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Yes, we’re still technically in the first week of October, but it’s important to order ahead when it comes to advent calendars if you don’t want to be left with a half hearted chocolate selection come December 1st.

Which is why we’ve rounded up the 18 best food and boozy advent calendars, from Fortnum’s family feasting calendar to Marks & Spencer’s renowned 24 Gins of Christmas calendar, perfect for any gin lovers out there.

Foodie Calendars

Fortnum’s Feasting Advent Calendar 

Skip the chocolate filled advents and indulge with the whole family on Fortnum’s mega Feasting Advent Calendar. 

If you can ignore the hefty price tag, the calendar is brimming with top Christmas favourites, from traditional shortbread to cranberry sauce, ultimate hot chocolate to Scottish Ling Heather honey. Not to mention a few alcoholic tipples for the adults including English barley vodka, English cassis gin and a quarter champagne bottle. Feast as you go or save up the Christmas day staples for the big day. 

In true Fortnum’s style, there’s a whole host of other advent calendars on offer too, at a more affordable price, from Fortnum’s Truffle Selection to Fortnum’s paper 3D advent calendar for something more traditional.

Charbonnel et Walker Truffle Advent Calendar

Indulge on the lead up to Christmas with Charbonnel et Walker’s unmissable truffle advent calendar. Londoner’s favourite for luxury chocolates, Charbonnel et Walker’s advent is filled with rich yet moreish chocolates. The luxury feel continues through to the packaging too, with a traditional holly and robin design.

Begin your December mornings the right way with one of these truffles and you’ll be left in a good mood all day long…

Price: £35.00

Whittard Hot Chocolate Advent Calendar

Cosy up in your comfies with a hot chocolate from Whittard. 

Ok, it’s not a food but hot chocolate is more than just a drink. It’s indulgent, delicious and right up our street. 

The iconic tea brand have turned their hand at hot chocolate with the release of their indulgent hot choccie advent calendar. Each drawer will hold one of eight delectable flavours, from the festive Christmas spice to a tempting sticky toffee pudding. Yum.

Price: £60.00

Harrods Chocolate Truffle Advent Calendar 

Another truffle number, this time in the form of Harrods’ indulgent chocolate truffle advent calendar.

Behind every door find a Belgian chocolate truffle, all of which have been hand-finished by artisans in Kent and filled with rich, decadent flavours, including hazelnut praline, salted caramel and a rather festive favourite, Christmas pudding.

Price: £30.00

Biscuiteers Advent Luxe Biscuit Tin

Adding a fun twist to your usual advent calendar is Biscuiteers and their luxe biscuit tin. Granted you won’t be peeling open the mini doors with this one but hidden inside the box are 24 adorable animals decorated with Christmas outfits, helping to spread the festive spirit in the run to the big day.

Price: £58.00

Candy Kittens: Christmas Tree Advent Calendar 

Brainchild of Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing, Candy Kittens have released a festive calendar filled with candy and shaped as a 3D Christmas tree. 

Those who love a bit of DIY will love building their own tree before opening up each candy kissed box in the lead up to the big day. The little kittens come in wild strawberry, sour watermelon, tropical mango and blueberry bliss, and are all vegan. Bonus.

Joe & Sephs: Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar

Posh popcorn specialists, Joe & Sephs have just released their Christmas calendar and you can expect a whole lot of gourmet popcorn to be making its way to you come December 1st. 

Behind every cubbyhole you’ll find a tempting, crisp popcorn flavour awaiting you, from classic caramel to cinnamon and custard roll. There’s even an entirely vegan calendar too for those plant-based.

Price: £25.00

Boozy Gourmet Marshmallow Advent Calendar

December just got a whole lot boozier thanks to Naked Marshmallow’s new – and the world’s very first – gourmet marshmallow advent calendar. 

Crack open each door and you’ll find a boozy flavoured marshmallow lingering inside. Boasting six flavours, you’ll be munching through flavours such as raspberry and Prosecco, peach bellini, elderflower and gin, passion fruit martini, violet gin and pina colada. Start your morning boozy or swap your nightcap for one of these sweet treats.

Cheeseason to be Jolly

Designed with cheese lovers in mind, The Chuckling Cheese Company’s Cheeseason to be Jolly advent calendar boasts 24 wax truckle cheeses inside its little doors. 

There are eight cheesy offerings inside, from caramelised red onion to traditional applesmoked, to more unusual flavours, such as orange & whisky and Christmas pudding, the type of cheese you’d only find on your mum’s Christmas cheese board.

Price: £39.99

The Chuckling Cheese CompanyCheeseason to be Jolly

Price: £39.99

Boozy Calendars

That Boutique-y Gin Company Advent Calendar 

That Boutique-y Gin Company returns with another boozy addition to Christmas with the arrival of their 2020 advent calendar. Get your glasses at the ready for 24 mini drams waiting to be opened. 

Each gin is handmade and wax-sealed, and provides you with the perfect nightcap every day in the lead up to Christmas. Bottoms up!

Price: £49.95

Gins of Christmas Advent Calendar

Countdown to Christmas with Marks & Spencer’s glorious Gin of Christmas Advent Calendar. 

Boasting 25 drawers, expect treats such as Edinburgh apple and spice gin liqueur, London dry gin, clementine gin and Think pink gin. Pair it with your favourite tonic and you’ll be set to go.

Ultimate Craft Beer Advent Calendar

Treat your partner to a calendar he’ll be able to get on board with, Honey Brew’s 2020 Christmas special. Boasting 24 drawers and each is packed with a delicious craft beer hidden inside. Expect bigger brands, bolder flavours and 24 day of beer-filled fun to be arriving at your door come December 1st.

Price: £129.90

BrewDog Craft Advent Calendar 

One brand that seems to pump out a new beer every week, BrewDog have released their 2020 beer-fused advent calendar. It contains 24 of their favourite craft beers, including 15 beers that have been newly launched in 2020, six BrewDog online shop exclusives and two that you’ll exclusively try in the calendar only. Not bad for fifty quid.

Price: £49.95

Beer Hawk 2020 Advent Calendar

Beer Hawk has just announced their annual advent calendar and it’s jam packed with 24 craft beers, brewed exclusively for the brand, from 14 countries. Expect big names including Camden, Mikkeller, Omnipollo and Thornbridge.  It’s packaging is super fun too.

Price: £85.00

That Boutique-y Whisky Company Advent Calendar

Whisky lovers, this one’s for you!

Spend your December sipping on drams courtesy of the guys from Drinks by the Dram and That Boutique-y Whisky Company. 

Expect everything from Ledaig 19 Year Old – Batch 4; James E. Pepper 3 Year Old – Oloroso Cask Finish; Macduff – Batch 6 – 11 Year Old; and Glen Spey 21 Year Old.

Price: £99.95

The Rum Advent Calendar

Order in Drinks by the Dram’s rum advent calendar and spend your December sipping on some of the best rums from boutique producers and world-renowned distilleries. Each door will be filled with goodies such as Hattiers Premium Reserve Rum, Gosling’s Family Reserve, Seven Three Distilling Black Pearl Rum and El Dorado 12 Year Old.

Whether you’re a light rum or dark rum lover, there’s something for all tastes hidden inside the 24 boxes.

Wine Advent Calendar 2020

Tucked inside this picturesque Christmas mansion is a feast of 24 surprises perfect for wine enthusiasts.

Behind each door of Laithwaites advent calendar, you’ll find a mini bottle of wine, from Rioja to a mouthwatering Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. Plus there’s an extra special bottle to open come Christmas Eve, and yes it is a half bottle of Champagne. Lovely.

The Japanese Whisky Advent Calendar

Japan is renowned for its fine whisky selection, and this advent calendar will see you travelling high and low across the country, one dram at a time.

Behind every door find award-winning whiskies from famous distilleries, including Hibiki 17 Year Old, Mars Kasei, Hakushu 12 Year Old and The Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky – Distiller’s Reserve, all wax sealed and pettily packaged. Perfect for any whisky lover.

Drinks by the DramThe Rum Advent Calendar

Price: £149.95

LaithwaitesWine Advent Calendar 2020

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