Chocolate advent calendars are so last year. We've found some adult alternatives with grown-up things such as gin and cardamom cookies to enjoy. Mmm …

Ginvent calendar

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a nice little bottle of gin!

All hail the Ginvent Calendar, a little bit of genius! Beind each door is a 3cl wax-sealed bottle of our favourite juniper-flavoured tipple – which includes two new varieties that have been imported to the UK especially for the festive calendar creation (Four Pillars and Ferdinand’s gin if you're wondering).

After all, gin is in. 

For: the hipster foodie
Price: £114.95
Where do I get one: Gin Foundry

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Christmas tea advent calendar

Fancy a cuppa to accompany that mince pie? Look no further. For every day there's a different bag of fancypants tea (think lemon verbena, gingerbread chai or Japanese sencha green tea) which, if you’re feeling generous, is just about big enough to make a brew for two.

Just add biscuits.

For: your mum
Price: £35
Where do I get one: Post Tea

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Fortune cookie advent calendar

No, we’re not talking about the kind of cookies you pick up in your local takeaway, we’re talking about flavour combos such as cinnamon, orange and cardamom or gingerbread. Yum.

Containing a mix of traditional and festive messages, it’s almost like an edible crystal ball.

For: the one who makes New Year's resolutions
Price: £32.99
Where do I get one: Cracking Cookies

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The whisky advent calendar

This is how to countdown to Christmas like a proper adult (well, ish). Hiding behind the satirical artworks by Duncan Beedle are some of the world’s finest whiskies (in miniature form). It's time to forget about gold, frankincense and myrrh.

For: a wee dram (or two)
Price: £149.95
Where do I get one: Master of Malt

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Whisky advent calendar

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Biscuiteers advent biscuit tin

Well, why not? Complete your Christmas countdown with these snow-themed, all-spice biscuit delights.


Christmassy animal shapes such as birds, reindeers and penguins are contained in a beautifully illustrated tin, making it a tin for life. For an extra special display, upgrade your tin of treats with a hand-finished cloth calendar by Sarah Moore. For the domestic goddess, try making some cookie creations yourself.

For: a cookie monster
Price: £45 tin of biscuits, £65 including cloth calendar
Where do I get one: Biscuiteers

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