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.
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We've picked out the best alternative and unusual advent calendars that would make the perfect gift for your other half.
Stationery Advent Calendars
The stationery-lover in your life will simply adore a stationery themed advent calendar! They will probably be writing you personalised thank you notes before they have even completed the 24 days.
Personalised Photo Framed Advent Calendar - Instajunction
This personalised advent calendar from Instajunction takes a little more effort than your usual advent calendar but it does mean that your other half with love it even more. Choose 24 meaningful photos from your life and they can turn one over each day.
24 Days of Stationery - Martha Brook
The Martha Brook 24 days of stationery advent calendar is so stylish and can be personalised with your other half’s name. Treats include a brass ruler, notebooks, pens and cards all from the beautiful Martha Brook collection.
Reasons Why I Love You Advent Calendar - Beija Flor Studio £19.95
If you are feeling extra romantic then this reasons why I love you advent calendar from Beija Flor Studio is a perfect way to show your love for your other half. You can either hand write your special messages on the cards or have them printed.
Food Advent Calendars
Is your other half a food fanatic? Then a food 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 last year saw the launch of the Greggs advent calendar! 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.
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The Grand 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.
Chocolate 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 Chocolate 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 £TBC
The cheese advent calendar from Asda is back and bigger than ever! 24 delicious pieces of cheese are individually wrapped ready to be enjoyed ever day as you count down to Christmas.
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Gourmet Marshmallow Advent Calendar - The Naked Marshmallow Co £17
If Christmas to you is all about cosy nights in and toasting marshmallows then this gourmet marshmallow calendar from The Naked Marshmallow Co 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. Take a look at some of our favourite alcohol advent calendars.
Craft Beer Advent Calendar - Best of British Beer £95
First of all - how awesome does this beer advent calendar from Best of British Beer 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 is back! 24 mini bottles of red, white and rose wine are waiting behind every door. The calendar goes on sale on November 4th so hurry before they sell out!
Gin Filled Giant Advent Cracker - The Little Boys Room £144.95
Be totally ginspired with this impressive gin filled advent cracker from The Little Boys Room - 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.
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Prosecco Advent Calendar - The Little Boys Room £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 right here and don't forget to read our full list of the best beauty advent calendars.
Lookfantastic Advent Calendar - Lookfantastic £79
Lookfantastic have relaunched their beauty advent calendar for 2018 and it's...well...fantastic! This advent calendar costs £79 but is filled with wrapped with hand selected products that have a total value of more than £300.
Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Universary - Feel Unique £150
If you really want to spoil your fiancee this festive season then the Beauty Universe advent calendar by Charlotte Tilbury is the ultimate treat. Filled with all your favourites, including the iconic pillow talk lipstick!
Christmas Beard Oil Advent Calendar - The Bearded Man Company £29.99
If the man in your life has a spectacular beard then this selection of 24 scented beard oils from The Bearded Man Company will be perfect for him. Each day there is a vitamin E infused oil, each with its own unique scent.
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Opulent Infusions Advent Calendar - Molton Brown £175
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 - Perkulatte £43
Is your partner a true coffee connoisseur? Then 24 foil wrapped coffees from Perkulatte will be the perfect gift to celebrate your first engaged Christmas together.
House of Newby 2018 Advent Calendar - Newby Teas £58
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.
Matcha Green Tea Advent Calendar - Blue Bird Tea Co £65
The world’s first matcha green tea advent calendar is here! Blue Bird Tea Co have created this gorgeous green tea advent calendar that includes a variety of green tea flavours. You also get a free match green tea mini whisk so you can create a perfectly crafted cup each day.
Other Unusual Advent Calendars
Some advent calendars are so unusual that they don’t fit into any category! Take a look at some of our favourite completely random and unique advent calendars.
Happy Socks Advent Calendar - John Lewis £149.95
This stylish advent calendar features 24 unique pairs of socks - perfect for keeping your other half’s feet warm and cosy during the festive season. Open every morning for a fresh fun pair of socks!
Tea Light Advent Calendar - John Lewis £25
24 deliciously scented tealights hide behind cardboard doors in this beautiful candle advent calendar from John Lewis. Your other half can open the advent calendar in the evening and you can have 24 romantic nights by candlelight.
Geological Advent Calendar - Auntie Mims £50
This fun gemstone advent calendar from Auntie Mims features 24 individually packed gemstones that each come with their own card to tell you a little bit about the gem, its meaning and its origin.
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!