5 manly advent calendars

Now, we all know the second best thing about Christmas other than presents is an advent calendar. I don’t know about you but when I was a kid I’d leave it too late and end up with the cheapo ones that you could never tell if you were eating chocolate or cardboard.

But now I am a proper grown up (I’ve like bought a bed before and everything…#adulting) I still want and need an advent calendar, I simply can’t find my way through December without one. Over the past few years, adult advent calendars have started to really become a thing, the main problem is that unless you want makeup and brushes…they mostly don't suit guys. December is hurtling towards us, so I’ve put together my 5 favourite manly advent calendars to get yourself (or your man, ladies!) and get right into the festive spirit. Fra la bloody la la la la laaaa.

Cheers!

Mens advent calendars | Sam Squire UK Male fashion and lifestyle blogger

What’s better than chocolate in an advent calendar I hear you cry…booze, mate, booze. Master of Malt have a HUGE selection of boozy advent calendars from whiskey to gin and not to mention their tequila calendars (Arriba!) - there’s definitely something for every kind of guy, they start at £99.95 so they aren't cheap but hey, you’ll have the very best (alco)holidays every with their cool selection of calendars. As a vodka connoisseur I would personally go for their vodka calendar, it has a huge selection of vodka’s from Cîroc to Crystal Head so you’re getting some really decent brand which totally warrants the price tag of £99.95 on this one. Check out their boozy selection here.

Well groomed…

Advent calendars for men | Sam Squire UK Male Fashion blogger

If you’re a bearded bloke, beard oils are probably a daily necessity to keep your facial foliage in check! The Bearded Man Co have produced exactly the advent calendar for you, featuring 24 different scents to see you through to the big day including three special new fragrances, all in 2ml bottles. You’ll be smelling good and looking good, plus at just £29.99 you’ll still have some pennies spare to buy presents! Check out the calendar here.

Squeaky clean!

Advent Calendars for men | Sam Squire UK Mens fashion and lifestyle blogger

Most modern men are into looking after themselves, especially when it comes to skincare. Clarins have launched their awesome 12 days of Christmas box. Including some of their top rated products including face wash and serums to ensure your skin isn't battered by the winter weather. It even includes some full-sized products, making the £65 price tag well worth the buy! Check it out at Selfridges here.

 

Flat white

Advent calendars for men | Sam Squire UK Male fashion & lifestyle blogger

I’m not a coffee drinker myself, in fact, I can't stand the taste. But I know a low of grown up people love coffee and love to try new blends. The Pact coffee advent calendar is perfect if you want to try a different coffee, they’ve chuck in 25 different blends that are all perfect for waking you up in the morning. At £39 it makes for a perfect way to work your way through December, one cafetiere at a time! Wake up and smell the coffee…check out the coffee calendar here.

Crafty!

advent calendars for men | Sam Squire UK Male fashion blogger

Back to booze again now, this time it’s craft beer. the Craft Beer Advent Calendar offers you 24 full-sized bottles of craft ale that have been brewed by some of the best craft breweries in the world. It’s £74.99 and is the perfect calendar for craft-ale enthusiasts, plus…by the 24th you’ll have probably lost complete track of the date! Get the bottle opener and check out the craft beer calendar here.

 

 

I hope that helped, which calendar will you be picking up this holiday season? Let me know in the comments, also drop a comment with any other suggestions you have.

Grover & Friends Review

 Subscription boxes are growing in popularity with makeup, food and techy boxes dominating the market, specially curated ones for the fashionable man seem to be still in the background of this competitive new industry.  The kind people from Grover & Friends offered to send me out a box to check out and review, I couldn't resist. Grover is a monthly subscription box for men, they state their goal as 'to bring men around the world a superior customer experience and fantastic new styles'. Thats a pretty cool goal to have, basically make men everywhere in the world just that little bit more trendy, did I just actually say 'trendy'? Forgive me. 


The box I received was 'The Rain Box' oooh! Inside was 2 products. Product 1 was by Grover and was one of their made in LA crew neck t-shirts. I have to say it is ridiculously soft, I can only imagine it feels the same as if you wore a cotton candy shirt...however, they had me at 'made in LA'. 


Second in the box of magic was the Claude Klassic Rain Jacket by KWAY. I haven't actually heard of KWAY - blasphemous, right? According to the neat little info card Grover include, KWAY have been making jackets since 1965. On opening the box I had no idea what it was, I was somewhat excited that I had taken a step back to the 90's and got a bum bag (fanny pack to our friends across the pond) however this rain mac folds inside its own pocket! Yes I did just say that. You can then using the elasticated band, wear it around your waist and look like some funky 80's dude. 
For the price, I'd say you get a really great box, some months you get more items than others but it all depends on the retail value of the items you get. Grover offer 3 different plans, first up is Monthly this costs $49.99 (£30.60) and means you can cancel at any time. Second is Bi-annually, this costs $249.95 (£153.32) this acts sort of like a 6 month contract so you get a box a month for 6 months, plus 1 free box! Finally is the Annual contract - with this you pre-pay $449.91 and receive a box a month for a full year, you also get 3 free boxes with this plan, everyone loves a freebie! Grover ship across the world from LA and I got my box in literally 5 days which I would say is pretty fast! I'd really recommend Grover, I may even sign up myself! To check out more information, see previous boxes and sign up, visit the Grover & Friends website friends.grover.us. Thinking of trying a Grover box or have you tried one? Drop me your thoughts and questions in the comments below or on Twitter @SamSquireBlog.