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Leave the chocolate to the kids this Christmas and indulge in an advent calendar you’ll actually enjoy. From cubby holes filled with wine to Biscuiteers’ adorable biscuit-filled tins, we’ve put together a list of the best alternative advent calendars on the market this year.

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Laithwaites Wine Advent Calendar

One for wine lovers… Laithwaites’ ever-popular wine advent calendar returns this year with a brilliant line-up of bottles. Behind each door, you’ll find a quarter-bottle waiting for you, featuring a mix from their favourite wine regions. 

Let the magic of Christmas build up as you open up each door and enjoy a tipple of your favourite each night. Expect a mix of customer favourites and new discoveries from around the world in both red and white. They also have a full red wine and white one calendar too if you have a preference on style. 

Plus, there’s an extra special treat inside for Christmas Eve. Spoiler alert: it’s a half bottle of Champagne!

Drinks by the Dram Premium Gin Advent Calendar

Like to end your winter evenings with a nightcap? Drinks by the Dram have crafted the perfect advent calendar for those looking to end each festive evening on a high. Introducing the premium gin advent calendar… Inside you’ll find twelve miniature bottles of gin waiting to be discovered behind every door. 

Each door beholds a mini bottle with a unique flavour, from Copper Republic rooibos and grapefruit to Conker Spirit Port Barrel Gin. 

Beer Hawk 2022 Advent Calendar

Have a very beery Christmas this year and pre-order Beer Hawk’s legendary calendar. Celebrating its ninth anniversary, the advent calendar will allow you to travel the world through beer, from discovering iconic characters to styles and flavours cherished all over the globe. 

Open up the door each night and enjoy a brew carefully selected by Beer Hawk’s talented team, from Northern Monk’s Eternal Whiteout to Mikkeller’s Beer Hunter.

The Japanese Whisky Advent Calendar

This one doesn’t come cheap but it’s well worth the investment if you’re into your whisky. The advent allows you to sample some of the finest whiskies that hail from Japan, from whiskies aged in unusual casks to distiller’s reserves. 

Hidden inside each door expect to find everything from Mars Komagatake Single Malt to Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky, Hibiki Japanese Harmony to Fuyu Whisky.

Fortnum’s Feasting Advent Calendar

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a little indulgence, and Fortnum’s is the king of decadent options. Eat, drink and be merry with their Feasting Advent Calendar that’s jam-packed with gourmet delights, from classic teas and biscuits to preserves, condiments, and even festive tipples to take your December up a notch. 

In true Fortnum’s style the design has been thoroughly thought out – the iconic Fortnum’s blue lines the front, along with guards dressed in red tunics and bearskins. There’s even an extra big door for Christmas Day, home to a quarter bottle of fizz. 

Biscuiteers Advent Calendar Biscuits

A biscuit a day keeps the doctor away… We sure hope so as Biscuiteers’ Christmas countdown calendar is filled with their legendary hand-iced treats. 

Open up each door and you’ll find a festive friend waiting for you, from birds and bears to cats and crocodiles, all iced to the nines. 

Joe & Seph’s Giant Popcorn Advent Calendar

Keep the chocolate this year and opt for Joe & Seph’s giant popcorn advent instead. Get into the festive spirit with the luxury popcorn specialists and find 24 cubby holes filled with 19 unique flavours from their range, including a few festive and exclusive options too. 

Open up the doors each day and Joe & Seph’s Christmas story will come to life before your eyes.

Chuckling Cheese Advent Calendar

More cheese Gromit! As if we hadn’t seen everything in advent form already, Chuckling Cheese decided to launch a cheese-filled case. 

Expect to find 24 rooms filled with eight different flavours of cheddar, including a limited edition and brand new flavour. We wonder what it could be?

Bird & Blend Tea Co. Advent Calendar

Teas the season to be reserving yourself Bird & Blend Tea Co.’s trendy advent calendar. The East Sussex favourite will be filling their advent cal with a selection of the wildest blends, from mulled cider flavour to salted caramel. 

And the best part? You’ll find two tea bags in each box, perfect for sharing with your fellow tea-loving friends.

Selfridges 12 Days Of Coffee Advent Calendar

If you’re more into your coffee, try Selfridges’ exclusive 12 Days of Coffee advent calendar. They have teamed up with East London’s Notes Coffee Roasters to bring coffee lovers all over an advent calendar with a difference. Expect to find 12 individual pouches containing ground coffee with tasting notes of everything from waffles and marzipan to orange and honeycomb. After all, what is the first thing we all really want – or, rather, need – in the morning?

Whittard Hot Chocolate Advent Calendar

You might know Whittard for being tea specialists but they offer some brilliant hot chocolate blends too. Go the extra mile this Christmas and opt for their hot chocolate advent filled with 24 days dedicated to all things hot choccie. Inside each cubby, you’ll find 12 flavours waiting to be enjoyed, from signature classics to creative concoctions. Double servings come in each pouch so you can share them with a loved one or store them for yourself for a later date.

Yankee Candle Advent Tree

Love burning a candle every night? Get into the festive spirit with Yankee Candle’s advent tree topped with its very own golden star. The designs are inspired by their Snow Globe Wonderland collection so expect flavours such as snowflake kisses, white spruce & grapefruit, silver sage & pine, smoked vanilla & cashmere and wild orchid. 

This stackable Christmas calendar is perfect for all the candle lovers who love to get cosy in the winter. It’s filled with flavoured candles, as well as a few candle essentials like wick trimmers, snuffers and tea light holders.

Liberty 12 Days Of Jewellery

Liberty is renowned for its Beauty Advent Calendar, the industry’s original, packed with cult favourites. This year, they have gone one step further and added a new jewellery line to the mix. The 12 Days of Jewellery advent will contain 12 drawers filled with a new piece to style. 

From sentimental pendants to earrings that go with just about everything, this advent will allow you to build up your jewellery arsenal with everyday pieces. 

Be quick and sign up now to be the first to know when it hits the shelves.

Liberty Men’s Grooming Advent Calendar

Keeping on the Liberty theme, their luxury Men’s Grooming Advent Calendar returns for 2022, with a line-up of alternative men’s grooming must-haves. Worth £803, this calendar contains 27 must-have products, featuring full-size items. 

Hidden inside the cubby holes you’ll find game-changing skincare from Votary, grooming essentials from Davines, fragrance from Frederic Malle, Simon Carter accessories and, not forgetting, a signature Liberty tipple.

Wedgwood Advent Calendar

In need of new Christmas decorations? Look no further than Wedgwood’s 2022 advent calendar. The period-style house, decorated in their signature blue and white jasper, contains 24 miniature porcelain ornaments. Find everything from delicate pine cones to ornamental snowmen, Christmas tees to stars, all perfect for sprucing up your tree this winter.

Lily’s Kitchen Dog Advent Calendar

Don’t forget about spoiling your four-legged friends this Christmas. Dog food specialists Lily’s Kitchen have created a festive advent for dogs, filled with a selection of three delicious biscuits, each made with the finest ingredients. They even have a cat-friendly option too. 

Plus, for every dog food order made this season, they will donate 60p towards Dogs Trust.