Chocolate not your thing? Not too traditional? Feeling like something different this year? Here’s a look at the range of alternative Advent Calendars available for 2019.
Best Alternative Advent Calendars This Year …
Whittard of Chelsea: The Tea Lover’s Advent Calendar
Price: £20 or EUR 23.30
The Whittard Calendar contains 24 individually wrapped loose leaf pyramid herbal teabags promising a ‘medley of flavours’. It’s pretty cute to look at. Whittard’s also offers a more luxury option priced at £60.
The Naked Marshmallow Co: Gourmet Marshmallow Advent Calendar
Price: £17.50 (for £3.75 extra, you can add a marshmallow toaster and skewer set) UK Delivery Only
Behind each door sits 25 of the Naked Marshmallow Co.’s handmade gourmet marshmallows, with six flavours on rotation including; butterscotch, gingerbread, s’mores, milk and cookies, salted caramel and mint choc chip. Even better than that? On day 25, you will wake up to a Belgian milk chocolate spoon and their classic vanilla marshmallow to make the perfect hot chocolate – what better way to kick off your Christmas day?
Lidl: Ilchester Cheese Advent Calendar
Price: £7.99 or EUR 8.99
The Ilchester Cheese Advent Calendar is currently available in-store from Lidl. It offers 24 days of cheese with eight on rotation, including firm favourites Applewood Smoked, Red Leicester, Jarlsberg and Mexicana. Not only that, they treat you to 24 cheesy jokes too. Pukka.
Amazon: The Tipsy Tree Gin Advent Calendar
Price: £140 UK Delivery Only
In the cutest miniature bottle holder ever, The Tipsy Tree bring us their Gin Advent Calendar, featuring 24 classic gin miniatures with a few festive flavours thrown in to get you right in the mood for Christmas.
Yankee Candle: Book Advent Calendar
Price: Currently On Sale £26.24 (original price £34.99) UK Delivery Only
The tasteful Alpine inspired design of the box is just one of the wonderful features of the Yankee Candle Advent Calendar. Behind each of the 24 doors is a tea light or votive candle in favourite and new scents and a candle holder to boot. These include aromas such as Snowflake Cookie, Frosty Gingerbread, Glittering Star and Icy Blue Spruce. Your home will smell delicious in the run up to Christmas with this calendar.
Variations such as the Yankee Candle Advent Giftset are available from Boots Ireland for EUR 33.
Wool Couture Company: Crafty Advent Calendar Box – SOLD OUT
Unfortunately you needed to get in super early with this one, but that must mean it’s a really good buy. The Crafty Advent Calendar Box promises 24 projects that can be achieved daily, including cross stitch, knitting and crochet crafts. They even suggest you save the box to open under the tree for a Christmas Day craft bonanza.
Fortnum and Mason: Fortnum’s Feasting Advent Calendar
Price £200 (Delivery to Ireland £15)
Filled to the brim with a beautiful selection of their own range’s food favourites, you’ll be treated to 25 days of yummy treats such as Strawberry and Champagne Preserve, Fortnum’s Fruit Cake, Honey Spiced Vodka Liqueur, a mini Marc De Champagne Truffle Drum, London Dry Gin and a quarter bottle of Champagne to enjoy on the 25th.
Martha Brook: 24 Days of Stationery Advent Calendar
Price: £89.00 (Delivery to Ireland £6.95)
This is one of my favourite picks in this list. Featuring a personalised box, the Martha Brook 24 Days of Stationery Calendar is bursting with the most gorgeous stationery items. The calendar features pens, notecards, a calendar, a personalised notebook and much more. It’s so pretty to look at too.
And My Favourite Of The Alternative Advent Calendars?
Advent of Change: Charity Advent Calendar
Price: £16.95 UK Delivery Only
Unfortunately this calendar is only available in the UK, but it does a great job of supporting charities worldwide, too. Eco-friendly, plastic-free, sustainable and recyclable, this calendar helps you celebrate the gift of giving every day in Advent, as behind each of the 24 doors is the name of the 24 charities your donation has gone to. 70% of every calendar (50p per charity) reaches these worthy causes.
I think every country should have a version of this calendar, it’s a great idea.
Peace & Love