The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is bleak. That’s why we have Advent calendars, which give you something to look forward to every morning: opening that cardboard flap and finding a fun little treat. Unfortunately, the treat is typically just a waxy chocolate figurine. Cue the sad trombone.
This year, upgrade your Advent calendar and actually find something you want behind that cardboard flap. Here, six awesome Advent calendars for grown-ups to help you make it to Christmas.
Way better than your typical chocolate reindeers, the British chocolatier Prestat packs its shimmering Advent calendar with a variety of truffles filled with creamy ganache, caramel and nuts. $75; deananddeluca.com.
There are samples of 24 different whiskeys in the Whisky Calendar from Drinks by the Dram. They range from Bowmore 12 Year Old to Evan Williams Single Barrel to Nikka from the Barrel. Essentially, it’s Whiskey 101 in a box. $235; masterofmalt.com.
If you’re more of a gin drinker, Drinks by the Dram has you covered. The Ginvent Calendar features samples of gins like Perry’s Tot Navy Strength, St. George Terroir and Hayman’s Old Tom. $180; masterofmalt.com.
The Teas the Season Advent calendar from Tea Forté includes a different blend of tea behind each of the 24 windows. The selection includes festive flavors to get you in the holiday mood, such as Spiced Ginger Plum, Caramel Nougat and White Cinnamon Sage. $44; teaforte.com.
Herbs and Spices
Holistic skin care and organic treat guru Susanne Kaufmann designed a luxe Advent calendar filled with teas, herbs, spices and spa products. Each herb or spice comes with a recipe. $150; aedes.com.
If you live in Canada (or near the border), you can get the Snowcase Calendar from Victoria, BC’s Phillips Brewery. It’s a 24-bottle mixed case of Phillips’s beer. Each slot is numbered and can be punched out—so you never know which beer you’ll get next. If you’re in the states, try making your own at home. $70; various locations.