It's that time of year again, and we can't think of any other time when we've needed Christmas more.
So all the more reason to count down to the festive period in style. Let's be honest – we all need a treat.
Advent calendars are the best way to make sure you, or a loved one, gets a little (or big) treat every day leading up to Christmas.
But long gone are the days where a simple milk chocolate calendar was your only choice.
With so much to choose from, it can be very hard to pick the right one for you.
Are you looking for an edible calendar? Is chocolate still your favourite? Maybe you want to go wild and try an ice cream calendar?
Maybe you'd rather save the calories for Christmas Day itself, and would rather treat your skin to some pampering.
Whatever you are looking for, Daily Star has your back. Here are our picks for the best advent calendars for 2020.
12 LoneWolf Gins of Christmas from BrewDog Distilling Co.
Available from BrewDog.com for £49.95
The 12 Gins of Christmas advent calendar from BrewDog is the perfect pick for any lover of juniper-laden botanicals.
It doesn’t just look amazing, with the LoneWolf design, but it includes a host of new, surprising flavours.
We won’t reveal too much about the different gins inside – but one is inspired by a classic Scottish dessert!
Snaffling Pig Beer & Pork Crackling Advent Calendar
Available from Laithwaites for £65
This is the advent calendar of dreams for all ale and pork crackling fans. This is a classic festive combo.
The calendar comprises of a dozen packets of pork crackling snacks, and the same amount of cans of ale.
The Snaffling Pig company have brewed three exclusive beers, and there are four of each flavour, but we won’t spoil what they are…
Nespresso advent calendar
Available from the Nespresso website for £36 for Vertuo or £32 for Original
Nespresso’s 2020 Variations Italia advent calendar is a perfect non-boozy adult way to count down to Christmas.
Coffee fans can enjoy a Nespresso a day from December 1 to the 23rd, and enjoy a gift on the 24th.
These are available for both Vertuo and Original, so all Nespresso fans can get their daily caffeine fix in the most festive way.
PG tips cracking Christmas advent calendar
Available to buy from Amazon and directly from PG tips online store for £12
Tea drinkers, we haven't forgotten you! PG tips Advent Calendar is the perfect festive treat for the tea lover in your life.
Is there any better way of starting your day than by opening one of the doors and enjoying a cup of the tea inside?
Behind each door is a set of two carefully selected tea bags to enjoy with a loved one. Or for you to enjoy a double dose.
There are many exciting variants hidden behind each door, including Original, Green Tea, Raspberry and Peppermint.
Cath Kidston Beauty Advent Calendar
Available from CathKidston.com for £40, with total product value of £69
The Cath Kidston 24 Day Beauty Advent Calendar is a dream for any beauty lover.
Behind its beautifully crafted doors with the iconic hand-drawn prints are 24 vegan-friendly products.
We won’t spoil what’s behind each door, but prepare to feel seriously pampered this Christmas with products featuring signature scents and special edition festive fragrances.
Dove’s Nourishing Beauty Advent Calendars
Available from various retailers, such as Superdrug and Amazon for £20
Dove’s Nourishing Beauty Advent Calendars are affordable and wonderful.
Each of the 12 doors offers a new beauty treat, from mini Dove products to other items such as a compact mirror and tweezers.
The calendar comes in three different designs – Pink Blossom, Blue Blossom and Blue Ribbon.
Beauty Pro Advent Calendar: 12 Days of Christmask
Available from LloydsPharmacy for £39
Why not treat your skin this December, with BeautyPro’s brilliant advent calendar.
It features 12 award-winning full-size sheet masks for face, eyes, hands and feet for a healthy December glow.
This is exactly what your skin needs to relax and unwind after a busy day of working or Christmas shopping.
Each door contains a new beauty treat, including brightening masks, eye therapy masks and rejuvenating masks.
Yankee Candle’s Advent Wreath, Book or Tower
Available from YankeeCandle.co.uk and are priced between £24.99 and £79.99
Your home will smell a lot better during the festive period with an Advent calendar from Yankee Candle.
There are three beautiful designs to choose from to suit different budgets – the Wreath (pictured above), Book or Tower.
Each calendar, which features an alpine design, has 24 beautifully crafted doors.
What you get behind each door depends on the calendar, but ranges from tea lights, to votives, jar candles and other special items.
Danilo’s Musical Advent Calendars
Available from www.danilo.com and Calendar Club. Liverpool FC calendar is also available on Amazon and the Liverpool club shop for £25.
Advent Calendars don’t always have to be edible – and this musical one is perfect for adults and children.
Danilo has launched four officially licensed musical advent calendars – Liverpool FC, The Snowman, Disney’s Frozen 2 and The Gruffalo’s Child.
Complete with stickers and magnetic stand-up characters, it’s an enchanting decoration for the festive season.
Following Liverpool FC’s domination in the Premier League last year, the LFC calendar plays You’ll Never Walk Alone.
The Gruffalo one plays the actual music from the TV movie by the composer Rene Aubry.
CHOCOLATE & SWEETS
Lily O’Brien’s Advent Calendar House
Available from www.lilyobriens.co.uk for £25
This gorgeous advent calendar is not only filled with 28 luxurious chocolates, but it’s a Christmas decoration all in itself.
Each calendar contains an assortment of Lily O’Brien’s most popular chocs, including Honeycomb Crisp Heart.
Once you’ve reached Christmas you can keep the box for next year and use the compartments for other treats!
Lindt Advent Calendars
Available from the Lindt website priced from £4 to £15
Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a Lindt advent calendar, because it’s perfect for adults and children alike.
With a variety of shapes and sizes to choose from, there is something for everyone.
Our favourite is the Lindt 3D Teddy Advent Calendar, which is shaped like one of the Swiss chocolate maker’s Teddies.
Behind each of the 24 doors is a variety of different Lindt chocolates, including Teddies, Santa’s and truffles.
Cadbury Dairy Milk Advent Calendar
Available from all major supermarkets for £5.99
A Dairy Milk advent calendar is a Christmas classic, and you just can’t go wrong.
This beautifully designed calendar is compact in size, but still includes those tasty treats to enjoy in the countdown to Christmas.
Behind each door you’ll find creamy Cadbury Dairy Milk, wrapped around chunks of either walnut, caramel or just classic dairy milk.
Or, if you’re a white chocolate fan, why not try Cadbury’s White Chocolate Advent calendar for £2.19, exclusively at Asda.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Miniatures Advent Calendar
Available from Tesco, Sinsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons for £5
Peanut butter and chocolate is a winning combination in our book, which is why Reese’s Peanut Butter Advent calendar is perfect.
It doesn’t just look fun and inviting, but it’s also packed with 23 foil-wrapped Peanut Butter Cup miniatures in white, milk and dark chocolate.
Behind door number 24 is an extra special chocolatey treat, so you’ve got plenty to look forward to the whole festive period.
NOMO – No Missing Out Vegan Advent Calendar
Available from Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Amazon and NOMO’s Online Shop, for £5
There is no reason why vegans need to miss out when it comes to having a chocolate advent calendar.
The number one free-from chocolate brand, NOMO, has launched a Vegan & Free From Dairy, Gluten, Egg and Nuts advent calendar.
Enjoy a selection of 12 Caramel & Sea Salt Chocs and 12 Creamy Choc drops.
Barratt’s Advent Calendar
Available exclusively at B&M for £4
Barratt’s best-selling advent calendar is back, and is a perfect substitute from those who want an alternative to the classic chocolate variant.
Behind each door of this fun-filled calendar is a different retro sweet for you and the family to enjoy in the run-up to Christmas.
Think Fruit Salads, Black Jacks, Wham, Refreshers and many more family favourites.
Haribo's Advent Calendar
Available from Asda, Wilkinsons, Sainsbuy's and B&M for £5
Haribo's is a classic alternative to a chocolate advent calendar which both kids and adults love.
This year the calendar features a snowy scene which is guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit.
In the calendar you will find family favourites including Tropifrutti, Phantasia and MAOAM Pinballs – as well as some tasty new additions.
Walker’s Shortbread Advent Calendar
Available exclusively on the Walker’s Shortbread website for £14.99
Why not swap a chocolate advent calendar for Walker’s Shortbread’s buttery biscuits?
Back by popular demand, this sleekly designed advent calendar is the perfect pick for any shortbread fan.
Each of the 24 windows features an individually wrapped, bite-sized treat in the lead up to the big day.
If you want to get your hands on the beautiful calendar, you’ll have to be quick, as it’s sold for a limited-time only.
Bonne Maman Advent Calendar
Available from www.bonnemaman.co.uk for £23.99 + p&p
The Bonne Maman Advent Calendar will be sure to brighten up your holiday season.
Behind each of the 23 adorable doors is a 30g jar of jam or marmalade – perfect to directly use on your morning toast.
Each offering from the French conserve specialist offers an exclusive fruit variety or unique flavour combination.
And don’t worry, you’re not one day short, because on Christmas Eve there is an extra special surprise gift.
A Very Mochi Christmas by Little Moons
Available from Little Moons pop-up stores in Selfridges and Westfield Shepherds Bush for £40
You’re eyes are not deceiving you – Little Moons has launched the worlds first mocha advent calendar.
Behind each door is a little Japanese ice cream dessert which tastes divine – believe us.
Mochi-lovers will be able to taste a variety of different flavours, including Vegan Tropical, Vegan Choc, Pistachio & Coconut throughout December.
The Biscuiteers Advent Luxe Biscuit Tin
Biscuiteers Advent Luxe Biscuit Tin £58, Sophie Conran Advent Calendar £125, available from Biscuiteers website
This year the Biscuiteers have partnered with luxury designer Sophie Conran for a fabulous advent collection.
Sophie has designed a colourful fabric calendar, which has been handcrafted in India using traditional textile techniques.
The Biscuiteers Advent Luxe Biscuit Tin contains 24 beautifully hand-iced vanilla biscuits – each designed to fit the pockets perfectly.
Together they do make a pricey duo, but if you feel like splashing out after a hard year there will be no judgement here!
Love Cocoa’s Luxury Advent Calendar
Available from Ocado and Love Cocoa for £20 (RSP)
How does it sound having a delicious chocolate-filled advent calendar – that you don’t need to feel guilty about?
Love Cocoa, the ethical, luxury British chocolate brand created by James Cadbury, has launched its first ever advent calendar.
The beautifully illustrated calendar showcases British icons through the ages – such as the Queen, James Bond and Mo Farah.
Not only does the calendar look good, but it’s plastic friend 100% recyclable.
Behind each door you’ll find a selection of delicious mini chocolates – including Gin & Tonic, as well as Salted Caramel flavours.
Lily’s Kitchen Christmas Spectacular Advent Calendar for Cats and Dogs
Available from www.lilyskitchen.co.uk, independent pet shops, Amazon and selected supermarkets for £10
Your fur babies also deserve a treat for the festive season.
These fun and festive advent calendars will help your pet count down to Christmas with you.
Available for both cats and dogs, each window is filled with Lily’s Kitchen natural treats.
Your feline friend will enjoy a new Chicken With Liver, or Turkey With Cranberry treat each day.
Meanwhile, your pooch will enjoy Rise & Shines, Training Treats and Bedtime Biscuits.
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