In 2020, it’s no longer enough to count down to Christmas with chocolate alone. Well, it is, but thanks to the vast array of alternative advent calendars on the market, it’s certainly not the only way to do so.

Beauty advent calendars have become increasingly popular in recent years. However, if a Christmas countdown of skincare and makeup isn’t really your thing, there’s a vast array of unusual calendars based on food and drink that are suitable for different tastes.

From gin-stuffed advent calendars and luxurious feasting ones too, they make a perfect early Christmas gift or an indulgent treat this year.

For the foodies:

Fortnum & Mason Feasting Advent Calendar

For something totally indulgent, you can’t go far wrong with Fortnum & Mason’s Feasting advent calendar offering.

To be honest, there are few better ways to count down to Christmas than to tuck into a Fortnum's treat every morning. This calendar is filled with 25 delicious surprises, from cake to tea, champagne, biscuits, cheese and relishes. Delicious, and a real touch of luxury!


The Chuckling Cheese Company Cheese Advent Calendar

Treat the cheese lover in your life to this gourmet cheese advent calendar!
It contains 24 pieces of cheddar spanning spanning 8 different flavours. As you'd expect, it has to be stored in the fridge.


For those who enjoy a tipple:

Embrace the festive spirit with an alcohol advent calendar. Your partner will love receiving samples of their favourite tipple as they countdown to Christmas Day.

Marks & Spencer Gins of Christmas Advent Calendar

Gin has been in the spotlight for quite a while now, so pay homage to the nation’s obsession and treat someone special to a Marks & Spencers’ gin advent calendar.


BrewDog Craft Beer Advent Calendar

One for the craft beer enthusiast in your life, the BrewDog advent calendar contains 24 beers, including 15 that were exclusively launched in 2020.
This beer collection is as kind to the planet as it is to your palate - BrewDog have made sure their advent calendar is carbon negative.


For the hot drink lovers:

Pukka Herbal Tea Advent Calendar

If you are more of a tea drinker than a coffee-fanatic, this cute tea advent calendar could be just the ticket, particularly if you are cutting back on caffeine, as many of the varieties included don't contain it.


Whittard The Hot Chocolate Advent Calendar for Two

Each door contains two sachets of a different hot chocolate, making it the perfect treat to share with your loved one.