35 of the Best Unusual Advent Calendars for 2019

On the hunt for an advent calendar with a difference? We’ve handpicked the best alternative advent calendars that would be perfect for your fiancé or fiancée!

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The Best Unusual Advent Calendars

In 2019, it’s no longer enough to count down to Christmas with chocolate alone. Well, it is, but thanks to the vast array of unusual advent calendars on the market, it’s certainly not the best way to do so.


If a beauty advent calendar packed with skincare and makeup isn’t really your thing, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got gin-stuffed calendars, countdowns full of stationery and advent calendars packed with pork cracking (yes, really!) for you to enjoy. Just make sure you get to the check out fast – these unusual advent calendars are set to sell out fast.

So without further ado, let the Christmas countdown officially begin with our round-up of the best unusual advent calendars of 2019.

The Best Food Advent Calendars

Is your other half a bit of a foodie? You can’t go wrong with one of these food advent calendars…

1. The Snaffling Pig Pork Crackling Advent Calendar – £17.50

Nope, we weren’t telling porkies. There really is a pork crackling advent calendar!

This decidedly different advent calendar by The Snaffling Pig is back again for 2019, including six different flavour combinations (including Pigs in Blankets, FYI). Oh, and if your other half is gluten-free, fear not! They’re offering a calendar to cater for them too.

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2. The Spicery 12 Curries of Christmas Advent Calendar – £29.95

If an Indian curry is forever your other half’s takeaway of choice, The Spicery’s 12 Curries of Christmas advent calendar is sure to spice up their Christmas countdown.

It offers 12 fragrant curry blends so that you and your other half can make fantastic curries from all around the world. That’s all of December’s date nights sorted, then!

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3. Fortnum & Mason Feasting Advent Calendar – £200

If you’re after something totally luxurious, you can’t go far wrong with Fortnum & Mason’s advent calendar offering.

It’s called the Feasting Advent Calendar and, to be honest, there are few better ways to count down to Christmas than with one of its luxurious food stuffs every morning. This calendar is filled with 25 delicious treats, from cake to tea, biscuits, cheese and relishes. Delicious.

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4. Kellogg’s 12 Days of Cereal Advent Calendar – £20

Brighten up your December breakfasts with this Kellogg’s cereal advent calendar.

The best part of this calendar has got to be the vintage-style cereal bowl which will last much longer than the cereals will.

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5. The Protein Ball Co. Christmas Advent Calendar – £19.99

If your other half is an avid gym-goer, then protein balls will be a much more appropriate December snack than chocolate.

The recipient of the all-vegan Christmas Advent Calendar by The Protein Ball Co. will get a healthy protein ball every day of the month in a brand new flavour. And for only £19.99? It’s a bargain if you ask us.

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6. The Naked Marshmallow Co. Gourmet Marshmallow Advent Calendar – £17.50

If Christmas to you is all about cosy nights in toasting marshmallows over the fire, then this gourmet marshmallow calendar from The Naked Marshmallow Co. will be your dream come true!

It’s filled with 25 delicious and oh-so-gooey pieces of marshmallow in a whole array of exciting flavours. We can’t decide whether we prefer Mint Choc Chip or Salted Caramel… Let us know your fave!

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7. Illchester Cheese Advent Calendar – £24.99

Illchester’s Cheese Advent Calendar is back and bigger than ever!

24 delicious pieces of cheese have been individually wrapped ready to be enjoyed every day as you count down to Christmas.

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8. Chilli Advent Calendar – £39.99

Keep warm in the run up to Christmas with this hot chilli advent calendar. It takes you on an exotic journey around the globe, introducing you to some of the world’s most wonderful chillies.

From the legendary Carolina Reaper to the fruity flavours of Mexico and the colourful chillies of India, each day you will get to discover a different chilli, in the form of powder, flake or whole pod. Oh, and on the back of each matchbox is a simple recipe idea or handy hint to help you make the most of your brand new chilli collection.

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9. Popcorn Shed Advent Calendar – £16

Behind each of the windows on this Popcorn Shed advent calendar, you’ll find a bag of ridiculously delicious handmade popcorn in a whole variety of flavours. Think salted caramel, cheese and pecan pie!

If your December is spent cosying up watching festive films, there’s no better accompaniment than this calendar.

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The Best Alcoholic Advent Calendars

Embrace the festive spirit with an alcohol advent calendar. Your partner will love receiving samples of their favourite tipple as they countdown to Christmas Day, so we’ve handpicked the best alcoholic advent calendars out there. Cheers!

10. Wine Down to Christmas Advent Calendar – £84.95

Wine lovers, listen up! This wine advent calendar by The Little Boys Room will have you feeling suitably jolly by the time Christmas Day rolls around.

It’s filled to the brim with mini bottles of wine from all over the world, including Chardonnays, Pinot Grigios, Merlots and more. The self-proclaimed wine connoisseur in your life will most certainly thank you for this.

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11. Loch Fyne Whiskies 12 Drams of Christmas Premium Whisky Selection Box – £89

This advent calendar by Loch Fyne Whiskies is the perfect advent calendar for any whisky lover this Christmas.

It comes complete with 12 drams of whisky, which can each be hung on the Christmas tree to keep the surprises coming right through to 5th January.

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12. Prosecco Advent Calendar – £144.95

Drop everything! The Little Boys Room have released a Prosecco advent calendar for 2019 and it’s everything we never knew we needed.

A gorgeous black box has been filled with 24 bottles of Prosecco and Cava, and SPOILER ALERT, the door you open on 24th December will reveal a little bottle of Lanson Champagne. Here’s to your most stylish Christmas yet!

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13. Gins of Christmas Advent Calendar – £100

Gin has been having a moment for quite a while now, so pay homage to the nation’s obsession by treating your other half to Marks & Spencers’ gin advent calendar.

It costs £100 but the calendar contains 25 gins and gin liquors for you to sample and enjoy.

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14. Personalised Luxury Spirits Advent Calendar Box – £134.95

De-stress from all that Christmas shopping and present wrapping with this luxury spirits advent calendar by The Little Boys Room.

It’ll be a huge hit with anyone who loves a festive tipple, because it includes everything from gin and vodka to whisky, rum and brandy. Oh, and the name of the recipient can be embossed in a premium foil on the lid of this advent calendar, making it the perfect gift.

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The Best Stationery Advent Calendars

The stationery-lover in your life will adore an advent calendar jam-packed full of the hottest stationery goodies of the moment. In fact, they’ll probably be writing you personalised thank you notes before the 25 days are up!

15. Paperchase 24 Days of Stationery Joy Advent Calendar – £35

If you’re drawn more towards pens and paper than you are chocolate and sweet treats, you’ve come to the right place. The Paperchase Christmas advent calendar is the festive treat we’ve always dreamt of.

Expect to find notebooks, pens and pencils, a Paperchase voucher and so much more inside this amazing countdown calendar, available exclusively online.

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16. Martha Brook 24 Days of Stationery Advent Calendar – £89

There’s no better way to count down to Christmas than with Martha Brook’s 24 Days of Stationery Advent Calendar. It’s our dream come true.

With a timeless design which looks like a row of colourful books on a shelf, it has a whole host of treats waiting to be discovered. Think personalised notebooks, notecard sets, luxury pens and a gold envelope opener. Delightful!

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17. ‘Reasons Why I Love You’ Advent Calendar Gift Box – £19.95

If you’re feeling extra romantic this year then the ‘Reasons Why I Love You’ advent calendar by Beija Flor Studio is the perfect way to show your other half you care.

You can either hand write your special messages on the cards provided, or you can have them printed before delivery. Either way, this advent calendar will have your loved one feeling all warm and fuzzy inside on every morning of December.

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18. Crafty Advent Calendar Box – £159.99

Perhaps not technically stationery, but crafting is close enough, right? The Crafty Advent Calendar Box by the Wool Couture Company offers its recipient an achievable crafty project to get on with every day in December. You’ll be knitting, crocheting, weaving, needle felting and more.

Oh, and the best part? You get to choose your colour theme, so all of your crafty ventures will be exactly to your style. Hoorah!

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The Best Tea and Coffee Advent Calendars

If your other half is a caffeine fanatic, then a tea or coffee advent calendar is a thoughtful choice. These advent calendars will guarantee them a December full of productive mornings.

19. Perkulatte Christmas Coffee Advent Calendar – £39.99

Is your partner a true coffee connoisseur? Then 24 foil-wrapped coffees from Perkulatte will be the perfect gift to celebrate your first Christmas as an engaged couple. And who doesn’t need a caffeine kick on those cold winter mornings?

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20. Personalised Coffee Advent Calendar Box – £59.95

If you want a coffee advent calendar with a difference, go for this personalised coffee advent calendar by The Little Boys Room. Each box can be personalised with your loved one’s name!

It has 25 Nespresso-compatible coffee pods in up to 13 flavours, perfect for giving the recipient the boost they require to get through the hectic festive season.

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21. John Lewis & Partners Tea Advent Calendar – £20

We love this tea advent calendar by John Lewis & Partners. It costs £22 and is full of fine teas and fruit infusions from Darvilles of Windsor, holders of the Royal Warrant for tea.

From English Breakfast to Moroccan Mint, Japanese Cherry Green Tea and Christmas Cookie tea, there is something for everyone here.

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22. Pukka Herbal Tea Advent Calendar – £9.99

Or how about this herbal tea advent calendar by Pukka Tea?

If your partner is more of a tea drinker than a coffee-fanatic, this cute tea advent calendar could be just the ticket.

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23. Whittard The Hot Chocolate Advent Calendar for Two – £45

Not strictly tea or coffee, but we couldn’t not include Whittard’s Hot Chocolate Advent Calendar for Two.

It contains 24 sachets of hot chocolate in eight different flavours – from peanut butter to sticky toffee pudding! It’s the perfect treat to share with your loved one.

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The Best Beauty Advent Calendars

December is officially party season, so what could be better than a new perfume, nail polish or eyeshadow every day of the month? Start by browsing some of the best beauty advent calendars right here, and don’t forget to check out our full round-up of the best beauty advent calendars of the year for more!

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24. L’Occitane Advent Calendar – £49

What better way to count down to Christmas than by opening a different L’Occitane fragrance, skincare, bodycare or haircare treat every morning of December!

This luxurious calendar contains all of the brand’s bestsellers, from their Intensive Repair Conditioner to their hand balms, body creams and shower gels. You’ll be feeling relaxed and rejuvenated in no time.

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25. Look Fantastic Advent Calendar 2019 – £79

After selling out four years on the trot (and for good reason), Look Fantastic’s luxurious advent calendar is back and better than ever.

Its contents are worth over £420, but you can get your hands on it for just £79, which makes it an essential in our books. It contains so many hero products from the likes of Molton Brown, Elemis and Morphe. Picking it up is a no-brainer, really.

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26. Next 24 Days of Beauty Branded Advent Calendar – £65

Fancy getting your hands on Next’s first ever beauty advent calendar? Of course you do!

It costs £65 and contains over £175-worth of beauty goodies from the likes of Smashbox, L’Occitane and Pixi. Snap it up before everyone else does!

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27. ASOS Grooming Advent Calendar – £35

Beauty advent calendars aren’t just for the girls, you know. ASOS have released a Male Grooming Advent Calendar this year which will have your favourite man looking dapper in time for Christmas Day.

It contains everything from roll-on deodorant to face masks and beard oil, from brands like The Ordinary, Rituals, Barber Pro and L’Oréal. Trust us – he’ll love it.

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Other Unusual Advent Calendar

Fancy going really off-piste? Choose from one of these unusual advent calendars which you most definitely won’t have seen before…

28. Happy Socks Advent Calendar – £149.95

This stylish sock advent calendar by Happy Socks features 24 unique and brightly printed pairs of socks to keep your partner’s feet happy throughout December.

Socks are one-size but will be sure to keep those trotters toasty.

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29. Auntie Mims Gemstone Geological Advent Calendar – £50

This fun gemstone advent calendar from Auntie Mims features 24 individually packed gemstones.

Each gemstone comes with its own card to tell you a little bit about the gem, its meaning and its origin. This Christmas countdown will be loved by science and geology buffs!

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30. Yankee Candle Book Advent Calendar – £34.99

Have your home smelling better than ever with Yankee Candle’s super festive Book Advent Calendar.

Behind the 24 doors is a mixture of tea lights and votive candles in a selection of the brand’s new and best-loved festive fragrances. You’ll also get a pretty little candle holder thrown in there for good measure! The countdown to Christmas has never smelt so good.

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31. Sainsbury’s Christmas Spice Advent Calendar – £17.50

Or how about this equally as lovely home fragrance advent calendar by Sainsbury’s? It costs just £12 and contains 24 different tealights, each with an exotic spice scent.

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32. Modo Creative Mindful Advent Candle Set – £18.50

Put your mental health first this December with this lovely Mindful Advent Calendar by Modo Creative. It’s full of handmade beeswax candles which burn for 20 minutes each.

The idea is that for the time they’re burning, you should sit back and relax. You can also personalise the box with a message of your choice!

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33. Eggnog Colour-In Advent Pillowcase – £15

Just how cute is this colour-in advent pillowcase! If you’re on the hunt for an advent calendar for your little one (or your other half who’s a child at heart), then this Egyptian cotton pillowcase would be perfect.

The recipient can colour in a different festive illustration every day of December. You can even order a pack of six wash-out fabric pens to come with the cushion!

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34. Postbox Party Enamel Pin Christmas Advent Calendar – £34

Perfect for badge lovers young and old, this cute and colourful advent calendar is full of 24 enamel pins to decorate bags, clothes, cushions and more.

The problem with chocolate advent calendars is that once they’re gone, they’re gone! But with this lovely calendar, you can keep the contents forever.

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35. Refillable Dog Advent Calendar – £24.95

Don’t let the pets miss out this Christmas! While you’re buying an advent calendar for your other half, pick this one up for your fur baby too.

This dog treat calendar can be refilled every year and can be decorated with a white ceramic keepsake personalised bone – perfect for hanging on your tree once the treats are finished!

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