(Pocket-lint) - December is an exciting month for lots of children, not just because Christmas falls and the (very, very small) chance of snow, but because many get a piece of chocolate every single morning for 25 days straight. The chocolate might be a bit on the stale side and the tiny piece never fully satisfies, but advent calendars are still a fantastic excuse to eat chocolate before 9AM.

Get to your 20s (maybe 30s for some) and all of a sudden, December isn't anywhere near as fun. The only way you're getting an advent calendar is if you buy it yourself but if you're buying it for yourself, you might as well treat yourself to 25 days of something more exciting than chocolate right? Cue, the adult advent calendars.

From beauty or candles to gin or craft beer, here are some of the best adult advent calendars that will make you wonder why you ever settled for just Dairy Milk.


Happy Socks Advent Calendar


Fancy a new pair of amazing socks for every day in December running up to Christmas Eve? Then the Happy Socks Advent Calendar is for you.

Available in two size options, either 36-40 or 41-46, the Happy Socks advent calendar has 24 different pairs of socks - one in each drawer. If you love a bright, vibrant pair of socks, no other advent calendar will top this one. 

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Charlotte Tilbury Bejewelled Chest of Beauty Treasures Advent Calendar


One that involves no eating or drinking, but the Charlotte Tilbury Bejewelled Chest of Beauty Treasures Advent Calendar offers 12 days of the best-selling make-up products from the brand.

Treats include Charlotte's Magic Cream, Rock 'N' Kohl Eyeliner, Wonderglow Primer and a full size Pillow Talk Original Matte Revolution Lipstick. We'll leave the other eight products a surprise to make sure we don't spoil it for you.


Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar


This calendar doesn't involve eating or drinking anything from its special drawers, but it does offer a combination of 24 products and samples from well-known beauty brands including Elemis, This Works and Nip&Fab and Sleek.

The products span hair care, make-up, nail care and skin care and the contents within the calendar are said to be worth over £215.

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John Lewis Beauty Advent Calendar


Amazon isn't the only company to offer a beauty advent calendar - John Lewis has one too and it's said to be worth over £375.

There are 25 full and deluxe size products from some iconic beauty brands including NARS, Charlotte Tilbury, Clarins and Bobbi Brown.


That Boutiquey Gin Company Advent Calendar


That Boutiquey Gin Company and Drinks by the Dram have teamed up to create an advent calendar, which unsurprisingly offers 24 different drams of gin.

Each is 30ml and includes Moon-shot Gin and festive favourite Chocolate Orange Gin. 

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Molton Brown Advent Calendar


The Molton Brown Advent Calendar offers 24 days of Molton Brown goodies, from Eau de Toilettes to festive baubles. 

There's various scents of lotions, creams, oils, shower gels and hand washes to get you through to Christmas Eve smelling wonderful.

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Fizz Advent Calendar


This advent calendar is for those who love bubbles. It includes two 200ml Laurent Perrier Champagne to welcome in Christmas Eve but it also includes a selection of prosecco, cava and sparkling wines for the run up to Chrimbo too.

There is one 200ml bottles of Gancia Prosecco, two bottles of 200ml Bottega Gold Processo and two 200ml bottles of Bottega Petalo Moscato included in this advent calendar, among others. 


Wine Advent Calendar


The Wine Advent Calendar is all about making sure your December doesn't include any boring wines.

It offers 24 bottles of various wines, including white wine, rosé, red wine and sparkling wine from brands including JP Chenet, Brut Dargent and Calvet. 


The Coffee Calendar


If wine, gin or beer aren't your thing in the morning but coffee is, you're in luck. The Coffee and Tea Company has created a couple of coffee calendars comprising 24 unique types of coffee from around the world.

The calendar comes in a decaffeinated variant, an espresso variant and a flavoured coffee variant.


The Whisky Advent Calendar


The Whiskey advent calendar from Drinks by the Dram features 24 different 30ml drams of whiskies from the finest producers around the world.

There's a gamut of whisky varieties, including single malt, superb Speyside single malt and rare whiskies worth up to £600 per bottle. Let's just hope you don't like the rare ones too much or your wallet won't thank you, even if your taste buds do.


LEGO 75279 Star Wars Advent Calendar 2020


LEGO and Star Wars fans, this advent calendar might make your year. It has 24 different LEGO Star Wars themed gifts behind its doors, including six mini-figures, 12 mini builds and a code to Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga game content.

Once you've collected all the gifts, unfold the play mat and you can spend your Christmas playing with mini versions of the Millennium Falcon, an A-wing, TIE Fighter, X-wing, or Anakin's Podracer.

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John Lewis Jewellery Advent Calendar


The John Lewis Jewellery Advent Calendar has  22 pieces of gold and silver-plated jewellery that can be mixed and matched.

There are seven semi-precious stones and pendants within the calendar, which can be interchanged across the necklaces, earrings and bracelets, and there's also a hair clip and two pouches.


24 Gins of Christmas Advent Calendar


The 24 Gins of Christmas Advent Calendar has 24 gins (5cl) with a variety of loved and reputable gin brands featuring, including Whitley Neill, J.J. Whitley, Liverpool Organic, Aber Falls, City of London and Marylebone.

This advent calendar also comes with a cocktail handbook, with instructions on how to make at least one cocktail for each gin flavour.

Writing by Britta O'Boyle.