Best Advent Calendars that Aren’t Chocolate

You’ve got beauty treats, mini candles, tea and pet festive calendars to choose from this year.

Amy Harris
3rd December 2018

It isn’t all about the Cadbury and Thornton’s chocolate calendars anymore. They aren’t as popular as they used to be now that alcohol advent calendars and Yankee Candle have come on to the scene.

Mini chocolate treats are long forgotten and now space is made on the fireplace for mini beauty favourites and dog festive biscuits.  

Cath Kidston Christmas Town House Advent Calendar

Worth £60 and only £35 Cath Kidston’s first ever advent calendar is perfect for the festive season. The calendar, in the shape of a house, has twenty-four beauty treats from body scrubs, cuticle creams, soaps, hand creams, body lotions and lip balms. Which are all wrapped up in the Cath Kidston signature scent or a Christmas fragrance of red berries, pine needles, wood and candied sugar.

Soap & Glory It’s in The Calendar! Gift Set

This year Soap & Glory have brought out the It’s in The Calendar Gift Set where you will find mini versions of Soap & Glory’s most popular body products, such as ‘Clean on Me’ shower gel, ‘The Righteous Butter’ body butter, ‘Scrub Of Your Life’ body buffer and a selection of their popular mini make-up products like ‘Crazy Sexy Kohl’ liners, ‘Sexy Mother Pucker’ lip gloss and ‘Original Pink’ body spray. 24 mini Soap & Glory treats for your countdown to Christmas.

Yankee Candle Classic Advent Calendar Gift Set

Yankee Candle’s Christmas collections never disappoint. Their Christmas candles are the go-to if you want your house smelling all festive, and their advent calendar never disappoints either. Their 2018 advent calendar is filled with best-selling and brand-new festive fragrances, including wax melts and a Christmas Eve votive candle. If you are quick you can currently get it for £16.66 in Boots.

The 12 Gins of Christmas

Aldi has answered our prayers and is bringing out a 12 Days of Christmas advent calendar full of 12 hand-picked gins paired with 12 premium tonics – plus ginger beer. Gordon’s Pink Gin, Edinburgh Gin Distillery Rhubarb & Ginger Liquor, JJ Whitley Elderflower Gin are all included in this soon to be festive favourite. I’m not screaming with joy, you are.

Twining’s Christmas Advent Calendar: Seasons Greetings

This advent calendar seems fitting for the cold month of December, sitting in front of the fire, all cosy with a cup of Twining’s tea and watching Christmas movies. For the countdown to Christmas you’ll get 24 loose leaf pyramids including our favourites such as the Full English, The Earl and maybe something new like Redbrush Caramel Velvet. And on the final day you’ll get a Twining’s surprise that could potentially be a tea tidy.

Lily’s Kitchen: Christmas Spectacular Advent Calendar for Dogs or Cats

If your four-legged friend is more important to you than chocolate and gin, then check out Lily’s Kitchen advent calendar for dogs or cats. They offer a treat filled calendar for both dogs and cats at just £10, which includes Bedtime Biscuits and Cheese and Apple Training treats for our devoted dogs and Tasty Chicken Treats with Shrimp and Festive Turkey Treats with Cranberry for our purr-fect cats.


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