Best luxury advent calendars: gourmet food and drink options for lovers of the finer things in life

Because your standard chocolate advent calendar just doesn’t cut it anymore

Updated on 21 September 2021 • Written By Caroline Hendry

Best luxury advent calendars: gourmet food and drink options for lovers of the finer things in life

It is fair to say that advent calendars have taken on a life of their own over the past few years. As a child, you might remember that behind the 24 (or 25 if you were really lucky) doors of your advent calendar, there would be a square of milk chocolate waiting for you, often depicting a staple fixture of the Christmas season, such as an intricately designed snowflake or the jolly face of Father Christmas.

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As a grown up though, you are more likely to find that the advent calendars advertised to you have much more to offer than a sugar hit - in fact, luxury advent calendars are now all the rage, featuring everything from high-end beauty products to jewelry. This year’s bumper crop of luxury advent calendars even features a James Bond themed calendar celebrating the much-delayed release of 007’s latest adventure, No Time To Die. So although there is nothing wrong with traditionalists who prefer a chocolate advent calendar, it’s easy to see why a regular one can feel a bit, well… boring.

If you want to spice things up this Christmas and really treat yourself, then a luxury advent calendar is surely the way to go. As this is SquareMeal, we will be devoting our attention to the luxury food and drink advent calendars that have been created for 2021; on our list, you will find a whole host of truly luxe options to choose from, ranging from calendars filled with bespoke tea blends and Belgian chocolate truffles through to handcrafted fill-your-own calendars which double up as Christmas decorations and you can use year after year.

Peruse our pick of the best luxury advent calendars for 2021 that you can buy online below and treat someone you love (or yourself!) to one this Christmas, ensuring this advent will be truly unforgettable.

Fortnum’s Feasting Advent Calendar

What: Fortnum’s is known for its bountiful hampers, so it’s hardly a surprise that the famous department store also does a rather good advent calendar. This year’s feasting calendar contains a whole host of luxury festive goodies, ranging from salted caramel hot chocolate and Victoria grey tea biscuits to Piccadilly piccalilli and orange and Champagne marmalade.
How much: £200
Buy the Fortnum’s Feasting Advent Calendar

Fortnum’s Tea Filled Wooden Advent Calendar

What: The ultimate gift for tea obsessives, this wooden advent calendar features a wide array of special and unique blends for you to enjoy during the run up to Christmas. Behind the 24 doors, you can expect to find the likes of Royal Blend, Plum & Apple Infusion and Smoky Earl Grey. You can reuse the calendar year after year too.
How much: £145
Buy the Fortnum’s Tea Filled Wooden Advent Calendar

Hotel Chocolat The Grand Advent Calendar

What: Forget the usual plain square of milk chocolate that you get in your average advent calendar, as this year Hotel Chocolat is seriously stepping things up. Behind each door, you’ll find the indulgent likes of a dark chocolate baton or a pair of cinnamon bun truffles. It’s not all about the chocolate either, as this calendar also features alcoholic miniatures and beauty products too.
How much: £68
Buy the Hotel Chocolat The Grand Advent Calendar

Whittard Hot Chocolate Advent Calendar

What: Few things taste sweeter during the winter than a steaming cup of hot chocolate, so why not incorporate this winter warmer into your advent calendar? Behind each door of this calendar, you will find tempting hot chocolate flavours such as salted caramel, sticky toffee pudding and rocky road.
How much: £60
Buy the Whittard Hot Chocolate Advent Calendar

Whittard Tea Advent Calendar

What: If tea is your preferred hot drink of choice, then you can’t go wrong with this tea advent calendar from Whittard. It features 18 different types of tea from the brand’s expansive range, including unique Whittard blends and renowned single origins. Flavours to discover include Christmas Tea, Peppermint and Mango & Bergamot.
How much: £60
Buy the Whittard Tea Advent Calendar

Whittard Coffee Advent Calendar

What: Rounding out Whittard’s trio of hot drink advent calendars is this epic coffee selection, which is perfect for the java obsessive in your life. The 24 doors conceal a range of different coffees, with varieties to try including Whittard House Blend, Breakfast Blend, Bourbon Espresso and a seasonal Festive Coffee.
How much: £60
Buy the Whittard Coffee Advent Calendar

Melt Notting Hill House Advent Calendar

What: Celebrating Notting Hill, the area where you’ll find Melt’s flagship store, the luxury chocolate brand’s advent calendar is shaped like a giant house and its doors open to reveal miniature pastel-hued townhouses that conceal chocolatey treats. The doors can be filled with delicious bespoke chocolates of your choosing, ensuring an indulgent start to every morning of advent.
How much: £69
Buy the Melt Notting Hill House Advent Calendar

Nespresso Advent Calendar

What: ‘Affordable luxury’ is something of a buzzword these days, but this advent calendar from Nespresso really encapsulates the concept. Priced at just £25, the calendar features 23 capsules of regular, decaffeinated and flavoured roast and ground coffees, as well as one Origin Lungo coffee cup to keep as a special gift.
How much: £25
Buy the Nespresso Advent Calendar

Selfridges Christmas Advent Calendar

What: Even if you want to create your own bespoke advent calendar this Christmas, you can still make sure it’s housed inside a pretty shell. This wooden calendar from Selfridges is carved to look like a classic Fir and comes empty, so that you can fill it with your choice of sweets, chocolates or other goodies.
How much: £100
Buy the Selfridges Christmas Advent Calendar

Selfridges Santa’s Sleigh Advent Calendar

What: Want your advent calendar to double up as a Christmas decoration? Well, you can sleigh all day (sorry) with this advent calendar from Selfridges, which depicts Santa riding atop his trusty vehicle and features 24 pull-out drawers which you can fill with your own choice of sweet treats or other festive pick-me-ups.
How much: £55
Buy the Selfridges Santa’s Sleigh Advent Calendar

Harrods Chocolate Truffle Advent Calendar

What: For grown-up chocolate lovers, few advent calendars are more indulgent than this offering from Harrods. Behind each door, lies Belgian chocolate truffles hand-finished by artisans in Kent and filled with a variety of flavours such as hazelnut praline, salted caramel, Marc de Champagne and Christmas pudding.
How much: £40
Buy the Harrods Chocolate Truffle Advent Calendar

Newby Teas Advent Calendar

What: The seventh annual Newby Teas advent calendar takes its inspiration from London’s theatrical heritage and is housed inside a gatefold presentation case wrapped in a decorative bow. Inside, you will find 24 fine teas and tisanes from the Newby collection, featuring familiar flavours such as Earl Grey and English Breakfast, as well as more exotic varieties - think Milk Oolong and warming Masala Chai.
How much: £85
Buy the Newby Teas Advent Calendar

Cartwright & Butler Advent Calendar

What: Brand new for 2021, Cartwright & Butler’s luxurious advent calendar features a treasure chest of gourmet goodies. Inside, you will find 24 full-sized products, with treats to discover including biscuits, tea, drinking chocolate, fudge, chutney and plenty of other treats.
How much: £200
Buy the Cartwright & Butler Advent Calendar

If you can’t get enough of alternative advent calendars, check out our pick of the best food and drink advent calendars for 2021.