Published on November 25, 2013 | by Jenny Long


Advent calendars you can count on

A chocolate Advent calendar is not just for Christmas [Mary Clarke]

Today, Advent calendars are not just filled with Christmas-themed sweets or a selection of mini chocolate bars; they are better than ever.

You can now find Advent calendars for cats and dogs, for Barbie dolls, Lego lovers and for people who love expensive whiskey.

Here’s a roundup of alternative (or additional) Advent calendars:

John Lewis Gingerbread Advent Calendar – £12

Instead of chocolate, eat gingerbread with an iced design every day leading up to the December 24, where a big gingerbread shaped star awaits you. You’ll find mini gingerbread men, iced Christmas tree shaped gingerbread and other Christmassy shapes in this Advent calendar.

Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar – £14

This one is for the big kid who secretly (or openly) loves playing with Lego and loves the Star Wars series. This calendar has 24 Star Wars themed gifts, from mini figures to vehicles, build something new each day and relive those childhood memories.

Yankee Candle – £22

This Advent calendar is perfect for those who really love lighting a candle after a long day. This calendar has 24 candles in six seasonal scents which include Merry Marshmallow and Sparkling Cinnamon. Use one for each day leading up to Christmas to de-stress yourself after having a nightmare trying to find the perfect presents for your loved ones.

Topshop’s Freedom Advent Jewellery – £28

Not fond of beauty samples or gingerbread? Get 24 days of jewellery in this Advent calendar, which contains twelve pairs of stud earrings, four bracelets and eight necklaces. Topshop’s jewellery range Freedom is providing all the shiny accessories in this calendar.

Ciaté Mini Mani Month – £42

For the nail polish addict, this has 17 of Ciaté’s top-selling mini paint pots, three exclusive mini glitter shades, one full sized paint pot and four caviar toppers. That’s 24 mini manicures that you can create with this Advent calendar, which also includes a mini funnel for the caviar beads as well as instructions on how to use the products.

Boots – £30

Brands such as Rimmel, Paco Rabanne and Nails Inc are all included in this money-saving Advent calendar. The mini samples include Mavala nail polishes, hair and face serums and even foundation, which can all be used for those Christmas parties and dinners. When you buy a full sized version of any of the products in the calendar you’ll receive triple Boots Advantage Card points.

Best of the Body Shop – £55

This is the Body Shop’s first ever Advent calendar. From lip balms to body butters to vitamin E creams, it has everything you need to get you smelling and looking great every day leading up to Christmas. The Body Shop is selling it for £55 and the total contents are valued at £80.


All of these Advent calendars are available to buy now but be quick; once they are sold out – like Selfridges and Benefit cosmetics – you’ll have to wait until next year to get your hands on them.


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