Our top 10 alternative advent calendars

Every year we ask ourselves the same question: am I getting too old for a Disney princess chocolate advent calendar?

There’s not much better than stuffing our faces with little chocolates in the lead up to Christmas, but sometimes (and only sometimes) we want a little more from the 25-door cardboard cut out. This year some of our favourite brands, have created some rather exciting advent calendars.

From luxury candles to calanders that are packed with beauty goodies. If last year is anything to go off we suggest you grab you advent calendar soon. So whether you’ve got a small budget or a big one, here’s our guide to alternative advent calendars this year:

Yankee Candle, 3D advent calendar house, £24.99

Yankee Candle

It’s the countdown to Christmas with this collectable and cute Yankee Candle advent house. Open each door to reveal a seasonal scented tea light including a extra special treat behind door 24. Fragrances include: Candy Cane Lane, Christmas Cookie, Sugared Apple and Christmas Garland.

The Body Shop Advent Calendar, £50

The Body Shop

Love your skin this Christmas (there’s always room to treat yourself) with the indulgent Body Shop beauty advent calendar. The special treat features their bestselling fragrance, face and body skincare including almond hand and nail cream, Frosted Cranberry Shimmer Lotion and Honey Mania lip balm.

 L’Occitane, 13 Pampering Treats from Provence, £45


Available on L’occitane website from November 3.

With only 13 pampering treats from Provence this calendar is packed with sensual body and face skincare as well as some fragrances, perfect for you beauty addicts.

Create your own Button bag advent calendar, Amazon, £16.50

Button Bag Advent Calendar

This one goes out to the craft lovers. Get creative with this personalised easy hand sewing calendar perfect for the pre-Christmas gift.

Liberty London Advent Calendar, £149

Liberty London Calendar

Available in store and online from November.

This is the most expensive of our choices, but the most luxurious. The front is designed to look like the iconic London department store and inside each door contains a lavish beauty treat from NARS to Laura Mercier. We want it. Now.

Ciate, Mini Mani Manor Nail Polish, £49


For the nail queens, Ciate has created the Mini Manor nail polish advent calendar for you to discover the brands must-haves. Including the best selling shades, festive transfers and texture polishes.

Freedom Jewellery at Top shop, £28


Topshop have given us the perfect gift you’re sure to want to keep for yourself. Behind each door is a range of delicate necklaces in silver and gold, stud earrings and dainty bracelets.

Selfridges, Enchanted Spells Calendar, £85


Open this luxurious calendar filled with miniature treats that are guaranteed to give you a beauty-filled festive season. The calendar features make-up and skincare from the world’s best beauty brands Lancôme, Yves Saint Laurent and Victor & Rolf.

Marks & Spencer Wall Hanging Fabric Advent Calendar, £22.50


The Marks and Spencer fabric-hanging calendar is the perfect way to spend your days counting down to Christmas day. The cute fabric pockets will allow you to hide festive gifts inside for anyone.

Hotel Chocolat Milk Chocolate Advent Calendar, £12.50

Hotel Chocolat Advent Calendar

Finally, for those chocolate lovers. If you just can’t resist indulge in chocolate this festive season then try the beautiful calendar from Hotel Chocolat. Also available in dark chocolate and white chocolate, reindeer, snowman and Santa clause sculpted chocolates are behind every door. Enjoy!


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