The most unusual food and drink advent calendars released this year

Countdown to the most wonderful time of the year with these food and drink advent calendars.

Published 18th Oct 2018
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

It may only be October but festive goodies are already starting to line store shelves, with a string of food and drink related advent calendars available.

From something for beer lovers, to fans of cheese, here's our pick of the best...


BrewDog beer advent calendar


The calendars contain six packs of four beers which can easily be stored in the fridge (Photo: BrewDog)

It may only be October but festive goodies are already starting to line store shelves, with a string of advent calendars launched ready to countdown to Christmas - including one loaded with beer.

Pub chain and brewery, BrewDog, has released its own take on the classic chocolate option, with the launch of three boozy advent calendars that will appeal to all beer connoisseurs.

Inside the main box of the advent calendar is six smaller boxes, each containing a four-pack of beer bottles or cans.

The brewery launched three different advent calendars for beer fans to choose from, named the Equity for Punks Exclusive, the Pack Leaders and the Premium.

The advent calendars are available to purchase from the BrewDog website, with orders due to be shipped the week commencing 19 November, to arrive in time for December 1.

The Pack Leaders calendar is priced at £40, while the Premium calendar costs £70, including shipping for orders in the UK.

Edinburgh Gin calendar


Picture: John Lewis

Gin connoisseurs can countdown the days until Christmas with this calendar packed with miniatures.

Created exclusively for John Lewis, the Edinburgh Gin Advent calendar contains 25 mini 5cl bottles showcasing the full Edinburgh Gin range and is priced at £125.

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This includes their London Dry style gins – such as the navy strength Cannonball and festive Christmas gin – and their popular fruit gin liqueurs such as Plum and Vanilla, and Raspberry on offer behind each door.

Popaball Pimp Your Gin and Prosecco 12 Advent Selection Box


Picture: Debenhams

The countdown is a selection box of everything you need to pimp your gin or prosecco this Christmas, available for £30 from Debenhams.

Behind each of the 12 doors are items such as shimmer bubbles or drink shimmer to add some festive sparkle to your tipple this December.

Prosecco advent calendar


Picture: Freixenet

Combining fizz and mini beauty products, this advent calendar is a must for anyone looking for a spot of pampering and Prosecco this Christmas.

The calendar includes Nails Inc polishes, bath bombs, mini Yankee candles, drink shimmers and mini bottles of fizz.

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Priced at £75, the calendar is valued at £180.

Eden Mill 12 gins of Christmas

This set – priced at £70 – sees established Eden Mill favourites Original Gin, Love Gin, Hop Gin and Golf Gin joined by some festive flavours – including Mulled Gin, Orange and Clove Gin and After Dinner Gin.

Other flavours include the Caribbean-inspired Slackwater Gin, cardamom-infused Rai Gin, the Mediterranean Botano Gin and the so-called ‘juniper monster’, the Juniper Trio Gin.

Jack Daniel's advent calendar


Picture: Jack Daniels

Fans of bourbon will enjoy this Jack Daniel's calendar, which makes it debut this Christmas.

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Containing 23 5cl bottles from the core range, such as Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Tennessee Honey, Tennessee Fire, Gentleman Jack and Single Barrel.

Plus behind one of the window's, there's a keyring hip flask.

Priced at £60, the calendar is available from Asda and online at the Jack Daniel's store.

Pukka tea calendar


Picture: Pukka

Tea lovers can enjoy a range of warming festive flavours with Pukka's tea calendar. £9.99 from Amazon.

With infusions such as vanilla chai and wild apple and cinnamon, the selection also has favourites including Matcha green tea.

Wine advent calendar


Picture: Aldi

Discount supermarket Aldi have also embraced the drinks related advent calendar and are set to re-introduce their popular wine advent calendar this year.

Wine fans can look forward to a miniature bottle of red, white, rosé and sparkling wine this fun calendar, which will be in stores on 4 November.


Cheese advent calendar


Picture: the cheese advent calendar

An alternative to a standard chocolate advent calendar, the Cheese Advent Calendar will be available to buy in ASDA, Sainsbury’s and Booths stores, nationwide from November 14.

Including 24 individually wrapped cheeses, the calendar has a unique ‘book style’ packaging design, allowing one half to be torn off after the initial 12 days of Christmas to maximise fridge space.

The Cheese Advent Calendar costs £8-£10 (dependent on retailer) for 24 pieces of individually wrapped cheese.

With seven varieties available, including a limited edition surprise cheese - the calendar includes: Jarlsberg, Applewood,  Ilchester Mature Cheddar,  Ilchester Edam and limited edition Ilchester Wensleydale with gingerbread.

Chocolate gin calendar

gin advent calendar

Picture: Craft56°

Craft56°, an online retailer specialising in Scottish craft drinks and gifts, has collaborated with Sugarsnap Chocolate & Confectionery to launch the product for this festive season.

Craft56°, which was launched by Glaswegian Ally Hardy in 2017, champions Scottish products and works with independent, small-batch producers to offer a wide selection of Scottish craft spirits in their online bottleshop.

Teaming up with fellow Glaswegian entrepreneur Annette Smith, founder of SugarSnap, the pair decided to use their shared passion for craft products to create a unique advent calendar that would appeal to craft gin and chocolate fans alike.

The innovative festive product pairs white, milk and dark chocolate with Scottish gin (as well as other Scottish craft spirits) to produce a range of “tasty handmade bon bons with alcohol-infused ganache fillings”.

Each advent calendar, priced at £36.50, will have at least 12 different flavours and features brands including Makar, UWA Tequila, McLean’s Gin, Sugar House Rum  and many more.

Popcorn advent calendar

Debuting this year, Joe & Seph’s popcorn advent calendar includes snack-sized packets of popcorn, including some favourites  such as - salted caramel, caramel and Belgian chocolate - and some never before tried flavours, such as cookies and cream, chocolate orange and banoffee pie.

Ideal for festive film nights, this calendar is priced at £25.

Biscuit advent calendar


Picture: Biscuiteers

Add a homemade touch to your festive countdown with the cloth advent calendar, designed to hold a beautifully decorated biscuit from Biscuiteers.

Designed by Susie Watson, the calendar features a snowy scene and 24 pockets in which to add a sweet treat.

Available to pre-order now priced at £125 or £145 including a box of 24 decorated biscuits.

Mini mince pie calendar


Picture: Selfridges

Selfridges in, once again, offering their mini mince pie calendar to festive shoppers.

Inside the drawers are 24 mince pies which have 'sticky, booze-laden flavours' - sounds ideal for warming up a cold December day.

Available now for £25.


Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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