It can feel like advent calendars these days are exclusively for women and children, but the pool of options specifically for men is growing by the year.
Brands and retailers are waking up to the fact that men too want the thrill of opening a new window every December morning to discover a treat nestled within. For 2020, more than ever, there are exciting new designs for him, and we’re here to bring you the very best.
From booze-filled boxes packed with whisky, gin and beer to compilations of the finest products in men’s grooming, there are advent calendars of every kind that will have him waking up before his morning alarm.
While we baulk at the notion of gender-specific advent calendars on the whole, there are some things that men are just more likely to want - such as a calendar filled with luxury beard oil, for example.
Menfolk of the UK, we have not forgotten about you. Prepare to collect serious brownie points come December, and shop the best advent calendars for men below.
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Mr Porter The 12 Days of Grooming Advent Calendar
Prepare for a sprucing up this festive season with Mr Porter's delightful advent calendar for men. Holding just as much excitement as a traditional advent, each window reveals a skincare or grooming treat to finesse his looks. No miniatures here either - every product is full-size, helping him build on his bathroom essentials.
Beer Hawk Beery Christmas Advent Calendar
If he's a bit of a beer aficionado, head over to Beer Hawk where you can find its 2020 advent calendar, packed to the cardboard lid with 24 amazing beers, made exclusively for the calendar - so there's no chance of stumbling across these beers anywhere else.
There's even a micro-website for the beers in the calendar, so he can fully satisfy his inner geek with facts and tasting notes of the beers in the calendar.
It's stupendously good value too; with £110 worth of special brews, it's costs just £75 so you really are getting plenty of beery bangs for your buck. Be warned: it is limited edition, so hop to it and get it while it's still in stock.
Whisky Advent Calendar (2020 Edition)
If he's more of a whisky man, here's something that's a really special treat. Drinks by the Dram's 2020 Whisky Advent Calendar is filled with 30ml wax-sealed taster bottles from some of the best whisky producers around. There are 24 bottles to savour every December evening until the big day, with premium and aged blends all to discover and relish.
Beavertown Christmas Core Beer Advent Calendar
Bring a sense of merriness to every December evening until the 25th with Beavertown's beery special advent calendar. The box includes cans of the producer's famous Neck Oil to cans of Bloody ‘Ell and Gamma Ray. A box of delights for your craft beer fan.
True connoisseurs may find the Beavertown Christmas Limited Edition Advent Calendar (£65) more their speed. Filled with limited edition beers as well as Beavertown’s Breweries core range, this calendar is the ultimate pre-Christmas gift for beer fans.
BARBER PRO 12 Days of Grooming Essentials Advent Calendar
Skin can become dry and dull in the winter thanks to icy blasts from outside and constant central heating. This calendar looks to revive his complexion with 12 face masks for the eyes and the face, keeping his good looks in check in the run up to Christmas. Free delivery.
Liberty Men's Advent Calendar 2020
Following the roaring success of last year's calendar, Liberty has launched an advent calendar for the discerning gentleman. The blue Felix and Isabelle print box holds contents worth more than £460 with travel- and full-sized grooming products from leading brands like MALIN + GOETZ, Frédéric Malle, REN and Aromatherapy Associates plus plenty more besides. There's even a full size bottle of Liberty Sloe Gin Miniature 50ml to keep things merry and bright.
The ASOS Grooming 12 Day Calendar
The ideal gift for the man who understands the benefits of self-pampering, ASOS’s perspex 12-day calendar is full of surprises. Think skincare and haircare bestsellers from the likes of House 99, LAB Series and Harry's to leave him fresh for the main festivities. We love that you can repurpose the packaging too.
Lynx Africa 12 Day Countdown Advent Calendar
A low splurge treat for the teen or man(child) in your life, Lynx Africa is celebrating a quarter of a century of the iconic scent with a nifty 12-day advent calendar. Featuring miniature toiletries that are perfect for travel as well as grooming tools, this calendar is a sure-fire crowd pleaser.
The Snaffling Pig Beer & Pork Crackling Advent Calendar
Christmas is the one time of year you can let loose and indulge until you're at your last belt notch. With this in mind, if you're a pork crackling kind of person, The Snaffling Pig has a treat in-store.
This year's advent calendar features a selection of pork crackling snack bags and beer cans behind 24 numbered doors. And they're a level up from the pub packets you might imagine: flavours include Low & Slow BBQ pork crackling, Marvellous Maple pork crackling, Twisted Tail Pale Ale and Wild Hog Session Ale.
Who needs chocolate with a calendar like this?
Offblak Tea Advent Calendar
Count down December days in a quintessentially English style - with a fresh brew every morning. You can do it with style thanks to OFFBLAK, a new tea brand OFFBLAK that offers an upgrade to his usual PG Tips.
Housed in a cool illustrated box that we’re already planning fresh uses for once Christmas is over, the teas are as far from basic as you can imagine. Think innovative twists on classics, as well as new and contemporary teas, with a total of 24 pyramid-shaped bags to enjoy - with a biscuit, naturally.
Flavours include this likes of Spearmint & Chocolate Black Tea, Raspberry & Peach Green Tea and Masala Chai Black Tea.
Grenade protein advent calendar
Help him build on his efforts at the gym with this protein-crammed advent calendar from Grenade. The sports nutrition brand is fuelling festive fun with this year's calendar that provides a guilt-free alternative. Every window hides a choice selection of full-sized Carb Killa protein bars which come in tasty flavours such as Chocolate Chip Salted Caramel, White Chocolate Salted Peanut and Dark Chocolate Raspberry.
That's fitness fans sorted.
OTO Mindful Calendar
It's been an unusual year so why not round 2020 off with an unusual advent calendar to match? Enter the OTO CBD Mindful Christmas Calendar, a luxury edit of 12 CBD-based treats from the UK-based premium CBD and wellness brand.
Each gift is designed to calm and relax, perfect at a time when your mind may be crowded with a zillion things to check off your festive to-do list. It's a bargain too with the contents worth over £500.
Happy Socks Christmas Advent Calendar for Adults
Give tootsies a tra-la-la-lovely makeover with festive designs from Happy Socks. Each window hides a fresh pair of socks to discover ever December day, some with a Christmassy theme, others with a slight quirk, all the way to the 25th.
We love that the box can be reused for many years to come - just fill the empty spaces with your selection of treats to delight friends and family next year.