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The best advent calendars for men

Whether you’re a Buddy the Elf or a Scrooge when it comes to the festive season, there is one thing that everyone gets on board with, and that’s an advent calendar. No one can refuse a bit of choccy to start the day, but what if we told you that there's now a lot more to choose from in terms of advent calendars?

Everyone can pick up a standard Dairy Milk calendar for £2 in Tesco, but now you can get luxury calendars that are guaranteed to raise your festive spirits during the countdown to Christmas. What’s the next best thing to chocolate? Alcohol of course! From wine, to beer and whiskey; celebrate winter with your favourite tipple to make you all warm and fuzzy inside. 

If you’re not a big drinker, then there are a range of other luxury advent calendars that can provide you with a little treat each day to make you smile. For those men who like to stay groomed, there are all kinds of beauty advent calendars on the market that would make a great gift to buy for that special someone in your life. And if you simply love chocolate too much, then there are a plethora of chocolate options to satisfy your sweet tooth in December. 

We’ve picked out some of the best men’s advent calendars, so don your Santa hat and be merry and bright! But, be quick, these things sell out fast.

1. Drinks by the Dram The Whisky Advent Calendar

A whisky lover’s heaven lies in this unique advent calendar

Best for: Whisky lovers | Type: Alcohol | Includes: 24 whisky miniatures

Perfect for mixers
Red or brown box
Very pricey 

This is a very expensive calendar but the perfect gift for your dad or grandad if they love a good nightcap. This has been a very popular alternative advent calendar for many years now and includes a mix of Scottish, Irish, American, Swedish and even Taiwanese whiskies to try! This is a luxury advent calendar at its finest and the best part is that it is full of good quality whiskies, you won't find any cheap tipples in here, a real treat.

2. Christmas Beard Oil Advent Calendar

For those with a beard to rival old St Nick

Best for: Bearded gents | Type: Cosmetic | Includes: 24 mini beard oils

Won’t break the bank
Great gift idea
Smaller than expected 

For those Father Christmas beards out there, stay groomed this Christmas with this miniature beard oil advent calendar. This is a great gift for guys who have never tried male grooming, and the minis make for great travel accessories. If you are looking for an alternative advent calendar for men with beards that's actually useful, this is a great buy.

3. Technic Man’Stuff Advent Calendar

Male grooming made easy with this mix and match calendar

Best for: Male grooming | Type: Cosmetic | Includes: 12 skincare products and accessories

Mix and match
Not suitable for every man 

Okay, so not all men are into their grooming, but if you are and don’t want to splash out on a load of expensive products, this male grooming advent calendar would make a great gift to someone you know or a treat for yourself. You’ll get a range of products such as face wash, moisturiser, nail clippers and more; perfect for keeping in your washbag. For anyone who has a son who has grown out of the chocolate advent calendars they once loved as a kid, this is the best advent calendar for teenage guys.

4. Christmas Tree Beer Advent

Have a boozy Christmas with this beer advent calendar

Best for: Beer lovers | Type: Alcohol | Includes: 25 bottles of beer

Great value
Wide range of beers
 Huge box

This extra-large advent calendar is a great one to share or simply to treat the man in your life with. It features a whopping 25 full-sized bottles of beer for you to enjoy while watching your favourite Christmas telly this December. You’ll be able to enjoy a diverse range of British beers of various strengths. Be quick; these beer advent calendars tend to sell out quickly.

5. Clarins Mens 12 Day Advent Calendar

Keep your skin feeling soft and smooth even in the harshest of winters

Best for: Skincare fanatics | Type: Skincare | Includes: 12 Clarins men’s skincare products

Ideal for male grooming
Get a full set
A little pricey

If you take your skincare seriously, then this Clarins Mens 12 Day Advent Calendar is a great way to complete your set of products. You’ll get 12 days’ worth of treats that are all the perfect size to fit in your wash bag and you may even get to try some products you wouldn’t have considered buying before. If you weren’t convinced on skincare before, you will be after you’ve tried your 12 days of Christmas treats from Clarins. If you are buying an advent calendar for your boyfriend or partner and they use Clarins products as part of their skincare routine, this is a must.

6. The Snaffling Pig Co. Pork Crackling Advent Calendar

ave a crackling Christmas this year with this meaty countdown calendar

Best for: Foodies | Type: Food | Includes: 24 packets of pork scratchings

Alternative to chocolate
Savoury option
 Large box 

For those of you who aren’t fans of chocolate, this savoury snackage is the perfect choice to countdown to Christmas with. Who would have thought there would ever be a pork scratchings advent calendar?! You’ll get 6 different flavours of pork scratchings to try and 24 doors to open, keeping you going until you get your crackling with Christmas dinner. A quirky choice for dads and grandads to enjoy morning or night. 

7. Hotel Chocolate Dark Chocolate Christmas Advent Calendar

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this traditional chocolate calendar

Best for: Traditional choice | Type: Chocolate | Includes: 24 dark chocolates

 Luxury chocolate 
Not everyone likes dark chocolate 

If you are simply a lover of chocolate then treat yourself to this Hotel Chocolate Dark Chocolate Christmas Advent Calendar this year. A far cry from a cheap Poundland calendar, you’ll get a different chocolate to try every day leading up to Christmas. The calendar itself looks sleek and opens out like a book and you can enjoy a witty quote from the likes of Charles Dickens, Willy Wonka and more. The chocolates in this calendar are the same high quality as the treats you can get all year round at Hotel Chocolat, no scrimping here.

8. Virgin Wines 24 Bottle Advent Calendar

The calendar for those dreaming of a wine Christmas

Best for: Wine lovers | Type: Alcohol | Includes: 24 mini wine bottles

Range of wines
Perfect for sharing

Whether you enjoy a glass of red, white or rose, this advent calendar has it all – even festive port! It is a little pricey, but we promise you won’t find any cheap brands in here. If you only like one kind of wine, it is great for sharing with your partner and the mini bottles are the perfect way to relax after work and enjoy the festive season. Easily the best advent calendar for wine lovers.