12 Advent Calendars for a Tasty (and Maybe Tipsy!) Christmas Countdown

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Advent calendars have come a long way in recent years. If you didn’t grow up with the tradition, it goes like this: Starting December 1, kids open a door on their Advent calendar every day to find a chocolate or another little treat — all the way up until Christmas Eve. But these days, the Advent calendar has grown up, and adults can now get in on the fun, too.

Lots of brands offer spins on the traditional sweets calendars, of course, but you can also score versions with jams and jellies, tea and coffee, wine, and so much more. If you’re unable to visit family this year, these interactive calendars make a great gift for those you won’t see, giving them a festive surprise from you every single day. Go ahead and make the holiday countdown sweeter — or saltier, more savory, or even a bit tipsy! — with this new crop of Advent calendars.

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A must-have for foodies, Bonne Maman’s calendar offers limited-edition fruit spreads and honey — and it always sells out fast. It's back (for now, at least), so here’s your chance to snag this charming Advent calendar that looks like a cozy home decked out for the holidays. It's filled with 1-oz. jars of limited-edition spreads like cherry/elderflower, strawberry/verbena, and cherry/Christmas spice.

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It’s a little challenging not to eat an entire box of Godiva chocolates in one sitting. Maybe it’s because you really want to eat the one with a lion stamped on it, or maybe it's because the fillings are always a delightful surprise. Fortunately, Macy’s has a Godiva Advent Calendar that encourages you to eat one piece a day, counting down to a jolly chocolate Santa on December 24. Plus, right now you can get an additional 30 percent off when you use the code FRIEND at checkout.

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The holidays mean baking. And shopping. And wrapping. And decorating. And if you know someone who needs that caffeine pick-me-up in the morning (raises hand!), then this coffee Advent calendar is just the thing to get them, ahem, percolating in the morning. It includes 24 18-gram sachets of coffee (you can choose whole bean or a specific grind), offering enough for about two cups of joe each day.

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Sur La Table

The traditional chocolate Advent calendar gets a royal upgrade, courtesy of British chocolatier Charbonnel et Walker. One of Britain's oldest chocolatiers, they hold a Chocolate Manufacturer Royal Warrant to Her Majesty the Queen — meaning they supply chocolates to the royal family. Each handmade chocolate is packaged in a little gold box in its own festive drawer, so you can savor one a day — or save them to enjoy while binge-watching The Crown in a tiara. Because, hey, you deserve it.

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This tea-themed calendar from Pukka Herbs offers a sampling of their fruit, herbal, and green teas, so you’ll get flavors like blackcurrant beauty, turmeric gold, and mint refresh. Plus, at this price, you can snag a few for coworkers, neighbors, or White Elephant gift exchanges.

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World Market

Ideal for that friend whose binge-watch schedule is always packed, Joe & Seph's Advent calendar offers daily single-serve bags of their flavored popcorn. And this isn’t just you’re average buttered popcorn; Joe & Seph's offers unique varieties like banoffee pie and raspberry cheesecake.

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Williams Sonoma

A dancing gingerbread man greets you at the front door to this quaint, vintage-style calendar from Williams Sonoma. And behind each door in this gingerbread home is a milk chocolate treat. It’s available in a double pack as well, making it perfect for families with multiple kids — or keep one for yourself and send the other to a friend or relative.

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Perfect for the matcha lover, this calendar from David’s Teas includes seasonal blends of the much-loved green tea (like pumpkin pie, strawberry, and salted caramel, to name a few). It also comes with matcha-infused chocolates, gummies, and even a jar of matcha honey.

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Uncommon Goods

Kate and Jason McCrea have devoted themselves to the art of making sweet, gooey caramel. This calendar includes their finest treats, which are all handmade in copper kettles at their Massachusetts headquarters. Traditional flavors (like vanilla and cinnamon) are mixed in among unexpected varieties (rosemary truffle sea salt, anyone?), and they come packaged in a delightfully whimsical design that features woodland critters scurrying about and doing their holiday shopping.

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Harry & David

There are people who like chocolate, and then there are those who need it, adore it, and make it a way of life. If you know someone who can't live without their cacao fix, then they will love this Harry & David deluxe assortment of chocolates. It features more than three pounds of their signature chocolate and includes a whopping assortment of truffles (think dark chocolate raspberry, white chocolate candy cane, and milk chocolate peanut butter), plus mini-mints in dark and milk chocolate.

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Neiman Marcus

Who needs visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads when you can have the sweet stuff in real life? Sugarfina’s Advent calendar offers four pieces of a different candy each day, including holiday treats like candy cane caramels and gingerbread cookie bites, as well as perennial faves (ice cream cones and cola gummies, yum!). To make it even sweeter, the calendar is packaged with an adorable Santa scene.

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Okay, it’s not a true Advent calendar, but Vinebox's 12 Nights of Wine does offer an alcohol-fueled way to count down to the big day. Instead of the expected mini-bottles, each wine comes in a smartly designed slender vial that holds one pour. With varieties ranging from French floral whites to Tuscan reds, you’ll have just enough vino to not care if your caroling is a bit off key.