Alternative Advent Calendars

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For those days when it feels like the meetings start at 9 and end at 9, for those nights where numbers are still running through your mind when you finally hit the sofa, and for those mornings where the kids are covered in glitter and the dog’s eaten all of your mince pies, we’ve compiled our list of alternative advent calendars that will not only make your day a little brighter, but also help you avoid the inevitable sugar high/crash combo that comes with chocolate for breakfast.

John Lewis Edinburgh Gin
We’d recommend you open this calendar after work, as the little personal-sized bottles of gin can seem a little too tempting. From Raspberry to their very Christmassy Frankincense and Myrrh, this calendar is full of 25 days’ worth of tipsiness.

House Of Newby Red Edition
A more appropriate morning drink, this advent calendar is so beautifully created it makes tea feel like the ultimate luxury. With each drawer containing 4 individually wrapped teas, you can either share the joy, or be the ultimate Scrooge and pace them out through the day.

Smiggle Advent Calendar
Two days into the school holidays and already ran out of things to do with the kids? This advent calendar will ensure they’re occupied with fun stationary and activities, so you can crack on with creating the perfect Christmas Pudding… or just take a nap. For more children’s advent calendars that ensure the fun doesn’t involve chocolatey fingers, try those created by Lego and Playdoh.

Harry Potter Socks Calendar
What’s more magical at Christmas time than a Harry Potter movie marathon with the entire family? Now you have a pair of cosy socks for every showing, so the only thing that’s cold is the hearts of those who don’t weep at Cedric Diggory’s death. #Spoileralert

Honest Brew
Not into Prosecco and Mulled Wine? Make your usual IPA feel Christmassy without sacrificing your taste buds, with the Honest Brew Advent Calendar. Cram packed full of 24 unique beers, this calendar contains a £10 beer voucher for your next purchase, so you can stock up on New Year’s Eve brews.

Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar
Still look your very best, no matter how late you were up celebrating the night before. With an overall value of £250, you can get everything you need for the holiday season in this Calendar, from skincare products by Molton Brown to lashes by Eyelure.