While it may seem a bit early for holiday shopping, the well-prepared know that’s a year-round activity—and anyone who loves advent calendars will need to order theirs fairly soon in order to get them in time to actually count down the days til Christmas.
We’ve rounded up the best selection of 2019 advent calendars available so far, and expect to have even more to put on our wishlist as we get farther into fall.
Naturally, we focused on food and drink advent calendars—full of everything from cheese and chocolate to wine and beer (and even—no joke—pork rinds). Because in a season of festive excess, what better way to mark the days leading up to the main event than to indulge in yet another little treat?
Editor’s Note: Prices shown do not include shipping and handling.
This year, Vinebox is offering two versions of their wine advent calendar: Naughty and Nice. Either way, you get 12 glasses of wine (a mix of red and white) expertly curated from around the world, all in a sleek, sophisticated package. Or you can get both boxes and get 15 percent off. Wine not?Buy Now
If you’re near an ALDI, they’re also bringing back their popular wine advent calendar this year! It features a mix of red, white, and bubbly in 24 mini bottles. Grab it while you’re stocking up on our favorite October ALDI finds (and look out for several other advent calendars in store too, including ones for beer, chocolate, cheese, and dog treats—you can pretty much check off everyone on your list). You can find them in stores starting November 6, but there’s a limit of two (for alcohol) or three (for cheese) per person. Once they’re sold out, that’s it.See More
With 24 adorably petite jars of different limited-edition jams and jellies (plus honey), all of which are free of high fructose corn syrup and totally all-natural, this is perfect for any toast lover on your list (or, you know, yourself). There’s a mix of both new and classic flavors, including purple fig and cinnamon, blueberry-blackcurrant, pear and mirabelle plum, strawberry-verbena, raspberry-lychee, and even grapefruit-dragonfruit. This sold out fast last year, so get it while you can!Buy Now
Savory advent calendars are fairly rare, but this one would be special even if they weren’t—because it’s full of five varieties of fine cheese (like smoky Applewood British cheddar and creamy Ilchester Wensleydale, studded with sweet-tart cranberries), all suitable for vegetarians. In the U.S., it will once more be available at select Target stores, as well as Supervalu, Sprouts, Schnucks, Meijer, Jewel, Lidl, and Publix locations, starting in November. If you can’t find one near you, no need to cancel Christmas! Just buy your own reusable advent calendar and put whatever cheeses you want inside it (and be sure to keep it in the fridge).See More
What On Earth LED-Lighted Santa's Workshop 24-Day Wooden Advent Calendar, $69.99
This darling wooden advent calendar lights up thanks to two AA batteries, and is sure to become a cherished heirloom, whether you put cheese in it or not.
This delightful wooden gift box looks like a stack of presents and each of the 12 drawers contains a different treat, like Moose Munch, chocolate-covered cherries, truffles, mints, and malt balls. Even once the confections are gone, the box itself can be reused for years to come.Buy Now
If all you care about is the Moose Munch (and who could blame you?), this merry, wreath-bedecked advent calendar contains a dozen different flavors of the sweet gourmet popcorn mix, including dark chocolate salted caramel, white chocolate Cinnabon, dark chocolate peppermint bark, and mint chocolate with candy trees.Buy Now
The 2019 Sugarfina advent calendar is available for pre-order starting November 1 and features 24 different candies (four pieces of each), from apple frogs and pink flamingos to gingerbread cookie bites and edible Christmas trees. It’s perfect for the person with a sweet tooth in your life who’s tired of the usual chocolate (if such people actually exist).Buy Now
24 Days of Vegan Candy, $39 at Squish
If you have a vegan candy lover, this Canadian company ships an advent calendar filled with vegan gummies.
Open the double doors of this theater-inspired advent calendar to reveal a grand assortment of rich truffles and bonbons from the English chocolatier Charbonnel et Walker, known for their couverture dark chocolate since 1875.Buy Now
At a much gentler price point, this cute-as-a-button snowman-bedecked advent calendar is filled with classic milk chocolates in festive foil wrappers.Buy Now
For a mid-priced option, you can’t go wrong with Godiva. Everyone knows it, everyone loves it, and it’s packed into a charmingly illustrated advent calendar that’ll make you smile even before you open any of the little windows to retrieve a piece of creamy chocolate.Buy Now
Clearly, chocolate advent calendars are the most prevalent example of the edible form, but sadly, most aren’t an option for vegans. Well, this one is—and it’s also gluten-free and allergy-friendly! It contains vegan chocolates with different holiday designs on each.Buy Now
Tea lovers, look no further. In this advent calendar, you get 24 different teas (from bestselling blends and throwback favorites to web exclusives and sneak peeks of new varieties), and you get two servings of each one, so you can share a sip with someone you love (or just double up your own cup). It’s available starting October 15 this year.Buy Now
For those who like good cheer in stronger liquid form, this calendar conceals a variety of bourbons (including a brown sugar bourbon), rye whiskey, gin, and a few flavored vodkas (lavender, huckleberry, and blood orange). Due to state laws, they can’t ship to several places, but check their list; you might be in luck.Buy Now
DIY Booze Advent Calendar, $19.99 on Amazon
If you're in a state where the above calendar can't be shipped, consider buying one of these and adding your own mini bottles (and maybe some cocktail snacks and accessories) to the empty spaces inside.
This charming advent calendar’s snowy Victorian storefront conceals 12 different flavors of popcorn (including salted caramel, toffee apple and cinnamon, banoffee pie, raspberry cheesecake, double chocolate, and cookies and cream)—none of which contain artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives, and all of which are suitable for vegetarians. It comes from the UK, but they ship to the U.S. and Canada.Buy Now
If your cravings are more carnivorous, check out this amazing pork crackling advent calendar, which is filled with 24 mini bags of crunchy pig skin snacks in six different flavors (Pigs in Blankets, Low & Slow BBQ, Maple, Black Pepper, Salt ‘N’ Vinegar, and Perfectly Salted).Buy Now
If you have a Costco near you, they’re selling a German beer advent calendar at many of their stores for $60 (as they did in 2018). Not an option? Order a cheery DIY beer advent calendar box on Etsy, then fill it with your own hand-picked bottles and cans. Or, get crafty and build your own beer advent calendar from scratch! You’ve got plenty of time if you start now.Buy Now
If you want a ready-made option and are near an ALDI, you can pick up a beer advent calendar starting November 6 (limit two per customer). They contain 24 11.2-ounce bottles of “a variety of imported beer including six core range selections, two ALDI Finds and seven exclusive varieties.” They pair perfectly with the ALDI cheese advent calendar (and so does the ALDI wine advent calendar for that matter)…See More
There’s no reason to leave your best four-legged friend out of the advent calendar tradition either; this dog treat advent calendar hides 24 handmade applesauce and peanut dog biscuits to delight your fur-child this holiday season. And if you want to lavish them with even more affection, get them a pet food delivery subscription for Christmas. Because even dogs don’t want another sweater. Not to be outdone, Trader Joe’s will be selling advent calendars for cats.Buy Now
For more great gift ideas, see our Gourmet Food and Drink Gift Guide, and our Best Kitchen Gadgets, Tools, and Appliances Gift Guide.
Header image courtesy of Sugarfina