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The top advent calendars for 2021- for gifting or self-treating ;)

Updated: Oct 23, 2021

We all love an Advent Calendar no matter how old we get. And if anything, the nostalgic feeling increases with age!

Believe it or not, the tradition dates back to the 19th century when chalk marks were made on doors or candles lit to count the day. Calendars are just a tad more luxurious now than the slightly stale chocolate offerings of the past (reminiscent of dog chocolate) and there is such an incredible variety it’s almost impossible to choose one, which is where we come in. We have scoured the corners of the internet to find you the best calendars around & perhaps something you might not have thought of before.

From cheese to beauty or whisky, there is an advent calendar for everyone!

Chocolate Lover

You can’t go wrong with a traditional chocolate advent and who better than Thorntons (hurrah for decent chocolate!). This personalised advent calendar includes three milk chocolate caramel elves plus a milk chocolate plaque and you can get an EXCLUSIVE 10% off your order with code DISCV10!

For the Beer Lover

This is perfect for someone who knows their pale ale from their lager! This Beer Hawk Calendar is filled with 25 new beers from around the world, brewed exclusively for this calendar. Including Mikkeller, Omnipollo, Thornbridge, Tiny Rebel and Basqueland. You can pre-order now for £85. Last year limited edition beers and beer advent calendars sold out super early - so get in soon to avoid disappointment.

Charming Advent

Treat someone special to this 24-piece bracelet and charm advent calendar from Wowcher, or have it all for yourself! With rose gold and rhodium plating, these quality pieces are guaranteed to get the recipient's eyes sparkling.

For the Fragrance Fanatic

We think there's something quite exciting about getting the opportunity to try several different fragrances. Perfume is normally so expensive for each bottle, and a quick spritz of it in the department store on a rainy day doesn't help to discover what it's like. This advent calendar from The Fragrance Shop is the perfect chance to enjoy 25 days of scent, skincare and makeup surprises to make the countdown to Christmas truly magical. At only £99 you’re saving a huge £210! For those of you who are members you can get this at an even better price of £79.20.

Thoughtful Advent

This beautiful wooden tree advent is only £14.95 and better yet, you can re-use it every year and fill it with gifts of your own choice. For added fun you can decorate with paint, glue, glitter, decoupage and more to make each day something special - maybe a small note each day saying something that a loved one has done that's made you happy, or something loveable about them.

For the Splurger

For some of the team here, Fortnum & Mason is a guilty pleasure, even if we can only afford the mince pies...(they are the best mince pies!). Jam-packed with a veritable feast of gourmet delights from classic teas, biscuits, chocolate and confectionery to mouth-watering preserves, condiments and festive tipples, this scrumptious treat will ensure each December morning is even more delicious than the last!

Play Time Advent

Fidget toys are all the rage at the moment and what better to occupy the kids on the countdown to Christmas than this Squid Game-Inspired Fidget Toy Advent Calendar from Wowcher. A perfect alternative to chocolate, you might even find yourself calming away the Christmas stress with one or two of their toys!

For Our Furry Friends

If you've got a pooch, you know they won't want to miss out on the fun. We're sure they'll love counting down to Christmas with you and devouring not one but two tasty treats that hide behind every door! See our Miss Molly review here. At only £7.49 from Pooch & Mutt, and with an extra 20% off with code POOCHMAS20 - it would be silly not to!

For The Advent-urous Couple

(see what we did there?)

How about spicing up your Christmas with more than just cloves in your Christmas pud? Try The Best Sex Of Your Life Couple's Sex Toy Advent Calendar from Lovehoney. Bursting at the seams with toys to tickle your fancy and jingle your bells, this bountiful bonanza is their best yet, and worth over £370. Yours for just £120!

So. Many. Innuendos....

Beauty Bonanza

Wow - £414 worth of beauty products for only £85 with Look Fantastic's 2021 advent calendar! Another one we expect to sell out FAST. We think it's worth buying just for the bargain beauty haul, but throw in the countdown to Christmas fun as an advent calendar and we're convinced!

The one where everyone got an advent calendar they loved!

Know someone who lives and breathes Friends, Minecraft or Harry Potter? Zavvi has not just one, but an entire selection of themed advent calendars. With prices starting from £19.99, could these be any cooler?



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