Nothing beats counting down to Christmas with a daily sweet treat from your advent calendar as a child.
But things have really changed in the advent calendar world since those heady days.
The cheap and grainy chocolate has been replaced with an assortment of alcoholic tipples (gin, wine or craft beer), premium beauty products galore and miniature toys and LEGO for the kids. There are even ones your pets can enjoy too.
Luckily there are great alternative advent calendars for all budgets that are worth trying to get your hands on this year (we’re liking the sound of the Lookfantastic premium beauty one and B&M’s wallet-friendly gin advent for £29.99).
Christmas Advent Calendars 2018
Best alternative Christmas advent calendars
Below are our top picks for this year’s alternative advent calendar offerings.
1. Pringles advent calendar, £7.99
It sold-out last year when it was released, and thankfully it’s back again for 2018. Crisp fans who once they pop, just can’t stop will be able to work their way through different flavoured 40g tubs while count down the 12 days to Christmas.
Buy it now from bmstores.co.uk
2. Quality Street advent calendar, £5
For the first time Nestle are launching a Quality Street advent calendar – and we can barely contain our excitement.
It is yet to hits stores, but when it does it will be available at all major supermarket and department stores. Watch this space for further updates.
3. Tequila advent calendar, £149.95
Not for the faint-hearted – or cheap! This tequila advent calendar from Drinks by the Dram will certainly pack a punch in the days before Christmas. Behind each door there are 24 wax-sealed 30ml drams of finest tequilas from all around the world.
Buy it now from 31dover.com
4. Lily’s Kitchen advent calendar for dogs, £10
Let your pet pooch get in on the action with this limited edition calendar from Lily’s Kitchen – the award-winning premium British pet food producer. Each day your pet will get a biscuit treat behind each door.
Buy it now from lilyskitchen.co.uk
5. LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar, £22.99
Get the festive period off to a galactic start with a new Star Wars character, vehicle or starship gift each day in this special LEGO advent calendar. The entire contents let’s you build an entire universe and the box opens out into a playmat too.
Buy it now from iwantoneofthose.com
6. Green & Black’s advent calendar, £11
Another first for chocolate lovers is the upmarket Green & Black’s one which features bite-size treats in an array of flavours including ones from the chocolate-maker’s Praline and Velvet Edition.
Buy it now from debenhams.com
7. Lookfantastic advent calendar, £79
The deluxe beauty calendar is so in demand it has a waiting list – to be expected when you can get £300 worth of goods for £79. Beauty items included in this year’s calendar come from top brands like Glamglow, ESPA and Rituals.
Buy it now from lookfantastic.co.uk
8. Snow White 12 Days of Christmas advent calendar, £7
Last year Superdrug’s Disney advent sold like hotcakes and we expect the same for this year’s Snow White themed one too – and inside it includes a selection of mini lipsticks, nail varnishes and beauty accessories.
Buy it now from Superdrug.com
9. Holland and Barrett 12 days of Cleaner Beauty, £35
If you are into clean beauty products this calendar from Holland and Barrett should be on your wishlist. It comes with a dozen bestselling brands from the retailer’s extensive cleaner beauty range and is worth £50.
Buy it now from hollandandbarrett.com
10. B&M ‘Twelve Gins of Christmas’ advent calendar, £29.99
Looking for a boozy calendar that won’t cost you an arm and a leg? Try B&M’s gin advent, which is new for 2018 and includes a selection of miniatures from Bombay Sapphire, Gordon’s Pink gin and more to try leading up to Christmas.
Buy it now from bmstores.co.uk
11. Christmas Tea Lovers advent calendar, £25
See what’s brewing behind each window with this Fortnum and Mason’s tea advent calendar, filled with some of the best premium teas from the upmarket department store. Tea lovers will be spoilt for choice as they countdown to December 25.
Buy it now from fortnumandmason.com
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