Off the beaten track Advent calendars – Top Picks

While classic chocolate Advent calendars have become a strong tradition for families across the globe, there is no doubt that there has been a massive boom in more off the beaten track advent calendars! Many people are deciding to treat themselves or a loved one to something a little bit different as we enter into Advent and the festive season, and with the huge rise in demand, it comes as no surprise that alternative advent calendars have really taken off. There are hundreds of interesting and beautiful calendars available, and there is something for everyone! Here are a few top picks:

Haribo Advent Calendar

If you’re not a big fan of chocolate but want something inexpensive, fun, and tasty to open every morning, then this one might be the perfect choice for you (or your kids). The Haribo Advent Calendar looks the part, with the Haribo bear featuring front and centre on the box, in amongst a festive snow scene. Behind each window there is either a packet of Haribo favourites, or Moam sweets! The calendar itself has glow in the dark details, making it an even more appealing option for kids.

Morris At Home Calendar

The Morris At Home Advent calendar is the perfect treat for anyone who likes to pamper themselves – the calendar comes complete with 24 delights for bath and body to be enjoyed in the run up to Christmas. Like all Morris At Home products, this Advent calendar and all of the goodies inside are beautifully designed with inspiration from William Morris’ iconic repeating patterns of the Arts and Crafts Movement. This is a calendar that will add a touch of artistic joy to any mantlepiece, windowsill, bedside table, or wherever you keep your Advent calendar! If you want to get your hands on one of these lovely calendars, head to Dobbies

Lush Advent Calendar 

The Lush Advent Calendar has been around for a few years, and has proved to be a hit. While this calendar can definitely be considered a luxury calendar as it comes with a steep price tag, the value of the 25 full size products inside is high, and there is enough inside to keep bath and shower times interesting for months to come. Items come in a reusable box, and as is the case with all products from Lush, everything is cruelty free and vegan friendly!

Pukka Tea Days of Joy Advent Calendar

This is the perfect calendar for any tea lover, and would also make a wonderful gift. Imagine being able to start every morning in December with an exciting new hot brew! Inside, 24 different, individually wrapped teas can be found, which makes this a good way to try new flavours and blends that you’ve not had a chance to sample before without having to buy a whole pack! 

Diamine 2022 Inkvent Calendar

Calligraphy enthusiasts and artists alike can revel in the sheer joy that the Diamine ‘Inkvent’ Calendar brings. Behind each of the 24 doors, there is a 12ml ink bottle hidden away. Excitingly, each one is different and the selection inside includes inks with shimmer finishes, and even a couple of scented options. Behind the 25th, larger window is a 30ml bottle of ink, so by Christmas you’ll have an incredible selection to use in either your fountain pen, or in other artistic ways! Pen Heaven are stocking the Diamine Inkvent Calendar this year, so go and take a look if you want to get your hands on one for a loved one or for yourself!

12 Days of Discovery – Chimney Fire Coffee

This alternative to the standard advent calendar is brilliant for anyone who loves their coffee, whether they’re a coffee connoisseur or not. After ordering, you’ll receive a box full of 12 70g bags of coffee, and a tote bag. Before you even open the box, you’ll be hit with gorgeous coffee wafts that will make you want to get stuck straight in. Each bag of coffee is different, and comes with a flavour profile attached, so you can try out some new roasts in the run up to Christmas. You won’t be disappointed! Head to Chimney Fire Coffee to choose your preferred grind, and order your 12 Days of Discovery box!

NOMO – Vegan and Free From Advent Calendars

If you avoid the standard chocolate advent calendars because of your dietary requirements, you’ll be pleased to know that NOMO have brought out two totally free-from and vegan friendly alternative chocolate Advent calendars. You can choose between the regular free-from chocolate Advent  calendar, or the caramel version. Both are filled with delicious chocolate that can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone, no matter what your preferences and dietary requirements are! The calendars are being stocked on the NOMO website, as well as on some supermarket shelves. 

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