16 best Christmas advent calendars for adults – for 2021

This is your ultimate guide on finding a Christmas advent calendar for adults this year
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  • We’ve rounded up the very best advent calendars for adults to buy in 2021, so that you can buy rest assured you’re spending your money on one of the best options around. Whether chocolate isn’t your thing or you’re looking to spruce up your December with a new tradition – perhaps you are buying a Christmas advent calendar for somebody else? We are your eyes and your ears (and in some cases your taste buds) when it comes to finding something to suit your needs. Our Christmas advent calendar roundup features everything from alcohol advent calendars to food advent calendars, as well as ones for tea lovers, coffee drinkers and even DIYers.

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    The best advent calendars for adults

    The best chocolate advent calendar for adults

    Fortnum’s Piccadilly Chocolate Advent Calendar

    Fortnum's Piccadilly Chocolate Advent Calendar

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    It’s official: the best chocolate advent calendar for 2021 goes to Fortnum & Mason. Their Piccadilly Chocolate Advent Calendar doesn’t just taste great, but it looks the part, too. Shaped and designed so as to look similar to their Picadilly store, inside this calendar you will find 24 small doors. Reach inside these doors and enjoy sumptuous chocolate for each day of December. These chocolates are made with a minimum of 35% cocoa solids and expertly crafted to tantalise your taste buds. Plus, there’s the bonus that this advent calendar will bring the wow factor to your kitchen – it also makes a lovely gift.

    Buy now: Fortnum’s Piccadilly Chocolate Advent Calendar, £22, Fortnum & Mason

    The best prosecco advent calendar for adults

    Freixenet 12-Day Sparkling Wine Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar

    Freixenet 12-Day Sparkling Wine Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar

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    We’ve seen plenty of prosecco advent calendars in our time, but this one from Freixenet tops them all. Even if it does only have 12 boxes. Inside each drawer sits a 70cl bottle of Freixenet, ranging from their Negro Cavada to their Rosado Cava and their sparkling rose. For a bubbly treat in the lead up to Christmas, this advent calendar is here to keep you calm when there are approximately 1,000 things on your to-do list. Enjoy your glass and a half of bubbly in front of the TV, along with your dinner or with friends. This one’s going straight in our basket before it sells out.

    Buy now: Freixenet 12-Day Sparkling Wine Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar, £60, QVC

    The best whisky advent calendar for adults

    Whisky Explorer Advent Calendar

    Drinks by the Dram Whisky Explorer Advent Calendar

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    This impressive advent calendar is filled with 24 mini bottles of whisky that have been wax-sealed – and specifically picked to brighten up your December. These fine whiskeys have been selected among 20 distilleries from 5 different countries, and they are 30ml in size – AKA the perfect pour to enjoy post-work or pre-dinner, by the fireplace or in front of the TV. A brilliant gift for a whisky lover, this premium advent calendar is also nice and compact so as not to take up too make space on their kitchen worktop. All you’ll need to supply each day are the rocks…

    Buy now: Drinks by the Dram Whisky Explorer Advent Calendar, £99.95, Master of Malt

    The best luxury advent calendar for adults

    The White Company Beauty Advent Calendar

    The White Company Beauty Advent Calendar

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    Yes, The White Company’s 2021 advent calendar is finally here. And it’s as gorgeous as we expected it to be. Think everything from shampoos to bath shots, sleep oils and even four candles – two of which are full-size with a 33-hour burn time – all inside. These beauty and home bits come in a range of scents from signature favourites to winter must-haves, from Seychelles to Lime & Bay and the to-die-for festive scent that is Fir Tree. Enveloped inside a white box that opens like a book with numbered drawers, The White Company’s advent calendar is as pretty as it is packed with goodies. This makes them understandably hard to get your hands on – more stock is expected at the end of October.

    Buy now: Beauty Advent Calendar, £120, The White Company

    The best candle advent calendar for adults

    Yankee Advent Book

    Yankee Advent Book

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    If you are searching for a candle advent calendar for 2021, then you have landed in just the right place. This one from Yankee not only looks great as it’s designed to look like a book, but it is filled with a range of Yankee favourites. From their Snow in Love fragrance to Letters to Santa, Christmas Cookie and even Cinnamon Stick, all of their top festive fragrances come inside this advent calendar. There’s a mix of tea lights and votives, plus a votive holder included.

    Buy now: Advent Book, £34.99, Yankee Candle

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    The best beauty advent calendar for adults

    Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar 2021

    Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar 2021

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    Amazon has truly upped their game this year with their 2021 beauty advent calendar. It’s packed with products from top brands including Neal’s Yard, L’Occitaine, Foreo, This Works, Real Techniques and more. Open this advent calendar each day in December to be greeted with a brilliant surprise, some of which are full-size, others sample size. We don’t want to ruin too much for you, but you’ll even find a Foreo Luna Play Mini behind one of the doors! Get yours whilst they’re still available.

    Buy now: Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar 2021, £70, Amazon

    The best wine advent calendar for adults

    Virgin Wines Mixed Wine Advent Calendar

    Virgin Wines Mixed Wine Advent Calendar

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    Searching for a wine advent calendar? Whether it’s for yourself, to gift or perhaps it’s a treat for parents? Either way, this one from Virgin Wines is the best wine advent calendar you can buy for 2021. Why? It’s filled with bestselling wines from around the world – including limited edition bottles. It’s also mixed so that one day you’ll open a 20cl bottle of red, another day it could be white wine and the next rosé. There is, of course, sparkling included, too, and on the big day, you’ll open a full-size bottle of prosecco. What are you waiting for? Pre-order now for just £10.

    Buy now: Virgin Mixed Wine Advent Calendar, £89.99, Amazon

    The best vegan advent calendar for adults

    Candy Kittens Christmas Advent Calendar 

    Candy Kittens Christmas Advent Calendar 

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    Buying an advent calendar for a vegan? It’s not all dairy-free chocolate, you know. Candy Kittens’ tree-shaped calendar is packed with vegan gourmet gummy sweets that are palm-oil free, too. The best part? You’ll get two sweets a day – minimum! – plus for every one of these advent trees you buy, they will plant an actual tree. Give something back to the environment with this vegan advent calendar. You won’t regret it!

    Buy now: Candy Kittens Christmas Advent Calendar , £12, Amazon

    The best gin advent calendar for adults

    Haysmith’s Gin Advent Calendar

    Haysmith's Gin Advent Calendar

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    Yes, you can currently grab this grand advent calendar from Aldi – online only. Behind each door lives a 5cl bottle of Haysmith gin, all of which differ in flavour and taste so as to spruce things up this December. The best part? The advent calendar itself is designed to look like a giant Christmas cracker, so as to look the part on display in your kitchen. Win-win.

    Buy now: Haysmith’s Gin Advent Calendar, £69.99, Aldi

    The best advent calendar for DIYers

    Draper 02431 Advent Calendar

    Draper 02431 Advent Calendar

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    Buy this advent calendar for the tool enthusiast in your life who loves DIY a tad too much. There’s a total of 54 pieces to collect, from 24 different doors. Think everything from drill bits to screwdrivers and even a storage case for everything to sit neatly inside.

    Buy now: Draper 02431 Advent Calendar, £30.99, Amazon

    The best coffee advent calendar for adults

    Pact Advent Calendar

    Pact Advent Calendar

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    Open each door of this Pact Advent Calendar to reveal a sachet of fresh coffee to start your day, the right way (caffeine-fuelled, obviously). This coffee advent calendar is filled with pre-ground coffee that’s perfect for brewing in your cafetière or Aeropress, plus each sachet is fully recyclable – and ethically sourced. A great way to spice up your morning brew in the run-up to Christmas, and to keep yourself awake after buying Christmas presents online at 2am. There’s everything from fruity coffees to dark coffees, bestsellers and more included.

    Buy now: Pact Advent Calendar, £29.95, Pact Coffee

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    The best beer advent calendar for adults

    BrewDog 2021 Advent Calendar

    BrewDog 2021 Advent Calendar

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    Give the gift, or surprise yourself, with a beer a day this December thanks to BrewDog’s 2021 advent calendar. A total of 24 full-size beers live inside this decorative cardboard calendar – they’ll love it! A mix of IPA, pale ale’s and stout, plus there are 6 new beers for this Christmas hidden in there, as well as four online exclusives. The best part? BrewDog works to remove twice as much carbon from the atmosphere as they emit each year. Last year, this advent calendar sold out fast (it’s easy to see why!) so get yours whilst you still can.

    Buy now: BrewDog 2021 Advent Calendar, £59.95 £49.95, Amazon

    The best charity advent calendar for adults

    Love Cocoa Luxury Chocolate Truffle Charity Advent Calendar

    Love Cocoa Luxury Chocolate Truffle Charity Advent Calendar

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    If you are searching for an advent calendar that gives back, then Love Cocoa’s Charity Advent Calendar should be your first pick. Every penny of profits go straight to NHS Charities Together, whilst it’s filled with decadent chocolate truffles to count down to Christmas in tasty style. Every bite will make a difference, whilst this calendar is also plastic-free – just when you thought it couldn’t get any better.

    Buy now: Love Cocoa Luxury Chocolate Truffle Charity Advent Calendar, £25, Love Cocoa

    The best advent calendar for your dog (or cat)

    Lily’s Kitchen Dog Christmas Advent Calendar

    Lily's Kitchen Dog Christmas Advent Calendar

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    Because our pets are technically adults, too, right? Help them countdown to Christmas in tasty style with a Lily’s Kitchen advent calendar. They probably love when you buy them Lily’s Kitchen treats, so what’s to say they won’t love this? All treats are made with natural ingredients and they are baked. Three types of treats come included in this calendar, from Training Treats to Rise & Shine treats for early mornings and Bedtime Biscuits for when you are opening their calendar later on than you’d hope in the day. What more could they want?

    Buy now: Lily’s Kitchen Dog Christmas Advent Calendar,£17.60, Amazon

    The best advent calendar for home lovers

    24 day wax melt Christmas advent calendar

    LittleCarouselGifts 24 day wax melt Christmas advent calendar

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    This wax melt advent calendar is handmade by a small business on Esty, plus there’s the added benefit that you can get it personalised with a name. Great for gifting to anyone who takes pride in their home smelling lovely, and the wax melts behind each door are even shaped. With scents such as spiced cranberry, candy cane and spiced mulled wine to look forward to melting, this calendar is more than tempting…

    Buy now: 24 day wax melt Christmas advent calendar, £15, Etsy

    The best advent calendar for tea lovers

    Teapigs Limited Edition Advent Calendar

    Teapigs Limited Edition Advent Calendar

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    Whether you drink several cups of tea a day or you can’t get enough of herbal teas recently, this advent calendar should be yours. Inside lives 24 single-serve envelopes, from festive blends to all of your classics. You might find your favourite new tea with help from this advent calendar…

    Buy now: Teapigs Limited Edition Advent Calendar, £34.99, Amazon

    Which advent calendar will you be treating yourself to this year? There’s more to come on our list…

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