8 alternative advent calendars you need this Christmas

The advent calendar is one of those childhood Christmas festivities that you don’t really know at what age it should stop. Or if you want it to stop at all.

My mum didn’t get me a calendar last year and I can’t say I was bothered, but then again, now I’ve seen all the adult calendars out there I am starting to think I need to make more of the whole ritual.

We’ve found 7 of our favourite alternative advent calendars for those of you that can’t stomach that small square of chocolate, or for anyone who realised that you can actually have a shot of booze every day and call it tradition if you get the right one of these.

1. The Botanical Ginvent Calendar

Of course we’re kicking off with an alcohol-related calendar. A daily drink by the dram is the perfect way to get prepped for the party season, and ensure you keep yourself feeling festive each and every day!


Image Credit: Instagram – theginfoundryuk

2. Yankee Candle Advent House 

Countdown to Christmas with a new scent every day. Open each door to a miniature Yankee candle in any one of their fresh festive flavours.

Image Credit: Instagram - yankeecandleuk

Image Credit: Instagram – yankeecandleuk

3. Biscuiteers Advent Biscuit Tin

One of my favourite companies for gifts, Biscuiteers is offering up an adorable advent tin. The stunning tin contains 24 festive biccies shaped and decorated like different Christmas favourites, from snow angels to robins.

Image Credit: Instagram - biscuiteersltd

Image Credit: Instagram – biscuiteersltd

4. Whisky Calendar

If gin doesn’t float your boat then try the Master of Malt whisky version, which contains 24 drams of whisky. With a new whisky each day you will be taken on a tour of whiskies of the world, perfect for anyone with a taste for it.


Image Credit: Instagram – drinksbythedram

5. PostTea Advent Calendar

Slightly different from whisky or gin but exciting nonetheless, this calendar offers a new flavour of tea behind each door. Each sachet contains enough tea for 2-3 cups so it’s not stingy, as well as giving you the correct implements for straining your leaves and making the perfect brew!

Image Credit: Instagram - postteauk

Image Credit: Instagram – postteauk

6. Seedlings Card Seeds Calendar

This calendar is one for the gardner in your life, or perhaps to encourage you to pursue the hobby! It provides 24 packets of seeds, a different packet each day, beautifully wrapped in illustrated paper.

Image Credit: Not On The High Street

Image Credit: Not On The High Street

7. Bearded Man Advent Calendar

For the beardy man in your life, or bearded lady if you like, this calendar will offer up a fresh new beard-nourishing treatment every day. It contains 24 different beard oils (who knew there was 24 beard oils to be had?), with a different scent each day. Fancy!


Image Credit: Instagram – thebeardedmancompany

8. Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar

For the beauty junkie in your life, or for yourself, the Charlotte Tilbury “The Book of Makeup Magic” calendar is the ultimate gift. Packed full of 12 of her best-loved products, this calendar will offer up the best 12 days of Christmas that doesn’t involve gin.


Image Credit: Instagram – ctilburymakeup

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