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Our Favourite Alternative Advent Calendars

19 November 2019

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Halloween is over and we’re midway through November – it’s safe to say that it’s an appropriate time to begin the countdown to Christmas!

And what’s the best way to do that? With an Advent Calendar of course! We see our favourite grocers marketing chocolate advent calendars well before Christmas may even cross our mind, but it certainly gets us excited for the festivities to begin. The usual brands that get involved are the confectionary giants of the world as the usual calendars we love to purchase involve a little piece of chocolate to celebrate being a day closer to the big day. Cadbury’s, Nestle and Mars are seen to all take part; all selling big around this time as people just can’t wait to begin the festivities.

In recent years, we’ve certainly seen grocers keeping up with current trends that, thanks to social media, are spreading like wildfire. They’re branching out from the ordinary and drawing in customers however they can. And this also can be said for advent calendars as we’ve been seeing any that stray away from the usual 24 days of chocolate. Here are our favourite alternatives!

Lacura Countdown to NY Advent Calendar, £14.99, Aldi

Now here is an advent calendar which strays very far from the usual sweet treats! Aldi has released an advent calendar perfect for those party lovers who aren’t just looking forward to Christmas but plan on dancing their way into the new year. Packed with popular products from Aldi’s beauty range Lacura, this is a great alternative to the usual chocolate Santas!


LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar, £20.00, Asda

What better way to build up to Christmas than to start your day with a little gift! A great one for the kids or any hardcore Harry Potter fan, this calendar by Lego gives you a little Harry Potter Lego piece each day until you are set with a complete scene, all ready for Christmas! Obviously, it’s Christmas themed and makes for a great start to the gift-giving festivities!


Yankee Candle Advent Calendar £15, George Asda

Everyone just loves when shops start selling festive candles! It allows you to bring the smell of Christmas straight to your home. With this Yankee Candle Calendar, each day you get tea lights with some of your favourite Christmas scents, allowing you to enjoy the build-up to the big day, the right way.


12 Gin & Tonics Advent Calendar, £34.99, B&M

Now we had to expect Gin to come into the equation somehow! A popular trend that has seemed to take over 2019, this Gin & Tonic Advent calendar by B&M is perfect for anyone that’s fallen for this popular drink. Packed with both mini gins and tonics, we couldn’t think of a better advent calendar for Christmas!


Ilchester Limited Edition Cheese Advent Calendar, £10, Sainsbury’s

We may have saved the best one till last! We’ve seen quite a few blogs and online magazines talking about this one, but we can’t exactly blame them as this Cheese Advent Calendar is a stroke of genius. With 24 mini cheese available, this alternative advent calendar is not only a brilliant way to make the perfect cheeseboard ready for Christmas but makes a great gift for any cheese lover, and let’s face it, there’s a lot of us out there.

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