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November 2021 / Diary / by Becky Pomfret

The Best Advent Calendars of 2021

Let the countdown begin with our round-up of the best advent calendars out there.

Once upon a time the 1st of December was greeted with mass excitement as the first window on the advent calendar was opened. In those days (okay, we are talking the 1980s) the only treat behind that window was an illustration of either a religious figure or a red robin, and that was still exciting. Nowadays, pretty much anything goes when it come to calendars and there’s much more to get excited about than just a pretty picture. Alcohol, beauty, chocolate and even stationery are covered when the countdown begins, and here are our Fabric faves:


This beautiful Santa illustration calendar is one of John Lewis’s best sellers, and at just £35 comes jam packed with marzipan, truffles, pralines, and more often than not has more than one treat per window! But who says you have to share them?



One NOT to miss for the children this year, toucanBox releases its first ever, brand new Advent Calendar for children aged 2-8yrs and the perfect gift for all.  From multi-award winning children’s craft company toucanBox, The Very Merry Advent Calendar is stashed with 24 boxes of festive fun. Featuring exciting Christmas crafts such as a snowball juggling, bear baubles and snowman puppets,  there are scrummy recipes for gingerbread reindeer, hot chocolate spoons and more, plus five enchanting STEAM inspired story books. A calendar sure to keep little minds and hands busy, which could be useful this December!

£45 (shop.toucanbox.com)

Bird and Blend

The UK’s most loved indie tea company is on a mission to spread happiness and reimagine tea this festive season with the launch of its Advent Calendar (£38) and wider Christmas range of products. Reinvented for 2021, their fan fave advent calendar has some amazing new features that really up the wow factor; boasting wonderfully festive flavours such as Gingerbread Chai and Christmas Cake & Snowball. Plus Bird & Blend’s brand new Christmas blends; Christmas Cranberry Pie & Peppermint Hot Cocoa. Definitely one for tea-lovers and connoisseurs alike.



Loved by kids, this is an ethical, sustainable, plastic free and allergen free calendar (and has won many awards).  Available as a 24 drawer or 12 drawer, each day you get a mini chocolate, fun puzzle toy to build and a fun facts card.

£55 or £27.50 (playinchoc.com)

Smith and Sinclair

if you are fed up of chocolate, why not get the festive party started and enjoy a tasty cocktail gummy each day?! Flavours include Raspberry Collins, Pineapple Bellini, Bourbon Old Fashioned and Gin&Tonic. Maybe not one to have before breakfast though!

£49.99 (chocolatesdirect.co.uk)  or (smithandsinclair.co.uk)

Thornton Fizz

This 2021 Advent Calendar (£140) contains a variety of Sparkling Wines and Prosecco including perfect pinks and extra dry D.O.C.s. Some of the best bottles of fizz from leading independent suppliers  have been brought together to bring you a daily treat where you can enjoy old favourites and discover new tastes and perhaps the odd surprise. Definitely a calendar for the lucky grown up in your life (or just buy it for yourself!)



Get swept up in the whimsical whirl of Christmas starting with a limited edition 2021 Advent Calendar (£40) Behind every window is a stationery treat and the chance to win one of four golden pens worth £100 to spend with Paperchase.



It can be hard to wait until December before cracking open the mince pies, so when the 1st rolls around, prepare for an indulgent month with this selection of festive mini mince pies from Selfridges (£34.99). Now this one can, and should, be enjoyed as breakfast!

£34.99 (selfridges.com)