Looking for alternative advent calendars to some of the more common options available in the shops? We’ve done the hard work for you to hunt out the very best foodie advent calendars that money can buy.
Whether you’re looking for a little treat for yourself or want to find a luxurious gift for friends or family we’ve got options to suit all ages, tastes and price points.
From 24 different wines, gins or teas to a different liquorice treat each day of December there really is an advent calendar for every occasion. And we haven’t forgotten the classics either. For chocolate lovers there are some really lovely options that offer something a little bit more special compared to the usual last minute supermarket buys that we’re all guilty of!
The alternative advent calendar for the chocolate buff
This is the one for serious chocolate lovers. With boutiques in Paris, London and Monaco, Pierre Marcolini’s creations are of the highest quality. Concealed behind each door of this striking calendar are 24 chocolate treats, each filled with a new and exciting flavour to get you through December!
Buy it: The Calendar, £54.75
The alternative advent calendar for liquorice lovers
We all know that one person who likes liquorice; like really, really likes it. This calendar will keep all of their cravings at bay during the run up to receiving their Christmas dose of the stuff and will show how much you care. It includes liquorice from all over the globe, salted, sweet, caramel, chocolate, jellies and gums. And it’s all wrapped up in stylish black and gold tubes for a grown up vibe.
The alternative advent calendar for coffee drinkers
Forget opening little windows each morning, this advent calendar will literally help kick start your day with a good old fashioned caffeine hit. Presented in a luxury gift box there are 24 artisan coffees to work your way through. And each sample is supplied in a cafetiere grind making it easy to use in any french press or cafetiere, too. Ideal.
The alternative advent calendar for veggie enthusiasts (who also love chocolate)
Ok, so it may not count towards your five-a-day but it’s a lot more fun. This is a chocolate advent calendar with a twist. These sneaky sprouts are actually luxurious chocolate truffles and will satisfy even those with a super sweet tooth. It’s perfect for a present, too, as you can leave a personalised message with the 24th sprout!
The alternative advent calendar for biscuit bingers
If you know some little ones who love biscuits then they’ll love this! They will be treated to 25 deliciously handmade biscuits with delicate and pretty decorations all sitting in pockets of a beautifully embroidered cloth hanging which will add a festive spirit to their bedrooms.
The alternative advent calendar for chocolate-crazy couples
Show that special someone that you love them with this luxe offering from Hotel Chocolat. Flavours include some of their cult classics like Salted Caramel and Madagascan Vanilla as well as some more seasonal specials like Gingerbread Praline and Raspberry Rus. Behind each window you’ll find two miniature truffles for you and your other half, because if you’re buying a gift for someone you may as well benefit as well!
The alternative advent calendar for tea drinkers
If you can’t get through the day without a cuppa, or two, then this one’s for you. 24 craft brown sachets, adorned with gorgeous labels hold enough luxury tea for two cups a day for the whole of advent. The package also contains a fine mesh metal ball tea strainer to help make brewing easy as well as metallic gold baker’s twine and mini wooden pegs for displaying it all prettily – making it the perfect gift if you can bear to part with it.
The alternative advent calendar for gin appreciators
Who said advent calendars were strictly chocolate? If you prefer your gin to your chocolate or know somebody who does then this Drinks by the Dram will have you G-in heaven! Enjoy a little taste of a different, specially selected gin each day. What else do you need to get you into the festive spirit? Each bottle is so quaint and the box is equally as gorgeous, making this the ideal gift!
The alternative advent calendar for chocoholics
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a couple of chocolate options now would it – and Chococo’s handmade, luxurious chocolates, in a stylish new box and with a frosted, numbered sleeve is one of our favourites. Chococo’s limited edition advent box is unique in that all the chocolates are handmade fresh to order. Only delivered in the last week of November, it means that you can enjoy the freshest, most delicious flavours each day from the 1st December.
The alternative advent calendar for fancy friends
We all know someone who loves their hot drinks so why not make their lead up to Christmas extra special with this wooden tea calendar. They’ll be spoilt for choice and can look forward to their hot drink each day as they’ll be treated to a surprisingly wonderful selection of rare teas sourced from India and the Far East.
The alternative advent calendar for good time girls
With Chase Distillery’s Advent Calendar you really will be submerging yourself in the Christmas spirit. Including 5cl miniatures of their award-winning spirits, you can relax and enjoy a delicious drink after a hard, long day at work.
The alternative advent calendar for vegans
This advent calendar is a great option for if you prefer raw treats or for a vegan option. You don’t just get a little chocolate but a whole bar which will keep you on the go for a good while. It’s a great alternative and they are wrapped in lovely, festive colours. If you pre-order this now you can get it at a discounted price of £34.99, too!
The alternative advent calendar for the fairtrade conscious
Divine’s Fairtrade advent calendar made with Ghanaian cocoa beans grown by cocoa farmers displays the gorgeous, colourful nativity scene which opens to reveal the traditional Christmas story retold, a Fairtrade solid milk chocolate heart and ‘Merry Christmas’ in a different language from 24 countries around the world. Available in most supermarkets for only £4!
The alternative advent calendar for tradition lovers
For just £10 you can get yourself an indulgent Lindt advent calendar that doesn’t stray too far from the classic model. Lindt really does master the art of advent calendars with their deliciously smooth chocolate truffles hidden behind the familiar gold cardboard windows, wrapped so beautifully in christmassy colours. Flavours include their classic milk and white variations as well as hazelnut, strawberry’s and cream, and caramel.
The alternative advent calendar for wine lovers
This year, Sendagift have created something for the wine lover with 24 days of vino. What could be better? De-stress yourself over the busy holiday period with a delicious range of wines. Every day you can expect one of a delicious selection of gorgeous reds, the occasional crisp white, a stunning bottle of fizz or two and even a very festive port!
The alternative advent calendar for eco-warriors
It might be made of wood, but that means it’s recyclable year after year. One of the sweetest way to count down to Christmas, Paul’s stunning decorative calendar has individual drawers that are pulled open to reveal a silky smooth chocolate bonbon – a wonderfully traditional calendar that can be used for years to come.
Buy it: paul-uk.com, £19.95