25 of the best advent calendars you can buy right now in time for Christmas

Advent calendars have evolved massively over the years. They’re not just the cheap chocolate ones we used to have – though they are definitely still around. Nowadays, advent calendars are almost as important as the presents themselves, and even the Christmas dinner in some cases. And with many different diet […]

Advent calendars have evolved massively over the years.

They’re not just the cheap chocolate ones we used to have – though they are definitely still around.

Nowadays, advent calendars are almost as important as the presents themselves, and even the Christmas dinner in some cases.

And with many different diet trends, geeky films and fashion fads around at the moment, it’s no wonder the advent calendar has taken on a new lease of life.

Here’s a list of some of the best you can find – one for each day you’d be opening your advent calendar – and let us tell you, there’s something for everyone…

Chocolate

1. Cadbury Dairy Milk Chunk Advent Calendar

Cadbury Dairy Milk Chunk Advent Calendar 2020
Cadbury Dairy Milk Chunk Advent Calendar 2020

Price: £5.99

Weight: 263g

Where to buy:Cadbury Gifts Direct

The new Cadbury Dairy Milk Chunk Advent Calendar is designed for adults and contains individually wrapped Dairy Milk Chunks, Caramel Chunks and Whole Nut Dairy Milk Chunks.

2. The Grand Advent Calendar by Hotel Chocolat

Hotel Chocolat Grand Advent Calendar 2020
Hotel Chocolat Grand Advent Calendar 2020

Price: £68

Weight: 1,066g

Where to buy:Hotel Chocolat

This super-sized calendar is jam-packed with luxury treats that will see you right up until Christmas.

Behind some doors you will find Hotel Chocolat’s double truffles, like the Cinnamon Bun or Caramel Supernova, while others contain festive chocolate slabs or Selector packs, like caramel puddles and mini crackers.

There’s even hot chocolate to be found!

It’s not all chocolate though – this calendar for adults also contains some of Hotel Chocolat’s cocoa-inspired festive tipples. Just be sure you’re careful if you fancy trying one at breakfast time!

3. Up to Snow Good Children’s Advent Calendar by Hotel Chocolat

Up to Snow Good children's advent calendar by Hotel Chocolat
Up to Snow Good children’s advent calendar by Hotel Chocolat

Price: £8

Weight: 110g

Where to buy: Hotel Chocolat

Hidden behind each door of this festive children’s calendar is a chocolate version of some of the much-loved Christmas characters we’ve seen many a time before.

Made with 40% milk chocolate, the characters are modelled on their larger chocolate pals, sketched and sculpted by Hotel Chocolat’s in-house Chocolate Sculptress.

They never use ready-made moulds, meaning each character is handmade and original.

What’s more, the night before Christmas, your little ones will be treated to an extra-special treat to make that final sleep even more exciting (if that’s possible).

4. Bailey’s Advent Calendar 2020

Baileys chocolate advents calendar 2020
Baileys chocolate advents calendar 2020

Price: £13

Where to buy: Menkind

For many, nothing says Christmas quite like a glass of Bailey’s.

While the doors of this calendar don’t contain a glass, they do contain 24 Baileys chocolate truffles, including hearts, salted caramels and twist wraps.

If you know someone who loves a Baileys, this is the calendar for them.

5. Montezuma Like No Udder Vegan Advent Calendar

Montezuma Like No Udder Vegan Advent Calendar
Montezuma Like No Udder Vegan Advent Calendar

Price: £10

Weight: 144g

Where to buy:Boots

Not sure what to get the Vegan of the family? Well this advent calendar gets as close to milk chocolate as possible, without going near a cow.

It’s a high in cocoa, smooth and creamy alternative to the real thing, so those with special diets don’t have to go without.

There’s 24 chocolates in total – one for each day in the run up to Christmas.

6. Kinder Egg Surprise and Friends Advent Calendar

Kinder Egg Surprise and Friends Advent Calendar
Kinder Egg Surprise and Friends Advent Calendar

Price: £25

Weight: 431g

Where to buy: Amazon

The biggest advent calendar Kinder has ever sold in the UK is filled with 11 Kinder Surprise eggs, eight Kinder Chocolate Happy ad five hollow figures.

Plus, there’s a game at the back of the box for you all to play. And did we mention the box is shaped like a giant Kinder Egg?

Alcohol

7. Virgin Wines Advent Calendar

Virgin Wines Mixed Advent Calendar
Virgin Wines Mixed Advent Calendar

Price: Reserve for £10 and pay remaining £79.99 (plus £7.99 P&P per calendar) on dispatch

Where to buy: Virgin Wines

Choose from a complete white wine calendar, red wine calendar or a mixed wine calendar, for 25 bottles to see you through your countdown to Christmas.

Each calendar is filled with customer favourites, including the award-winning Black Pig, as well as exclusive wines you can’t get anywhere else and even a bottle of fizz or port to enjoy on a festive evening.

What’s more, you get a full-size bottle to enjoy on Christmas Day.

Virgin Wines now also offer gin and beer versions of their popular boozy advent calendars, too.

8. Beer Hawk’s Beery Christmas Advent Calendar

Beer Hawk Beery Christmas advent calendar
Beer Hawk Beery Christmas advent calendar

Price: £75

Weight: 15kg

Where to buy: Beer Hawk

This ever-popular Craft Beer Advent Calendar has been featured on This Morning and Lad Bible, features 24 beers brewed exclusively for Beer Hawk, from 14 countries around the world.

It includes big names from around the world of beer, including Mikkeller, Omnipollo, Thornbridge, Camden, Lervig and more.

What’s more, every single day comes with a beer in a different style, making it a very beery run up to Christmas indeed.

9. 12 Gins of Xmas Advent Calendar

12 Gins of Xmas advent calendar
12 Gins of Xmas advent calendar

Price: £39.99

Where to buy:The Bottle Club

If you’re a gin fan, then this reasonably-priced gin collection is definitely right up your street.

Filled with 12 iconic gins, including Bombay Sapphire, Beefeater Gin, London Dry, Gordon’s and Hendrick’s, you’ll be all set for when the celebrations begin.

Toys

10. Funko Pop Vinyl Figure Marvel Advent Calendar

Funko Marvel Pocket Pop Vinyl Advent Calendar
Funko Marvel Pocket Pop Vinyl Advent Calendar

Price: £34.99

Where to buy:Amazon

A popular gift for Marvel fans and those Pop Vinyl collectors, there’s a total of 24 pocket versions of the collectables included behind every door, including Iron Man, Captain America and The Incredible Hulk.

Funko even do Harry Potter, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Fortnite versions too.

11. John Lewis City Vehicles and Accessories Advent Calendar

ohn Lewis & Partners City Vehicles and Accessories Advent Calendar
ohn Lewis & Partners City Vehicles and Accessories Advent Calendar

Price: £25

Where to buy: John Lewis

Behind every door of this advent calendar, designed by John Lews and partners, you’ll reveal a whole city full of cars, police vehicles, double-decker buses and more.

There’s even a whole host of accessories to find, too, including little police officers, speed signs and workmen.

It has been specially designed to inspire imaginative play and storytelling skills to flourish, support the development of children’s social skills and communication and even provide an introduction into the sights and sounds of a real life city.

12. Peppa Pig Advent Calendar 2020

Peppa Pig Calendar 2020
Peppa Pig Calendar 2020

Price: £19.99

Where to buy: Amazon

Britain’s favourite piggy pal, and her family, feature in this festive calendar for 2020.

Behind each of the 24 doors is a Peppa Pig toy, with characters including Peppa, George, Rebecca, Danny and more.

Plus, there are plenty of Christmassy accessories, so your little ones can take Peppa and her friends on a whole host of Christmas adventures.

13. Lego Advent Calendars

Lego City Advent Calendar 2020
Lego City Advent Calendar 2020

Price: £19.99 each

Where to buy: The Lego store

Lego has a whole range of new advent calendars for 2020, including Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lego City and Lego Friends.

Each calendar comes with a range of figures and accessories, as well as buildable models and play mats in some cases.

14. Playmobil Santa’s Workshop Advent Calendar

Playmobil Santa's Workshop Advent Calendar
Playmobil Santa’s Workshop Advent Calendar

Price: £19.99

Where to buy:Playmobil Official Store

Full of enough festive figures and accessories to make playtime extra fun this Christmas, the Playmobil advent calendar is a must-have for anyone with imagination.

Grown-ups still wish for a bit of Playmobil every now and then, too, you know.

Stationery

15. Disney Villains Advent Calendar 2020

Disney Villains Advent Calendar 2020
Disney Villains Advent Calendar 2020

Price: £25

Where to buy: MenKind

Reckon a loved one is on the naughty list this year? Why not pick them up a villainous advent calendar, with a fun twist.

Featuring officially licensed Disney merch, this advent calendar comes with 24 Disney villain themed presents, including gadget decals, sticky notes, notebook, stamps and more.

No coal included!

16. Friends Central Perk Advent Calendar 2020

Friends Central Perk advent calendar 2020
Friends Central Perk advent calendar 2020

Price: £25

Where to buy: MenKind

Imagine how cosy it would be to spend Christmas in Central Perk.

No we don’t mean the big park in New York City (though that, too, would be pretty festive) no we mean the iconic coffee house where Monica, Ross, Rachel, Joey, Chandler and Phoebe used to spend their days.

Next best thing? An advent calendar full of Friends-themed stationery, of course.

You’ll get 24 pieces of stationery, including gadget decals, erasers, a quiz, sticky notes, pencils and even a bonus “Do nor disturb – I’m watching Friends” door hanger.

Could this BE any more festive!

Beauty

17. Fortnum & Mason’s Beauty Advent Calendar

Fortnum & Mason's beauty advent calendar has over £800 worth of products inside
Fortnum & Mason’s beauty advent calendar has over £800 worth of products inside

Price: £195

Dimensions: 41cm(H) x 33cm(W) x 13.5cm(D)

Where to buy: Fortnum & Mason

If you’re a bit obsessed with your beauty regime being perfect in time for Christmas, then this luxury beauty advent calendar is for you.

It’s filled with 25 beauty products worth over an astonishing £800, from brands such as Chantecaille, Guerlain, Patchology, Sisley, Fresh, Sol De Janeiro and Elizabeth Scarlett.

Hidden behind each door, you’ll find skincare, makeup, haircare, bath, body and wellness treats so, come Christmas day, the whole family will be wondering how you look so good.

18. LookFantastic Advent Calendar 2020

LookFantastic beauty advent calendar 2020
LookFantastic beauty advent calendar 2020

Price: £85

Where to buy:LookFantastic

This year’s LookFantastic Advent Calendar is filled with 25 products, ranging from skincare to haircare, bodycare to cosmetics – all worth over £460.

Though they usually keep very quiet as to what’s inside.

This calendar has sold out five years in a row, so to save disappointment, reserve yours as soon as you can.

19. Soap & Glory 24 Days to Roam the Foam Advent Calendar

Soap and Glory 24 Days to Roam the Foam Advent Calendar 2020
Soap and Glory 24 Days to Roam the Foam Advent Calendar 2020

Price: £42

Where to buy:Boots

Packed with 24 days worth of beauty treats from Soap & Glory, this is a perfect pamper treat for you or an ideal gift.

There’s everything from shower gel, body butter, hand cream, foot cream, body scrub, bath fizzers and dry shampoo, to face masks, lip gloss, brush, mitt and nail file.

20. Macmillan 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar 2020

Macmillan 24 Days Of Beauty Advent Calendar
Macmillan 24 Days Of Beauty Advent Calendar

Price: £85

Where to buy: Boots

Instead of (or even in addition to) buying a pack of charity Christmas cards, why not treat yourself or that special someone to a beauty calendar, in support of Macmillan Cancer Support.

There are 24 beauty products inside, including balms, bath fizzers, body wash, cleansers, lotions, lipstick, eyelash curler, face mask and more.

Other

21. Christmas Tea Lovers Advent Calendar by Fortnum & Mason

Tea Lovers calendar by Fortnum & Mason
Tea Lovers calendar by Fortnum & Mason

Price: £25

Dimensions: 34cm(H) x 25.5cm(W) x 4.5cm(D)

Where to buy: Fortnum & Mason

If chocolate and booze isn’t for you, or you know a loved one who is obsessed with a cuppa, then this is the perfect gift.

Full of a daily supply of silky tea bags, with a range of different flavours taken from each of F&M’s collections, it’s a perfect festive alternative to your usual calendar themes.

Some might even say it’s sophis-tea-cated.

Flavours include Christmas Spiced Black Tea, Elderflower, Strawberry and Rose Infusion, Gin & Tonic Flavour Green Tea and good old Earl Grey, to name a few.

22. Joe & Seph’s Giant Popcorn Advent Calendar 2020

Joe and Seph's Giant Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar
Joe and Seph’s Giant Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar

Price: £25

Where to buy: Menkind

If you’ve missed out on cinema popcorn this year, then why not settle in with a film this Christmas to the taste of a gourmet popcorn advent calendar?

Containing 23 bags of flavoured popcorn, including caramel, cinnamon bun, toffee apple and more, as well as one bag of chocolate popcorn, it’s a must for popcorn lovers this festive season.

What’s more, it’s suitable for vegetarians and gluten-free diets. Perfect.

23. Haynes Electronic Games Advent Calendar

Haynes Electronic Games advent calendar
Haynes Electronic Games advent calendar

Price: £22

Where to buy:MenKind

Calling all gamers out there!

This electronic games calendar gives you a new electronic component every day.

You can then use the components to build 24 different games to enjoy in your Christmas break.

Batteries aren’t included. For ages 14 and up.

24. Harry Potter 12-day Sock Advent Calendar

Harry Potter Sock Advent Calendar 2020
Harry Potter Sock Advent Calendar 2020

Price: £30

Where to buy: MenKind

We all love getting socks for Christmas, right?

Well if you’re a lover of keeping your toes cosy – as well as a spot of Quidditch – then this is the calendar you were always supposed to have.

And we’re especially talking to those of you still awaiting your Hogwarts letter (we feel your pain).

Featuring 12 pairs of officially licensed socks, all inspired by the wizarding world, your feet can stay toasty – unless you decide to give Dobby one, of course.

25. Fortnum’s Feasting Advent Calendar by Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason's Feast calendar
Fortnum & Mason’s Feast calendar

Price: £200

Dimensions: 40cm(H) x 39cm(W) x 16cm(D)

Where to buy:Fortnum & Mason

We all know how stressful Christmas food shopping can be (and how quickly it all gets eaten up) so this handy haul of food supplies is something of an inspiration.

Containing 25 treats – from tea, coffee, confectionery, biscuits, preserves, condiments and a bit of booze – there’s something to keep everyone happy.

There’s even an entire selection box and a quarter champagne bottle!

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