Advent calendars have had a serious makeover in recent years and you’re no longer limited to just chocolate when it comes to finding the best way to countdown to the festive season.
We've picked out the best alternative and unusual advent calendars that would make the perfect gift for your other half.
Foodie Advent Calendars
Is your other half a food fanatic? Then an edible advent calendar is perfect for them. We’ve found everything from luxurious traditional chocolate advent calendars right through to a very untraditional pork crackling advent calendar (yes, you heard us correctly!).
Pastry Token Advent Calendar - Greggs £24
Every year, novelty advent calendars get better and better, and 2017 could be the best year yet as Greggs have (finally) launched their own! Behind each door is a voucher for one of their delicious creations, offering everything from classic sausage rolls and pastries to festive bakes and mince pies. The calendar costs just £24, but has rewards of up to £60 behind its doors!
If you want to get your hands on one of these, there's a limited number going on sale in Greggs stores on Monday 20th November, so you need to hurry!
Large Chocolate Advent Calendar - Hotel Chocolat £68
Standing at almost half a metre tall, there’s a reason this spectacular advent calendar comes with a price tag of £68! If you really want to surprise your partner then this impressive oversized chocolate advent calendar is what you need - it includes truffles, chocolate flavoured gin and chocolate treacle tarts.
Advent Calendar For Two - Hotel Chocolat £26
If this is your first engaged Christmas then we think this Hotel Chocolat advent calendar for two is just the most adorable thing! Each door hides a duo of truffles so you can share your excitement in the lead up to Christmas...or eat their truffle when they aren’t looking, we won't judge!
The Advent Calendar - Hotel Chocolat £12.50
For a traditional advent calendar that feels extra special - Hotel Chocolat's advent calendars come in white, milk or dark chocolate so you can choose the one your partner loves the most.
The Snaffling Pig Pork Crackling Advent Calendar - John Lewis £18
No we weren’t telling porkies...there really is a pork crackling advent calendar! This decidedly different advent calendar from John Lewis includes six different flavours of crunchy pork crackling, think of it as a warm up for all those festive dinners you are going to enjoy.
Cheese Advent Calendar - Asda £9.99
We’ve waiting patiently and the cheese advent calendar is finally here! Asda’s cheesey offering is a complete bargain at just £9.99 and includes bite-sized pieces of Jarlsberg, Cheddar and Edam to name just a few.
Gourmet Marshmallow Advent Calendar - Not on the Highstreet £15
If Christmas to you is all about cosy nights in and toasting marshmallows then this gourmet marshmallow calendar is filled with 25 gooey pieces of heaven just waiting to be enjoyed!
Alcohol Advent Calendars
Embrace the festive spirit with an alcohol advent calendar. Your partner will love a little sample of their favourite tipple as they countdown to Christmas Day so we've handpicked some of the best ones.
Best of Beer Advent Calendar - Not on the High Street £95
First of all - how awesome does this beer advent calendar from Not on the Highstreet look? If the one you love loves a beer or two then this advent tree will be the perfect gift for them. Each day has a 330ml British beer to sample and on Christmas Day the countdown is complete with a 500ml bottle of Champagne beer. You can even personalise three of the door messages which we think is a super cute idea.
Wine Advent Calendar - Aldi £49.99
The wine advent calendar from Aldi has been selling out across the country and it’s no surprise when you see that £49.99 buys you 24 miniature bottles of red, white, rose and sparkling wine!
Gin Advent Calendar - Not on the Highstreet £129.95
Be totally ginspired with this Not on the Highstreet gin advent calendar - not only do you get 24 little bottles of carefully selected gin, you also get a gin annual and a G&T book so you can complete your gin education.
Vodka Advent Calendar - Selfridges £120
The vodka advent calendar from Drinks by the Dram includes 24 minature bottles of handcrafted vodka, each with its own unique flavour. By the end of December we think you will be a vodka connoisseur with this advent calendar!
Whiskey Advent Calendar - Selfridges £170
If the love of your life is more of a whiskey fan then this whiskey advent calendar from Selfridges has 24 30ml bottles of whiskey just waiting to help you count down to the holidays.
Prosecco Advent Calendar - Not on the Highstreet £144.95
Drop everything because there is a prosecco advent calendar and we need it! This gorgeous black box is filled with 24 bottles of prosecco and cava - and SPOILER ALERT - December 24th features a bottle of Lanson Champagne so you can toast to the holidays in style.
Beauty Advent Calendars
December is officially party season so what could be better than a new perfume, nail polish or eyeshadow for every day of the season? Start browsing some of the best beauty advent calendars.
OPI Beauty Advent Calendar - John Lewis £63
Nail polish collections will get a serious makeover with the addition of 25 mini bottle of OPI varnish in this OPI advent calendar - including everything from pretty pastel colours through to deliciously dark shades.
SF Winter WonderGLAM Advent Calendar - Benefit Cosmetics £34.50
The sought after Benefit advent calender is filled with 12 classic "Golden Gate Greats" - including Benetint, High Beam and Hoola. So pretty much everything you need to look gorgeous and glowing throughout the holidays!
Clairns 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar - John Lewis £60
With the winter months taking their toll on the skin, a Clarins advent calendar will ensure your partner is perfectly pampered ready for party season.
Cocoa Brown 12 Days of Tan - Cloud10 Beauty £69.95
Your other half will have that golden glow all month long with the Cocoa Brown 12 Days of Tan advent calendar which features 12 full size products - from tanning foam and oil to exfoliators and moisturisers to get your skin perfectly prepped.
Beauty in Wonderland Advent Calendar - lookfantastic £79
Lookfantastic have launched the ultimate beauty box with this gorgeous Beauty in Wonderland advent calendar - filled with wrapped, hand selected products that have a total value of more than £300!
24 Days of Clinique - Selfridges £75
What gift could be better than 24 gorgeous Clinique products to get your skin glowing ready for the New Year? Skincare, makeup and beauty brushes are all included in this festive treat.
Beauty Advent Calendar - House of Fraser £25
This House of Fraser beauty advent calendar is a bargain at just £25 and is packed full of beauty essentials - including mascaras, lipsticks, blushers and more.
Charlotte Tilbury Naughty and Nice Box - Feel Unique £150
If you really want to spoil your fiancee this festive season then the Naughty and Nice Box by Charlotte Tilbury is the ultimate treat. Even better - once each box has been opened the calendar transforms into a jewellery box.
12 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar - Feel Unique £35
Feel Unique are beauty experts so when they put together an advent calendar filled with their favourite goodies we just knew it would be good! Elizabeth Arden, NYX and Roger&Gallet are just a few of the gorgeous brands included.
L’Occitane Advent Calendar Gift Collection - House of Fraser £49
Now we don’t go anywhere without our L’Occitane hand cream in our handbag and with this gorgeous L'Occitane advent calendar you will have all the miniature fragrances, skin care and body care you could need.
Cabinet of Scented Luxuries Advent Calendar - Molton Brown £165
First there were Molton Brown baubles and now there is the Molton Brown advent calendar. This sophisticated cabinet is filled with decadent bath foams, iconic fragrances and opulent moisturisers that will leave you feeling so relaxed and ready for the New Year.
Tea and Coffee Advent Calendars
If your other half is a caffeine fanatic then a tea or coffee advent calendar is a thoughtful choice. We love the idea of starting each day in December by trying a different flavoured brew.
Christmas Coffee Advent Calendar - Not on the Highstreet £40
Is your partner a true coffee connoisseur? Then 24 foil wrapped coffees will be the perfect gift to celebrate your first engaged Christmas together.
House of Newby Advent Calendar - Newby Teas £55
If the love of your life is a tea fanatic then this house of teas advent calendar will be such a thoughtful gift and includes 24 different types of tea just waiting to be enjoyed.
Milly Green Tea Advent Calendar - John Lewis £20
The festive season is all about overindulging so why not get into some healthy habits in the run up by gifting your partner with this beautiful green tea advent calendar from John Lewis.
So now you have the perfect advent calendar for the love of your life, it’s time to find a Christmas card to go with it. Browse our favourite first married christmas gift ideas and cards and the best fiancee Christmas cards - they are so romantic and will earn you some major brownie points!