The days of cheap chocolate and crumbling cardboard for advent calendars are long gone as these 12 incredible alternative advent calendars prove!
There are loads of great ones out there, but we’ve chosen a handful to show you just a glimpse of the possibilities out there to delight the whole family (or to just treat yourself, of course).
1. Limited edition Yankee Candle Advent Calendar – £21.99
The world’s best loved candle company Yankee Candle have created an advent wreath jam packed with 25 tea lights (2 for Christmas Eve) to see you through December with an array of delightful scents. The fragrances include Snow in Love, Merry Marshmallow and Sparkling Cinnamon. You can get your own here.
2. Ciate Mini Mani Manor Nail Polish Advent Calendar – £49.00
The Ciate nail polish advent calendar is back by popular demand for 2014! Hidden behind each window of the fairy tale setting is a mini nail paint pot, 1 full size paint pot and 8 effects paint pots so you can create a unique manicure for every day of the festive season! Check it out on their website.
3. Best of British Beer Advent Calendar – £95.00
What beer enthusiast wouldn’t love to count down those exciting dates with the help of the best British beer?! This is the ideal choice for a grown-up advent calendar that also has some real champions behind the doors when it comes to beer; including the Champion Beer of Scotland and the Gold Winner at the 2011 International Brewing Awards. You can pick it up from Selfridges.
4. Whisky Advent Calendar – £149.00
Fancy something a little stronger? This whisky advent calendar from Drinks by the Dram is just that. It features 24 drams of whisky sourced from all across the globe. The back of the calendar displays detailed info about various cask sizes, meaning that whisky enthusiasts will soon become experts as they explore the different samples and flavours from malt Scotch whisky to bourbon and rye. You can get your hands on this calendar at Ocado.
5. Vodka Advent Calendar – £99.95
If vodka is more your tipple of choice, then this additional option from Drinks by the Dram is perfect. Behind each of the 24 windows on this one, you’ll find a different 3cl sample of vodka, which includes a number of delicious flavoured varieties. Purchase it here to see Christmas through whilst you raise a glass and a smile!
6. Gin Advent Calendar – £99.99
…Or perhaps gin is more your thing? In that case, the gin advent calendar created by the geniuses at The Gin Foundry is right up your alley. Ranging from the very rare artisanal brands to popular market leaders, you’ll have 24 individually labelled and wax-sealed bottles to enjoy throughout December! You can purchase it from Firebox.
7. Advent Calendar of Tea – £38.00
If alcohol isn’t really your bag, this option is certainly very likely to be. How about 24 days of luxurious loose leaf tea instead? Each day leading up to Christmas, you can enjoy two cups of fine tea, with the help of a fine mesh metal ball tea strainer that’s included. It also comes with the twine and mini pegs for displaying your unique advent calendar. Tea-riffic! It’s available from NotOnTheHighStreet.com.
8. Jewellery Christmas Advent Calendar – £25.00
Topshop fans will adore this option – 24 days of Freedom Topshop jewellery! Without providing too much of a spoiler, this includes stud earrings, bracelets and an array of short necklaces with charms; all in different colours and finishes. You can pick this up directly from the Topshop website.
9. The Body Shop 24 Days of Joy Calendar – £31.99
The ideal gift for mums in particular (and basically anyone who could benefit from 24 days of pampering!) is the 24 days of Joy calendar by The Body Shop. There is a beauty surprise every door, from best-selling body and face care to iconic fragrances and nail polishes. All products are not tested on animals, too! Buy it here.
10. Lego City Advent Calendar – £13.59
The ideal options for kids – and kids at heart – is the Lego City advent calendar, which you construct yourself every day. It includes 7 mini figures with an assortment of accessories to spark imagination throughout the festive period. There’s a few different varieties of this too, but this one does have to be our favourite. You can buy them all from Argos.
11. Children’s Personalised Fortune Cookie Advent Calendar – £29.99
We love the idea of being able to personalise an advent calendar, and this one is the most unique and exciting one we’ve found that allows you to do that. This is a 24 day magical countdown to Christmas with handcrafted mini fortune cookies that contain a personalised message for your little ones, which is sure to delight them as they enjoy the countdown! You can check it out here.
12. No7 25 Days of Beauty Calendar – £35.00
Beauty lovers will know that Boots No7 is one of the best ranges out there, so spoil the beauty fan in your life with a treat every day leading up to Christmas from the first ever No7 Beauty Advent Calendar. It includes some of their best selling products, along with a special beauty quote behind each door. The total value of the products is £135, meaning you save £100, too! You can buy it from Boots.