Best weird and wonderful alternative Christmas advent calendars for 2018

Nothing beats counting down to Christmas with a daily sweet treat from your advent calendar as a child.

But things have really changed in the advent calendar world since those heady days.

The cheap and grainy chocolate has been replaced with an assortment of alcoholic tipples (gin, wine or craft beer), premium beauty products galore and miniature toys and LEGO for the kids. There are even ones your pets can enjoy too.

Luckily there are great alternative advent calendars for all budgets that are worth trying to get your hands on this year (we’re liking the sound of the Lookfantastic premium beauty one and B&M’s wallet-friendly gin advent for £29.99).

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Best alternative Christmas advent calendars

Below are our top picks for this year’s alternative advent calendar offerings.

1. Pringles advent calendar, £7.99

It sold-out last year when it was released, and thankfully it’s back again for 2018. Crisp fans who once they pop, just can’t stop will be able to work their way through different flavoured 40g tubs while count down the 12 days to Christmas.

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2. LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar, £22.99

Get the festive period off to a galactic start with a new Star Wars character, vehicle or starship gift each day in this special LEGO advent calendar. The entire contents let’s you build an entire universe and the box opens out into a playmat too.

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3. Twinings tea advent calendar, £21.99

With most calendars containing either chocolate, alcohol or costing a fortune for luxury beauty products, Twinings tea is a great alternative for those that still want to celebrate with a treat, but the healthy way.

With each door revealing the finest Twinings loose leaf teas and herbal infusions, you can try out a slightly different cuppa every morning of December.

Get it from Twinings for £21.99

4. Protein Advent Calendar, £39.99

Keeping on track with your fitness can be tough in the lead up to Christmas, so make sure you’re staying one step ahead of the game by keeping up your protein each day with an intriguing new muscle-building treat.

Containing well over £60 worth of goods, this is a great way to learn which ones you like – and which ones you don’t – as navigating the supermarket shelves for ones with the right nutrition, flavour and price point can often be a minefield.

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5. Lily’s Kitchen advent calendar for dogs, £10

Let your pet pooch get in on the action with this limited edition calendar from Lily’s Kitchen – the award-winning premium British pet food producer. Each day your pet will get a biscuit treat behind each door.

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6. Tequila advent calendar, £149.95

Not for the faint-hearted – or cheap! This tequila advent calendar from Drinks by the Dram will certainly pack a punch in the days before Christmas. Behind each door there are 24 wax-sealed 30ml drams of finest tequilas from all around the world.

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7. Lookfantastic advent calendar, £79

The deluxe beauty calendar is so in demand it has a waiting list – to be expected when you can get £300 worth of goods for £79. Beauty items included in this year’s calendar come from top brands like Glamglow, ESPA and Rituals.

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8. Juniqe Poster advent calendar, £59.95

If you’re not after anything edible and would rather spend the money decorating your home and spoling your friends instead, art fiends can treat themselves to this lovely alternative.

Deaturing 24 different posters, valued at £240, each one comes in its own numbered gift box with a rolled poster inside, as well as the artist’s name. It’s a limited edition set too, meaning there’s only 1000 in total!

Get it from Junique for £59.95.

9. Snow White 12 Days of Christmas advent calendar, £7

Last year Superdrug’s Disney advent sold like hotcakes and we expect the same for this year’s Snow White themed one too – and inside it includes a selection of mini lipsticks, nail varnishes and beauty accessories.

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10. Holland and Barrett 12 days of Cleaner Beauty, £35

If you are into clean beauty products this calendar from Holland and Barrett should be on your wishlist. It comes with a dozen bestselling brands from the retailer’s extensive cleaner beauty range and is worth £50.

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11. B&M ‘Twelve Gins of Christmas’ advent calendar, £29.99

Looking for a boozy calendar that won’t cost you an arm and a leg? Try B&M’s gin advent, which is new for 2018 and includes a selection of miniatures from Bombay Sapphire, Gordon’s Pink gin and more to try leading up to Christmas.

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12. Christmas Tea Lovers advent calendar, £25

See what’s brewing behind each window with this Fortnum and Mason’s tea advent calendar, filled with some of the best premium teas from the upmarket department store. Tea lovers will be spoilt for choice as they countdown to December 25.

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