From whisky and wine to jerky and pork cracklings, there a many ways to ring in the holidays.
One of the great things about Christmas is that it's not just one day—it's an entire festive season. That's why advent calendars are so fun—how better to enjoy the lead-up than counting down with daily presents? Advent calendars were originally used in the 19th Century among German Lutherans, and were just for simply counting down (no daily surprises). Now you can find them all over the world, filled with all kinds of different treats, so there's sure to be one that will make your Christmas dreams come true.
So if your Christmas dreams include food or booze, check out these amazing options.
Chocolate Advent Calendar
For a classic (and highly affordable!) option, you can get this charming, Santa-ed out chocolate advent calendar for less than $7 on Amazon.
Santa's Here Chocolate Advent Calendar, $7 on Amazon.com
Licorice Advent Calendar
If chocolate's a little too sweet for your refined palette, you might enjoy this sleek licorice advent calendar, with a jar of high-quality black licorice for each of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas.
Lakrids By Johan Bülow Advent Tube Calendar, $34 at Trouva.com
Coffee Advent Calendar
Have a very alert December with 24 different premium Scandinavian coffee samples. Plus, even though the company is based in Norway, they have free worldwide shipping.
KaffeeBox Specialty Coffee Advent Calendar, $173 at Kaffebox.no
Tea Advent Calendar
If you're more of a tea person than a coffee person, you might enjoy this box of 24 different seasonal tea blends.
Tea 24 Christmas Countdown Gift, $27 at Kickstarter.com
Wine Advent Calendar
If you'd rather be tipsy than caffeinated, you might enjoy this wine option from Aldi's U.K. stores.
Aldi Wine Advent Calendar, £49.99 at Aldi (UK)
Sparkling Wine Advent Calendar
If wine is too general a category for you, this festive advent calendar should do the trick. Unfortunately, the company won't ship outside the U.K., so you may have to call in a favor from any Brits you may know.
Superstar Sparkling Advent Calendar, £125 at thepipstop.co.uk
Gin Advent Calendar
Want to kick off the season with something a little harder? You'll get about an ounce-sized bottle of unique craft gin each day with this junipery calendar.
Drinks by the Dram Ginvent Calendar, $137 at masterofmalt.com
Whisky Advent Calendar
Prefer your liquors dark? You may remember this whisky advent calendar from the same company, Drinks by the Dram.
Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar 2017, £150 at Amazon.co.uk
Beer Advent Calendar
Or you could go the craft beer route, with 25 different, hand-wrapped brews. They also have a cider option.
BoozeBud Beer Advent Calendar, $100 at boozebud.com
Cheese Advent Calendar
Jerky Advent Calendar
Man Crates, the originators of the jerky-filled advent calendar, have upped the game this year with a new version that includes McCrea’s Scotch caramels, beef jerky bits, chocolate-covered marshmallows, and eggnog taffy.
Advent Calendar 2.0, $60 at mancrates.com
Pork Crackling Advent Calendar
For another meaty option, you could go for the Snaffling Pig Company's pork crackling calendar, where each day provides you with another mini bag of pork cracklings, with flavors like Maple, Low & Slow BBQ, and Pigs in Blankets.
Pork Crackling Advent Calendar, £18 at snafflingpig.co.uk