Top 12 Advent Calendars For Grownups... From Hotel Chocolat To One Direction!

21 November 2013 by

Now you don't have to be five years old to enjoy an advent calendar. In the Grazia office we always have at least half a dozen pinned on the wall. But you can forget your fancy stylish felt or wooden jobbies, the ones that have oldey-worldey toys inside. Because, really, what's the point of an advent calendar unless it contains big chunks of nice chocolate to satisfy our 3pm sugar fix? Here are our twelve favourites...

1. The cute one

24 bags stuffed with chocolate which you pin to the reindeers antlers. Reindeer Advent Calendar, £10, M&


2. The stylish one

Chic foil-wrapped penguins, lemons and santas from our favourite online deli. Carluccio's £10.95.


3. The grownup one

Filled with everything from luxurious nutty pralines to velvety truffles in milk, dark and white chocolate. There's even an extra surprise on Christmas Day. Continental Chocolate Advent Calendar, £9.99, Thorntons.


4. The democratic one

Filled with not one but two delicious truffles behind each window there'll be no more arguments over 'who got there first' in the morning. Truffles For Two Advent Calendar, £26, Hotel Chocolat.


5. The dark and mysterious one

Rich cocoa heaven - for all those milk chocolate haters out there. Dark Chocolate Giant Advent Calendar, £15.99, Lindt.


6. The unusual one

This British company is famous for making chocolate with a twist. Their mixed milk and dark chocolate calendar is inspired by four of their hugely popular British Pudding Bars, including Eton Mess, Treacle Tart, Summer Pudding and Lemon Meringue.Christmas Pudding Chocolate Advent Calendar, £9.99, Montezuma's.


7. The surprise one

The only one on our list that's not chocolate but gingerbread, hence why we've called it a 'surprise'. Iced Gingerbread Advent Calendar, £12, John Lewis.


8. The charitable one

While it doesn't score on style points, it does score on do-good points, and that's what christmas should be about, isn't it? Help For Heroes Chocolate Advent Calendar, £5.


9. The fun one

A genius idea from dorset chocolate company Chococo. A red santa's sack containing 24 little packs of two chocolate shapes that you hide round the house. Advent Treasure Hunt Calendar, £9.99,


10. The minimalist one

This unusual chocolate advent calendar comes from the innovative House of Sarunds, who specialise in individual chocolate creations. 24 squares for each day of advent, and a final square to usher in Christmas day itself. Chocolate Advent Calendar, £2.59,


11. The famous one

Harry fan? Then you need this One Direction advent calendar from Bon Bon Buddies in your life! Comes with a 1D photo frame which allows you to slot your photo in amongst the boys. One Direction Chocolate Advent Calendar, £3.99,


12. The fairtrade one

Supporting workers at ground level, this fairtrade chocolate is made from cocoa beans grown in small family-owned farms and plantations. Divine Fairtrade Calendar, £4,

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