BORED of just a small chocolate every day to celebrate the lead-up to Christmas?
Well, never fear, because there’s a big selection of advent calendars for men that you can snap up before the 1st December. From vodka to beer, whisky and cheese and even Lego, there’s something out there for everyone.
Pick up a festive calendar for yourself, or if you’re feeling generous, buy one of the best advent calendars for men for a friend or loved one.
Advent calendars usually introduce you to new iterations of items you already love, like a craft beer that’s unique to a certain brand or a grooming routine to see you into the New Year.
Whatever you’re into, we guarantee there’s a calendar that caters. So here’s our selection of the best advent calendars for men.
Best snack advent calendar: Pipers Crisps Advent Calendar
- Pipers Crisps Advent Calendar, £23.98 from Amazon – buy here
Are crisps your Kryptonite? Then why not get an advent calendar packed full of them.
Pipers to the rescue as there are six flavours in this 24 day calendar: Cider Vinegar & Sea Salt, Longhorn Beef, Cheddar & Onion, Chorizo, Sweet Chilli and Sea Salt. Yum.
You get a full pack behind each door and if gluten’s not for you, never fear because each one is gluten-free.
It’s available to buy right now for less than £25.
Best beer advent calendar under £60: BrewDog Advent Calendar 2022
- BrewDog Advent Calendar 2022, £59.95 from BrewDog – buy here
When it comes to the best beer advent calendars around, BrewDog is an annual favourite for many beer lovers.
The brand is known for its exciting flavour combos (marshmallow and chocolate stout layer cake beer, anyone?) and its commitment to sustainability.
At under £60 (and with a £5 early bird discount for Planet BrewDog members), this beer advent calendar is packed with 24 craft beers, as well as an exclusive festive glass.
If you can’t wait to find out what’s inside, unwrap the advent calendar virtually here.
What’s best is it’s available to buy right now. You can even choose gift wrap for a friend, and for it to be delivered with a Christmas message.
Best tool advent calendar: Wera Christmas Tool Ratchet Advent Calendar
- Wera Tool Ratchet Advent Calendar, £88.99 from Amazon – buy here
This clever tool advent calendar includes a mini portable screwdriving workshop for 17 different screw profiles – plus a new bottle opener in the style of a stubby screwdriver.
It has thousands of glowing reviews on Amazon, and shoppers say it’s great value for money. If he’s more into DIY than nibbles then this could be the perfect pairing.
Best 12-day grooming advent calendar: ASOS Grooming 12-Day Advent Calendar
- Grooming 12 Day Advent Calendar, £28 from ASOS – buy here
ASOS has launched a 12-day grooming advent calendar which includes skincare, grooming and hair care products from top brands like The Ordinary, Elemis and L’Oreal Men.
Each product comes in a numbered box and overall there’s an huge 67 percent saving on the contents value with another 20 percent saving on top of that. Bargain!
Last year this calendar sold out fast, so don’t hang about if you want to get your hands on one.
Best cheese advent calendar: So Wrong It’s Nom Cheese Advent Calendar
More of a savoury than sweet person? Then we recommend going for a cheese advent calendar rather than chocolate.
This one from So Wrong It’s Nom has 24 days of miniature cheese wheels in nine varieties. You can expect to find the flavours like Applewood cheddar, Ilchester Red Leicester, Mexicana and Apple Onion and Sage cheddar alongside others.
Now in its sixth year, you can be sure this brand knows what it’s doing when it comes to cheese advent calendars.
Available to buy now, stock up on your cheese for the year.
Best 24-day grooming advent calendar: NIVEA MEN Advent Calendar
- NIVEA MEN Advent Calendar, £36 from Boots – buy here
This advent calendar by Nivea is an absolute powerhouse of grooming products, with 24 men’s toiletry products to make December the smoothest, cleanest and most fragrant month of the year.
Inside the limited edition set, you’ll find everything from Nivea’s Protect & Care Deep Cleaning Face Wash and Sensitive Post Shave Balm, to its Original Care Caring Lip Balm and Cool Kick Anti-Perspirant Deodorant.
We especially appreciate that there are a handful of products for sensitive skin, so it’s perfect for all skincare needs.
Best beer advent calendar under £85: Beerwulf Advent Calendar Beer Case
Beerwulf Advent CalendarCredit: Beerwulf
- Beerwulf Advent Calendar, £75.99 from Beerwulf – buy here
Beerwulf has unveiled this year’s advent calendar – and in true brand tradition, it’s every bit as beautifully packaged as its previous festive offerings.
Inside, you’ll find 24 beers from 24 different brewers (have a sneak peek here if you don’t like surprises), and there are even some exclusive releases for the occasion.
Every detail has truly been thought out, too – right down to the order of the beers, which have been selected by the Heineken group brand’s in-house experts to take you ‘on a beer journey like no other!’ Sounds fun, right?
Buy now and expect it to be delivered in early November in plenty of time for Christmas.
Best rum advent calendar: Drinks by the Dram Rum Advent Calendar
- Drinks by the Dram Rum Advent Calendar, £149.95 from Master of Malt – buy here
Celebrate the festive season with some liquid sunshine because this advent calendar contains 24 varieties of rum from distilleries all over the world – now that’s what we call a treat.
Embark on a global rum tour from the comfort of your sofa – it’s the ideal way to toast the season. Buy now for a tipple a day in the run-up to Christmas.
Best biscuit advent calendar: Walker’s The Shortbread Advent Calendar
- Walker’s The Shortbread Advent Calendar, £17.99 from Walker’s – buy here
Think of shortbread, and we wouldn’t be surprised if your brain hops to the iconic Walker’s tartan. It’s so famous that even Nicolas Cage joked about wearing a shortbread inspired tartan suit on the red carpet earlier this year.
This advent calendar opens like a book and contains 24 doors behind which you’ll find bite sized treats including shortbread hearts and stars as well as chocolate chip shortbread and salted caramel shortbread squares.
Perfect for snacking on with a cup of tea for elevenses, the biscuits themselves are crumbly and delicious.
Plus if you spend over £30 you get free delivery, so you might as well add in a gift set or two whilst you’re at it for an extra treat for friends and family on Christmas Day.
Best advent calendar for LEGO fans: Star Wars LEGO Avengers Advent Calendar
This Lego calendar will be a surefire hit with any superhero fans
- LEGO Avengers Advent Calendar, £49.99 from Amazon – buy here
For plenty of men, the charm of LEGO never goes away. So why not conjure up some childish wonder, with this Avengers-themed advent calendar?
Behind its 24 doors, there are a number of mini builds and seven mini-figures that include Iron Man, Spider-Man, Black Widow, Thor, Captain Marvel and other famous favourites.
The ideal gift for anyone who loves to get stuck into a LEGO set, they’ll be counting down to Christmas and adding to their Lego collection at the same time – win-win.
Better hurry though, as these are selling fast on Amazon.
Best gin advent calendar: Virgin Wines Gin Advent Calendar
- Gin Advent Calendar, £99.99 from Virgin Wines – buy here
This premium gin advent calendar features 24 different 5cl bottles of gin from around the UK for you to try.
You’ll find a range of styles – navy strength, craft botanicals, old Tom – to enjoy each day of the month in the lead-up to Christmas.
It includes some classic favourite brands, as well as some smaller boutique craft gins, so you know it’s going to be a learning curve, as well as super tasty.
Best vodka advent calendar: Drinks By The Dram Vodka Explorer Calendar
- Vodka Explorer Drinks by the Dram Advent Calendar, £99.95 from Master of Malt – buy here
Yep, another boozy advent calendar. What can we say? Some men just love their spirits. But this time we’re calling all vodka fans.
This advent calendar has 24 x 30ml drams of vodka from a range of distilleries all over the globe.
Available to buy now this is definitely one for vodka lovers.
Best saucy advent calendar: Lovehoney Blowmotion 12 Days of Play Sex Toy Advent Calendar
Lovehoney Blowmotion 12 Days of Play Sex Toy Advent CalendarCredit: Lovehoney
Want the month of December to be as frisky as it is festive? Worth over £190, this Lovehoney calendar is all you need for your sexiest lead-up to Christmas yet.
There are 12 products to try, and one – the Blowmotion Dual-Entrance Vibrating Male Masturbator – is worth £59.99 alone.
Whether enjoyed solo or as part of a couple, if you’re looking for a sensual exploration this Christmas, this is a gift that truly keeps on giving.
Best advent calendar for chilli lovers: Chilli Hot Sauce Advent Calendar 2022
Chilli Hot Sauce Advent Calendar 2022 – 24 Days of Spicy Hot SauceCredit: Amazon
- Chilli Hot Sauce Advent Calendar 2022, £12.99 from Amazon – buy now
Despite it being cold outside, why not add some heat to your December days?
If you’re a chilli lover then give this calendar a go to see how much spice you can handle. Delve into the 24 hot sauces including Cayenne Hot Sauce, Chipotle Hot Sauce, Sriracha Hot Sauce and lots more.
And the best part is, it costs less than £15 so you won’t have to break the bank to feel the burn.
Best coffee advent calendar: Yawn Coffee Advent Calendar
- 2022 Coffee Advent Calendar, £35 from Yawn – buy here
Imagine waking up to a different coffee every day in December. Sound good?
Then this is the calendar for you – and, it comes with free delivery in time for advent.
The Coffee Lovers advent calendar includes 25 hand-roasted, speciality coffees from around the world. Each coffee comes in a pouch, which you simply add water to, brew for two to four minutes (depending on strength preference) and serve.
Each pouch contains up to two servings, so you can share it with someone you love, or enjoy a second cup all to yourself. Mmm.
Best advent calendar for gaming fans: Haynes Electronic Games Advent Calendar
Haynes Electronic Games Advent CalendarCredit: menkind
- Haynes Electronic Games Advent Calendar, now £22.50 (was £25) from MenKind- buy here
For something completely different to chocolate, how about an advent calendar that lets you create 24 different electronic games?
Made by Haynes, this unique calendar gives you a new electronic component every day, so it’s perfect for budding electronics whizzes.
Once you’ve got all the parts, you’ll be able to build and play 24 games including Code Breaker, Memory, Wire Maze, Whack a Mole, and loads more. Hours of fun!
Be warned though: stock is running low, so be quick if this one floats yours (or his) boat.
Best for Guinness drinkers: Guinness Chocolate Advent Calendar 2022
Guinness Chocolate Advent Calendar 2022Credit: Menkind
- Guinness Chocolate Advent Calendar 2022, £10 (was £15) from MenKind – buy here
Guinness lover? Sample a taste of your favourite dry stout every day in the lead-up to Christmas, with these dark chocolate truffles.
With 5% alcohol content, these beer-tasting chocs are the perfect cheeky morning treat in the festive period.
One thing’s for sure: by Christmas Day, you’ll definitely be in the mood for a pint (or two) of the stuff!
Best advent calendar for musicians: Electronic Sound Synthesizer Advent Calendar
Electronic Sound Synthesizer Advent CalendarCredit: menkind
- Electronic Sound Synthesizer Advent Calendar, £22.50 (was £28) from MenKind – buy here
Let’s be honest: a build-your-own-synthesizer wasn’t something you were anticipating from the world of advent calendars but it just goes to show there really is no limit to the chocolate alternatives out there.
Perfect for musicians, music fans and synth buffs, this calendar gives you a new component on each of the 24 days, which by the end of it will see you building a mini synthesizer.
Best of all, there’s no soldering required: all you’ll need is three AA batteries to become the next Brian Eno (well, maybe).
Best wallet-friendly advent calendar: Reese’s Gravity Advent Calendar
Reese’s Gravity Advent CalendarCredit: Selfridges
- Reese’s Gravity Advent Calendar, £4.99 from Selfridges – buy here
Santa never looked as groovy as on this Reese’s advent calendar, filled with 24 of the classic American mini peanut butter cups. Mmmm.
At just over a tenner, this calendar’s a great buy if you want something fun and eye-catching to mark the countdown, without having to spend loads of money.
Plus, spinning the wheel to release the cup is incredibly cool, so don’t even pretend your inner child isn’t excited at the prospect.
Best for fans of The Beatles: Happy Socks The Beatles Socks Collectors Gift Set
Happy Socks The Beatles Socks Collectors Gift SetCredit: John Lewis
For The Beatles fan who owns every record and bit of merchandise, we present to you this 24 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar featuring a curated collection of themed socks.
Containing five ‘never-before-seen embroidered gems’, eight limited edition styles, plus 11 ‘remastered versions of previous designs’, this set is a collector’s must for any diehard fan of the Fab Four.
Best non-chocolate advent calendar: The Snaffling Pig Advent Calendar
For crackling addicts, this advent calendar takes some beating
- Snaffling Pig 2022 Pork Scratching Advent Calendar, £21.95 from Snaffling Pig – buy here
The Snaffling Pig advent calendar has gained a following over the last few years and is ideal for someone who isn’t too fussed about chocolate.
This year’s calendar includes the company’s award-winning snacks, with a mix of flavours including Black Pepper, Low & Slow BBQ, Marvellous Maple, Perfectly Salted, Pigs in Blankets and Salt ‘N’ Vinegar.
Promising a light, crunchy and high-protein snack for those keen to indulge, these are back in stock after the first batch sold out so be quick!
Best advent calendars for men that are out of stock
Best value advent calendar: Lookfantastic x Mankind Advent Calendar
- Lookfantastic x Mankind Advent Calendar, £85 from Lookfantastic – buy here
One of the best things about advent calendars is the amount of money you can save on products and this Lookfantastic collaboration with Mankind is no different, although sadly it’s now out of stock.
Packed full of grooming products from brands like Elemis, This Works, Medik8 and Molton Brown, this is the perfect way for any man to create a skincare routine that works for him.
Although it’s worth over an eye-watering £430, it costs just £85.
Best advent calendar for men with beards: The Bearded Man Beard Oil Advent Calendar 2022
The Bearded Man Beard Oil Advent Calendar 2022Credit: MenKind
Give festive facial hair a major boost this Christmas with this advent calendar by British grooming brand, The Bearded Man Company.
It contains 24 scented beard oils that are 100% natural and will ensure that your pride and joy is in peak condition come Christmas Day.
Sadly though, this one is now out of stock, but keep checking back in case there are any more to be had.
Best luxury advent calendar: Fortnum’s Chocolate Truffle Advent Calendar
The countdown to Christmas has never tasted more luxurious thanks to this calendar
- Fortnum & Mason Chocolate Truffle Advent Calendar, £35 from Fortnum & Mason – buy here
Christmas is as much about food as it is about anything else and this Fortnum truffle-packed advent calendar has seasonal indulgence written all over it.
Like anything with a Fortnum stamp on it, it has an opulence that’s hard to deny. But for the luxury-loving chocolatiers among you, it contains a veritable feast of Belgian chocolate truffles filled with delectable flavours including hazelnut Marc de Champagne, Christmas pudding, Christmas Spice Butter Biscuit and Pecan and Maple Syrup.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to get your hands on it this year, but we’ll keep an eye out to see if a Christmas miracle brings it back in stock.
Best popcorn advent calendar: Joe & Seph’s Giant Popcorn Advent Calendar
Joe & Seph’s Gourmet Popcorn Advent CalendarCredit: Joe & Seph’s
- Joe & Seph’s Giant Popcorn Advent Calendar, £30 from Joe & Seph’s – buy here
This gourmet advent calendar with scrumptious popcorn is a popular option, perfect for snacking in front of the telly during at-home cinema nights.
There are 23 bags of flavoured popcorn including caramel, cinnamon bun, toffee apple and chocolate popcorn.
Unfortunately, all of these have been snapped up for now, but we’re hoping some more come back in stock .
Best vegan advent calendar: Pip & Nut Nut Butter Cup Advent Calendar
- Nut Butter Cup Advent Calendar, £20 from Pip & Nut – buy here
Now sold out this one really was for the nut butter fiends out there (sorry for nut allergy sufferers, this one absolutely isn’t for you).
Countdown to 25 December with delicious dark chocolate peanut butter and dark chocolate and almond butter cups each day.
Across the 24 days, you’ll get 12 of each mixture and each delicious bite is vegan-friendly uses natural ingredients and zero palm oil. Lots of green ticks from us.
For each advent calendar sold, Pip & Nut will donate three jars of Peanut Butter to its local Hackney Food Bank. Another big tick.
So not only are these nut butter cups delicious, you can satiate your thirst for philanthropy at the same time.
Best tea advent calendar: Pukka Herbs Tea Advent Calendar
- Pukka Herbs Tea Advent Calendar, £11 from Amazon – buy here
Pukka’s advent calendar is the ideal festive treat for anyone who enjoys a cuppa.
Although this one’s now out of stock, each day leading up to Christmas is filled with a new flavour of organic tea, with flavours including matcha green, lemongrass and ginger, peppermint and liquorice, and many, many more.
How many days in an advent calendar?
Most advent calendars have 24 doors to open, which you begin on December 1st and finish on Christmas Eve. Some shorter advent calendars have 12 days’ worth of doors to open.
Traditionally, the 12 days of Christmas means the time from Christmas into the new year, so you can open your 12 doors during this time as an extra treat between Christmas and the new year, or start it in December as a shorter run-up to Christmas.
Where can I buy a beer advent calendar?
Beer advent calendars have been making waves over the last few years and the number of producers around the country grows every Christmas. One of our favourites is this one from Beer Hawk which features above, but there are many more on the market from brands like BrewDog, BeerWulf, Virgin Wines and The Snaffling Pig Co.
Where to buy advent calendars for men?
The internet is your oyster – in recent years the market for alternative advent calendars aimed at adults has exploded. No longer does the run-up to Christmas mean opening tiny chocolates from tacky cardboard doors – these days, there are sophisticated advent calendars to suit whatever you’re into. From beauty to gaming, food to toys – see above for our ultimate selection of the best advent calendars for men.
What to put in an advent calendar for a man?
Making your own advent calendar is a fantastic idea and will make a truly personalised festive gift for the special man in your life. Etsy and Not On The High Street have an extensive range of DIY calendars that can be filled up and you should also check out our favourite make-your-own calendars.
When it comes to deciding what to fill your advent calendar up with, it all depends on the man in question – ideas for fillers include beer and wine or other spirits, sweets and chocolate, cufflinks, Christmas jokes, handwritten notes, mini storybooks, grooming products, jewellery, aftershave, tickets to a show or sports game, techy accessories – the only limit is your imagination.
How much are advent calendars for men?
It’s hard to pin an exact price on an alternative advent calendar as they differ so massively depending on what’s inside. In this edit, the Pukka Tea Advent Calendar is a modest £9.93, while the luxurious Vodka Explorer Drinks by the Dram Advent Calendar is a pricier £99.95, and Fortnum & Mason’s Chocolate Truffle Advent Calendar sits at £35. The true answer is an advent calendar costs as much as you’re willing to spend and there’s a perfect advent calendar out there for every man and every budget.
What to look for in a men’s advent calendar?
Once you’re happy the advent calendar you’re looking at fits within your budget, check how many doors there are to open – some have 24, some are 12, while others (the best ones) have 25.
Look for an advent calendar that represents the person you’re buying for. A beer obsessive will go mad for Beer Hawk’s calendar, while spice fans won’t be able to get enough of the Chilli Hot Sauce Advent Calendar 2022 – so consider what they’re into, and go from there.
And if you truly can’t find an advent calendar that works, why not make your own and fill it with personalised treats?
Are there advent calendars for men?
While advent calendars used to be limited to traditional chocolates, these days there are a plethora of designs and ranges, with gendered and non-gendered calendars available to shop.
Plenty of brands have taken note of the demand for men’s advent calendars, filling them with men’s grooming products, alcoholic drinks, games and more. Take a look at our selection above for some ideas.
Can adults have advent calendars?
Advent calendars are definitely not limited to just children these days: there’s been a real boom in calendars aimed specifically at adults, be it coveted beauty-filled products, collections of hot sauces and even sex toys.
The sky’s the limit, so if you can think of a product – there’s a strong chance it can be found in a themed advent calendar.
What is the best men’s advent calendar in 2022?
The competition this year is tough: and we’ve got to say, it all comes down to personal taste, as the sheer range of advent calendars is pretty impressive!
For gaming and music fans, we’re tipping MenKind’s range of advent calendars, which are truly unique. Elsewhere, we predict that the NIVEA MEN Advent Calendar will be a sell-out, while Beerwulf ‘s Advent Calendar is a must for beer aficionados.