Alternative Advent Calendars 2017

Over the last couple of years there has been a surge in “alternative” advent calendars, in which you receive 24 gifts each day throughout advent which have nothing to do with chocolate! I have previously had the Yankee candle calendar in 2015 and the Sanctuary Spa calendar in 2016.

How do you choose which calendar? – is the big question that faces you when looking for an advent calendar. For me I usually set a budget and then just hunt around! But of course the calendars can be split down into different categories which really helps with choice! If your a beauty fan, go beauty- like a tipple, find something boozy.

Therefore while looking for this years calendar of choice I decided to pull together a list of (in my opinion) the best calendars out there for under £55.



Price – £55, Asos

The Asos calendar is also stated for being one of the best for the variety and style of brands. Not only does the contents of this years box look amazing, but the actual packaging is fantastic! I adore the overall look of the product!

Some brands: Smashbox, Eyeko, Cowshed, Nip+Fab, the Ordinary.

Asos also have a male “grooming” version of the calendar – so your and SO can have matching!


Price: £50

Anyone who loves lipsticks will be a fan of the NYX calendar packed with a range of NYX mini lipsticks including:  4xMatte Lipstick, 3xCream Lipstick, 2xChubby Lip Cream, 4xLiquid Lipstick, 3xMatte Lip Cream, 3xLipstick and 5xCreamy Lip Lipgloss

 Available from NYX, Boots, LookFantastic, Selfridges.


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Price: £49, L’Occitane

The L’Occitane calendar boasts a stunning feeling of all things French, looking elegant but with a cosy feel! This was definitely one of my favourites! The box contains 24 of their travel sized products. All one brand, but great to try out a range of L’Occitane products!

The Body Shop

Price: £45, Body Shop

Another single brand box – but this really does contain a great range for anyone who loves skin care!

Food & drink

Aldi – Wine

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Price: £49.99

For any wine lover the Aldi wine calendar is a must – 24 bottles! One a day for a whole month!

Craft Beer

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Price: £39.99

Still on the alcohol theme but this time with beer! 24 bottles of craft beer, also includes a special glass! Available from Iceland!

The Snaffling Pig co.

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Price: £17.50, Online

24 bags of pork crackling – perfect for a savoury fan! Flavours include; pigs in blankets, low & slow BBQ, Maple, Black pepper and sea salt, salt and vinegar and finally perfectly salted.

English Tea Shop

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Price: £10.90, Amazon

25 Christmas themed tea bags? 25 cups of tea – Although I already have an advent calendar this one is highly tempting!


Yankee Candle

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Price: £22.95, Amazon

24 tea lights with a glass holder! Including; The Perfect Tree, Spiced White Cocoa, Sparkling Cinnamon, Winter Glow, Snowflake Cookie and Macaron Treats.

Imperial Candles – Wax Melts

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Price: £32.99, Imperial Candles

Staying with a wax theme, Imperial candles have a calendar of 24 wax melts. One including one a hidden jewel up to £2,000! Their flavours sounds amazing: Christmas tree, Santa’s cookies, Apple cinnamon, Mulled cider, Spiced orange, Wintery berry, celebration and Festive cranberry.

Finally one for the pets:

Lily’s Kitchen

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Price: £9.95, Lily’s Kitchen

Lily’s kitchen do two pet calendars, one for dogs and one for cats so you can treat your pet throughout advent every day with a little treat!

Of course theres loads more out there, and I could spend ages finding them all, but the above is an idea of what is available! Roll on advent! Cx.


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