So if you know me well, you’ll know I’m all about the chocolate. For as long as I can remember, my lovely momma used to buy me and my brother chocolate advent calendars in the run up to Christmas. Any excuse for chocolate for breakfast is a winner in my eyes! However, over the past few years since my brother and I have got older, moved out etc it’s something we don’t do anymore. I totally know it’s all about the kids so it’s all good!
However, over the last couple of years I’ve seen a whole host of ‘alternative’ advent calendars pop up – beauty, skin care, alcoholic…ther just seems to be such a variety! Therefore, I wanted to have a good look around and find some of the best alternative calendars that I might want to treat myself to this year, and of course share with you lovely lot! So here are the best alternative advent calendars of 2017…
So if you’re looking for advent calendars that won’t break the bank, here are some options…
This is such a cute idea! It’s basically a bracelet, and 23 charms which are revealed behind each door. A nice gift for someone, or even to yourself. I love the idea of having something to keep at the end of the month. Plus, a bracelet for Â£15 from Accessorize ain’t bad at all.
Technic Glitter Ball Advent Calendar, currently on sale for Â£12 instead of Â£24
This is such great value for lots of make-up goodies from Technic. It contains:Â 1 lip pencil, 1 eye pencil,Â 1 brow pencil, 2 lipsticks,Â 2 nail varnishes,Â 3 lip glosses,Â 6 eyeshadows andÂ 1 blusher. A great way to update your make-up bag or perhaps try products that you haven’t used before. Plus, I love the fun packaging of this.
Grooming Advent Calendar, currently on sale for Â£12 instead of Â£20
Of course I didn’t want to leave the men out, so had to include this Man’Stuff grooming advent calendar from Debenhams. It includes: 1 lip balm, 1 hair and body wash, 1 bath fizzer, 1 bath salts, 1 soap, 1 shower gel, 1 face wash, 1 pair of nail scissors, 1 pair of nail clippers, 1 pair of tweezers, 1 tooth-brush, 1 comb. I doubt you’d be able to pick up all of these products for the man in your life for less than Â£12 so I definitely think it’s a fab deal!
Yes, so it is a chocolate advent calendar, but it’s a tad alternative because it’s full of Brussel sprout shaped chocolates! It’s a fun gift to give to someone, who perhaps hates sprouts but loves chocolate! Plus, it’s one of your 5 a day, right?!
A lovely treat for those not wanting chocolate, but something else that is sweet! Full of gourmet marshmallows in the following flavours:Â Sâ€™mores, Candy Cane, Humbug, Gingerbread, Mint Choc Chip & Choc Orange. Such a great winter treat, toasting marshmallows each day in the run up to Christmas. How blummin amazing does that sound?!
So if you want to spend a little more for a great treat, look no further than these…
A real treat for tea lovers from Fortnum and Mason. With a tea bag hidden behind each window, it’s a perfect way to indulge yourself with a nice cuppa.Â Flavours include: Assam TGFOP, Ruby Red Christmas Infusion, Rose Pouchong, Christmas Tea, Rhubarb & Raspberry Infusion, Sour Cherry & Orange Infusion, Earl Grey, Chai, Moroccan Mint, Countess Grey, Liquorice Mint & Lemon Verbena Infusion, Gunpowder, Apricot, Honey & Lavender Infusion, Royal Blend, English, Camomile Infusion and Breakfast Blend. How amazing do those flavours sound?!
So I must say, I’ve never really heard of this brand. But what drew me to the product was the gorge packaging! It’s full of quotes which is absolutely my thing (I’ve done a post all about it!), and if it’s pamper related I’m definitely down for it! Included is: 1 bubble bath 30ml, 1 shower gel 30ml, 1 bath gel 30g, 1 body scrub 30ml, 1 hand cream 40ml, 1 lip balm 4.5g, 1 bath powder 20g, 1 body lotion 40ml, 1 lip gloss 7ml, and 6 bath fizzlers 5g.
AldiÂ Wine Advent Calendar, Â£49.99
Including 200ml bottles of red and white wine from this cheap as chips supermarket. Only available in store, so make sure you look out for it next time you’re there! The cost per glass works out to be Â£2, a real bargain this one despite the initial price tag. What a nice tipple each evening in December, to escape from the mayhem in the run up to Christmas.
So just like we couldn’t leave the men out, we don’t want to leave the pets out either! So if you feel like treating you perfect pooch this December, this might be the perfect way. It includes: Rise & Shines: Two flower-shaped treats, made with beef liver, fresh carrots, blackstrap molasses and alfalfa to help keep your dogâ€™s coat as shiny as a Christmas bauble; Organic Cheese & Apple Training Treats: Little packs of our mini bone-shaped biscuits, made with organic apples and organic farmhouse cheddar to help keep your dogâ€™s attention on wintry walks; Bedtime Biscuits: Single blissful bedtime treats, made with honey, yoghurt, chamomile and passion flowers, to help soothe your dog on Christmas Eve, before Father Christmas arrives. I know plenty of dog-lovers who wouldn’t mind this! There is also a version for cats.
Another cute jewellery advent calendar, this time from Meri Meri.Â This beautifully crafted Meri Meri Advent Calendar comes in a decorative looking jewellery box, containing layers of drawers. Each day you open the drawer which holds a piece of the charm bracelet, building your own look charm bracelet. I just love the packaging of this advent calendar and how you can keep it for years to come.
A little bit more expensive…
If you don’t mind a bit of a splurge this December, here are some real treats…
This box includesÂ 25 lip products from the brand NYX – Â 4x Mattes, 2x Lip Creams, 4x Lip Lingerie, 3x Butter Lipsticks, 3x Liquid Suede , 2x Pencil Lip Creams, 3x Matte Lip Creams, and 4x Butter Glosses. That works out to just Â£2 a product which is a great steal! There’s an awesome selection of shades that will take you through all of the seasons.
The Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar contains a combination of 24 products and deluxe samples from some great beauty brands. There are a range ofÂ products from skin care, hair care, make-up, nail care and fragrance. Brands featured include Barry M, Essie and Elnett. It seems as though a wide range of products are featured in this box.
The perfect gift to give yourself, or that someone special who is Clarins obsessed! Yes, it is a lot of money for an advent calendar, but it is full of some amazing and staple products from a lovely brand. The calendar contains: Supra Volume Mascara 01 Black 8ml, Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector 12ml, Instant Eye Make-Up Remover 30ml, One-Step Exfoliating Cleanser 30ml, SOS Hydra Mask 15ml, Gentle Refiner 15ml, Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch 4ml, Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector 01 Rose Shimmer 5ml, Beauty Flash Balm 30ml, Hand & Nail Treatment Cream 30ml, Eau Dynamisante Candle 50g and Tonic Bath & Shower Concentrate 100ml. There is also a men’s version of the calendar.
Oh my word, isn’t this just a gin and tonic lovers dream?! I’m not a fan of this tipple myself, but know plenty of people who are and would absolutely love this calendar. It includes aÂ 70cl bottle of The Lakes Gin and a selection of 24 mini bottles of tonic to start the countdown to Christmas in style.
A gorgeous box of treats from the amazing Charlotte Tilbury. It Includes:Â Colour Chameleon – Mesmerising Mink, Eyes To Mesmerise â€“ Jean, Lip Lustre – Unleash Me, Matte Revolution – Walk of Shame , Mini Full Fat Lashes, Mini Goddess Skin Clay Mask, Mini Magic Cream, Mini Multi-miracle Glow, Mini Rock â€˜nâ€™ Kohl -Amber Moon, Mini Supermodel Body, Mini Take It All Off, Mini Wonderglow. Yes, rather pricey, but such an amazing selection at the same time!
So these are just a few of the ‘alternative’ advent calendars that you can get your hands on this year. I tried my best to only include advent calendars that were still in stock, but some may become sold out over the coming days so make sure you get your hands on them before it’s too late!
So what do you think? Do any of these advent calendars take your fancy? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time..,