It’s December 1st which means the countdown to Christmas is officially ON!
One of our favourite festive traditions is of course the advent calendar, and every year growing up we used to love having a chocolate advent calendar, because who doesn’t want a square of milk chocolate deliciousness for breakfast every morning in the run up to December 25th?!
However, over the past few years, we’ve seen so many alternative advent calendars make their way to the market, giving us even more choice than ever when counting down to the big day. From beauty boxes to calendars full of cheese, there’s an advent calendar to suit everyone these days.
If you still haven’t treated yourself to an advent calendar this year then it’s not too late. We’ve rounded up 15 of the best alternative advent calendars for 2019 if you fancy a change from chocolate.
If you’re known for having a sweet tooth but want to stray away from the chocolate then this Haribo advent calendar is ideal. It has 24 windows bursting with Haribo treats including cola bottles, bears and Maoam bloxx.
If you love long soaks in the bath then this Bomb Cosmetics 12 Days of Christmas advent calendar is the one for you. With 12 festive bath bomb for your enjoyment, you’ll be feeling super relaxed in the run up to the big day.
Everyone loves socks so it’s always a treat to get a new pair. With this advent calendar, you’ll have 12 new pairs featuring some of your favourite Disney characters including Minnie Mouse, Olaf and Marie. Adorable!
If you’re a traditionalist who enjoys some cereal for breakfast then you’ll love this Kellogg’s advent calendar. Not only will you open 12 boxes of your favourite cereal, but you’ll also get a lovely bowl to eat them from!
This glorious advent calendar from Martha Brook is ideal for anyone who loves matching stationery. You’ll receive 24 boxes which include a variety of stationery including a personalised notebook, 2020 calendar, pens and more. You can also personalise the box as a gift for a loved one!
OPI Hello Kitty Nail Polish Advent Calendar – £32.79
Treat yourself to a variety of new nail polishes with this OPI Hello Kitty advent calendar. Filled with warm bold shades and sparkling glitter shades, this advent calendar will fill you with cheer throughout December and beyond.
Cheesy does it with this Ilchester advent calendar! Packed with 24 individually wrapped portions of eight different varieties of cheese, this advent is perfect for savoury lovers. You’ll also find a cheese joke behind each window!
It’s officially candle season so what better way to celebrate that and the countdown to Christmas than with a Yankee Candle advent calendar? This tower calendar is bursting with festive scented delights and includes two small jars, 12 votives, a box of tea lights, six wax melts and three different candle accessories!
This 12 day advent calendar is perfect for the dapper man in your life. It includes a range of toiletries and accessories including body wash, shower gel, beard wash, nail clippers, tweezers and more.
Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry and this advent calendar will certainly help you along with the latter two. As one of the most popular drinks of the year, this pink gin advent calendar will no doubt be a hit in your household.
For the Potterhead in your family, this Harry Potter advent will be truly spellbinding. With 24 windows, each day features a magical stationery gift including notepads, a wand pen and sticky notes!
We’re obsessed with beauty advent calendars and this one from Revolution is a real gem. The calendar includes all sorts of makeup goodies including lipstick, highlighter, bronzer, lip gloss and more. It’s also a winner in our eyes as it even has a gift for you on Christmas Day. Bonus!
This is a real treat for fans of both Star Wars and LEGO. It includes 24 buildable characters, amongst them 13 mini collectibles, 6 minifigures and 4 droid figures, plus a selection of weapons!
Sit back and relax with a different brew every day with the Pukka tea advent calendar. Behind each window is a delicious tea bag including the likes of original chai, cinnamon, blackcurrant, three fennel, mint refresh and more.
Reverse Advent Calendar
Christmas is a time for giving so this year, why not try a reverse advent calendar? The concept is simple – grab a box, and put a different item in the box each day. At the end of the advent period, donate the box to your local food bank or shelter and make a real difference to someone else’s life. Click here to see what your local food bank is short of, but suggested donations can include toothpaste, soap, tins of food, and more.