Alternative Advent Calendars: 5 of the best

Sometimes (and only sometimes) you get a bit fed up of chocolate. Or maybe you don’t even like chocolate (are you insane?). Whatever your reasoning, here are some alternative advent calendars which will make your December really special whether it’s a little present to your most loved ones or a treat to yourself. What better way to get you excited during the countdown to Christmas than with one of these beautiful alternative advent calendars?

1. Yankee Candle Advent Calendar

Yankee Candle: Alternative Advent Calendars

Image courtesy of Love Aroma

I’ve got massively into buying the Yankee candle of the month (much to Mr P’s annoyance!) from Love Aroma and filling my home with their amazing scents. This carousel alternative advent calendar was inspired by German Christmas markets and contains 20 tealights and four festive votives. The only thing I don’t like about this is that it isn’t a different scent for every day – there are only six scents in the whole thing which kind of takes the element of surprise away. Yankee Candle has it all wrapped up when it comes to alternative advent calendars – this one also comes in the shape of a house.

£31.99 Buy yours here. But be quick – last year these calendars sold super early!

2. Ciate Mini Mani Month Advent Calendar

Ciate Alternative Advent Calendar

Image courtesy of Selfridges

If you’re the kind of person that wants to paint their nails a different colour every day, get this luxury nail polish alternative advent calendar. With 23 different polishes and a nail file, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Ciate is a really lovely brand (remember, they brought us the caviar manicure?) and I especially love the wintery London scene on the front of this alternative advent calendar – one of the prettiest alternative advent calendars I’ve seen.

£49 Buy yours from Selfridges here.

3. Christmas Beard Oil Advent Calendar

Beard Oil Advent Calendar

Image courtesy of Not on the High Street

This one is a great present for the man in your life, well, that’s if he has a beard. Beards have literally exploded over the last few years – they’re massively fashionable amongst hipsters (you’ll see no end of them if you venture into Shoreditch). So treat your other half to this beard oil alternative advent calendar which contains different fragrant beard oils for every day in December. Highlights include Leather, Race Day and Steel.


4. Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar

Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar

Image courtesy of Liberty

If you fancy blowing the budget, this advent calendar from my favourite London store is the one for you. It’s packed full of the most gorgeous beauty products and samples from some of the very best deluxe brands – this is one of my dream alternative advent calendars (hint hint!). Highlights for me include Diptyque candles, Dermalogica’s Microfoliant (the best exfoliator on the market in my opinion) and Kiehls Amino Acid Shampoo. And, of course, there’s a picture of the iconic store front at Christmas on the front and the famous paisley print inside.


5. Beer Advent Calendar

Beer Advent Calendar

Image courtesy of Amazon

December’s all about over-indulgence and this alternative advent calendar contains 25 bottles of craft beer. Now, I’m not suggested that a drink every single day is healthy or anything but you could always share some of them with friends! I’m not really a beer drinker, but I know a man who is…

£99 Buy yours from Amazon here.

Spotted any other gems? Maybe you’ve got some ideas for alternative advent calendars? Let me know!

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