With gin, cheese and wine advent calendars popping up everywhere, we're certainly delighted that they are not just for kids anymore! (Okay, they can have cheese, but they're not getting our gin and wine!)
A classic festive tradition, advent calendars help to count down the days until Christmas. Usually filled with chocolates, the calendars are mainly enjoyed by children, with favourites including Cadbury's Dairy Milk and the classic €2 shop bargain variety.
We’ve noticed so many new styles of advent calendars appearing on shelves that we decided to do a round-up of our favourites – hopefully you can get your hands on them before they disappear!
Joe & Seph’s Popcorn Advent Calendar
Joe & Seph’s, otherwise known as the tastiest bespoke popcorn around, have released the world’s first popcorn advent calendar this year. The exterior of the calendar looks like a Victorian shopfront and has 24 four doors that contain snack-sized packs of the artisan treat. The calendar contains 12 flavours, from their classics (fingers crossed for our favourite, double salted caramel!) to brand new Joe & Seph’s flavours like Banoffee Pie, Cookies & Cream and Chocolate Orange.
The calendar costs £25 and can be purchased from Joe & Seph’s online store.
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Lily O’Brien’s Chocolate Advent House
Maybe the cutest thing we’ve ever seen, this advent house contains 28 luxurious Lily O’Brien’s chocolates. Decorated with a variety of Christmas details, the house is perfect for those who like their chocolate to be a little special. The chocolate flavours in the house include Lily O’Brien’s classics like Sticky Toffee, Le Crunch and Truffilicious.
The Lily O’Brien’s Advent House costs €30 and can be ordered from the Lily O’Brien’s website.
Hotel Chocolat Advent Calendar for Two
We know we said this list wouldn’t be all chocolate, but this advent calendar was just too cute to leave out! Hotel Chocolat is known for its innovative chocolate products and has over 100 stores worldwide, two of which are in Ireland. The Advent Calendar for Two contains 48 baby truffles in a variety of flavours, including salted caramel cream and gingerbread praline, so that you can share the festive season with someone special – sounds like the premise of a Netflix holiday movie!
Get the Advent Calendar for Two from the Hotel Chocolat stores on Henry Street or in Dundrum Town Centre for €35 or order online here.
Carluccio’s Luxury Advent Calendar
This luxurious advent calendar from Carluccio’s, the Italian chain created by the late legendary Antonio Carluccio, promises a selection of quintessential Italian products from the restaurant’s core collection. The 24 windows are hiding some seriously tasty products, including chocolate truffles, pasta, oils and Christmas treats.
Get this Luxury Advent Calendar for €96.25 from the Carluccio’s stores in Glasthule and on Dawson Street or order online here.
The Beer Club Craft Beer Advent Box
Calling all craft beer lovers, this one is for you! The Beer Club is Ireland’s biggest online supplier of craft beers, with beers from all over the world available on the site. The Craft Beer Advent Box promises 24 different award-winning beers from Ireland, the UK and further afield. The calendar includes IPAs, lager, blonde ales and more in a variety of size.
You can get the Craft Beer Advent Box online for €99.
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The Whitely Neil 12 Gins of Christmas
Sure this list wouldn’t be complete without some gin, would it? This advent calendar contains 12 x 5cl bottles of gin, so you can try a different G&T every day – just make sure to stock up on the tonic water!
Possibly the most stylish way to countdown to Christmas, this advent calendar can be bought in O’Brien’s Wines for €49.95 or get it from their online stores here.
This advent calendar is the world’s first matcha green tea calendar, providing 23 different flavours of matcha. The teas are all had packed and blended in Sussex with flavours including ice cream, pure grade and more. The best thing about this advent calendar is that it’s totally eco-friendly, so you can treat yourself and feel good about it!
Get the Matcha Green Tea Advent Calendar for €75 from Not On The High Street.
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What advent calendar will you be tucking into this festive season? Let us know in the comments below