December is an exciting month for lots of children, not just because Christmas falls and the (very, very small) chance of snow, but because many get a piece of chocolate every single morning for 25 days straight. The chocolate might be a bit on the stale side and the tiny piece never fully satisfies, but advent calendars are still a fantastic excuse to eat chocolate before 9AM.
Get to your 20s (maybe 30s for some) and all of a sudden, December isn’t anywhere near as fun. The only way you’re getting an advent calendar is if you buy it yourself but if you’re buying it for yourself, you might as well treat yourself to 25 days of something more exciting than chocolate right? Cue, the adult advent calendars.
From beauty or candles to gin or craft beer, here are some of the best adult advent calendars that will make you wonder why you ever settled for just Dairy Milk.
Happy Socks Advent Calendar
Fancy a new pair of amazing socks for every day in December running up to Christmas Eve? Then the Happy Socks Advent Calendar is for you.
Available in two size options, either 36-40 or 41-46, the Happy Socks advent calendar has 24 different pairs of socks – one in each drawer. If you love a bright, vibrant pair of socks, no other advent calendar will top this one.
LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar
LEGO and Star Wars fans, this advent calendar might make your year. It has 24 different LEGO Star Wars themed gifts behind its doors, including seven mini-figures, a holiday-themed figure and vehicles including The Ghost, The Phantom and Stormtrooper transport.
Once you’ve collected all the gifts, unfold the play mat and you can spend your Christmas on desert planet Jakku, Starkiller Base and in deep space.
Amazon Beauty Calendar
This calendar doesn’t involve eating or drinking anything from its special drawers, but it does offer a combination of 24 products and samples from well-known beauty brands including Elemis, Bed Head and Rimmel and Eylure.
The products span hair care, make-up, nail care and skin care and the contents within the calendar are said to be worth over £220.
John Lewis & Partners Beauty Advent Calendar
Amazon isn’t the only company to offer a beauty advent calendar – John Lewis has one too. There are 25 products from some iconic beauty brands including Benefit, NARS, Charlotte Tilbury, Clarins and Yves Saint Laurent.
Sisley, Dermalogica, Lancôme, Clinique, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Elemis, Clarins, BECCA and Charlotte Tilbury also have a complimentary gift or service at one of their John Lewis counters with this calendar.
That Boutiquey Gin Company Advent Calendar
That Boutiquey Gin Company and Drinks by the Dram have teamed up to create an advent calendar, which unsurprisingly offers 24 different drams of gin.
Each is 30ml and includes Moon-shot Gin and festive favourite Chocolate Orange Gin.
Edinburgh Gin Advent Calendar
Another one for the gin lovers is the Edinburgh Gin advent calendar which features 25 mini 5cl gin bottles. There are a variety of tastes including clean, fresh and spicy gins.
Inside, you’ll be treated to two Edinburgh Gin bottles, two Seaside Gin bottles, one Cannonball Gin bottle, two Christmas Gin bottles, one 1670 Botanics Gin, two Rhubarb & Ginger Gin bottles, one Lemon & Jasmine Gin and 14 Fruit Gin Liqueurs.
Origin Single Botanical Gin Advent Calendar
Another advent calendar from Drinks by the Dram, the Origin Single Botanical Gin option has 24 different gins behind 24 windows. Each gin is made using juniper from a specific region, cold distilled under vacuum.
The bottles are all 30ml and they all offer 46 per cent alcohol content.
Prosecco & Fizz Advent Calendar
This advent calendar is for those who love bubbles. It includes a 200ml Lanson Champagne to welcome in Christmas Eve but it also includes a selection of prosecco, cava and sparkling wines for the run up to Chrimbo too.
There are two 200ml bottles of Gancia Prosecco, two bottles of 200ml Bottega Gold Processo and two 200ml bottles of Bottega Petalo Moscato included in this advent calendar, among others.
Beer Hawk Craft Beer Calendar
The Beer Hawk Craft Beer calendar offers 24 cans of specially selected craft beer, as you might have guessed from its name.
If you’re a craft beer lover, how can you possibly argue with 24 days of a different beers to try from 14 different countries and 15 styles. You might even find a new favourite in time for Christmas.
Wine Advent Calendar
The Wine Advent Calendar is all about making sure your December doesn’t include any boring wines.
It offers 24 bottles of various wines, including white wine, rosé, red wine and sparkling wine from brands including JP Chenet, Brut Dargent and Calvet.
The Coffee Calendar
If wine, gin or beer aren’t your thing in the morning but coffee is, you’re in luck. The Coffee and Tea Company has created a couple of coffee calendars comprising 24 unique types of coffee from around the world.
The calendar comes in a decaffeinated variant, an espresso variant and a flavoured coffee variant.
Lynx Advent Calendar
Lynx has an advent calendar with a 12-day grooming kit for men that will apparently take care of you or your partner from head to toe.
The calendar features the Lynx Ice Chill shower gel, said to leave you smelling of frozen mint and lemon, along with the Lynx Ice Chill body spray that will apparently make you cooler than a Polar Bear’s toes.
Yankee Candle Advent Calendar
Yankee Candle fan or have a partner who is? The company do a couple of different advent calendars including this tea light option that comes with a glass tea light holder.
There are 24 doors to open altogether, all of which have Tealight Candles behind them with eight different fragrances altogether, including Christmas Cookie and Evergreen Mist.
Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Universe Advent Calendar
Another one that involves no eating or drinking, but the Charlotte Tilbury Glittering Galaxy of Makeup Magic Beauty advent calendar will offer 12 days of the best-selling make-up products from the brand.
Treats include a full size Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk, Eyes to Mesmerise in Star Gold, Rock ‘n’ Kohl in Amber Moon and Legendary Lashes Mascara. We’ll leave the other eight products a surprise to make sure we don’t spoil it for you.
The Whisky Advent Calendar
The Whiskey advent calendar from Drinks by the Dram features 24 different 30ml drams of whiskies from the finest producers around the world.
There’s a gamut of whisky varieties, including single malt, superb Speyside single malt and rare whiskies worth up to £600 per bottle. Let’s just hope you don’t like the rare ones too much or your wallet won’t thank you, even if your taste buds do.