15 of the best Advent calendars for Christmas 2019

November 8, 2019 1:00:26 PM

Advent calendars were once just for kids. Tiny fingers would scrape at the weeny windows of cardboard, which opened up to display pretty festive pictures, or if you were really lucky, a little square of chocolate.

But now, there’s an Advent calendar for almost anything. Chocolate varieties are still strong sellers, only they now vie for a spot in your home with beauty calendars, boozy calendars, and even more niche varieties (yes, that’s right, you can now treat yourself to a different porridge every day of Advent, or even a workman’s tool).

It does seem to have gone a little bit crazy but we’re big fans. Celebrate the run-up to Christmas with one of these adorable Advent calendars…

1. For the biscuit fiend…

Biscuiteers Advent Calendar

Limited Edition Sophie Conran for Biscuiteers Advent Calendar, with tin of 24 luxe biscuits, £125, Biscuiteers.com

2. For kids who love pencil cases…

Smiggle Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar 2019, £18 (was £28), Smiggle

3. For the beauty buff…

Lancome advent calendar

Lancôme Advent Calendar, £95, Boots

4. For the Disney Princess who’d prefer jewels over chocolate…

Disney Aladdin advent calendar

Disneys Aladdin Jewellery Advent Calendar, £14.99, Argos

5. For the wine drinker…

JP Chenet wine advent calendar

JP Chenet Wine Advent Calendar, £54.99, Ocado

6. For the ladies who always smell good…

Bloom advent calendar

Bloom 24 Piece Drawer Set, £50 (was £70), Superdrug

7. For the kids who love to collect…

Hatchimals advent calendar

Hatchimals Polar Palace Advent Calandar, £21.99 (was £24.99), Very.co.uk

8. For the flavoured gin lovers…

Edinburgh Gin Advent Calendar
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Edinburgh Gin Advent Calendar, £99, John Lewis

9. For the foodies…

Fortnum & Mason feasting advent calendar
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Fortnum’s Feasting Advent Calendar, £200, Fortnum & Mason

10. For the luxe beauty lover…

John Lewis beauty advent calendar
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John Lewis & Partners Beauty Advent Calendar, £150, John Lewis

11. For the vegans…

Montezuma's Like No Udder advent calendar

Montezuma’s Like No Udder Advent Calendar, £8.99, Ocado

12. For creative kids…

Playin Choc advent calendar

Playin Choc Advent Calendar, £55, Ocado and Playinchoc.com

13. For the mince pie addict…

Mince pie advent calendar

Festive Mince Pie Advent Calendar, £39.99, Selfridges stores

14. For the cheese gobbler…

cheese advent calendar
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Ilchester Limited Edition Cheese Advent Calendar, £10, Sainsbury’s

15. For the festive crafters…

Lakeland fillable advent calendar

Fillable Advent Calendar, £5, Hobbycraft