Alternative Advent Calendars 2017 – something for everyone.

Its CHRISTMASSSSS. Well, almost.

I love advent calendars, I think its a brilliant way to get in the christmas spirit every day of december.

When you go into the shops now there’s SO many different types of advents, I don’t remember the choice being so vast when I was a child… unless my mum was just holding back on us? Seeing some of the prices I wouldn’t blame her.

Advent Calendars are no longer just for kids, my favourite alternative advent calendars for 2017

Calendars for the stationery lover;

Adult –

I love stationery so this advent calendar is one for me.

What you get?

25 windows including things like  a mini notebook , a candle and a pen.

How much and where to buy?

This Kikki K Stationery advent calendar cost £90 from Selfridges.


Kids –

If you’ve not seen Smiggle stores you’re missing out, they are glorious.. even if you’re not a child.

What’s inside?

25 windows of Smiggle stationery surprises. If you don’t like surprises then check out openings on Youtube.

How much and where to buy?

Ths calendar cost £25 from Smiggle.

For the risk taker;

I love Jelly Belly beans, they are definitely the best out there.. how do they make that better? Adding gross flavours haha. Have you ever tried Bean Boozled?

What’s inside?

24 windows, each containing a bag of beans that can contain flavours from strawberry to dead fish!

How much and where to buy?

This calendar cost £18 from John Lewis.

For beauty on a budget;

Perfect for teenagers or even adults who don’t like spending loads on makeup.

What’s inside?

12 windows of beauty including mascara and blush.

How much and where to buy?

This calendar cost £8 (on sale) from Superdrug.

For beauty without a budget;

I would consider this advent calendar more like a present!

What’s inside?

24  windows of beauty products including brands like YSL and Lancome.

How much and where to buy?

This calendar is £120 and can be bought from Selfridges.


For the beer drinker;

I’m not a beer drinker but MM is although I don’t suggest having it in the morning like most calendars it would be good for the end of a rough day at work.

What’s inside?

24  windows of beer. 4 exclusive beers, 17 different beer styles from 7 different countries.

How much and where to buy?

This Calendar costs £75 and is from Beer Hawk.

Calendars for the crafters;

Adults –

Do you love the idea of having your very own personalised advent calendar?

What’s inside?

Everything you need to make and craft your own 24 day advent calendar.

How much and where to buy?

£14.99 from John Lewis. You will also need to make/ buy your contents.

kids –

What’s inside?

This calendar has 24 gifts and contains colouring, and craft projects like DIY finger puppets.

How much and where to buy?

Get this Crayola calendar from John Lewis for £19.99.

For the pets;

We can’t forget about the pets at Christmas.

What’s inside?

24 days of treats for Dogs, Cats and Small animals.

How much and where to buy?

Prices start at £2 and they can be found at Pets at home.


For the candle lover;

I love candles in the winter and go through them so quickly, having a new one a day is such a good idea.

What’s inside?

24 days with 26 candles, scents including Christmas Night, Sugar & Spice, Christmas Spirit, Christmas Tree, Snow Angel, Waiting for Santa.

How much and where to buy?

Get it directly from Heart & Home for £19.99.

For the tea drinker;

Want to try out new flavours without having to buy a whole box?

What’s inside?

24 days of Fortnum’s best and brightest brews in silky bags. They have some pretty incredible flavours on the website so you’ll be in for a nice surprise.

How much and where to buy?

£25 direct from Fortnum and Mason.

For the kids;

My 7 year old self would have LOVED this calendar, I went through a stage of collecting rubbers (erasers) and they had their own pencil case and were NEVER used.

What’s inside?

25 days of  erasers, some festive and a big double surprise for the last day.

How much and where to buy?

Buy this calendar at The Book People for £6.99.

I love advents that end up a whole play set at the end, the Playmobil ones come in so many different themes you should be able to find one to suit all little ones.

What’s inside?

24 days which includes three Playmobil figures, diorama, animals and lots of accessories including wearable bracelet. Once all the windows are open each piece comes together to make an incredible playset that can be used over and over.

How much and where to buy?

Get this calendar from Asda for £14.


There are SO many more options for children!


For the man of the house;

I’ve not seen many beauty calendars that are aimed towards men, and they don’t always want chocolate and alcohol.

What you get?

25 windows. You’ll open up to find products from Elemis and Carmex and even an ASOS discount code.

How much and where to buy?

Buy The Grooming Advent Calendar from ASOS for £55.

For the chocolate lover;

I LOVE Hotel Chocolat but at the price its definitely a luxury for me. This very indulgent treat would be perfect for any chocolate lover.

What’s inside?

24 windows full of  daily surprises that include salted caramel vodka, crackers filled with dizzy pralines, a meltingly-smooth hazelnut bûche and our irresistible new treacle tarts!

How much and where to buy?

Get this calendar from Hotel Chocolat for £68.

For the free from;

Whether you’re cutting down on dairy or have an intolerance. We think Moo Free chocolate taste amazing.

What’ inside?

24 windows each one containing an alternative to milk chocolate.

How much and where to buy?

£4.99 from Holland and Barrett – check out the other dairy free christmas goodies while you’re there!


What type of advent calendar would you go for?


Until the next post,

Are and Pops.


All images are sourced from the sellers website.

1 Comment

  1. November 29, 2017 / 11:02 am

    A couple of years ago I bought a little house advent calendar from the Disney shop – each day is a little drawer and you fill them with little tiny gifts. I LOVE putting everything in and it’s so much more personal (and healthy, I suppose haha) than a chocolate calendar

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