Christmas is a time of joy and indulgence. A time to throw away the diet and enjoy the magical time of year, to enjoy the simple pleasures that make up Christmas. Tradition varies from country to country with how Christmas is celebrated but one of the most prominent British traditions is that of the Advent calendar. A simple daily indulgence that helps people countdown to the most festive time of year. With the rise of alternative options,to chocolate Advent calendars, Express.co.uk takes a look at the best alternative Advent calendars to treat yourself and loved ones with this year.
1. Skylark Spirits “24 Days of Rum” Advent Calendar, £80
Counting down to Christmas with this brilliant calendar, be surprised every day for 24 days and discover a new rum on each day of Advent!
Designed to be shared, the stylish calendar comes with a pair of chic tasting glasses. Enjoy 24 different rums from 24 different countries in 20ml mini-bottles.
Including some hand-selected boutique rums such as Deadhead Dark Chocolate rum from Mexico, Fijian eight-year old rum liquor, Batavia Arrack from Indonesia and other well-crafted rums.
This beautifully designed and mouth-wateringly tasty calendar is a perfect present for rum lovers and enthusiasts.
The Skylark Spirits “24 Days of Rum” Advent Calendar is available to purchase through Amazon.co.uk, The Whiskey Exchange and Master of Malt, the calendar retails for just £80 – that’s £40 per person, with content worth over £150 of alcohol included.
2. ESPA’s Precious Moments Advent Calendar, £130
Make it a Christmas to remember this year with this luxury and chic Precious Moments Advent Calendar by ESPA. The beautifully designed grey and gold Advent calendar conceals 25 beauty treats designed to help you be your most soothed and relaxed self by the time Christmas turns up.
Behind each door there is a blend of essential oils, plant and marine extracts – whether it’s a luxurious indulgence for yourself or for someone special, this beauty calendar pulls out all the stops.
ESPA’s Precious Moments Advent Calendar is available for purchase from espaskincare.com, ESPA spas and salons worldwide as well as some select retailers for £130.
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3. Joe & Seph’s Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar, £25
For the first time, family business Joe & Seph’s, who hand make delicious gourmet popcorn and are known as the Willy Wonker’s of popcorn, have released a wonderful Advent calendar that provides a daily fix of mouth-wateringly tasty indulgences.
Designed as a beautiful snow-covered Victorian shop front, the calendar features 12 delicious flavours, behind each of the 24 windows, including Speculoos, Orange Chocolate and Banoffee Pie popcorn.
Joe & Seph’s Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar is available for purchase online through joeandsephs.co.uk,or alternatively from Debenhams, House of Fraser, Harvey Nichols, John Lewis Food Hall, Selfridges and Whole Foods Market for only £25.
4. Whittard of Chelsea The Luxury Tea Advent Calendar, £60
What’s more exciting than opening an Advent calendar in the morning? Finding a glorious selection of individually wrapped tea bags, of course.
Countdown to Christmas with Whittard of Chelsea’s luxury tea Advent calendar. The beautifully designed and highly decorative premium Advent calendar will be a sure-hit in any home. Discover a mix of black, green, white, fruit and herbal teas behind each of the 24 doors.
This Advent calendar isn’t only gorgeous to look at, it is also packed with various delicious teas and is perfect for sharing. There’s even a little extra gift to start your Christmas countdown journey.
This Advent calendar is a tea lover’s dream and is available for purchase online through www.whittard.co.uk and in their stores for £60.
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5. The Naked Marshmallow Co., £17.50
Do you have a sweet tooth but don’t fancy chocolate this year? Then The Naked Marshmallow Co. have the perfect solution for Christmas countdown woes. By popular request, The Naked Marshmallow Co.’s Gourmet Marshmallow Advent Calendar is back.
Each door reveals a festive flavour with an additional extra-special scrumptious surprise behind the final door to be eaten on Christmas day. Including flavours such as Salted Caramel, Butterscotch, Milk & Cookies, Gingerbread, Mint Choc Chip & S’mores!
Be sure to look on the inside door for jokes, fun facts and online discount codes. So that’s 25 deliciously gooey pieces of heaven to savour this Christmas and a great motivator for getting out of bed first on a Winter’s morning.
What’s more, you can upgrade your Advent calendar with a brilliant optional extra – a marshmallow toaster for only an extra £3.75.
The delicious Advent calendar is available for purchase from their website, www.nakedmarshmallow.co.uk, as well as Amazon and Not on the Highstreet for only £17.50
6. Drinks by the Dram Vodka Explorers Advent Calendar, £100
Make counting down to Christmas jolly this year by discovering some of the finest and most exciting vodkas from around the world, one tipple at a time.
Behind 24 doors Advent calendar lovers will find cool Californian vodka, a marmalade expression and even a vodka made from chardonnay grapes.
24 days, 24 drams, 24 chances to discover incredible vodkas.
This brilliant Advent calendar is available for purchase through Master of Malt.
7. Annem Hobson The Cheese Advent Calendar, £9
Are you on Santa’s “Gouda” list this year? Hopefully so, because food blogger Annem Hobson, from So Wrong It’s Nom, is launching her sell-out Cheese Advent Calendar for the third year after creating a fromage frenzy on the internet with her initial prototype.
The Cheese Advent Calendar is the perfect alternative to chocolate Advent calendars this year with 24 individually wrapped cheese pieces and seven varieties available, including a limited-edition cheese inside.
The Cheese Advent Calendar will be available to buy in ASDA, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Ocado, Waitrose, Lidl and Booths nationwide for between £8 and £10 (depending on retailer).
8. Beer Hawk Craft Beer ADVENTure Calendar, £59.99
Join this year’s biggest beer Advent-ure! Featuring 24 exciting beers, covering 15 different styles, from 14 different countries, the beer-themed Advent Calendar will be a sure hit-with any beer lover.
Make the Christmas countdown festive with this knock-out beer-a-day Advent calendar.
The contents of the calendar are worth over £80 in total, but it could be yours for £59.99, available for purchase from Beer Hawk’s online website, www.beerhawk.co.uk.
9. Lynx 12-day Grooming Countdown Calendar, £20
Treat someone special, or yourself, to this practical and useful 12-days-of-Christmas Advent calendar by Lynx.
The 12-day Grooming Countdown Calendar contains everything needed for guys to stay on top of their grooming game including: Lynx Ice Chill Body Wash, Body Spray, Lynx Ice Urban Hair Product and a variety of grooming essentials.
The calendar is available for purchase nationwide from Superdrug, Tesco and Sainsbury’s for £20.
10. Aldi’s Wine Calendar, £49.99
Calling all wine lovers! Countdown to Christmas with Aldi’s bestselling Wine Advent Calendar.
Filled with 24 mini bottles of Red, White, Rosé and Fizz, there’s no better way to toast the beginning of the festive season than sharing a miniature bottle or two with your nearest and dearest.
The Advent calendar is available for purchase online through www.aldi.co.uk and in stores for £49.99.