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Little gourmet gifts to yourself every day in the run-up to Christmas? Oh yes, that’s why we love Christmas Advent calendars. We’ve rounded up some of the best this year, which you could also give to someone else, but only if you’re that way inclined.

 

The one for the tea lover

Mariage Frères’ NOËL SUBLIME

Mariage Frères’ NOËL SUBLIME

If you’re the sort whose day hinges on the quality of your cup of tea, your December will be a highlight because Mariage Frères are doing their first ever Advent calendar. This one’s unique because it’s the first time they’ve sold a box with different flavours: 25 tea and infusion bags.

Price: £39

How to buy: Available instore 

 

The one for fans of mince pies

Selfridges Festive Mini Mince Pie Advent Calendar

Selfridges Festive Mini Mince Pie Advent Calendar

What’s better than a mince pie every day? One that reveals a surprise flavour every time you grab it from your Advent calendar: classic, almond, chocolate, citrus. Selfridges are offering this temptation, including a mini iced Christmas cake behind door 25. Oh, spoiler alert.

Price: £39.99

How to buy: Available instore or buy online. 

 

The one for vodka aficionados

Drinks by the Dram Vodka Explorers Advent Calendar

Drinks by the Dram Vodka Explorers Advent Calendar

How about 24 mini bottles of vodka from all around the world? There's a Californian vodka, a marmalade expression and even a vodka made from chardonnay grapes. If you can’t take that much vodka in one month, well good news: Drinks by the Dram also have many other advent options. Choose your poison: gin, whisky/whiskey, rum, tequila, Cognac, bourbon.

Price: £100

How to buy: Buy online. 

 

The one for biscuit obsessives

Biscuiteers Advent Biscuit Tin

Biscuiteers Advent Biscuit Tin

British brand Biscuiteers have a vibrant keepsake tin of 24 hand-iced vanilla biscuits in all manner of festive shapes, from candy canes to envelopes addressed to Santa. Looks fun for kids big and small.

Price: £64.99

How to buy: Available instore at Selfridges or buy online. 

  

The one for novelty gin fans

Marks & Spencer Gins of Christmas Advent Calendar

Marks & Spencer Gins of Christmas Advent Calendar

Here’s your 24 miniature gins and gin liqueurs. There’s a whole lot of variety too, in addition to the standard London Dry Gins and Edinburgh Gins. You’ve got Christmas gin, apple and spice, plum and vanilla, pomegranate and rose, raspberry, clementine, pink, sloe. There’s even a Seaside Gin to get you ready for those bracing festive walks.

Price: £100

How to buy: Buy online. 

 

The one for cheese lovers

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Sainsbury’s Cheese Advent Calendar

Sainsbury’s are launching a Christmas cheese cracker for the first time this year, but you’ll also need to be quick to get one of their popular ‘book style’ Cheese Advent Calendars. This year’s new additions to the 24 pieces of 7 varieties of cheese include a spicy Mexicana cheddar with bell peppers and chilli spices, as well as an Ilchester Double Gloucester. Otherwise, expect little pieces of Jarlsberg, smoky Applewood, limited edition Ilchester Wensleydale and other festive classics.

Price: £10

How to buy: Instore or an online grocery shop at Sainsbury's 

 

The one for the sparkling drinkers

First 4 Hampers Sparkle Advent Calendar

First 4 Hampers Sparkle Advent Calendar

First 4 Hampers have a selection of various alcoholic hampers, including ones dedicated to wine, beer and G&Ts. But if you need a 20cl bottle of sparkling wine to get you through every December day until Christmas, this is the one. Think Prosecco, sparkling Pinot Rosé, and for the grand finale there’s a 20cl of Laurent Perrier Champagne. We’ve spoilt the surprise again, haven’t we?

Price: £125

How to buy: Buy online.

 

The one to impress Advent traditionalists

Fortnum’s Wooden House Advent Calendar

Fortnum’s Wooden House Advent Calendar

Fortnum’s have a new 50cm-high wooden house turned Advent calendar this year. Open the beautiful wreathed doors each day for milk chocolate coins, chocolate Santas, snowpeople, milk chocolate balls and natural fruit pectin jellies.

Price: £125

How to buy: Buy online.

 

The one for porcine snacking

The Snaffling Pig Co Pork Crackling Calendar

The Snaffling Pig Co Pork Crackling Calendar

If you thought there was just one pork crackling flavour in the world, then you haven’t met this Advent Calendar, which launched for the first time in 2018. Behind each window, you could find Black Pepper, Low & Slow BBQ, Marvellous Maple, Perfectly Salted, Pig of Doom (Super Hot), Pigs in Blankets, or Salt n Vinegar. Some have won Great Taste Awards stars, and they’ve even got a gluten-free version. Mind-blowing.

Price: £17.50

How to buy: Buy online.

 

The one where you’ll put your open fire to good use

Gourmet Marshmallow Advent Calendar

Gourmet Marshmallow Advent Calendar

This is not just 25 marshmallows. They’re 25 gourmet marshmallows in alternating flavours: salted caramel, butterscotch, gingerbread, mint choc chip, milk & cookies, and (hello Canadians) S’mores. Don’t fret if you’re not usually near a fire at Christmas - for an extra £3.75 you can get a marshmallow toaster and skewer set too.

Price: £17.50

How to buy: Buy online.

 

The one for the hard-core brownie lover

Sweet Reason Company’s Artisan Brownie Advent Calendar

The Sweet Reason Company’s Artisan Brownie Advent Calendar

A brownie a day in December? You can do it, especially with so much flavour variety: salted caramel, Oreo, chocolate orange, coconut, peanut butter, honeycomb, Baileys, Mojito; and yes, a mince pie one too. Oh wait, they’re also throwing in some Millionaire’s Shortbread, flapjacks and fruit cake just in case you reach brownie overload. There’s also a gluten-free version of the calendar.

Price: £69

How to buy: Buy online.

  

Plus - reverse Advent Calendars

Christmas is a season of excess, for sure, but if that makes you want to give something back - then this newish trend is a rather lovely idea. Every day that you take something out of your calendar, put a food item into a box and, at the end of the 24 days, donate what you've collected to a food bank. You can read more about that here

 

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Hampers, Advent calendars, ideas for Christmas Day, foodie gifts, our guide to Christmas specials as well as Christmas AND New Year party ideas. We have all you need for Christmas.

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