The best grown-up advent calendars for Christmas 2021

There’s nothing quite like the countdown to Christmas, especially when every morning heralds a new treat from your advent calendar.

But it doesn’t have to just be filled with chocolate and sweeties.

In our list of best advent calendars, we’ve got everything from a month’s worth of cheese to 24 whole days of booze.

For those who don’t fancy eating their way to Christmas Day, there are calendars containing mini succulents, tea, coffee, and even a festive Spotify suggestion.

Giant Welsh Cheese Advent Calendar

If you don’t have a sweet tooth, try this giant advent calendar packed with more than 4kg of artisan cheddar, brie, blue, halloumi and soft cheeses all made in Wales. Time for a cracker restock.

Buy it for £149 from The Welsh Cheese Company

Personalised Acts of Kindness Reusable Advent Calendar by Ellie Ellie

Discover the true meaning of Christmas with this altruistic advent calendar featuring 24 ways to give back during the festive period. Made from aluminium so can be reused year after year.

Buy it for £19 from Not On The High Street

Fortnum’s Feasting Advent Calendar

Feast your eyes on this luxurious, foodie advent calendar, jam-packed with 25 posh treats that will make every morning feel like Christmas Day. Grand for every gourmand.

Buy it for £200 from Fortnum & Mason

Absolute Black 100% Cocoa Advent Calendar

A daily hit of the darkest chocolate is sometimes all you need to kickstart a sophisticated festive mood — and this vegan-friendly advent is black magic.

Buy it for £9.99 from Montezuma’s

Ultimate Craft Cider Advent Calendar

Cider drinkers can feel oh so good about this boozy calendar: it is filled with 24 artisan UK ciders not available in the supermarket, it’s fully recyclable and a tree is planted for every purchase.

Buy it for £82.50 from Crafty Nectar

Freixenet & Divine 24 Day Advent Calendar

You’ll be all of a fizz with this chocolate and bubbles advent calendar containing 12 mini bottles of sparkling wine and 12 chocolate bars. That’s Christmas sorted…

Buy it for £89.95 from Slurp

Limited Edition Plant advent calendar

We’re dreaming of a green Christmas thanks to this unique, plant calendar filled with festive succulents, cacti, fairy lights, gin and plant baubles. Grow on, you’re worth it.

Buy it for £174.95 from The Urban Botanist

The Coffee Advent Calendar for Two

We all need a caffeine hit to get us through December, and you’ll find two coffee bags behind every door of this advent calendar for a double, seasonal boost. Just add mugs and a kettle.

Buy it for £60 from Whittard

Notting Hill House Advent Calendar

Super-swish advent calendars don’t come any swisher than this one -filled with fresh, organic chocolates such as gingerbread caramel, chestnut pate de fruit and orange praline. Prepare to be obsessed.

Buy it for £69 from Melt London

Magic Bags Advent Calendar

Fill 24 mini fabric bags with chocolates, festive treats and messages of Yuletide cheer — the prettiest, reusable advent calendar we’ve spied.

Buy it for £66.99 from Wayfair

Personalised Christmas Tree Playlist Advent Calendar by MixPixie

Everyone will be rocking around the Christmas tree with this personalised playlist advent calendar which works via the Spotify app to play a festive track every day. Music to your ears!

Buy it for £18 from Not On The High Street

Tea Advent Calendar 5 x 24 variants

‘Tis the season for a warm cuppa, so treat yourself to this advent calendar filled with 24 different tea blends grown in India. There are five teabags behind every door so enough for the whole family.

Buy it for £38 from Vahdam India

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