Advent calendars are not just about 24 squares of chocolate these days. Christmas 2017 sees advent calendars aplenty for all the family. Something festive for everyone – makeup, food, toys, rum and even sex toys!
Below is our selection of unusual and alternative advents to start the countdown to Christmas, whatever your interests and budget.
Advent Calendars for the Chocolate Lovers
Lindt – Teddy bear Adorable House: Every window is filled with the thrills of Christmas as it contains 3 Bear 10g, 3 Gold Reindeer 10g, 6 Lindor mini truffles, 6 Snowballs and 5 Christmas Napolitans. What’s more, this is the only Advent Calendar to house a full size 100g chocolate shaped novelty behind door 24. RRP £10.
Chococo – Chocolate Selection Box: An annual best seller, this selection box offers a delicious way to enjoy one of Chococo’s fine handmade and award-winning chocolates every day of Advent. This limited edition box is presented with a frosted sleeve to show the date each chocolate should be eaten in (due to shelf life) and a special menu describing each one. RRP £19.95.
Hotel Chocolat – The Grand Chocolate Calendar: Grand gestures don’t come much grander! A little luxury every day, from award-winning cocoa gin to macadamia chocolate snowballs. RRP £68.
Advent Calendars for those with a Sweet Tooth
Swizzels – Retro Sweet Calendar: This fun house shaped advent contains an assortment of family favourite retro sweets. Behind each window is a miniture version of all your favourite Swizzels treats including Refresher Bars, Squashies, Love Hearts, Drumsticks, Fizzers, Parma Violets and lots more! RRP £4.
Haribo – Sweet Calendar: This advent is a real kid-pleaser. Contains a mixture of fruit and cola flavour chewy sweets, marshmallows, liquorices and gums. Great variety of Haribo gummy treats for each day of the holidays. RRP £7.
Advent Calendars for Foodies
Sous Chef – The Big Chilli Calendar: Enjoy a deliciously spicy December with 24 different whole chillies, flakes and powders. Embark on a world tour with the smoky Mexican chipotle, fiery Indian bhut jolokhia, and sweet prik chee fah from Thailand – without even leaving your kitchen. You’ll experience a range of heat levels from mild to lip-tingling, right through to volcanic! As well as the 24 chillies, you’ll also receive a booklet of tasting notes and 24 must-try recipes. RRP £35.
Kelloggs Variety – Calendar: Kellogg’s launches its first Christmas countdown for cereal super fans. This year, the cereal giant gives you the chance to enjoy ‘24 bowls til’ Christmas’ with single-serving cereal boxes including Coco Pops, Frosties, Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes, Rice Krispies and Corn Flakes. RRP £4.
The Sniffling Pig Co – Pork Scratching Calendar: As you may have guessed, behind each of the windows you’ll find a mini bag of awesome flavoured pork crackling. Sadly, none of them will be in the shape of a bell or a Santa. Even SP isn’t that clever. But The Sniffling Pig Co. would like to think that what they lack in festive shape, they make up in crisp, crunchy loveliness. RRP £17.50.
So Wrong It’s Nom – Cheese Calendar: Sweet dreams are made of cheese and Christmas may just have come early for cheese lovers across the UK. This yummy advent includes 24 different and individually wrapped cheeses by brands such as Applewood® , Mexicana® and Jarlsberg® . The calendar has a unique ‘book style’ packaging design, allowing one half to be torn off after the initial 12 days of Christmas to maximise fridge space. RRP £8.
Advent Calendars to quench your thirst
Victoria Mae Designs – Mixed Flavours Tea Calendar: The perfect advent calendar for grown-ups who love tea! A collection of 25 gorgeous teabags packaged individually in paper envelopes, with each date leading up to Christmas. The designs include sweet, encouraging quotes for the Christmas season – from Christmas carols to nativity scriptures, the tea bags will brighten up your loved one’s day! Each teabag contains organic tea in an assortment of mixed tea flavours, sourced from a local British tea company. RRP £23.40.
Drinks by the Dram – The Rum Calendar: A splendid advent calendar filled to the brim with 24 of the finest rums, including white, dark, agricole and spiced, hailing from across the world. Contains award winning rums from famous distilleries in handmade 30ml wax-sealed drams. RRP £149.95.
The Pip Stop – Superstar Sparkling Calendar: This Sparkling Wine Advent Calendar is a decadent mixture of 20cl bottles white and rosé fizz including prosecco, cava and champagne. Perfect for putting an element of sparkle into your festive season. RRP £125.
Advent Calendars for the children
Smiggle – Stationery Calendar: 25 days of limited edition Smiggle stationery surprises! Find 1 of 25 lucky tickets inside & win a HUGE £500 shopping spree! RRP £25.
Thomas & Friends MINIS 2017 Calendar: Is there a child across the land that doesn’t love Thomas? Children can celebrate the Christmas holiday with this special MINIS-themed Advent Calendar. There’s a different MINIS “gift” inside every door, including 6 exclusive MINIS with holiday-themed decorations. RRP £35.
WOW Toys – Town Calendar: Find a new town themed toy on each day of advent! Match the numbers with the fold down play scene to help create your very own Christmas world as your toy collection grows. RRP £15.
Lego Friends Calendar: Open the LEGO® Friends Advent Calendar each day in December to add a piece to your Christmas party scene. Includes a Stephanie mini-doll figure in a calendar with 24 secret compartments, each containing its own buildable surprise. RRP £19.50.
VTech – Toot-Toot Animals Calendar: Features 24 fun play pieces including a cute Toot-Toot Animals SmartPoint reindeer and a baby reindeer playing 3 Christmas songs and 6 festive melodies. Includes SmartPoint™ locations with different phrases and sound effects. The Box panel folds down to become a Toot-Toot Animals play area so you can create a Toot-Toot Animals Christmas world. RRP £24.99.
Advent Calendars for the adults
Clarins Men – 12 Days of Christmas Calendar: Cleanse, moisturise and scrub, the Clarins Men 12 Days of Christmas Calendar provides all the favourites from the range. RRP £60.
MAD Beauty Christmas Lights Calendar: Mad Beauty’s Christmas Lights collection helps evoke the spirit of the festive season with 24 mini beauty treats & accessories, a beauty surprise behind each door. RRP £19.
The Bearded Man Co – Beard Oil Calendar: Crammed with enough beard oils to see any bearded man right through to well after Christmas! Each little window houses a new dose of love for your beard. Contains 24 of the most popular beard oil scents. RRP £29.99.
L’Occitane – Classic Beauty Calendar: Indulge a loved one or treat yourself to a luxurious L’Occitane Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar. Presents a new gift each day with everything from shower gels, shampoos, soaps & eau de toilette. Illustrated by the renowned French artist Kanako. RRP £49.
Wax Lyrical – Night Before Christmas Calendar: Featuring all 3 festive Christmas fragrances, this Advent Calendar is the perfect way to count down to the big day! Spread the beautiful fragranced tealights around your house to create the perfect seasonal atmosphere. RRP £24.
Lovehoney Best Sex of Your Life Couple’s Sex Toy Calendar: As featured on This Morning, the Best Sex of Your Life Advent Calendar is packed with toys for him, her and both of you hiding behind its 24 doors. This incredible value box of sexy tricks is a brilliant shared gift for couples, which will spice up their Christmas. RRP £120.
Ho, ho, ho – there you go, a whole selection of advent calendars to choose from. What advent will you be opening this December to make your Christmas merry and bright?
*This is a collaborative post.