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Best advent calendars: Snaffling Pig Pork Scratching Calendar, 2018
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Best advent calendars for adults

Just because you're a grown-up now doesn't mean you don't deserve a daily treat in the run-up to Christmas

By Danielle Goldstein
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Forget chocolate. They put all kinds of goodies in advent calendars these days and they're way better than sweets. Of course, they might cost more, but for you'll get bang for your buck in the form of scented candles, organic beauty products and beer from around the world. Check out our round-up of the best advent calendars for adults below.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our full Christmas gift guide.

Advent calendars for grown-ups

Drinks by the Dram Gin advent calendar

Few things say Christmas more than getting a bit merry. Kick off the festive period with a wee tipple a day thanks to this quite frankly awesome calendar serving up some of the best gins known to man.

£124.95. www.31dover.com

Best advent calendars: Holland and Barrett 25 Days Of Cleaner Beauty, 2018
Best advent calendars: Holland and Barrett 25 Days Of Cleaner Beauty, 2018

Holland and Barrett's 25 Days of Cleaner Beauty

Get a whole load of organic beauty products for Christmas that are also SLS- (sodium lauryl sulfate) and paraben-free.

£70. www.hollandandbarrett.com

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Best advent calendars: Beer Hawk Lagers of the World, 2018
Best advent calendars: Beer Hawk Lagers of the World, 2018

Beer Hawk Lagers of the World

You'll probably want to open these doors in the evening, instead of first thing, but the wait will be worth it. There's even a score card on the back so you can rate the beers.

£55. www.amazon.com

Drinks by the Dram Tequila advent calendar

Another chance to really get into the spirit of Christmas – this time with spirit-du-jour, tequila. This beautiful, colourful calendar features everything from complex barrel-aged anejos to small-batch blancos. Seriously tasty stuff.

£149.95. www.31dover.com

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Best advent calendars: Snaffling Pig Pork Scratching Calendar, 2018
Best advent calendars: Snaffling Pig Pork Scratching Calendar, 2018

Snaffling Pig Pork Scratchings

You know what would go deliciously well with that beer calendar? This pork scratching calendar, naturally.

£18.99. www.amazon.com

Best advent calendars: Lily's Kitchen pet calendars, 2018
Best advent calendars: Lily's Kitchen pet calendars, 2018

Lily's Kitchen pet calendars

Something for the other snaffling little pig in your life: your cat or dog. In the pet world, Lily's Kitchen are renowned for making healthy products with all-natural ingredients.

£10. www.lilyskitchen.co.uk

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Best advent calendars: Revolution Lip Beauty, 2018
Best advent calendars: Revolution Lip Beauty, 2018

Revolution Lip Beauty

If a bit of lip is what you're after, try this Revolution calendar on for size.

£40. www.superdrug.com

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Best advent calendars: Superdrug Bristle and Smith Mens 12 Days Advent Calendar, 2018
Best advent calendars: Superdrug Bristle and Smith Mens 12 Days Advent Calendar, 2018

Bristle and Smith men's 12 days advent calendar

One for the men: 12 days' worth of grooming products, including scissors, a beard comb and a pair of tweezers.

£9. www.superdrug.com

Best advent calendars: 24 Days of the Enchanted, 2018
Best advent calendars: 24 Days of the Enchanted, 2018

24 Days of the Enchanted

Get a sweet £85's worth of cosmetics – including coconut body milk and a Himalayan charcoal glow mask – for almost half the price in this Body Shop calendar.

£45. www.thebodyshop.com

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