The best advent calendars to indulge in this Christmas

Our guide to the best buys out there from chocolate to booze...

So Advent calendar time is fast approaching (which also means a lot of these are on sale which is a certified bonus!) and this year, there are endless ways to count down those final days to Christmas. Chocolate may be the classic that never disappoints but there are other food and drink treats you can celebrate the month with, too.

From luxury chocolate truffles to mini bottles of booze, advent calendars have got seriously posh this year, and we’’ve rounded-up all the best advent calendars for 2016, as well as the best beauty advent calendars available this year. You’re welcome.

Those with a sweet tooth and a chocolate-loving housemate/partner will want to check out Hotel Chocolat, where their luxury sharing version includes baby chocolate truffles which won’t have you fighting over who opens the door. Well, that’s a surefire way to start your day on the right foot during the run up to Christmas.

If you’’re looking for something that’’s going to last, try PAUL for their charming wooden calendar option, or Villeroy Boch for a porcelain calendar, that you can re-use by filling in with your own treats for years to come, whether that’s gifts, notes or sweets. And, if you want to buy a calendar for the pup or kitten in your life (because, frankly, why not?) we’ve got that covered, too, thanks to Lily’s Kitchen, because Christmas isn’t just about treating yourself, is it? Oh, and there’s even now an option if you’re on a The Paleo diet and if you consider yourself a linguist, Divine chocolate’s calendar boasts a wrapper with the phrase ‘Merry Christmas’ in 24 different languages.

And as if Christmas couldn’t get any more decadent and indulgent, we also hunted down the best calendars to get the party started, too. Think wine, beer, whisky and gin-filled treats. The wine advent calendar even includes a bottle of mulled wine which is suitably festive and exciting.

Best chocolate advent calendars

Charbonnel et Walker Upstanding Advent Calendar

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This grown up treat is crafted by one of London’s best chocolatiers and if you needed more convincing, the craftsmen actually hold a Royal Warrant (that means the royal family is super into them). With chocolates, truffles and more inside, opening up a new drawer will be the best part of your day.

Priced at £55, available at Charbonnel et Walker

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Best advent calendars for kids

Up to Snow Good Advent Calendar

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Hotel Chocolat’s pulled it out of the bag this year with an adorable advent calendar. As you can probably tell from the packaging, it’s filled with penguin, Santa and snowmen shaped chocolates ideal for the season. BRB, ordering ours right now.

Priced at £8, available at Hotel Chocolate

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Best advent calendars for adults

Neuhaus 2018 Pop-Up Chocolate Advent Calendar

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It doesn’t get more decadent than this. The Belgian chocolate advent calendar hides a full sized praline behind every door, but the cutest part is that each of them flip up to create a sweet Christmas scene. Who said a grown up chocolate advent calendar couldn’t be fun?

Priced £55, available at Harrods

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Best beer advent calendars

Snaffling Pig Pork Crackling & Beer Advent Calendar

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Beer and pork crackling? Count us in. This boozy beauty comes with beers brewed by Meantime breweries and you’ll have a new cold one to crack open nearly every day of December.

Priced at £65, available at Selfridges

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Best gin advent calendars

That Boutique-y Gin Company Gin Advent Calendar

In case you were in any doubt about what That Boutique-y Gin Company does, this fun calendar will sort you right out. With 24 gins from places as varied as New York to Finland, it’s the ultimate gift for the discerning G&T drinker.

Priced at £117, available at Harvey Nichols

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Wine Advent Calendar

Aldi Wine Advent Calendar

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This Christmas season is set to be a boozy one – well, at least if Aldi gets its way. Their annual wine calendar is back for another round and it’s filled with 24 different red, white and rose wines for you to tuck into this festive season. It’s so popular that they’ve actually had to limit them to one per person, but thankfully it’s still in stock.

Priced at £49.99, available at Aldi

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