Normal advent calendars are fun and all but why wake up to the same old chocolate every morning when you could crack open something way more fun? Granted, we do have a soft spot for that cheap, slightly artificial-tasting chocolate, and anyone who says they haven’t opened the top of the box, slid out the tray and scoffed all 25 pieces in one go is lying, but the best advent calendars for 2022 hold much more interesting surprises inside. From beauty advent calendars from big hitters like Liberty and Selfridges to advent calendars for adults, these are the ways you want to be counting down to the big day.
Pip & Nut
Not only is the calendar for nut butter and dark chocolate lovers (and it’s vegan too), but for every one sold Pip & Nut is donating three jars of peanut butter to Hackney Foodbank.
There’s a Tiny Tony’s bar behind each door of this advent calendar, with flavours including dark milk pretzel toffee, milk chocolate caramel sea salt, and white raspberry popping candy.
Beer fans are in for a treat this Christmas as Beavertown has not one but two boozy advent calendars. Both are filled with Beavertown faves and handy removable packs so you can keep the cans in the fridge.
As well as being filled with award-winning oat milk chocolate made using single origin Colombian cocoa, this Happi advent calendar is also totally plastic-free.
This Pukka advent calendar is made for sharing – you get two sachets of organic herbal tea behind each window, so you can put the kettle on and have a cuppa with a loved one.
Dry Drinker has created the ultimate beer advent calendar for people who don’t drink. It’s got the best alcohol-free lagers, IPAs and stouts inside, plus a spesh AF Christmas ale for the 24th.
Pop you way to the big day with this calendar from Popcorn Shed, which features six different flavours of gourmet popcorn. There’s a vegan and a regular one to choose from, both with different flavours, so we say get both!
Renowned chocolatier Pierre Marcolini always delivers a delish advent calendar and this year’s Enchanted Forest one is no different, featuring festive boxes of caramels, nougats, pralines and more.
The Selfridges beauty advent calendar is back and is absolutely stuffed with goodies. The selection of 25 products includes 12 full-size ones, and brands like MAC, Le Labo, Pat McGrath, Olaplex and Dr Barbara Sturm.
Make up fans, this is the calendar you want to count the 12 days of Christmas with. It’s got all the Bobbi Brown best sellers including Shimmer Brick and Extra lip tint.
The Cheese Geek
It ain’t easy being cheesy, unless you have The Cheese Geek advent calendar that is. This one comes in three parts to keep the cheese fresh (and to stop you from eating all in one go) along with crackers, honey and a condiment.
If the only way to start the morning is with a cuppa, then this is the only advent calendar you need. Sip your way through 25 different teas from luxury French tea house Mariage Frères.
You can never go wrong with a candle for Christmas so you can never ever go wrong with a candle advent calendar. This Diptyque baby contains three spesh festive scents and it even glows in the dark.
The OG beauty calendar is still one of the best and this year, it gets you over £1000 worth of products, including 20 full-size ones from the likes of REN, Sunday Riley, Kate Somerville and Aromatherapy Associates, for £245.
What’s better than a piece of jewellery for Christmas? Twelve of them, and that’s exactly what you get with this Missoma calendar. It’s also got pull-out drawers and lid with a mirror so you can use it to store your jewels all year round.
Make it a beery Christmas with this boozy calendar from Beer Hawk. You get 24 different beers from around the world from breweries including Mikkeller, Jopen and Northern Monk. Cheers!
If you prefer your chocolate to come in liquid form, count down to Christmas with this hot choc calendar from John Lewis, which has everything from macaroon to chilli flavour.
The addictive bite-sized ice cream brand is bringing its advent calendar back, complete with 24 mochi flavours including salted caramel, pistachio, chocolate & hazelnut. And if you find the golden ticket you could win a year’s supply of mochi.
Blue Goose Coffee
Coffee lovers can get their hands on the Blue Goose Coffee calendar, with eight blends of coffee to be tasted throughout the advent period. Plus, if you find a Golden Egg in yours, you could win prizes such as coffee bundles, subscriptions or Nespresso machines.
Gin fans, this is the only advent calendar you need this Christmas. Fever-Tree has paired twelve of its tonics and mixers with twelve gins, including Sipsmith, Chase, Hendricks and Warner so you can countdown to the big day with a tipple.