On the hunt for non-chocolate advent calendars? You've come to the right place...
Tired of necking Cadbury chocolate squares every December morning?
The answer to this question is of course no, because who gets tired of chocolate, but we must admit that there are days when we wish our advent calendar gift was a little more of a surprise.
Luckily, we’re not the only ones that have felt this way, and over the past couple of years, more and more alternative advent calendars have sprung up for sale. And the array of fillers on offer is getting better and better each year!
From beauty products and booze to toys and treats for your pets, there really is something for everyone!
Here are the best non-chocolate advent calendars for 2018 – to sit beside your chocolate one, obviously…
And if you’re keen to part with tradition, you might want to have a look at our round-up of the best Christmas crackers because they’ve experience a big makeover in recent years too…
Food & Drink
12 Days of Pimp Your Prosecco Advent Calendar
£29.99 from Party Pieces or £31.99 from Amazon
Stocked by Kate Middleton’s mum’s party planning website Party Pieces, this Prosecco advent calendar is designed to help you jazz up your fizz over the festive season. Behind the 12 doors you’ll find little treats to help flavour your Prosecco and make it extra special for your celebration. From Cherry or Kiwi bubbles to a rose gold shimmer, the hardest thing will be deciding which flavour to try first!
Aldi 12 Gins of Christmas Advent Calendar
£34.99 from Aldi
This is great for all the gin lovers out there! At just under £35 you will find 12 mini bottles of gin from popular household names like Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin, Tanqueray Dry Gin and Gordons Dry Gin. It’s on sale online from 9 November and in stores from 14 November.
JP Chenet Wine Advent Calendar
£49.99 from Ocado
Wine not indulge in a little tipple in the build-up to Christmas… A little festive fizz never hurts and this calendar is full of white, red, rose and fizzy boozy delights!
Chase Distillery 12 Festive Spirits Advent Calendar
£54.99 from Whole Foods and Amazon
Countdown to Christmas with a few of the best gins from Britain’s first single-estate distillery. Inside you’ll find spirits such as potato vodka and flavoured gins like Seville marmalade and pink grapefruit.
Iceland Gin Advent Calendar
£58 from Iceland
Gin lovers will love this advent calendar from Iceland and it’s much cheaper than some other boozy options. Behind each door is a different flavoured gin including Rosehip and rhubarb. It’s available in store and online from 19 November – will you be heading out to grab one?
£75 from Freixenet
This indulgent adult advent calendar is perfect for those who love a glass of fizz. Celebrate the countdown to Christmas in style with a Prosecco-filled and themed advent calendar. Inside you’ll find bottles of sparkling rosé, Nails Inc party shades, Prosecco bath bombs and scented candles. It has a product value of £180!
If Fever Tree is the only tonic you turn to, this is an excellent advent calendar for you. Inside there are 12 different gins and 12 Fever Tree tonics including the Mediterranean, Aromatic and Elderflower flavours. The gins included are from premium brands such as Hendricks, Portobello Road Gin and Warner Edwards rhubarb gin. So all you need is a glass, some ice and the your favourite garnishes… It’s available exclusively in 230 Waitrose & Partners stores.
Swizzels advent calendar
£4 from Tesco but also available ay Sainsbury’s, Wilko and Amazon (prices may vary)
Behind each door of the Swizzels’ advent calendar is a small packet of one of Swizzels’ most popular brands including Drumstick Squashies, Refreshers and Love Hearts.
Twinings Tea Advent Calendar
If you know a Twinings tea fan, you should tell them about this advent calendar ASAP – or you could buy it for them as a gift before Christmas! There are 25 doors with 24 individually wrapped teas and a tea tidy to discover inside…
B&M Jam Advent Calendar
£6.99 from B&M
This Hampton Jam advent calendar is perfect if you want to start the day with something sweet that isn’t chocolate… Instead, you can have a different topping for your toast, everyday in the run up to Christmas! There are 12 strawberry jams, 12 Seville orange marmalade portions and for Christmas day there is a marmalade and whisky preserve!
Boostbox Protein Advent Calendar
£39.99 from Get Boost Box
This advent calendar is perfect for your fitness-obsessed friends and family! It has a product worth of £60 and includes goodies from the likes of Bounce, Boostballs, Battle Oats and Pulsin. Also included with the calendar will be discount codes for the brands inside so you can get more of the brands and products you love into the New Year.
Drinks by the Dram Rum Advent Calendar
£149.95 from Master of Malt
Rum is growing in popularity and some have even claimed it could surpass gin in the next few years. If you’ve been thoroughly enjoying the tipple or you’re curious to try more the Drinks by Dram Rum Advent Calendar is a fantastic place to start. There are 24 drams of rum inside ranging from dark spiced rums and award-winning oak-aged reserves.
Cheese Advent Calendar
£8-10 from Sainsbury’s and Asda.
Behind each of the 24 doors on this cheese advent calendar you’ll find an individually wrapped cheese. There are seven varieties in total including Jarlsberg, Applewood cheddar and a limited edition Ilchester Wensleydale with gingerbread. The calendar is the brainchild of food blogger Annem Hobson and this is the second year the advent calendars are on sale. All the cheeses are vegetarian friendly and the calendar must be kept refrigerated. Will you be heading out to get one? It goes on sale for £10 on the 14 November from Sainsbury’s or £8 from Asda the day after.
Drinks by the Dram Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar
£149.95 from Master of Malt
This boozy advent calendar is packed with rare Scotch and award-winning whiskies from boutique producers as well as world-renowned brands.
That Boutique-y Gin Company Advent Calendar
£99.95 from Master of Malt
That Boutique-y Gin Company and Drinks by the Dram have teamed up for another year to put together this popular advent calendar once again. Behind each of the 24 doors is a little bottle of gin featuring interesting botanicals, fantastic flavours and unique details and concepts…
B&M McVitie’s Biscuit Advent Calendar
£9.99 from B&M
Who doesn’t love a biscuit or two with their cup of tea? This advent calendar provides the perfect morning snack to accompany your cuppa and shoppers are already going crazy for it! Another B&M bargain, this McVitie’s advent calendar includes: Penguins, Club and Gold Bars! There are 24 different biscuits to enjoy in the countdown to the big day with a retro bag of Iced Gems for the finale!
Drinks by the Dram Tequila Advent Calendar
£149.95 from Master of Malt
From complex barrel-aged anejos to small-batch blancos, this calendar contains some of Mexico’s finest tequilas. It’s decorated with some of Mexico’s most famous symbols including the Chichen Itza temple, the Calavera skull, which is used in the Day of the Dead celebrations, and the agave plant, which of course is used to make delicious tequila! This is the advent calendar for any serious tequila lover…
The Naked Marshmallow Co. Advent Calendar
£15 from The Naked Marshmallow Co.
Pushing the marshmallow boundaries further than you ever thought possible, The Naked Marshmallow Co. have an even more delicious and decadent advent calendar for 2018. Behind each door is a festive flavoured marshmallow with a big treat for on Christmas day. The six flavours you’ll find inside are Salted Caramel, Candy Floss, Strawberry Cream, Gingerbread, Mint Choc Chip & S’mores. On Christmas morning you’ll find a milk chocolate spoon that you can use to make a real hot chocolate drink… This year you can also upgrade your calendar and add-on a toasting kit which includes 24 bamboo skewers and toasting instructions. This kit costs an additional £3.95
Drinks by the Dram Gin Advent Calendar
£124.95 from Master of Malt
If you’re looking for another gin advent calendar to add to your wish list we’ve got you covered. Behind each door is an award-winning gin including Ableforth’s Bathtub Navy Strength plus gins with interesting botanicals like a Seville orange infused spirit…
Bird & Blend Tea Co. Matcha Tea Advent Calendar
£65 from Bird and Blend Tea
This is the world’s first matcha tea advent calendar and it’s perfect for those who love a cup of the green stuff! Inside you’ll find all of Bird & Blend Tea Co’s most popular matcha flavours including Ice Cream and Salted Caramel. Plus, there are festive flavours like Mince Pie Matcha! Behind each door you’ll also find tips and info on how to make the most of your matcha.
Bird & Blend Tea Co. Tea Advent Calendar
Not mega keen on matcha but don’t mind the odd cup or two? The Bird & Blend Tea Co Tea Advent Calendar might be better for you as it has four mini matcha blends alongside traditional teas. The regular teas come in classic flavours as well as festive variations like Gingerbread Chai!
Kellogg’s Cereal Bar advent calendar
£8.99 from B&M
If you’re a Coco Pops addict or love a cornflake then we’ve got some cerealrously good news for you… B&M have started selling a Kellogg’s Cereal Bar Advent Calendar for £8.99! The calendar contains 24 cereal bars to help you count down to the big day as well as some Poptarts for Christmas morning!
Drinks by the Dram Bourbon Advent Calendar
£139.95 from Master of Malt
If you love American bourbon you’ll love each of the drams tucked away in this 24 door advent calendar. The box features real news articles from the prohibition era and has a Kentucky state flower within the ribbon. It’s a calendar for the true bourbon buffs out there.
t2 Teas The Big Book of Secret Teas and Brews to Please Advent Calendar
£20 from t2.com
Tucked away behind each door of this advent calendar is 24 individually wrapped loose leaf/tisanes. Everyday in the run up to Christmas you’ll also be treated to a collection of facts and riddles.
t2 Blame it on the 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar
£20 from t2.com
This calendar is perfect for sharing as behind each door there are two teabags and 12 different varieties to try!
Snaffling Pig Pork Crackling & Beer Advent Calendar
£65 from Selfridges and Snaffling Pig
Pork crackling and beer are a match made in heaven and this advent calendar allows you to enjoy them both! The limited edition calendar stands at half a metre tall and has 12 different Meantime beers to enjoy with 12 of the finest Snaffling Pig cracklings!
Snaffling Pig Merry Piggin’ Christmas Pork Crackling Advent Calendar
If you love pork scratchings but don’t want the booze, Snaffling Pig have this A3 advent calendar with 24 mini bags of pork crackling available! hidden There are six different flavours to make sure you don’t get bored (as if that was possible)!
Duerrs Marmalade Advent Calendar
£5 from Amazon
Make your toast a little more exciting every day in the run up to Christmas with this Duerrs marmalade and jam advent calendar! Behind each of the 24 doors is an individual 20g pot of strawberry jam or orange marmalade. There’s also a special pot of whiskey marmalade for you to have on Christmas day.
B&M 12 Gins of Christmas Advent Calendar
£29.99 from B&M
When it comes to quirky advent calendars discount retailer B&M know how to send shoppers into a frenzy… The 12 gins of Christmas calendar can be yours for just £29.99 and includes twelve small bottles of gin for you to indulge in over the festive season. Gin-credible right?!
Ginvent Advent Calendar
Yet another gin advent calendar for the gin fanatics out there. This calendar boasts a 30ml dram of different delicious gins behind each of the 24 doors. It was created in collaboration with the Gin Foundry and offers a snapshot of was gin can offer… Get the tonics chilling!
Pringles Advent Calendar
£7.99 from B&M
This advent calendar is one of B&M’s most popular products and it’s predicted to sell out yet again! It contains 12 40g tubs of crisps to help you countdown to the big day. The tubs come in Pringles’ most-loved flavours including salt and vinegar, Texas BBQ, original and sour cream. Will you be heading out to get one?
Pukka Tea Advent Calendar
There 24 carefully selected organic, herbal, fruit and green teas in this advent calendar and it’s perfect for those who have to start the day with a cuppa. You might also discover a new favourite brew…
The Pact Coffee Advent Calendar
£39.95 from Pact Coffee
If you can’t function in the morning without your daily dose of coffee this is the advent calendar for you! Behind each window is a curated selection of 25 different Direct Trade coffees, eight of which are limited edition. All the coffees come pre-ground so they are suitable to use in cafetière, Aeropress and drip brew methods. Plus, 50p from each calendar sale is donated to Shelter to help battle homelessness.
Virgin Wines Advent Calendar
£79.99 +P&P from Virgin Wines
If you want this advent calendar you’ll need to be quick – it has sold out for the past two years! Jam-packed with 24 187ml bottles this advent calendar is perfect for those who love wine. In total there is 11 reds, eight white, one rose and three fizz. You can pay a £10 deposit to secure your order and calendars are set to be dispatched in early November.
The Protein Ball Co. Advent Calendar
£12.99 from The Protein Ball Co. (available from end of September)
If you’re trying to keep in shape in the run up to Christmas and want to keep topped up on your protein, this advent calendar is perfect. Packed with 24 different protein balls, you’ll be fuelled up for the day ahead, guilt-free and still get to enjoy the fun of opening an advent calendar! Flavours include: Peanut Butter + Jam, Raspberry Brownie, Lemon + Pistachio and Goji + Coconut, Peanut Butter, Cacao + Orange, Coconut + Macadamia and Cherry Bakewell. Plus, behind door no.24 is a special Christmas-flavoured protein ball…
Candy Kittens Calendar
£12 from Ocado
If chocolate isn’t your thing but you’ve still got a craving for something sweet this Candy Kittens advent calendar will hit the spot. Behind each door is two vegan, gluten-free treats for you to enjoy in the run up to the big day. Flavours include sour watermelon, blueberry bliss, peach fizz and wild strawberry.
Aldi’s Wine Advent Calendar
£49.99 from Aldi (on sale from 4 November)
Back by popular demand, Aldi’s wine advent calendar has 24 doors with a mix of red, white and rose wines hidden inside. This is one of the most affordable alcoholic advent calendars on the market and a must-buy if you’re a huge fan of Aldi wine… It will be on sale from November 4 and once they’re gone, they’re gone so bookmark the date!
Beer Advent Calendar
£65 from First4Hampers
This beer advent calendar will get your loved one into the festive spirit with 24 cans of beer from breweries across the UK including a Ghost Ship pale ale and a Clementine and Southwold bitter. If you know someone who is serious about their beer, this is the advent calendar for them!
Buttermilk Advent calendar
£15 from Waitrose (in store from 17th September) Other retailers include: Amazon, National Trust, Moonpig, Debenhams, Buttermilk shops (on sale date may vary)
If you’re bored of chocolate this fudge advent calendar is the perfect alternative. Each piece of fudge is wrapped in a compostable wrapping making it more environmentally friendly! Plus in each door you’ll also find a the title of Christmas song for you to act out as a charade – what fun!
Wine Advent Calendar
£69.99 from First4Hampers
Inside this advent calendar you’ll find 24 quarter-bottles from all across the globe. There’s a mix of red, white and rose wines plus a festive bottle of mulled wine for you to enjoy on Christmas Eve.
Jelly Belly Advent Calendar
£14.50 from Amazon
Know someone who is mad about Jelly Belly jelly beans? Why not treat them to this fun advent calendar. Behind each of the 24 doors is a different flavoured10g pyramid bag of the sweet treat. The Jelly Belly jelly beans are gluten free, gelatine free, dairy free and fat free.
Gin and premium tonic Advent Calendar
£99 from First4Hampers (available from mid-September)
This is the perfect advent calendar for all the gin lovers out there! Filled with premium tonic waters from the likes of Fever Tree, Fentimens and Double Dutch, you can rest assured that your gin finds its perfect partner. Behind number 24 there’s a 70cl bottle of gin from the award-winning Lakes Distillery.
Tipsy Advent Tree Calendar
£24.99 – £140 (depending on drinks included and tree size) from First4Hampers
The Tipsy tree is perfect if you want to customise it for a booze lover but you can also buy it full stocked. A tall tipsy tree stocked with wine costs £85 but if you want it stocked with gin. whisky or fizz it costs £140. The tiny tree frame costs just £24.99 un-stocked and the tall tree is £29.99.
Biscuiteers Advent Box and Calendar
£175 from Biscuiteers (available from 1st September)
This limited edition, hand-stitched calendar from Susie Watson is designed to be filled with the beautifully decorated biscuits from Biscuiteers – they’re almost too beautiful to eat! You can re-use the cloth calendar for many years to come and it doubles up as a wonderful festive decoration for in your home.
Fizz Advent Calendar
£125 from First4Hampers
Treat yourself to a bottle of fizz each night in the run up to Christmas… Behind the 24th door is a 20cl bottle of Lanson Champagne so you’ll head into Christmas in high spirits! Behind the other doors is a selection of sparkling wine, Prosecco, Cava and Sparkling Pinot Rose!
Carluccio’s Luxury Advent Calendar
£85 from Carluccios (available from October online)
For an Italian-inspired countdown to Christmas, this luxury advent calendar features Italian products from Carluccio’s core collection. Treats behind the doors include limoncello chocolates, truffle butter, aged balsamic vinegar, torrone pieces and porcini oil.
Haribo Advent Calendar
£7 from Amazon
If chocolate isn’t your thing, but gummy sweets most definitely are, then try the Haribo calendar, with 25 mini bags of everyone’s favourite chewy candy.
English Tea Shop Advent Calendar
£10.90 from Amazon
One for tea lovers, the English Tea shop have Christmas flavours such as Christmas Cake, Ginger bread man and Candy Cane. Drink one every day and you’ll be feeling extra Christmassy by the time the 25h rolls around.
House of Newby Advent Calendar
£55 from Newby Teas (available from 1 October)
For Christmas 2018, luxury tea company Newby Teas of London presents a collectable advent calendar full of sumptuous tea choice for those who love a cuppa with a bit of luxury on the side. Two giant calendar doors open outwards to reveal a chest of 24 individual multi-coloured drawers, each coordinated with the patterned sachet teabags which are tucked inside of it. Each draw is embossed with the day of the month on it and finished with a gold silk handle. There are four individually wrapped sachets of tea in each draw and no two drawers are the same.
Toy advent calendars
Harry Potter Advent Calendar
£15 from Asda
Potterheads are going to love this Harry Potter advent calendar from George at Asda. Behind each of the 24 doors is a magical jewellery accessory. Each day you’ll find a new charm and gradually build up your own magical bracelet. There is also nine silver and rose gold rings so you’ll have lots of accessories for all your festive parties…
Paw Patrol Advent Calendar
£27.85 from Amazon
Does your little one love Paw Patrol? They’ll adore this advent calendar! Behind each of the 24 doors is an exciting little figure for the kids to play with. In fact, they’ll find six main Paw Patrol characters plus mini sleds and figures which are a brilliant stimulant for creative, imaginative play.
Hatchimals advent calendar
£23.80 from Amazon or £19.99 from Very
This advent calendar is sure to be on lots of children’s wish lists, as the Hatchimals-craze shows no signs of slowing! The advent calendar is packed with exclusive characters and nests for your little one’s to discover – there are over 50 surprises to discover in total!
Playmobil Advent Calendar
£15.99 from Amazon
Kids have 24 doors to open in this fun advent calendar, which includes a glowing pirate figure and a firing cannon! They’ll love opening the doors to build their treasure island scene complete with a chest, row boat and barrel.
Aldi Block Tech Toy Advent
£6.99 from Aldi
This toy advent calendar is fantastic value for only £6.99 and has 24 windows for your little one’s to open. Inside they’ll find collectable figures and models that are also compatible for play with other toy brands. For more hours of fun, there is also a playmat scene so your kid’s imaginations can run wild!
Aldi Fashion Toy Advent Calendar
£6.99 from Aldi
If your child loves looking and feeling glam this advent calendar is perfect. There are 24 windows and inside there are cool nail decoration sets, bracelets, make-up, body glitter, body gems and jewellery sets! Careful they don’t rope you in for a ‘makeover’….
Gibsons 12 Days of Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle Advent Calendar
£20 from Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) (available from 1 September)
This advent calendar from the RNLI is the perfect little treat to keep you busy. Behind each door is an 80-piece jigsaw and the 12 puzzles eventually create one gorgeous Christmas scene. Plus, all the profits go towards helping prevent tragedies at sea for years to come.
Play-Doh Advent Calendar
£13.99 from Amazon
If you know a little one who loves Play-Doh, then why not let them get creative with a surprise behind each of this advent calendar’s 24 secret doors? Set includes five Play-Doh cans plus two Sparkle cans for some Christmas dazzle.
Hama Advent Calendar
£17 from Amazon
The popular craft toy now offers a complete advent set, with all of the beads to create a different design for each day leading up to Christmas!
Disney Storybook Advent Calendar
£19.99, from all good retailers (available from 10th September)
Your little one will enjoy unwrapping a special storybook featuring some of their favourite Disney friends, everyday in the run up to Christmas. The magical tales are a brilliant way to settle their excitement before bed!
V-Tech Toot Toot Animals Advent Calendar
£25.99 from Amazon
This calendar will get your little ones into the Christmas mood with fun characters behind each door to play with – including a reindeer, a snowman and a penguin.
Lego Advent Calendars
£28.99, from Amazon
Open up a door each day up to Christmas to reveal a fun Star Wars gift, including characters, vehicles, starships and more. There’s even a foldout play mat so that you’re little one can set up their own epic battles. In total there are 8 mini-figures and a Battle Droid, including an exclusive holiday-themed mini-figure.
Lifestyle advent calendars
Lidl Tool Kit Advent Calendar
£19.99 from Lidl
Counting down to Christmas can be fun and practical and if your toolbox is looking a little empty, you need this advent calendar! It comes with a 36-piece bit set and each bit is made from chrome vanadium and S2 steel. Once they’re gone they are gone – they go on sale in store from 8 November.
B&M Airpure Advent Calendar
£3.99 from B&M
This advent calendar comes in four different designs but each one is filled with 24 different scented candles. Scents include: Apple Cinnamon, Mulled Wine, Festive Vanilla and Christmas Greetings. Behind number 24 you’ll find a Silent Night candle… They’ve just hit stores and are already proving popular!
Air Wick Candle Advent Calendar
£4.99 from B&M
If you thought advent calendars couldn’t get any more quirky, you were mistaken – B&M have risen the bar with their Air Wicks candle advent calendar. It costs under a fiver and contains 24 scented candles that come in festive fragrances including Mulled Wine, Winter Berries and Winter Wonderland… Plus, it’s already being sold on eBay for nearly three times the price! You’ll need to be quick if you want to get one of these bargains!
Primark Disney Bauble Advent Calendar
£15 from Primark (In stores soon)
Your Christmas tree will look spectacular in the run up to Christmas with this quirky bauble advent calendar. It’s a must for any Disney-fanatic and at £15 it’s an affordable and exciting way to celebrate the build up to the big day! The advent calendar is available at the following locations: Cardiff New, Bristol, Newcastle, Lakeside, Manchester, Oxford Street East, Hammersmith and Oxford Street West. It should be arriving in stores from next week (10 September) so keep your eyes peeled…
Yankee Advent Calendars
Yankee Candle Holiday Sparkles advent calendar
£24.99 from Yankee Candle (available from October)
The Yankee Candle calendar, in the form of an advent wreath, is a scented festive treat filled with 24 tea lights including the new Icy Blue Spruce and Glittering Star scents plus one tea light holder! With each window concealing a different tea light candle, it’s never been easier to fill your home with festive scents.
Yankee Candle Christmas Tower Advent Calendar
£74.99 from Yankee Candle (available from October)
This is the more expensive of Yankee Candle’s two advent calendars but it comes with more than tea lights. Inside you will be treated to 2 Small Jars, 12 Votives, 6 Wax Melts, Smart Scent Vent Clip, Wicker Trimmer, Snuffer, 1 x Votive Holder, which is exclusive to the Tower Advent Calendar.
Beauty advent calendars
Asda George Beauty Advent Calendar
£20 from Asda
For the first time ever, Asda have released a George Beauty advent calendar. The 12 Days of Christmas advent calendar contains six satin lipsticks and six long-lasting nail polishes so you can look fabulous over the festive period! It has a product worth of £30 so you’ll be saving a tenner by buying the calendar…
Holland & Barrett 25 Day Classic Beauty Advent Calendar
£70 from Holland & Barrett
Behind each of the 25 doors in this advent calendar you will find one of the nation’s favourite cult health and beauty products. It has a product worth of over £170 and includes vouchers for up to 50 per cent off other brands at Holland & Barrett.
Holland & Barrett 12 Day of Cleaner Beauty Advent Calendar
£35 from Holland & Barrett
If you’ve got less money to spend but don’t want to miss out on Holland & Barrett’s beauty advent calendar this is a fantastic option. It also has an impressive product worth of over £50 with brands like Burts Bees, Dr Organics and Weleda inside!
ASOS Beauty Advent Calendar
£55 from ASOS
The ASOS beauty advent calendar is back and it’s got lots of exciting products inside from brands that are stocked on the site. From MAC’s Strobe Cream to Glamglow’s Glowstarter, this calendar will have you looking fabulous over the festive season.
John Lewis & Partners Beauty Advent Calendar
£140.25 from John Lewis & Partners
In this beauty advent calendar you’ll be treated to a selection of new and iconic beauty products. From a Laura Mercier Foundation Primer to a Benefit BadGal BANG Mascara – there are some big brands tucked away and you’ll be making a big saving. The product value is £300 and in 20 of the calendars there are £100 of beauty vouchers inside…!
Aldi Luxury Beauty Advent Calendar
£49.99 from Aldi (pre-order now or buy in store from 4 November)
For the first time ever Aldi are launching their own beauty advent calendar and we think you’re going to love it! Inside you’ll find 24 miniature beauty and fragrance favourites from the Luxury Collection range including candles, fragrance and and body creams. It’s ideal if you’re already a huge fan of the Aldi range or if you’ve wanted to try it for a while… This advent calendar provides you with a snapshot of the whole beauty offering so you’ll soon be able to identify your favourites. Will you be heading out to get one?
Soap and Glory Advent Calendar
£40 from Boots
Love all things Soap and Glory? This is the advent calendar for you! With this calendar you’ll be looking and feeling fully pampered in the run up to Christmas with treats like the Soap & Glory rich & foamous body wash, body scrub and body butter to enjoy. There’s also lots of makeup inside including the popular thick & fast HD mascara in black.
Boots No7 Advent Calendar
£42 from Boots (available from 19 October, waiting list now live)
A bestseller every year, the No7 advent calendar contains 24 of the brand’s best products, ranging from mascaras, lipsticks and liners, to the latest skincare saviours – no wonder there were 80,000 people on the waiting list last year! With contents worth a whopping £177, this is one you won’t want to miss. Sign up to the waiting list now!
The Body Shop Beauty Advent Calendars
£45 – £99 from The Body Shop
Freddie the fox 25 Days Of The Enchanted Ultimate Advent Calendar, pictured above
This is The Body Shop’s most expensive advent calendar this year at £99 and a worth of £231. Inside you’ll find 14 full-size products and items from The Body Shop’s most luxurious ranges. For example you’ll be able to enjoy an at-home purifying facial with the bestselling Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask!
Dani the deer 25 Days Of The Enchanted Deluxe Advent Calendar, £65
This advent calendar has a worth of £121 and behind each of the doors you’ll find a mix of essential and luxury beauty products.
Olivia the owl 24 Days Of The Enchanted Advent Calendar, £45
The cheapest offering from The Body Shop is the Olivia advent calendar yet it still has a worth of £85! This advent calendar is perfect if you’re new to The Body Shop as it is packed with mini essentials for a whistle-stop guide to cruelty-free beauty.
Green People’s Beauty Advent Calendar
£75 from Green People (available from 1 October)
For the first time ever, organic beauty brand Green People have launched an advent calendar for people seeking cruelty, free, organic beauty treats in the run up to Christmas. There are 15 products behind 12 doors with a combined retail value of over £125. Three of the make-up items are full size and the other hair and beauty products are miniatures making them perfect for your handbag!
Marks & Spencer Advent Calendar
£35 when you spend £35 on clothing, beauty or home ware from Marks and Spencer (available from 1 November in store)
This cracking advent calendar is filled with beauty treats worth over £280! Inside you’ll find a specially curated selection of 25 products from M&S or other big brands like This Works, L’Occitane and Nuxe. The products are designed to get you looking and feeling great in the run up to Christmas – what’s not to love?!
Cath Kidston advent calendar
£40 from Boots
If your hands suffer from all the present wrapping in the run up to Christmas this Cath Kidston advent calendar is perfect for you. Inside you’ll find 8 x 30ml Hands Creams, 4 x Cuticle Creams, 4 x Hand Balms plus 8 x Bathing Salts when you’re in need of a full night of relaxation.
ELEMIS Advent Calendar
Birchbox Advent Calendar
£65 from birchbox.co.uk
A beauty advent calendar so popular it sold out in less than 24 hours last year, this is one Christmas countdown you won’t want to miss out on. Stuffed full of loads of your favourite brands from Benefit to OPI and Lumene, prepare to feel pampered this festive season!
Gloss beauty calendar
£12.50 from Boots
A fun and affordable take on the beauty advent calendar craze, you’ll find an array of accessories stuffed inside including brow wax and powder, mini tweezers, a blusher and brow brush, ponybands and much, much more.
Advent calendars for pets
Wilko Advent Calendar for Dogs
£2 from Wilko
Another calendar that will get your dog’s tail wagging! Behind every door is a little treat for your fluffy friend to enjoy so they don’t have to miss out on the festive fun. Plus it’s only £2 and they also have a version for cats!
Lily’s Kitchen Advent Calendar for Dogs and Cats
£10 from Lily’s Kitchen , Ocado, Amazon, Pets at Home, Waitrose and in more than 700 independent pet shops (available from 4th September)
Dogs and cats may not be able to open the actual calendar doors, but with a little bit of help they can have a treat, every day, in the run up to Christmas just like the rest of the family.
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