The grown up advent calendar; Our top picks

Saturday 14th Nov 2020 |

Remember counting down the days to Christmas with your chocolate advent calendar? The thrill of opening each door is one of the loveliest festive childhood memories.

But why should adults miss out on all the fun? Cue the alternative advent calendar, stuffed with everything from skincare products to scented candles, even craft gins and bottles of wine.

Check out our top picks for the best ‘all grown’ up advent calendars to help you count down to Christmas – perfect festive gifts that offer a daily moment of joy in the run up to the big day.

The Irish Cream Liqueur Advent Calendar, 12 x 5 cl – price £29.99

This special treat of an advent calendar counts down to Christmas Day with Baileys, the world’s all time favourite Irish Cream Liqueur. With 3 gorgeous flavours and quite possibly the best Baileys cocktail recipe we’ve ever seen, this advent calendar is sure to impress your friends and loved ones alike!

This advent calendar contains:

  • 6 x Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur Miniature, 5 cl (17% ABV)
  • 3 x Baileys Coffee Liqueur Miniature, 5 cl (17% ABV)
  • 3 x Baileys Orange Truffle Liqueur Miniature, 5 cl (17% ABV)

The Premium Pink Gin Advent Calendar – Price: £44.99

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Countdown to Christmas in spectacular style this year with our Premium Pink Gin Advent Calendar. Together, the 12 treats will take you on a journey of fantastically pink gin exploration and what in the world could be better than that!?

This advent calendar contains:

  • 1 x Beefeater Pink Strawberry Flavoured Gin, 5cl (37.5% ABV)
  • 1 x Tiptree English Raspberry Gin Liqueur, 5cl (40% ABV)
  • 1 x Chase Pink Grapefruit & Pomelo Gin, 5cl (40% ABV)
  • 1 x Coastal Distillery Watermelon Gin, 5cl (37.5% ABV)
  • 1 x Pinkster Raspberry Gin, 5cl (37.5% ABV)
  • 1 x Whitley Neill Pink Grapefruit Gin, 5cl (43% ABV)
  • 1 x Edgerton Original Pink Gin, 5cl (43% ABV)
  • 1 x Chase Rhubarb & Bramley Apple Gin, 5cl (40% ABV)
  • 1 x Coastal Distillery Strawberries & Cream Gin, 5cl (37.5% ABV)
  • 1 x Shelly’s Raspberry Ripple Gin Liqueur, 5cl (23% ABV)
  • 1 x Gordon’s Pink Gin, 5cl (37.5% ABV)
  • 1 x Greenall’s Wild Berry Gin, 5cl (37.5% ABV)

24 Days of Rum advent calendar | £79.95 

Embrace the spirit of Christmas and explore the world of rum with this 24 Days of Rum advent calendar. With 24 rums from 24 countries and two glasses, this calendar is perfect for sharing a rum adventure with someone you love.

Premium Gin Advent Calendar | £83.95

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The original and the best – Gin Foundry’s Ginvent calendar. Behind each of the 24 doors hides a different gin, carefully selected by the Gin Foundry experts to show off quite how much variety there is in the gin world. From old favourites to new producers and a few gins made specially for the calendar, this is the gift to make a gin-lovers Christmas, whether it’s for someone else or yourself.

12-day Lynx Africa Countdown Calendar

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The complete 12-day Lynx Africa Countdown Calendar contains everything needed for guys to stay on top of their grooming game in the lead up to Christmas. This set is jam packed with goodies, including: Lynx Africa Body WashBody Spray, NEW pair of socks and a variety of other grooming essentials. RRP: £20. Available at Boots and nationwide.

2020 Bonne Maman Advent Calendar

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All 23 doors open to reveal an adorable 30g mini jar of jam or marmalade. Everyone different and all offering a unique or unusual flavour combination not usually available in the UK. Door 24 reveals a surprise festive gift for the big day itself. £23.99 + p&p from

Niederegger Santa Chocolate & Marzipan Advent Calendar

The extra special Niederegger marzipan calendar is filled with 37 delicious marzipan, praline and truffle treats over 24 days. Great for ‘marzifans’, Niederegger is the world’s largest marzipan brand established in 1806 in Northern Germany. To this day their recipe remains unchanged.


Leave the chocolate to the kids this Christmas and count down to the big day in style with Mariage Frères’ NOËL GLAMOUR®, a luxury advent calendar with 24 premium tea blends from France’s oldest teahouse.

Start every morning of advent with a truly elevated cup of tea: behind every door you will find a luxury Mariage Frères’ tea, from the fresh and fruity MARCO POLO®, to suitably seasonal varieties such as the ESPRIT DE NOEL®, a festive and aromatic tea rich in Christmas spices, orange peel and vanilla. Mariage Frères’ signature serves – such as its classic Earl Grey, which is also ready to be discovered during your countdown to Christmas.

Nestled in an elegant gift set, painted in white and gold and decorated with silver stars, the NOËL GLAMOUR® advent calendar is priced at £45, and will be available to buy in store at Mariage Frères Covent Garden.

Christmas has come early with Lovehoney 7 Nights of Seduction Lingerie Advent Calendar 

Lovehoney has launched a 7 Nights of Seduction Lingerie Advent Calendar for Christmas. Each of the drawers in the luxurious star-coloured box contains a sexy piece of lingerie – from a peek-a-boo bra to a full basque set. The £50 calendar offers seven seductive wine-coloured lingerie pieces and accessories worth more than £95. And there is also a scented candle to set the mood. There are two full outfits in one-size fits lingerie – with separate calendars for regular and plus size in sizes 8-24.

The Cambridge Distillery

The Cambridge Distillery Tasting Set is a 12 day advent calendar gin tasting experience. It includes a curated collection of 12 outstanding 5cl Cambridge Distillery gins, such as Truffle Gin, Lemon Verbena Gin, and even a Breakfast Gin (Lady Grey & Marmalade) – each created using the freshest of botanicals and the distillery’s ground-breaking distillation methods. The selection is accompanied by a delicious serving suggestion for each gin, and a limited edition Cambridge Distillery gin glass.


Nourished are a tech start-up who have developed the world’s first truly personalised vitamin using patented 3D printing technology and a unique vegan encapsulation formula. 

Developed to help you stay Nourished this festive season, they have carefully chosen a selection of Life Stacks to be taken each day in the lead up to Christmas, to help support your health during the holidays. 

These unique advent calendars will include a 4 week combination of Life Stack blends to help you feel your best this Christmas, as well as a personalised gift voucher on Christmas Day to help you kickstart your New Year. They are currently available to pre-order until the November 15th for the limited pre-order price of £49.99 (total value £89.99). 

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