‘Tis the season to be jolly! Get in the festive mood early with a superb advent calendar
We're really proud to have introduced Britain to the first ever beer advent calendar way back in 2013.
The idea came to us as we were driving back from a mid week football match at Tranmere. I don't know whether we were inspired by the bracing sea air on the Wirral, or the fact our team had won and we were a bit giddy.
While the idea was great, our prototype model was far from the finished article. If we're being honest, it was our standard brown transit box but with numbered aerosol caps on the tops of the bottles.
Fast forward 12 months and our first proper advent was nominated for a prize at the UK Packaging Awards ceremony at the Hilton on Park Lane. We were beaten to first place by Kellogg's, who had spent £10,000s developing a new instore display box for cornflakes. With no previous experience of designing anything though, we were pretty chuffed to have come runner up to the world's biggest cereal producer.
Now in its ninth year, the 2021 Best of British Beer advent calendar is ready to go. Designed as always by the brilliant James Miller at Miller and Co and produced by the team at Stoke Packaging, it's available in both craft beer and lager variations.
We realise that beer or lager won’t necessarily be your favourite pre-Christmas pressie, so we’ve put together a list of 5 of our favourite other advent calendars.
Cheese Advent Calendar
We think this is such a good idea! A bit of cheese with your brekkie or to look forward to after tea with some crackers. It offers 8 different flavours of cheddar including a Limited Edition and Brand New flavour, how exciting! The packaging has a very classic Christmas look to it and the colours are very warm and cosy. Maybe this could be paired with a beer or lager advent calendar? It would be a very happy 24 days if you do!
Savoury Snacks Advent Calendar
Don’t we all love having a cheeky snack during the day, a little something tasty to nibble on in between meals. We love this product as all the items included are independent businesses which is similar to what we do. The packaging is simple and classy, perfect for your savoury snacker friend!
Clarins Men's 12 Day Self-Care Advent Calendar
After all those nights of eating and drinking, celebrating a special time of year, you are really going to want to look your best for those funny Christmas photos. We like this calendar because we know that we all need a little self-care every now and then and there’s no better time than Christmas time!
2021 Coffee Advent Calendar
One thing I love about Christmas is getting cosy with a tasty coffee and a good Christmas movie. These calendars come with coffee that is packaged fresh every week in order for you to have the best tasting coffee possible. We like this product because some of their ideals line up with ours as they’re always looking to cut down on waste and making their coffee pouches biodegradable. They also plant tree with every advent calendar sold which is amazing!
Pukka Organic Days of Christmas Advent Calendar
Don’t like coffee? How about some tea! A lovely organic cup a day for the lead up to Christmas to make you feel extra merry inside! We like this brand as similar to the last brand, they sustainably source the card they use for the packaging and it’s also recyclable. The whole product is made using renewable energy which really says, “crafted with care”.