Best savoury advent calendars for Christmas 2024

The thyme has come to go crackers for these savoury advent alternatives

Updated on 22 November 2023 • Written By Caroline Hendry

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Best savoury advent calendars for Christmas 2024

There are morning people and there are night people; coffee people and tea people; and most simply, sweet or savoury people. It’s just a fact - everyone prefers different flavours and tastes when it comes to food, and if they didn't, we wouldn’t have the extensive culinary world that we do. 


When it comes to Christmas, the tradition is to countdown the days until the big day with an advent calendar. The most popular form is, of course, a chocolate calendar; as kids (and adults) we wake up every day of December and excitedly open little windows to collect our daily dose of chocolate. However, over the last few years we’ve witnessed lots of alternative calendars appearing with the likes of beauty calendars, sweet calendars and even sock advent calendars earning their place on the shelves.

Now, if you’re one of those previously mentioned savoury people, waking up and eating chocolate is probably the last thing you want to do, but that doesn’t mean you have to skip over this classic Christmas tradition. It’s time to get your hands on a savoury advent calendar. We’ve done some digging and found everything you could need as a savoury lover. From crisps to nuts, pork crackling, and condiments, there’s an advent calendar for everyone and every occasion now.

After all, Christmas is all about the food, isn't it? It’s a month of cooking, baking, indulging and enjoying every last morsel. It seems almost unfair to restrict ourselves to just a chocolate advent calendar every year when we could be gifted crisps or peanuts for 24 days straight. So, if you want to venture out into the world of savoury advent calendars this is the best place to start. And, for those of you who can’t part with your beloved chocolate calendar, we say: why not just get both? Or, head on over to our round-up of all the best advent calendars for food and drink lovers

Fortnum's Feasting Advent Calendar

Feasting advent calendar

What: Ok, we cheated a little with this one as its got the best of both worlds. This advent calendar is the ultimate package that will get you well stocked for Christmas Day! The savoury delights include caramelised nuts, piccalilli, hot chilli sauce and even a cranberry and port chutney. With a selection of tea and coffee blends too, this is a full all-round treat for each December morning.
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Fortnum & Mason

Degusta Box Advent Calendar

Large advent calendar

What: Degusta Box advent calendars are filled with everything from a bag of sweets to tubs of crackers, and pretty much anything in between. These are great for topping up your pantry, as well as if you’re looking to please a family, plus it doubles up as a game that’s been included at the back of the calendar to keep the fun going all month long
How much: £42.99
Where to buy: Degusta Box

Abel & Cole The 12 Days of Organic Christmas Calendar

Yellow box and snacks calendar

What: Abel & Cole are celebrating 12 days of organic Christmas, with a selection of all of their favourite sustainable treats. Think everything from plum and cranberry chutney to raw chocolate almonds, a total cost of contents that far surpasses the price of the advent calendar. You’ll also find a £5 donation to provide a warm meal for a child this Christmas, and if that’s not a reason to buy this, we don’t know what is.
How much: £45
Where to buy: Abel & Cole

Snaffling Pig Co. Pork Crackling Advent Calendar

Pork protein advent calendar

What: Behind each window of this savoury advent calendar, you'll find mini bags of flavoured pork crackling. Crispy, crunchy, pork bites come in a range of award-winning flavours like black pepper, marvellous maple for that sweet and salty balance, the timeless salty classic, and the limited edition Christmas flavour - pigs in blankets! The brand also offers an advent calendar with both crackling and cans of beer. Who needs the pub when you've got this advent calendar?
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Snaffling Pig

Just Spices Advent Calendar

spices advent calendar

What: Available in both large and small, this calendar is perfect for home chefs and foodies. Jazz up your spice cupboard with 24 spice blends including bestsellers like the bolognese seasoning, the pasta allrounder, the coffee kiss and the classic chips seasoning. The calendar will also feature recipe cards for cooking inspo or a complimentary cookbook, depending on what size calendar you choose.
How much: Small £29.99, Large £99.99
Where to buy: Just Spices

Hop Burns & Black 'As seen on The Hot Ones' Calendar

Hot sauces box

What: The chances are you’ve seen ‘Hot Ones’ on Youtube where celebrities are tasked with trying various hot sauces - and if you haven’t, you should. The spices push people to their limits, and this festive season you can get in on the action too. Think you’re up to the challenge? There’s only one way to find out.
How much: £99.95
Where to buy: Hop Burns & Black

Merry Pringles 12 Days Advent Calendar

Crisps advent calendar

What: We all know how easy it is to demolish a tube of Pringles, so this is the perfect savoury advent calendar for crisp lovers everywhere. Behind each door you'll be gifted a 40g can of Pringles in their most classic flavours: original, salt and vinegar, sour cream and onion and Texan BBQ. Finally, a reasonable excuse to eat crisps first thing in the morning.
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A Cracking Curry Christmas Advent Calendar

Curry advent calendar

What: This spicy calendar comes with 12 sachets of Indian spice blends with corresponding recipes to create a range of authentic dishes. All you've got to do is add a few fresh ingredients and you have a meal for four full of spice. Treat yourself to 12 days in a row of beautiful curry dishes or spread them out over the following months to keep the festive treats coming.
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The Spicery

Munchkings Christmas Savoury Advent Calendar

Nuts and snacks advent calendar

What: Christmas wouldn't be the same without a great selection of nibbles. This Munchkings advent provides all the savoury goodies you could want with eight different flavoured snacks. Crunch on spicy chilli coated peanuts one day followed by a smoky, barbecue corn combo mix the next. Behind some windows, the sweet and savoury worlds collide with chocolate peanuts and yoghurt coated raisins.
How much: £29.99
Where to buy: Munchkings

Paxton & Whitfield Artisan Cheese Advent Calendar

Cheese advent calendar

What: One of the best savoury advent calendars on our radars for this feastive season is the ultimate cheese advent calendar from London cheesemonger's Paxton & Whitfield. Rather than having your advent calendar and Christmas turkey fighting for fridge space, Paxton delivers three different advent parcels throughout December. Recipients will receive three fresh deliveries of eight hand-cut and wrapped artisan cheese boxes; plus, almost half of this year's cheeses are brand new flavours so there's plenty of savoury delights to discover.
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Paxton & Whitfield

Tiny Box Company Self-Fill Advent Calendar

Self fill advent calendar

What: If you haven't found something in this list that satisifies the savoury-lover in you then this advent calendar that you fill yourself is the perfect alternative. Featuring a variety of different box sizes, there's 24 festive-designed boxes to fill with your favourite savoury snacks. Whether you fancy adding crisps, nuts, crackers, pretzels or even a mix of savoury and sweet, this advent calendar is entirely customisable to your individual tastes.
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Tiny Box Company

If you still feel like you need some more advent calendar inspiration to guarantee your festive season is 100% foodie heaven, check out our ultimate guide to 2024's best advent calendars for food and drink lovers. We're bringing you everything from cheese, to chocolate, to drinks and even the best vegan calendars!

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