Best Tea Advent Calendars in the UK

Christmas is coming!

I’ll admit, it’s mid-September when I’m writing this, but I wanted to start my research early to make sure all my tea-loving readers had the best tea advent calendar in time for the countdown. All the calendars on this list are available in the UK (some with free shipping, some without) and will count you down from the 1st of December.

Check out my thoughts on each tea advent calendar below, in no particular order (they all have unique features that make them stand out).

2021 UPDATE: I’ve updated the majority of this list with the 2021 tea advent calendars! There are some new brands who have created Christmas countdowns this year.

I am still waiting on Adagio and Bruu to update their calendars for 2021. In the meantime, you can see what they released for 2020 below.

Whittard – The Tea Advent Calendar

whittard christmas tea advent calendar 2021
  • Tea Format: teabags
  • Cups per Day: 4
  • Flavour Selection: 18 from the standard Whittard range
  • Christmas Level: 6 out of 10

The Tea Advent Calendar from Whittard of Chelsea is one of the most expensive on my list (although you do get free next day delivery) and contains a large volume of tea. Inside each sliding draw, you’ll find 4 teabags of Whittard tea – except the first day, which contains 2 teabags and an extra treat.

My Christmas Level rating for this calendar is pretty low. Besides the really beautiful box it comes it that you can reuse and fill with more tea, there’s very little that’s Christmassy here. 1 out of the 24 teas included is Christmas themed. Poor effort! The other 23 are standard Whittard tea blends, from Afternoon to Piccadilly to Very Berry Crush. Nothing you can’t buy separately.

The tea is great quality and the box is beautiful, so I’d recommend it for people who don’t want to drown in Christmas cheer but still want to celebrate the countdown to Christmas day.

Newby Teas Advent Calendar

newby advent calendar 2021
  • Tea Format: teabags
  • Cups per Day: 4
  • Flavour Selection: Newby’s classic tea bag collection
  • Christmas Level: 2 out of 10

Rather than go for the usual Christmassy themes, I love how Newby Teas has done something else. It makes it feel less like an essential Christmas item and more like an early gift for yourself! The theatre-themed calendar holds 24 drawers, each containing 4 tea bags from Newby’s classic tea bag collection. It’s not very Christmassy but it’s high quality tea nonetheless.

The theme of the calendar is “an unforgettable night out in London’s West End”, showing circus-like acts, with a red, blue and gold colour scheme. The whole construction is quite sturdy and could be reused beyond Christmas to store tea or whatever you’d like. I like that it’s reusable.

Overall, a very nice luxury item and a fantastic gift. The low Christmas vibes and the fact it’s teabags rather than sachets or loose leaf, does bring it down though.

Pukka Days of Christmas Tea Advent Calendar 2021

pukka herbal tea advent calendar 2020
  • Tea Format: teabags
  • Cups per Day: 1
  • Flavour Selection: standard fruit, herbal and green tea Pukka blends
  • Christmas Level: 4 out of 10

This simple and affordable offering from Pukka is the best 2021 tea advent calendar for evening drinks. It contains all the Pukka originals which never contain much caffeine, even the green tea blends. A handful are vaguely Christmas themed (Wild Apple and Cinnamon, Three Ginger, etc.) but most are the usual fruity and herby blends you expect from Pukka.

Pukka have let me down with the Christmassy level of the outer box too! It’s simple and opens up into a hanging long card type calendar that will need to be thrown out once Christmas is over.

All that being said, the price is pretty incredible. It’s one of the cheapest advent calendars that still offers at least 1 cup of tea per day. I’d recommend this for those who can’t have caffeinated teas!

The Wee Tea Company Calendar

  • Tea Format: biodegradable teabags
  • Cups per Day: 1
  • Flavour Selection: Wee Tea Company Selection
  • Christmas Level: 7 out of 10

The Wee Tea Company are a new discovery for me in 2021 and I’m very excited by their tea advent calendar!

It contains 24 teas – as biodegradable teabags, not loose leaf – in a simple cardboard calendar with those pop-open windows we all love.

In terms of Christmas-ness, it’s pretty good. They’ve gone for a silver-white theme which is a classic. But the teas inside the calendar might not be Christmas themed, which is a shame. But nonetheless, you know they’ll be of a very high quality. The Wee Tea Company are actually the winner of ‘Best Tea’ at the Scottish Food & Drink Awards 2021.

And if that’s not enough of an incentive to try it – it’s also very reasonably priced.

Teapigs 2021 Tea Advent Calendar for Christmas

teapigs 24 days of Christmas
  • Tea Format: tea sachets
  • Cups per Day: 1
  • Flavour Selection: normal and Christmas themed
  • Christmas Level: 5 out of 10

Teapigs! Yep, if you’re a fan of the great pyramid sachets that Teapigs create, then you’ll love this calendar. It unfolds to reveal 24 slots, each with an individually wrapped tea sachet waiting behind.

There are 23 tea sachets, and the 24th (Christmas eve)  has a special surprise behind it.

It’s not an overly Christmassy, glitzy advent calendar, but if you’re going for a simple Scandi/hygge Christmas, it will fit right in.

The only problem I have with this calendar, is the poor reviews it has gotten. Apparently, very few of the teas are Christmas-themed and some of them are even cold-brew! If you don’t mind sipping iced tea in December, then you won’t be put off. I suppose you could always save the summery teas for next year.

Bird & Blend Tea Advent Calendar 2021

bird and blend tea advent calendar 2021
  • Tea Format: pyramid tea sachet
  • Cups per Day: 2
  • Flavour Selection: Mixed Christmas, limited edition and normal range teas
  • Christmas Level: 9 out of 10

The Bird & Blend Tea Advent Calendar is one of the best and most raved about (one was featured in the Telegraph a few years ago!) by tea lovers and beginners alike.

It features 24 individual boxes with two pyramid tea sachets inside each one. Bird & Blend go above and beyond to give you a present-opening experience each day. The tea and calendar are very Christmassy, but it’s just missing that final dose of glitter and glamour to make it a 10/10 Christmas level score.

The 2021 Bird and Blend advent calendar is 100% plastic-free too!

The teas included are a mix of Christmas blends, never-before-seen blends and limited edition blends that you’ll want to get your hands on. There are also a few all-time favourites included from the normal range – I won’t spoil which ones here, but you can find out for yourself on Bird & Blend’s website (available to pre-order) or Not On The High Street when it’s added there.

Fortnum & Mason Christmas Tea Lovers Advent Calendar

fortnum and mason tea advent calendar 2020
  • Tea Format: tea sachet
  • Cups per Day: 1
  • Flavour Selection: normal and Christmas themed
  • Christmas Level: 7 out of 10

Fortnum and Mason’s tea advent calendar is a pretty, well-stocked calendar on the same lines as Whittard’s  option (price-wise and selection-wise). It’s very Christmassy and has a nice yet simple design. It’s not the kind you keep and reuse, but it won’t feel tacky hanging on the wall with your normal décor either.

The tea sachets inside hold a range of Christmas themed and normal teas, with only a couple of repeats. Plum, Apple and Cinnamon sounds delicious, as does Gin & Tonic Flavour Green Tea. There’s some originality in a few of the blends here, as well as your classic standard Earl Greys and Assams.

Fortnum and Mason release this same advent calendar every year, with no changes to the design or tea selection inside.

It only has 24 windows, rather than 25, but that’s my only real concern with this box. It’s a great option if you want a little luxury.

English Tea Shop Book Style Advent Calendar

english tea shop green book calendar
  • Tea Format: tea sachet
  • Cups per Day: 1
  • Flavour Selection: Christmas themed (many repeats)
  • Christmas Level: 9 out of 10

The book style tea advent calendar option is a lovely option from English Tea Shop. The style is the usual perforated card windows to pull out your tea sachets, but with an extra “front cover” so that it feels like a book. To be fair, the quality is very good. It even has a ribbon to tie the front closed. All English Tea Shop’s packaging is compostable, from the tea sachet mesh to the outer book itself. You can find the book in several different colours. The green one looks best to me.

The teas inside are all Christmas themed! You have 2x 12 different blends and 1x solo tea, which I hope is under the 25th window.

It’s very Christmassy but not a 10 out of 10 on the Christmas level scale as I know that English Tea Shop has the range to put a different tea behind each door… but for some reason, they don’t.

TeaRevv 2021 Tea Advent Calendar

tea revv advent calendar 2021
  • Tea Format: loose
  • Cups per Day: 2 to 6
  • Flavour Selection: Choose from: Christmas Blends, Single Origins, Breakfast Blends, or Caffeine Free
  • Christmas Level: 8 out of 10

As a fan of loose leaf tea and supporting British businesses, this will probably be the tea calendar I end up buying this year. TeaRevv is offering 24 tea blends (you choose if you want them to be Christmas themed or not) inside a simple cardboard box with windows. The individual doors are numbered from the 1st to the 24th of December.

Each day unveils 4g of loose leaf tea. Assuming a 2g teaspoon per cup, and 3 infusions per teaspoon, you could get up to 6 cups of each tea serving if you push it (which I certainly will). You get a completely different tea every day too. In terms of tea quality, selection and longevity, the TeaRevv calendar wins hands down.

It’s very Christmassy on the inside, but it doesn’t have the same appeal from the outside as some of the other calendars like Whittard’s. The mountain scene is nice, but where is the glitter? The embossed silver and gold? The 2021 Tea Revv calendar is certainly a good one, however!

Adult Personalised Christmas Advent Calendar

blue tea themed advent calendar
  • Tea Format: teabags
  • Cups per Day: 1
  • Flavour Selection: standard tea selection
  • Christmas Level: 8 out of 10

This personalise-able option from Not On The High Street seller TheLittleBoysRoom is full of single-serving tea bags! Although the teas themselves aren’t Christmassy, the outer box is where all the fun is. You can have your name printed on the back (or another name if it’s intended as a gift) along with a short message. Inside, the teas are behind a cardboard piece with the usual window design.

You have 25 doors to open with standard teas behind them (like English Breakfast) – no Christmas-specific blends. Nonetheless, the quality is great. This is a good in-between for teabag lovers trying to convert to loose leaf.

The Christmas Level is quite high (as a decorative design, snowy blue with Christmas trees is lovely) and the fact that you can customise it makes it ideal as a Christmas gift.

Adagio Tea Advent Calendar

adagio teas advent calendar
  • Tea Format: tea sachet
  • Cups per Day: 1
  • Flavour Selection: Christmas blends and standard Adagio range
  • Christmas Level: 7

Adagio sent me a large box of tea samples mid September to review over Autumn and into the Christmas season – I really wish they’d sent me this as well! I know first hand how great Adagio are at creating seasonal blends that are absolutely perfect. From the creme brulee flavoured Autumn Mist Green to their Bonfire blend.

The advent calendar is a simple card style one with windows to pop open and tea bag sachets within. It’s a mix of Christmas blends and all-time Adagio favourites. There’s free UK delivery over £30 so you can stock up on some extra Christmas blends when you order it – I was sent a box of the Adagio Stocking Stuffers which are highly recommended!

The Christmassy level is good and if you’re a fan of strongly flavoured, inventive seasonal blends then you’ll adore this calendar.

BRUU Christmas Tea Advent Calendar

bruu tea advent calendar uk
  • Tea Format: loose
  • Cups per Day: 2 to 4
  • Flavour Selection: standard teas from BRUU
  • Christmas Level: 4 out of 10

This one is more of a gift set than an advent calendar for yourself. The BRUU Christmas Tea Advent Calendar includes twine and mini pegs to hang up your tea packets, a stainless-steel tea egg infuser, and a tea guide to explain what’s in each blend you try.

There are 25 packets to take you up to Christmas day, each holding enough loose leaf for 2 cups (infuse it twice for 4 cups). BRUU is all about using high-quality, natural ingredients. They use fresh ingredients too, wherever possible.

The teas inside are from BRUUs range of teas – so not all will be Christmas themed. However, they do have the widest variety. This is the first tea advent calendar I’ve found that includes a mate and oolong selection alongside the typical fruit/herbal/black/green/white/rooibos selection.

It’s great for the tea fanatic who wants to try something new… but it’s not the most Christmassy option!

Clipper Organic Tea Advent Calendar

clipper teas uk advent calendar
  • Tea Format: tea bags
  • Cups per Day: 1
  • Flavour Selection: standard teas from Clipper
  • Christmas Level: 6 out of 10

Clipper Teas are some of my favourites. If you want a reliable cuppa that tastes good every time, Clipper are your brand. They use biodegradable, unbleached materials too.

This is their tea advent calendar offering for 2021. It’s not bad – it contains 24 individually wrapped teabags with cute packaging. There are 12 flavours in total, so you’ll repeat each one.

The packaging is nice too – I love that they’ve gone for elves. I see so many polar bears and snowy scenes, but elves are harder to come by.

If you need an affordable tea calendar that you know will provide tasty tea, this is a good choice! Check it out on Amazon UK using the button below.

Kiani Loose Leaf Tea Calendar

kiani tea calendar
  • Tea Format: loose leaf
  • Cups per Day: 1-3
  • Flavour Selection: Christmas-themed and single origin
  • Christmas Level: 5 out of 10

I have been unashamadely following and fangirling over Kiani Tea since I discovered them on Instagram earlier this year. Their tea quality looks amazing! I’m also buzzing with excitement about the brand new tea advent calendar for 2021.

It contains 25 single pouches containing 3g of loose leaf each. There are instructions on the back of each pouch, plus an inspirational quote, but to find out the name of the tea you’ll need to read the leaflet in the box. I love the surprise this creates! You can find out how to brew the tea perfectly without spoiling the flavour surprise!

You can find Kiani’s tea advent calendar on their official website.

The Advent Calendars That Didn’t Make the List…

I found a few more advent calendars during my research, but they didn’t all make the final list of the best. Here’s a few more you can check out if you haven’t found something you like yet.

Teaspoon Tea Co Advent Calendar – I must admit, I am quite tempted by this tea calendar! But I felt that for the price, it wasn’t quite Christmassy enough. Still, it’s worth checking out if you want to support a small British tea company.

Vahdam Christmas Advent Calendar – holy smokes, this calendar is expensive! There are some things to love about this calendar, like the generous tea samples for each day and the stunning packaging… but is it worth the cost? I’ll let you decide.

T2 Advent Calendar – available in both loose leaf and tea bag format, I adore the bright colours and shimmering design of these tea calendars! However, I can only find 2020 calendars available, so once a 2021 version has been released I will update the link.

Suki Tea Advent Calendar 2021 – In 2020, Suki were unable to release a tea advent calendar due to the pandemic. But, my hopes are up for a 2021 Suki tea advent calendar! At the time of writing, their calendar isn’t live yet, but they are planning to release one this year. Yay!

THEODOR Tea Advent Calendar THEODOR’s tea calendars are  utterly gorgeous, but they rarely make my list because they’re very expensive, especially with the shipping costs. Technically, their calendars aren’t UK tea calendars either. Use the link to check if they’ve added a 2021 tea advent calendar recently.

Vintage Marque Darvilles of Windsor Advent Calendar – I’ve seen this one advertised around, but it rarely seems to be available to buy! Looking at the design and contents, it simply contains ordinary tea blends behind each window. It’s pretty, but it’s not special.

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