Tired of gorging on Cadbury chocolate squares every December morning?
Okay, the answer is of course no, we love Cadbury. But then there are days when we wish our advent calendar gift was a little more of, well, a surprise.
Luckily, we’re not the only ones that feel this way. In recent years more and more alternative advent calendars have sprung up for sale. And, much to our delight, the array of fillers on offer is getting better and better with each festive season.
From our favourite beauty product minis and boozy treats, to kids’ toys and seasonal decorations, there really is something for everyone behind those little paper doors. These are the best non-chocolate advent calendars for 2020.
Beauty Advent Calendars
John Lewis Beauty Advent Calendar
The gorgeously vibrant John Lewis 2020 Beauty Advent Calendar contains a mind-blowing £375 worth of beauty products, but will only cost you £150.
The 25-day countdown is a smash-hit among shoppers every year and this time offers eight full-sized products as well as minis from to-die-for brands like Sunday Riley, Neom, Charlotte Tilbury, Disciple, Slip, Elemis, Nars, Lumene, and Clarins.
The Body Shop Beauty Advent Calendar
The Body Shop’s advent offering leaves skincare and beauty lovers impressed year after year.
The high street favourite’s super festive cardboard calendars are jam packed with fantastic products from so many of their iconic ranges.
Three sizes are on offer with a variety of price ranges, offering different amounts of pre-Christmas treats.
L’Occitane en Provence Luxury Beauty Advent Calendar
The L’Occitane en Provence Luxury Beauty Advent Calendar is perfect for those keen to wake up to a lavish little skincare treat every morning in December.
The £79 calendar is worth a whopping £98.50 and is filled with 24 of the French brand’s best-selling luxury skincare, fragrance and body-care products – making it the ideal indulgent countdown to Christmas. Dreamy!
CIATÉ London Mini Mani Month Advent Calendar
There’ll l be no excuse for lacklustre nails this Christmas with this jam-packed nail polish advent calendar from CIATÉ London.
It features 10 mini polishes, one full size, one topcoat, one mini treatment and one limited edition surprise. The only trouble with this calendar will be choosing a shade wear on the 25th!
Dove Nourishing Secrets Nourishing Ritual 12 Day Calendar
Dove has launched a £20 12 day Christmas countdown filled with mini Dove Nourishing Secrets products as well as must-have beauty trinkets.
Ideal for a loved one who’s sick of chocolate and is ALWAYS running out of bathroom essentials.
LookFantastic Advent Calendar 2020
The LookFantastic Advent Calendar for 2020 is a bargain you will not want to miss.
The £85 countdown has a generous 25 doors and is jam packed with a staggering £450 worth of beauty products. Yep, you read that right.
This one has sold out for five years in a row, so we recommend snapping it up if you fancy getting your hands on it.
Macmillan 24 Days Of Beauty Advent Calendar
This charity supporting calendar won’t just bring you serious joy on every December morning, it’ll do good too, with £2 from every one of these going to Macmillan Cancer Support.
It’s filled with plenty of your favourite Boots brands including No7 and Soap & Glory plus the likes of Liz Earle, Sleek and Real Techniques.
Lush Advent Calendar
Honestly, nothing says ‘cosy winter night in’ quite like an evening of Lush pampering.
Lush is providing all the goods you’ll need to make every December night a super-chilled and sweet-smelling one with its 2020 advent calendar.
It contains 24 bath, shower and body treats with Christmassy classics like the Golden Wonder Bath Bomb, the Candy Cane Bubble Bar and the Snow Fairy Shampoo Bar.
Feelunique Beauty Advent Calendar
Worth over £250, the Feelunique 2020 Beauty Advent Calendar contains all sorts of thrilling beauty treats.
With products from brands like Charlotte Tilbury, Huda Beauty, Nars and Elemis hidden within the 25 day countdown – this is one is sure to delight any beauty lovers.
Even more excitingly, one advent calendar contains a golden gift card worth up to £1,000 for both you and a family member or friend to spend at Feelunique. Fingers crossed!
Soap & Glory 24 Days to Roam The Foam Advent Calendar
Soap & Glory’s 2020 advent calendar offering is, in fact, nothing short of glorious.
The iconically cute cosmetics brand has put together quite the selection for this 24 day countdown – with all of the best picks from the Soap & Glory bath and body range and the innovative beauty line.
Grace your bathroom with pretty pink bottles of potions with ultra-punny names this December as you open little cardboard doors to find the likes of The Scrub Of Your Life Body Buffer, Sexy Mother Pucker Plumping Lip Gloss, A Cream Come True Body Butter and loads more.
Hair Accessories Advent Calendar by Meri Meri
This adorable assortment of hair accessories offers a cosmetic-free alternative to your usual beauty advent calendar, making it ideal for the little ones to dress up over the holidays.
ASOS Face + Body 12 Day Calendar
The ASOS Face + Body 24 Day Calendar is jam packed with £360 worth of iconic products from the likes of MAC, Elemis, Clinique, Sunday Riley, Emma Hardie , Too Faced and so many more.
It’s one of three beauty advent calendars that the online shopping giant has released this year, following the sell-out success of the 2019 ASOS advent calendar.
ASOS Face + Body 12 Day Calendar
The ASOS Face + Body 12 Day Calendar is the smaller sibling of the ASOS Face + Body 24 Day Calendar. It’s a more affordable offering with half the products inside – but it’s still just as much of a beauty bargain, costing £35 for over £80 worth of skin, hair and make-up treats.
Inside you’ll find little gifts from Nars, Sand & Sky, Dr Paw Paw, The Ordinary, Nip + Fab and more!
ASOS Grooming 12 Day Advent Calendar
ASOS has catered for the boys this year, creating the ASOS Grooming 12 Day Advent Calendar for lads keen to keep their appearance in check this Christmas.
The £35 countdown contains everything any man needs for shaving, smelling fresh and looking preened to perfection.
Lynx Build Up Africa Countdown Gift Set
The Lynx Countdown Calendar Africa has 12 individual gift boxes of Lynx products and themed treats to keep any Lynx lover stocked up over the festive season and smelling fresh way into the New Year.
Inside you’ll find full sized and mini bottles of Lynx Africa shower gels and sprays, plus a travel toothbrush, a pair of fetching Lynx branded socks, a USB charger and more.
Cath Kidston 24 Day Vegan Beauty Advent Calendar
While the disappearance of Cath Kidston stores from UK high streets has been an incredibly sad loss – we’re pleased that the British brand’s adorable offerings are still available to buy online.
This year, they’re making sure December has an abundance of vegan-friendly beauty treats like lip balms, hand creams, bath salts and festive fragrances, all tied up in a box decorated with a gorgeous woodland animal Christmas party scene. Aw! It’s available to buy from October and we can’t wait.
Food and Drink Advent Calendars
BrewDog Craft Beer Advent Calendar
Scottish craft brewer BrewDog has announced the release of its 2020 craft beer advent calendar – the perfect Christmas gift for the craft beer lover in your life.
Inside you’ll find 15 new beers launched this year, six BrewDog online exclusive beers and two very special, calendar-only beers.
They’re all perfectly packaged to sample every night throughout December.
Beer Hawk Beery Christmas Advent Calendar
The beer-lover in your life is sure to adore this boozy advent calendar. It’s filled with big brands like Mikkeller, Omnipollo, Thornbridge, Camden and Lervig. Each beer behind the 24 doors is completely different in style so it’s the perfect way to discover something new. Plus, it’s got £110 worth of beer inside.
Niederegger Marzipan Advent Calendar
Made from 100 per cent Marzipan paste, this decadent advent calendar will satisfy your sweet tooth. Behind each door you’ll find either a dark or milk chocolate praline, croquant with milk chocolate, flambeed marzipan or marzipan.
Haribo Advent Calendar
While you may be over the cliche chocolate advent calendar, you may still have a serious sweet tooth.
For those hankering after a sugary sweet behind their advent doors without the repetitive nature of the same old chocolate chunks, the Haribo Advent Calendar is a fantastic option.
Inside is all of the favourites we all know and love from Haribo – including Cola Bottles, Maoams, Goldbears and Strawbs. Yum!
Jelly Belly Bean Boozled Advent Calendar
Will you daily treat be naughty or nice? Behind each of the 24 doors is a pack containing flavoured sweets. All flavours are suitable for vegetarians.
That Boutique-y Gin Company Advent Calendar
Back with a new line-up and design, who doesn’t want to countdown Christmas with with 24 30ml, wax-sealed drams of gin?! There’s a mix of flavours including the suitably festive GIN-gle all the way and a chocolate orange gin.
Drinks by the Dram’s Premium Gin Advent Calendar
Feeling fancy? Splash out on this premium gin advent calendar and you’ll get to try 24 specially selected gins from some of the world’s best distilleries.
That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s Advent Calendar
Taste drams from all over the world in this charming whisky-filled advent calendar.
From bourbons and blends to barrel-finished beauties, this is one for the whisky-lover in your life and is sure to spice up any winter’s evening.
Virgin Wines Advent Calendar
It’s back and better than ever before. For 2020 the Virgin Wines advent calendar comes with a full-size, gold medal-winning bottle of wine worth £19.99 for Christmas Day!
Available in mixed, red or white, the advent calendars include 24 mini world-class wines for you to enjoy up to the big day. It has a brand new design and is available to reserve for £10. The calendars official on-sale date is 2 November but be quick, they often sell out!
Fortnum & Mason Christmas Tea Lovers Advent Calendar
Sip away the chilly mornings leading up to Christmas Day in true Fortnum & Mason style.
The luxe food retailer’s cosy and cute countdown contains a selection of festive teas with the likes of Christmas Spiced Green Tea, Gin & Tonic Flavour Green Tea, Rose Pouchong and the famous Royal Blend hiding behind each cardboard door.
Joe & Seph’s Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar
The serial snacker’s dream advent calendar is here in the form of Joe & Seph’s Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar.
It’s packed full of award winning gourmet popcorn in a mind-blowing selection of 19 unique flavours including Banoffee Pie, Brandy Butter, Gingerbead, Mint Chocolate, Pumpkin Spice, Speculoos, Salted Caramel and more. Dreamy…
Joe & Seph’s Tipsy Gourmet Advent Calendar
Brand new for 2020, this tipsy twist on the popular popcorn advent calendar is perfect for the cocktail enthusiast in your life. With a minimum of 5 per cent alcohol in each of the recipes, there are 24 packs of tipple inspired treats.
Flavours include Espresso Martini, Gin & Tonic, Prosecco and Caramel Macchiato & Whisky.
The Naked Marshmallow Co Gourmet Advent Calendar
Back for its fourth year, the Gourmet Marshmallow advent calendar is the perfect alternative to a traditional chocolate calendar for those with a sweet tooth. Inside are 25 handmade pieces of marshmallow in a variety of tempting flavours including vanilla bean, choc orange, fizzy watermelon and salted caramel.
You can also add a chic toasting kit to compliment your calendar for £3.95.
The Naked Marshmallow Co Boozy Gourmet Advent Calendar
For the first time ever, the Naked Marshmallow Co has launched a tipsy edition to their range. There are six alternating flavours and we’re sure you can agree they all sound amazing.
There’s Raspberry & Prosecco, Peach Bellini, Elderflower & Gin, Violet Gin, Passion Fruit Martini and Pina Colada. As with the classic calendar, you can add a toasting kit at checkout.
Holland & Barrett Alcohol-free Advent Calendar
Cutting down on your alcohol intake in the run up to Christmas? You don’t have to miss out on the fun of a drinks advent calendar thanks to this brand new offering from Holland & Barrett. There’s booze-free tipples from the likes of Ginish and Rumish as well as alcohol-free sparkling wine and a CBD-infused beer!
Dry Drinker Alcohol Free Beer Advent Calendar
Now available to pre-order, the Dry Drinker Advent Calendar contains 12 bottles and 12 cans of low and no beers. There’s also a special glass for you to serve your beverage of this day in. Reserve for £10 and pay the rest on dispatch, from stouts to lively lagers, yule certainly find something you like.
The Protein Ball Co. Advent Calendar
You can enjoy the build-up to Christmas and stick to your gym regime with this protein-packed advent calendar. Perfect for the fitness enthusiast in your life, this advent calendar contains 24 natural, no added sugar, bite-size protein balls in six different flavours.
There’s Goji + Coconut, Lemon + Pistachio, Raspberry Brownie, Apple + Blueberry, Peanut Butter and a special flavoured Christmas ball behind the final door. All the treats are vegan too.
Walker’s Shortbread Advent Calendar
This limited-edition calendar has been given a new design and is the ideal gift for any Walker’s Shortbread fan. With 24 individually wrapped, bite-size treats, including the Pure Butter Shortbread Fingers, Rounds and Mini Chocolate Chip Shortbread, it will be a sweet countdown to Christmas. It’s available to buy online from 5 October.
Ilchester Cheese Advent Calendar
It wouldn’t be Christmas without cheese – so we’re certain that the prospect of a cheese filled advent calendar is enough to fill any lover of the stuff with sheer festive joy.
Ilchester’s Cheese Advent Calendar contains 24 delicious cheeses so that not one day of the Chrimbo season has to be cheese-less.
Vodka Explorer Advent Calendar
Master of Malt’s vodka filled advent offering gives off some serious wintery energy with a box design that looks just as crisp as the boozy treats inside.
Inside the arctic inspired package you’ll find a selection of 30ml wax-sealed drams of vodka from some of the world’s top producers.
Perfect for expanding your horizons in the world of vodka or just stocking up your tipple collection.
The 25 Gins of Christmas Phillip Schofield Advent Calendar
Phillip Schofield has teamed up with The Craft Gin Club to curate a 25 day countdown filled with a selection of mini bottles of festive gin.
This Morning main man Phillip is known for his love of a boozy botanical tipple so we reckon we can trust that he’s curated this collection rather well.
2019’s Non-Chocolate Advent Calendars
Beauty advent calendars
Harry Potter Advent Calendar
£35 from Boots
Potterheads rejoice – the Harry Potter advent calendar is finally here! With 24 mini Harry Potter-themed beauty treats including hand creams, bath fizzers and even colour changing lipsticks (!), this is the perfect seasonal treat for Hogwarts fans out there.
Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar
£50 from Amazon
The online retailing giant had shoppers delighted with the news that it was releasing its very own beauty advent calendar worth over £220 but priced at a reasonable price of £50. The full unveil will be on October 3, but the company has teased that the calendar will feature samples of their best loved beauty brands. We’re getting our pre-orders in now as it’s sure to be a sellout hit!
Freixenet Advent Calendar
£75 from Freixenet
Bottles of bubbly AND beauty products? We could hardly believe it ourselves when we read the description for the Freixenet advent calendar! Featuring mini prosecco bottles, candles, nail polishes and other goodies, this countdown calendar offers all the luxurious treats we need to relax over the holidays.
L’Occitane Beauty Advent Calendar
£49 at L’Occitane
From body lotions and oils to sugar bath cubes, L’Occitane’s calendar contains all the products you need for a very pampered Christmas season.
Lookfantastic Advent Calendar
£79 at Lookfantastic
Priced at an amazing £79 for £420 worth of products including Elemis, Molten Brown and Morphe, it’s no wonder Lookfantastic’s calendar has sold out 4 years in a row. Move fast if you want one!
Holland and Barrett 25 Days of Clean Beauty Advent Calendar
£35 from Holland and Barrett
Stocked with some of the nation’s favourite beauty products, Holland and Barrett’s calendar is a clean beauty Christmas dream.
No7 Beauty Advent Calendar
£42 from Boots
It’s the one everyone goes crazy for – with £173.50 worth of products for just £42. Plus, this year there are seven golden tickets up for grabs, each worth £700 in No7 goodies. Last year, the waiting list clocked up a huge 90K, but we predict it’s going to be even bigger for 2019.
The Body Shop Advent Calendar
£49, £69 and £99 from The Body Shop
Last year’s calendar was so popular, one sold every 30 seconds! And 2019’s offering looks bigger and better than ever before. The purse-friendly option retails at £49, with products worth £81. If you’re looking to spend a little more, you’ll find a £69 advent calendar filled with £122 of goodies, including a full size body butter. Body Shop are selling their Deluxe advent calendar for £99, worth a staggering £249. We’d love all three!
Cath Kidston Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar
£40 from Amazon
The hotly anticipated Cath Kidston beauty advent calendar is back for 2019 and boasts 24 travel-sized beauty vegan and cruelty-free beauty products. Its contents haven’t been revealed, but last year’s version had soaps, hand creams, body scrubs and much more, so we’re very excited indeed!
Cath Kidston Christmas Village Advent Calendar
Enjoy a festive treat every day in December with our amazing advent calendar. The book-shaped design is packed with pampering treats, from hand cream and lip balm to body wash and soap.
Balmain Limited Edition White Advent Calendar
£125 from Terence Paul Online
Treat the fashion fans in your life to this luxurious 10-door Balmain beauty advent calendar. You won’t regret splashing out on this designer treat as you’ll be getting it for more than half the RRP (valued at £175). Features nail polish, shampoo, hair perfume and much more.
If you’re keen to part with tradition and are a sucker for novelty, 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 and drink advent calendars
£50 from Iceland
Gin fans, it’s your lucky day. Iceland’s delux gin advent calendar is on sale, for £50 rather than £58, so you can enjoy a specially selected delicious gin variety every day throughout the festive season – ideal! All of the gins come in a 5cl bottle, which is a double measure in the pub. Share with a friend, if you’re feeling generous…
Bailey’s Advent Calendar
£20 from Asda
Head to your local Asda to pick up this delicious Bailey’s Advent Calendar, packed with mini treats that make the perfect winter warmers. The £20 calendar comes complete with three different flavours, including coffee and orange truffle – plus the classic Bailey’s flavour, too. Christmas wouldn’t be the same without it!
Iceland’s Gin Advent Calendar
£58 from Iceland
This delicious advent calendar is packed full of gin flavours, from Valencia Orange to London Dry, with more unusual options like rhubarb and rose also making an appearance. Perfect for the gin lover in your life!
B&M 12 Gins & Tonics Advent Calendar
£34.99 from B&M
Who doesn’t enjoy a daily tipple in the days leading up to Christmas? GoodtoKnow favourites B&M are offering shoppers 12 G&Ts (yes, 12!) to enjoy in the comfort of their own homes for a purse-friendly price of £34.99. That’s a lot less than what you’d spend at the pub!
Curry Legend Advent Calendar
£29 at The Spicery
Each door contains a recipe for a Christmas dish, which can be made using the Curry Legend spice blends that come with it! Deliciousness and ideas for Christmas entertaining… what’s not to love?
Prosecco O Clock Advent Calendar
£109.95 from Not on the High Street
This indulgent adult advent calendar is perfect for those who love a glass of fizz. Inside you’ll find bottles of sparkling rosé prosecco, Cava, Brut and much more. It can be refilled time and time again, which makes a great addition to big Christmas parties.
Drinks by the Dram Tequila Advent Calendar
£109.91 from Amazon
From complex barrel-aged anejos to small-batch blancos, this calendar contains some of Mexico’s finest tequilas. With 30ml offerings for each day, this is the seasonal must-have for any serious tequila lover…
Munchkings Christmas Advent Calendar
£29.99 from Amazon
For an advent calendar that’ll go down well with those who aren’t big on chocolate, MunchKing’s nutty version is ideal. From smoked paprika-coated nuts to wasabi peanuts, there’s a delicious offering to suit every taste.
Snaffling Pig Merry Piggin’ Christmas Pork Crackling Advent Calendar
£17.50 from Snaffling Pig
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. Each calendar comes with a variety of flavours so you’ll never be bored, plus there’s a gluten free version – bonus!
Pukka Herbal Tea Advent Calendar
£9.99 from Amazon
There are 24 carefully selected organic, herbal, fruit and green teas in this advent calendar, perfect for those who have to start the day with a cuppa. You might also discover a new favourite brew…
Ginvent Advent Calendar
£119.95 from Amazon
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 what gin can offer… Get the tonics chilling!
Tipsy Advent Tree Calendar
£85 from First4Hampers
The Tipsy tree is the perfect yuletide treat for wine lovers, featuring 24 mini bottles of red, white, rosé and mulled wine to see you through to Christmas day. It can be reused next Christmas or throughout the year to stock your favourite tipples.
Toy advent calendars
Peppa Pig Advent Calendar
£20 from Argos
Everyone’s favourite cartoon pig gets a seasonal makeover with this adorable advent calendar. The little ones can countdown to the 25th with Christmas versions of Peppa, George and their friends, not to mention yuletide touches including a toy Christmas tree!
Advent Calendars: Peppa Pig
Countdown to Christmas with Peppa Pig! Behind each door of the Peppa Pig advent calendar is a surprise toy! There are 24 pieces to collect in total including Peppa, George and their friends, and even Santa! There's also a host of Christmas accessories, including a Christmas Tree! For ages 3 years and over. Styles may vary.
Harrods Boxes Advent Calendar
£49 at Harrods
Stacked boxes form the shape of a stylish Christmas tree, and contain various toys and treats for little kids.
Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar
£24.99 at John Lewis
Star Wars fans, kids and adults alike, will love this Lego calendar. Behind every door is a buildable starship, collectible or figure, creating a fun and interactive Christmas countdown!
Other John Lewis Advent Calendars available
Thomas and Friends Advent Calendar
£24.99 at Amazon
Little Thomas the Tank Engine fans will love this one. Each door contains 24 Thomas mini figurines, all with their own special design!
Paw Patrol Advent Calendar
£20 from Asda
Does your little one love Paw Patrol? Then 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 imaginative play.
Hatchimals Advent Calendar
£29.89 from Amazon
This is sure to be on lots of children’s wish lists, as the Hatchimals-craze shows no signs of slowing down! 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
£19.99 from Ocado
Kids have 24 doors to open in this fun calendar, which includes gadgets, car pieces and the evil Dr. Drone to defeat! Featuring 117 pieces, this advent calendar will keep the little ones entertained over the festive period.
Harry Potter Pop! Vinyl Advent Calendar
£49.99 from Zavvi
Following their 2018 sell-out version, Funko Pop! are back with another Harry Potter advent calendar that’s sure to be a hit with kids. Behind every door is a miniature version of one of your favourite witches, wizards or magical creatures.
Gibsons 12 Days of Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle Advent Calendar
£19.99 from Jigsaw Puzzles Direct
This advent calendar from puzzle makers Gibsons 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.
Play-Doh Advent Calendar
£17.03 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 Amazon (available 30th August)
Your little one will enjoy unwrapping a special storybook featuring some of their favourite Disney friends, every day in the run up to Christmas. The magical tales are a brilliant way to settle their excitement before bed!
Homeware and craft advent calendars
Paperchase 2019 Stationery Advent Calendar
£35 from Paperchase
If you prefer fountain pens to fruit and nut, you’ll adore Paperchase’s stationery advent calendar. Filled with notebooks, pens and pencils worth £50, the calendar is the perfect choice for stationery connoisseurs and older children who want to jot down their thoughts.
Sainsbury’s Home Christmas Spice Advent Calendar
£12 from Argos
Add a Christmassy aroma to your living room or kitchen table with Sainsbury’s very affordable tealight advent calendar. If you’re forgoing mulled wine this year, the candles in this advent calendar mean you can still get a hit of seasonal spice each day without indulging in alcohol!
A Mindful Advent Calendar Set
£15 from Modo Creative
Fans of mindfulness and pared down aesthetics needn’t miss out on the joys of advent. This set of 25 beeswax candles are designed to be burned every day in the lead up to Christmas as a reminder to pause and slow down. Sounds good to us!
Advent of Change Advent Calendar
£16.95 from Advent of Change
Want to make a difference this Christmas? Here’s an advent calendar that allows you to donate to 24 charities! For less than £20, you’ll be contributing to worthy causes such as feeding the homeless and protecting endangered animals each day in the run up to the 25th.
Scandi Fabric Play Town Advent Calendar
£98 at Not On The High Street
Each pocket on this wall hanging calendar reveals a different element of a cute little Christmassy Copenhagen, which will only be complete once you have opened all 24. A sweet adventure for the whole family!
Craftvent Advent Calendar
£69 from Not On The High Street
Craft-lovers among you will ADORE this craft advent calendar, featuring 24 individual felt kits to creature cute Christmas decorations. Designs include food, drink, animals and much more. Ships from mid November.
Gold Modern Craft Advent Calendar Kit
£19.95 from Trouva
If you’re in the mood to craft this Christmas but not quite up to the challenge of stitching your own decorations, this is the advent calendar of you. The kit comes with envelopes, packets and boxes for you to fill with anything you desire – try sweet treats, mini cosmetics or a heartwarming note for your loved ones to open in the run-up to the 25th.
Air Wick Candle Advent Calendar
£8.95 from Amazon
If you thought advent calendars couldn’t get any more quirky, you were mistaken – the sell-out Air Wicks candle advent calendar is back for another year. Costing under a tenner, it contains 24 scented candles that come in festive fragrances including Mulled Wine, Winter Berries and Winter Wonderland.
Yankee Advent Calendars
Yankee Tower Advent Calendar
£79.99 from Yankee Candle
Treat yourself to this indulgent advent calendar that includes gorgeous smelling candles and wax melts, not to mention a host of accessories to prolong your candles’ burning time.
Schmincke Watercolour Advent Calendar
£52.70 from SAA
Try your hand at watercolour painting with this artistic advent calendar. With 24 watercolour paints behind each door, the calendar is the perfect gift for art-lovers or those wishing to try a new hobby.
Alison Gardiner Holly and Ivy Advent Candle
£5.19 from Amazon
We love a seasonal candle, and there’s nothing more Christmassy than an advent calendar to countdown to the big day. Set it on the mantelpiece or dining table and burn a little each day to create plenty of Christmas magic.
Christmas Treehouse Pop and Slot Advent Calendar
£12.95 from Amazon
Tired of watching re-runs and playing board games to pass the time over Christmas? Round up the family to construct this adorable treehouse advent calendar, which may require a few extra pairs of hands to build!
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