Advent Calendars 2021

It wasn’t so long ago that advent calendars were quite traditional, pretty similar to one another, and not all that exciting.  But in the past several years so many different companies, industries, and creators have thrown themselves into the mix, reinventing the category completely.  There is an advent calendar for everyone on your Christmas list in a variety of price points from the impulse buy, to the splurge.  If you’re looking to wow a relative or friend (or treat your own family to 12 to 24 days of pure fun), then don’t miss out this December!  These limited edition calendars can sell out fast!

Best Advent Calendars

Sweets and Treats Advent Calendars

Maison Du Chocolat makes a Holiday Ornament Advent Calendar designed to actually hang on the tree!   This stuffed ornament, made in France is filled with 24 handmade mini-bars, fruity confections, dark chocolate pralinés, and other chocolate treats.  It’s also very eco-friendly (100% cardboard, 100% recyclable; $75.00).   

Bon Maman, the French company that’s been making famous jams for 50 years, has a new edition of their advent calendar.  The box opens to a pretty winter village scene and features 24 jars of miniature fruit spreads and honey.  Flavors include Plum and Pear with Star Anise, Wild Blueberry with Lemon Balm, and Cherry with Hibiscus Flower ($34.99).

For the Star Wars fan in your life, think about the exclusive Williams Sonoma Mandalorian candy advent calendar with classic sweets like chocolate balls and gummy frogs $39.95).

This holiday season Paris based Laduree’s Advent echoes the look of a lunch box. Each of the 24 windows is filled with a French candy surprise like nougat, chocolates and jelly fruits.  Perfect for the Francophile or sophisticated sweet lover in your life.  $65.00 

Sugarfina’s 2021 calendar is in the guise of Santa’s Workshop.  It’s a candy-lover’s dream, with Parisian pineapples, peach Bellini, birthday cake caramels and matcha bears ($55.00).   Also check out Sugarfina’s 8 Nights of Delight – Hanukkah Candy Tasting Collection. Advent calendars aren’t just for Christmas!  With each passing night, a new candy is revealed, and a candle gets its light. Each drawer contains Kosher-certified candies, such as Cold Brew Cordials, Champagne Bubbles, and Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels.  ($24.00)

Booze Advent Calendars

VINEBOX has created their 12 Nights of Wine: Women Winemakers Holiday Edition Boxes.  The brand chose European wines all from women winemakers, and commissioned two different artists to design this year’s boxes.  These limited-edition boxes include 12 wines to help you count down to the holidays with four whites, two rosés, and six reds, all handpicked by certified sommeliers ($129.00)

The Spirit Company has a wide selection of boozy offerings, such as the Bourbon and American Whiskey calendar, the Premium Gin calendar, the Japanese Whiskey calendar, and more.  The tastings are bottled in adorable 30 ml wax-sealed drams, and the selections cover boutique producers to world-renowned brands.  Prices range from $40 to $300.

Flaviar’s Whiskies of the Galaxy advent calendar has a dramatic, cool space theme. The calendar contains a selection of 24 premium whiskies which includes an array of small-batch bourbon, rye, American single malt, as well as whiskies from Japan and Israel, plus some real stars from Scotland and Ireland.  It comes with a tasting glass and a booklet with insights about each of the whiskies included ($250).

Coffee and Tea Advent Calendars

For the coffee lover, check out the brand new Bean Box Twelve Mornings of Coffee calendar.  Bean Box selected top independent coffee roasters across the country to offer twelve limited-edition holiday blends, and you can choose between whole bean and ground coffee ($68.00).  Williams Sonoma offers 24 Days of Coffee, a collection of their signature fair trade compostable coffee capsules so that each day offers the possibility for a holiday espresso ($39.95).

Open up a new delicious pour over coffee and creamer every day with Copper Cow’s 12 Days of Pour Over Advent Calendar.  The sleek drawers feature seasonal coffee flavors and flavored creamers (including their new mocha creamer).  Salted Caramel, Pumpkin Spice, and Cardamom are just a few flavors of the coffees you will find within this reusable gift box. $69.00)

Tea Forte has just launched their limited-edition advent tea calendar which includes 24 pyramid tea infusers, such as Spiced Ginger Plum, Sweet Orange Spiced Tea, and African Solstice. A truly fun way for the tea fan in your life to play around with some new blends ($59.00).

Advent Calendars for Pets

The puppies and kittens can have their own little holiday countdown!  Purina has two versions for the dogs – 12 or 24 days of treats that include chew bones and snacks ($24.99).  For cats, there is the Feastivities Advent Calendar, which houses 24 tins, in all different flavors no less!) so that your cat can sample her way through the month.  ($24.99)

Sugarwish allows the recipient of the gift to choose up to 12 just-right treats for their lucky dog.  They also have versions with treats for humans, but the choice of snacks from cheesy goldfish to liver lover hearts is tailored for the furry crowd.  ($77.00)

Still deciding?  Supermarket chain Aldi’s deserves a spotlight on its enormous selection of advent calendars, which grows every year. Some favorites from this year include the Barissimo Coffee Advent Calendar, the Beer Advent Calendar ($49.99), the Wine Advent Calendar ($59.99), the Lego Marvel Avengers Advent Calendar ($39.99), and the Warner Brothers Elf Advent Calendar ($29.99)  

Whew!  There are a lot of ways to countdown to the holidays!  Show up for Thanksgiving dinner with one of these selections and know that the recipient will be thinking of you every day, all December long.

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