5 Awesome Alternative Advent Calendars

5 Awesome Alternative Advent Calendars

This year, I’ve noticed a lot more awesome alternative advent calendars than in the past. They’ve been on the rise in recent years, but companies seem to have really kicked it up a notch for 2018.

There are some people out there who think advent calendars are just for kids. They are wrong. With all of the different options there are now, there’s no excuse not to join in with the fun.

I’m quite content with a chocolate one, but here are five of my favourite variations of the tradition. Although, by now, I’m hoping you’ve got yourself an advent calendar and were able to open the door to a treat this morning.

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1. Pringles Advent Calendar | Amazon*, £19.99

“That’s a thing?!” Admittedly, this one is only 12 days, but it is mini tubs of Pringles! What will they think of next?

2. Hot Chocolate Advent Calendar | Debenhams, £20.00

There is a similar one available for coffee (slightly more expensive at £25), and you can get a tea one from Twinings for £21.99. But, hot chocolate seemed much more appropriate for winter.

3. Wreath Tea Light Advent Calendar | Yankee Candle, £24.99

I’ve been more into candles this year than ever before, which is possibly why this one made the list.

If you’ve perhaps had a lottery win recently (or know someone very generous), there’s the even snazzier tower advent calendar gift set at £74.99.

4. Stationery Advent Calendar | Paperchase*, £30.00

A stationery advent calendar. What dreams are made of.

Each day brings a new stationery item, such as pens, pencils, stickers and notebooks. Where has this been all of my life??

5. Mini Mani Nail Varnish Advent Calendar | Ciaté, £50.00

At £50, this isn’t cheap… but I’ll let you into a secret: TK Maxx quite often have older versions for much cheaper. If you’re really lucky, they sometimes have the newest version, too. I’m talking half price, at around £25! I wouldn’t pay £50 for this, but £25 is acceptable. It’s also worth checking eBay.

For a few years now, my mum or sister have insisted on buying one of these for me as part of my Christmas. As much as I love starting a day with a chocolate treat, opening a new nail varnish is much more exciting. This includes mini nail varnishes in various colours, a few specialist pots (such as base or top coats) and a full size paint pot at the end.

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  1. 1st December 2018 / 1:38 pm

    These are all so different and reach perfect target markets! Wish I knew about the hot chocolate one before

  2. 1st December 2018 / 4:50 pm

    A stationery advent calendar! How amazing! This is exactly the kind of advent calendar I need in my life. The hot chocolate one is so pretty, I love the pastel colours! A cup of hot chocolate everyday sounds absolutely heavenly. I don’t paint my nails but I know my sister would love the nail varnish one, a new colour each day is such a cute idea. Thank you for sharing these alternative suggestions Ruth! Looking forward to reading your Blogmas posts this month! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  3. 1st December 2018 / 6:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing!
    A nail varnish a day sounds pretty awesome! It’ll last a bit longer than a piece of chocolate too!
    I am SO into the idea of a stationery calendar! How great is that?! The sheer variety now is amazing, I actually have a christmas crafts advent calendar this year which is pretty incredible!
    At home, we have my handmade one that we put a chocolate each in, though we could use it for anything really! So lots of fun in the lead up to Christmas!

  4. 1st December 2018 / 11:15 pm

    I actually really don’t like Advent calendars that are full of Chocolate. Last year I did the Sephora calendar and I loved it! Such a great round up of alternatives!

  5. 5th December 2018 / 11:52 am

    This is a great round up of advent calendars. I would absolutely love the Paperchase one, stationery is my weakness!

  6. 7th December 2018 / 12:49 pm

    There’s a Pringles advent calendar! How awesome is that? Also how did I not know that. I still don’t have an advent calendar for this year, but I’m very tempted by that one or the hot chocolate one.

    • ruthinrevolt
      9th December 2018 / 1:11 pm

      I know! I thought it was a joke at first, until I found it on Amazon!

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