We’re not sure how it happened but December is now mere days away. And that means it’s about time you looked at Christmas advent calendars for you and your loved ones. But rather than sticking to boring old chocolate calendars which are geared up for kids and usually taste like feet, we think it’s much more exciting to mix things up and opt for an alternative advent calendar.
There are tons of great alternative calendars out there, covering booze, socks and even tools – we all love those. So to save you the hassle of scouring the web, here’s what we think are the best Christmas advent calendars out there for men for 2019!
HonestBrew Advent Calendar 2019 – £74.90
Our personal favourite, the beer advent calendar has really taken off in the UK the last couple of years and there’s a whole load of options for 2018. One of our favourites is always the HonestBrew Advent Calendar. Containing 24 beers in 20 different styles from top craft breweries around the UK, such as Northern Monk, The Kernel and Cloudwater, as well as European imports that you won’t find anywhere else such as Pühaste and Stu Mostów. There’s also an ‘Ultimate’ calendar alternative which comes with rare and sought-after seasonal brews.
Happy Socks Sock Advent Calendar – £199.99
If, like us, Christmas is the only time of year you get new socks, why not make sure your feet are fully covered for 2020? Say hello to the Happy Socks Sock Advent Calendar. This giant Calendar gift box includes 24 pairs of festive Happy Socks and is filled with a mix of unique, colourful designs. Crafted from combed cotton in unisex sizes, you have two size choices: 36-40 or 41-46.
The Bourbon Advent Calendar – £139.95
Another boozy advent option comes from the fine folks at Drinks by the Dram. Made for whiskey lovers around the world, The Bourbon Advent Calendar does exactly what it says on the tin with a different 30ml sample of delicious bourbon whiskey behind each of the calendar’s 24 windows. From boutique producers to world-renowned brands, the calendar has everything from rye-rich whiskeys to award-winning small-batch bourbons and features a design which shows real news articles from the prohibition era.
Three years ago, food blogger Annem Hobson’s idea for an advent calendar went so viral, it was picked up by supermarkets ready for 2017. Unsurprisingly sales went through the roof, so it’s back once again for 2019. Made by Ilcheseter Cheese Company, the Cheese Advent Calendar features 7 different cheeses on rotation this year: Jarlsberg, famous around the world for its distinctive sweet and nutty taste; Applewood, a real English treasure made from West Country cheddar; a classic Mature Cheddar; a smooth and nutty Red Leicester; a festive Wensleydale with cranberries; a Wensleydale with gingerbread; and a Edam. The calendar comes in a unique ‘book style’ packaging design, which allows for one half to be torn off after the initial 12 days of Christmas to maximise fridge space. Available from Asda and Sainsbury’s.
LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar – £24.99
LEGO. Star Wars. What’s not to like? Each day up to Christmas you’ll be treated to a Star Wars gift, including figures, vehicles, starships and more. There’s even a foldout play mat so that your little one… OK, you can set up your own epic battles. In total there’s 6 mini-figures and two Christmas-themed mini-figures and an exclusive Luke Skywalker in Ahch-To Island outfit.
Aldi Wine Advent Calendar 2019 – £49.99
Back by popular demand, Aldi have once again gone all out this Christmas with a wine-themed advent calendar. Every day offers a new mini bottle of wine for an evening of indulgence in the lead-up to Christmas. 24 well-known wines from prestigious regions around the world with bottles of red, white, rosé and fizz all featuring. It is limited edition, so make sure you head to Aldi ASAP!
Wera Tool Advent Calendar 2019 – £39.99
But if you want to things as masculine as possible, take a look at this 26-piece screwdriver set from Wera. Featuring premium BiTorsion bits, sockets with ‘take it easy’ tool finder and a socket adaptor, all screwdriving components are stored securely and protected in the included textile pouch. Perfect.Here’s 6 simple tips and ideas that will help you to cut back on your waste and do your bit for the environment this Christmas time.