English Tea Shop is passionate about upholding sustainable, organic and Fairtrade values so you know that every tea bag is filled with nothing but goodness.
Where to buy: Farmdrop online.
What: The Naked Marshmallow Co. Advent Calendar
The lowdown: The Naked Marshmallow Co. is taking the well-loved marshmallow to new heights with an advent calendar filled with extravagant varieties to see you through the Christmas countdown. Each door reveals a festive flavour with an extra sumptuous chocolate spoon behind the final door on Christmas Day. This advent calendar brings you 25 extra gooey treats as well as fun facts, jokes and online discount codes. Deliciously moreish flavours to look out for include Salted Caramel, Milk & Cookies, Gingerbread and Mint Choc Chip & S’mores. If that wasn’t enough, you can upgrade your advent calendar with an optional extra in the shape of a marshmallow toaster add-on kit. This includes a marshmallow toaster, 24 bamboo skewers and a toasting instruction guide for perfectly toasted and gooey marshmallow.
Price: £17.50 with £3.75 for the marshmallow toaster.
Where to buy: The Naked Marshmallow Co.
What: Poilâne Advent Calendar
The lowdown: Celebrated artisanal French bakery, Poilâne has introduced its first advent calendar this year, showcasing the joys of the season with daily themed edible bites. The beautiful calendar depicts the original Poilâne bakery in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés drawn by artist Axel Charrier. Expect to find a feast of premium baked goods including tempting biscuits, nougat, shortbread and chocolate to enjoy throughout the Christmas season.
Where to buy: Poilâne online.
What: Yumbles Yawn Coffee Advent Calendar
The lowdown: Tea Revv has got the perfect advent calendar for those who need a caffeine fix in the morning. The Yawn Coffee Advent Calendar is a beautifully designed box packed full of 24 different craft coffees. One box contains 24 sachets of different speciality coffees, enough for one cup a day. The coffee is fresh ground and suitable for French Press, filter, Chemex, percolator and cold brew. Some of the coffees to look out for include Indian Tiger, Winter Delight and Costa Rica Tarrazu.
Where to buy: Yumbles online.
What: Jam And Marmalade Advent Calendar
The lowdown: The Tiny Marmalade has a treat in store for jam lovers everywhere with its Jam And Marmalade Advent Calendar. Behind each door is a beautiful mini jar of award-winning preserves including flavours such as Christmas Marmalade, Hand-picked Berries, Pear & Kiwi and Applebrook Cottage and much more. This festive box celebrates the 12 days of Christmas with a generous helping of class, tradition and flavour.
Where to buy: Yumbles online.
What: Skylark Spirits 24 Days of Rum Advent Calendar
The lowdown: Ideal for those who share a passion for rum, Skylark Spirits have launched a sharing 24 Days of Rum Advent Calendar in time for the Christmas season. One calendar promises 24 boutique rums from around the world for every day of advent and it comes with two bespoke tasting glasses, two tasting note booklets and its very own dedicated website (www.24daysofrum.com) where you can learn about each rum throughout December. Featured bespoke rums include Fijian 8-Year Old Rum Liquor and William Hinton Rhum from Madeira among others, amounting to £150 worth of rum.
Where to buy: Harvey Nichols, Amazon, The Whiskey Exchange and Master of Malt.
What: The Bearded Man Beard Oil Advent Calendar
The lowdown: Give the beard some love in the run-up to Christmas with The Bearded Man’s Beard Oil Advent Calendar filled with 24 days of festive beard treats. This calendar contains a 100% natural mini oil behind each of the 24 windows. One bottle is 2ml – which is more than one use – and the assorted scents include bay rum, black coffee, Sicilian lemon, sandalwood, lavender, race day, rainforest and much more.
Where to buy: MenKind online.
What: Haynes Electronic Games Advent Calendar
The lowdown: For an advent calendar that gets your creative juices flowing look no further than Haynes Electronic Games Advent Calendar. Suitable for ages 14 and up, this advent calendar has all the electronic components to build your own games behind each window. As you count down the days until Christmas, you get everything you need to build 24 awesome electronic games including Code Breaker, Memory, Wire Maze, Whack a Mole, and much more. All you need are just 3 AA batteries and you’re good to game!
Where to buy: MenKind online.
What: Pavé d’Affinois ‘Cheese Lovers’ Advent Calendar.
The lowdown: Have a Gouda time (sorry) this Christmas season with Pavé d’Affinois’ mouthwatering ‘Cheese Lovers’ Advent Calendar. This wonderfully cheesy advent calendar contains 24 individually wrapped cubes of delicious soft cheese. Enjoy 4 different flavours of Pavé d’Affinois cheese in the run-up to Christmas Day: Original, Extra Creamy, Washed Rind and Chilli. Pavé d’Affinois is a delicate French cheese made in the heart of the Rhône-Alpes region. Made from milk supplied by local producers in Montbéliard, from Prim’Holstein cows, these award-winning cheeses are smooth, melt-in-the-mouth and divinely creamy.
Where to buy: Asda in-store nationwide.
What: Christmas Tails Cat Advent Calendar
The lowdown: Treat your cat in the countdown to Christmas with Pets At Home’s exclusive Christmas Tails Cat Advent Calendar. This pet-safe advent calendar contains a delicious treat and a small dose of catnip behind each of its 24 doors to help you and your cat get in the Christmas spirit as you count down to the big day.
Where to buy: Pets At Home online.