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With the festive season fast approaching, you’ll want to make sure you have your vegan advent calendar ready for December 1st! And, just because vegans don’t eat dairy, it shouldn’t mean missing out on any of the traditional joy that the countdown to Christmas Day brings.

So whether you’re a vegan parent buying for your children, you’re shopping for a loved one, or you’re simply on the lookout for a little festive treat for yourself (ahem, guilty!), then it’s a great time to be vegan because, as you’ll soon discover, there are loads of exciting plant-based options available in 2023!

From some delicious chocolate offerings to alternative gourmet calendars, there’s something to suit all tastes and budgets. I’ve also made sure to prioritise ethical and eco-friendly options. So without any further ado, let’s take a look at my favourite vegan advent calendars available to purchase this year.

My Top Picks

H!P Vegan Chocolate Advent Calendar

Holland & Barrett Vegan Beauty Advent Calendar

Joe & Seph Popcorn Advent Calendar

Here are the 10 best vegan advent calendars for a cruelty-free Christmas

Traditional Chocolate Advent Calendars

For a vegan advent calendar that satisfies all of your chocolate cravings this Christmas, take a look at some of the delicious dairy-free options below.

1. H!P Vegan Chocolate Advent Calendar

  • What’s inside: 3 festive flavours, including plain chocolate, salted caramel, plus gingerbread & orange
  • Number of days: 24
  • Packaging: Perfectly festive & 100% plastic-free packaging
  • Price: £10

H!P are one of my favourite plant-based brands, using creamy oat milk to make their silky vegan milk chocolate. Within this bright and eye-catching advent calendar nestle individually wrapped chocolates, which have been sustainably sourced from single-origin Colombian cocoa.

As H!P point out, their vegan chocolate is not only kinder to animals, but also much more planet-friendly than traditional dairy milk chocolate thanks to its lower carbon footprint. They are also members of 1% for the Planet, so every purchase helps contribute towards a better future.

2. Monty Bojangles Curiously Moreish Vegan Truffle Advent Calendar

  • What’s inside: 3 flavours of deluxe truffle, including Cocoberry Blush, Cocoa Nib Nights & Caramel Haze
  • Number of days: 24
  • Packaging: Unfortunately not yet plastic-free, as it contains a recyclable plastic tray
  • Price: £13.99

Monty Bojangles launched its first vegan advent calendar last year, and I’m pleased to say that they’re back for another! These individually wrapped, cocoa-dusted truffles are certified by The Vegan Society and also gluten-free.

While it’s a bit pricier than your typical cheap and cheerful advent calendar, it’s worth it for these superior-quality chocolates! So for your daily dose of Christmas decadence, why not indulge in a little luxury?!

3. Chococo Plant-based Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar Selection Box

  • What’s inside: 14 award-winning flavours, including festive fruits, tipples, caramels & truffles
  • Number of days: 25 (woohoo!)
  • Packaging: Housed in beautiful, plastic-free packaging with a numbered overlay
  • Price: £27.50

For a truly luxury vegan advent calendar, look no further than Chococo! Featuring oat milk and dark chocolate, these 25 plant-based chocolates are handmade in Dorset using ethically sourced cocoa.

Many of these chocolates contain alcohol, so while this calendar won’t be suitable for children, it’s the perfect boozy treat for grown-ups. Trust me, you won’t want to share them anyway!

4. Happi Triple Flavour Plastic-Free Advent Calendar

  • What’s inside: 3 scrumptious oat milk flavours, including plain chocolate, orange chocolate & salted caramel
  • Number of days: 24
  • Packaging: Recyclable & plastic-free
  • Price: £15

If you’re looking for the perfect mix of educational and tasty when it comes to your children’s advent calendar, then Happi have got you covered with this unique and fun design.

Opening up like a book, there is plenty of space inside to highlight their commitment to being slavery-free, palm oil-free and zero-plastic. This means that you can enjoy every bite with a squeaky-clean conscience!

5. Hotel Chocolat Unbelievably Vegan Advent Calendar

  • What’s inside: Creamy nut milk chocolates
  • Number of days: 24
  • Packaging: Unfortunately not yet plastic-free, as it contains a recyclable plastic tray
  • Price: £13

Hotel Chocolat’s sumptuously smooth chocolates are made with 45% cacao and finely milled hazelnuts in place of dairy. The designs of the chocolates are drawn in-house and are almost miniature works of art in themselves. Almost too good to eat… I said almost!

Their nut milk chocolates are absolutely delicious, but they also stock a good variety of vegan calendars, such as this one for children or this dark chocolate lover’s dream.

6. NOMO Classic Advent Calendar

  • What’s inside: Plant-based chocolate drops that resemble milk chocolate in look and taste
  • Number of days: 24
  • Packaging: Unfortunately not yet plastic-free, as it contains a recyclable plastic tray
  • Price: £5

Coming in at a bargain £5, this plant-based advent calendar from NOMO may not contain a huge amount of variety, but these lovely chocolates are not only tasty – they’re planet-friendly, too! They are made from Rainforest Alliance-certified cocoa as well as palm oil-free.

This vegan chocolate advent calendar is also the best option on this list for those who suffer from food allergies. With nut-free and gluten-free deliciousness, you don’t have to miss out with NOMO!

Alternative Luxury Advent Calendars

And now for something completely different! If your recipient isn’t the biggest chocolate lover or you just want to switch it up a bit this year, then here are some exciting vegan advent calendar options you might not have thought of…

7. Joe & Seph Vegan Popcorn Advent Calendar

  • What’s inside: 7 sweet flavours, including salted caramel, salted maple, dark chocolate, orange chocolate, strawberry caramel, toffee apple & cinnamon, plus coconut & cacao
  • Number of days: 24
  • Packaging: Recyclable cardboard tray, with individual plastic popcorn bags
  • Price: £30

Confession time: I’m not the world’s biggest chocolate lover. For those of you who also aren’t overly mad about the stuff, then Joe & Seph’s fun popcorn advent calendar may be more up your street.

Handmade in London without any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, this gluten-free and vegan-friendly calendar opens up like a giant Christmas storybook. While each serving is only small (7g per bag), each one is a taste sensation and something you’ll genuinely look forward to each day.

8. Holland & Barrett 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar

  • What’s inside: A generous collection of vegan skincare, haircare & bath products
  • Number of days: 25
  • Packaging: The calendar itself is free from plastic, but some of the beauty products inside do come in plastic packaging
  • Price: £45

Although this is the most expensive vegan advent calendar on this list, arguably it is one of the best value. This is because, for £45, you’re getting £179 of full-price vegan and cruelty-free beauty products! This includes an amazing 16 full-size items.

Normally, I don’t bother with subscription boxes because there’s inevitably stuff that ends up not being used. But H&B’s cult calendar is an introduction to some lovely vegan brands like Upcircle, Wild and Faith in Nature.

9. Bird & Blend Tea Advent Calendar

  • What’s inside: 48 luxury flavoured teabags, including apple strudel, chocolate digestive & gingerbread chai
  • Number of days: 24 (you get a generous 2 teabags per day!)
  • Packaging: 100% recyclable, compostable & plastic-free packaging
  • Price: £38

The perfect choice for eco-conscious tea lovers, Bird & Blend’s vegan calendar contains plastic-free, biodegradable and deliciously indulgent teabags. It was a sell-out last year, so don’t hang about getting your hands on 2023’s exclusive edition!

Bird & Blend are also a fantastic company to support. They are B-Corp certified, fund renewable energy projects around the world, and have been proudly carbon neutral since 2021.

10. Candy Kittens Advent Calendar

  • What’s inside: 6 flavours, including Wild Strawberry (the OG), Sour Watermelon & Eton Mess
  • Number of days: 24 (2 sweets per day!)
  • Packaging: Contains a recyclable PET plastic tray, with sweets individually wrapped in plastic for freshness
  • Price: £10

For those with a sweet tooth, Candy Kittens’ advent calendar is full of moreish treats! With no nasties, palm oil, gelatine or synthetic ingredients, their gluten-free sweeties are made to a strictly vegan recipe (and even contain real fruit juice).

While Candy Kittens are carbon neutral, the only downside to this calendar is the amount of plastic used. The good news is that they are in the process of addressing this for next year!

A cosy Christmas scene by the fire

Enjoy These Vegan Advent Calendars for a Conscious Christmas This Year

I hope that now you’ve discovered my top picks of vegan advent calendars for 2023, you’ve found just what you were looking for (and more!). It may seem like a small action to buy a consciously dairy-free calendar, but it all adds up when we make the effort to contribute to a kinder and more compassionate world.

For more plant-based Christmas inspiration, why not take a look at my ultimate guides that feature the best vegan gifts for him and her in the UK (plus where to buy). You may also want to check out my tips for surviving the holiday season as a vegan!

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