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Best Advent calendar for men 2023: 24 days of festivity for him

Filled with skincare products, booze and nerdy goodies, the best Advent calendars for men will help kick off the perfect manly Christmas

There’s nothing quite like the simple joy of an Advent calendar: they’re bright and festively coloured, filled with lovely chocolates, with the daily door-opening ceremony stirring a bit of Christmas excitement that takes you back to childhood. Already a great tradition, an extra layer of fun can be added to this year’s Advent proceedings by picking up a themed Advent calendar filled with more substantial goodies than just chocolate.

Our roundup below includes a varied assortment of Advent calendars for the men in your life this Christmas. Why do they specifically need to be “manly”? Well, because blokes like bloke-y stuff – it makes them feel special. And our guide caters to all manners of manliness, with Advent options listed for tipplers, self-care experts, coffee aficionados and nerdy hobbyists.

If you’ve got Advent fever and want to see a wider range of calendars, be sure to check out the rest of our selection. We have full lists that will take you through fun, boozy options, such as the best beer Advent calendars and best gin Advent calendars, as well as more wholesome roundups, such as the best tea Advent calendars, best traditional Advent calendars and best unusual calendars.

Now, with all that out of the way, read on to find the best Advent calendars to make the guy in your life have a Male-y Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Best advent calendars for men: At a glance

The best Advent calendars for men to buy in 2023

1. Clarins Men’s 12-Day Self Care Advent Calendar: Best self-care Advent calendar for men

Price when reviewed: £65 | Check price at Clarins

best advent calendar for men - clarin mens self-care advent calendarWhile they’re out in the world bouncing between gym workouts, pub lunches and hanging around looking tough on street corners, the men in our lives can sometimes forget to take care of themselves properly. This festive collection of skin- and body-care products from Clarins is the perfect way to remind your bloke that it’s okay to take a quiet moment, and give over some time to looking after himself.

Packaged in a smart and well-finished blue box, this self-care Advent calendar contains two full-sized products as well as ten travel-sized offerings, including ClarinsMen Supre Moisture Balm, a heavy-duty hydrating cream, Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, to keep those hardworn nails in good condition, and the brand’s Active Face Wash, for scrubbing off all the dirt and grime the male face tends to pick up.

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2. Harrods Coffee Capsule Advent Calendar: Best coffee Advent calendar

Price when reviewed: £25 | Check price at Harrods

best advent calendar for men - harrods coffee capsule advent calendarCapsule coffee machines have grown in popularity over the years, providing a slick and fuss-free way to get your morning brew. A perfect early gift for someone receiving a new coffee pod machine, or for the Nespresso addict in your life, this coffee capsule calendar from Harrods will provide the recipient with a tasty, seasonal pod-based cup of joe every day in the lead-up to Christmas.

The calendar contains 24 pods, with six different blends of fully flavoured Arabica coffee on offer, including the chocolate and chestnut-noted Christmas Espresso, the caramel and red brandy-accented Signature Blend, and the buttery, biscuity Breakfast blend, among others.

A quick compatibility note: these pods are designed for use with Essenza, Creatista, Inissia, U, Pixi, Maestria and Citiz Nespresso machines, as well all as Dualit models, so be sure your giftee has (or is about to receive) one of the above capsule machines.

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3. Drinks by the Dram Whisky Explorer Calendar: Best boozy Advent calendar for men

Price when reviewed: £99 | Check price at Master of MaltThere’s maybe no better winter gift you can give a man than a selection of fine whiskies, with these chest-warming, fully flavoured drams sure bring a little pizzazz to those cold December days. Each of the 24 3cl bottles of whisky in this calendar has been carefully selected by the experts at Drinks by the Dram, showcasing a range of fine liquor from well-known brands as well as niche distilleries. Some highlights include West Cork’s Glengarriff Series Whiskey, finished in casks charred with bog oak; the fruity, spicy Tamdhu 12-year; and Sweden’s Mackmyra Björksav single malt.

Not just full of great whisky, this calendar is also beautifully designed and finished, with four different art styles available to choose from. There’s the snow-white, barrel-emblazoned Christmas design pictured above, as well as Craft, Original and Explorer options. Snazzy!

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4. Marvel Christmas Funko Advent Calendar: Best nerdy Advent calendar for men

Price when reviewed: £57 | Check price at AmazonWith more smash-hit on its hands in the form of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 and Loki S2, Marvel hype is back at fever pitch, with fans looking forward to further adventures in phases 5 and 6 of the MCU. And what better way for your Marvel-loving friend or family member to celebrate all that than with this officially licensed Marvel Advent calendar?

Containing 24 mini Funko pops, your resident geek will be kept happy in the run-up to Christmas thanks to daily appearances from high-quality miniatures of characters such as Captain America, Thanos, Deadpool and everyone’s favourite anthropomorphic tree, Groot.

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