18 Alternative Advent Calendars You Need In Your Life (Starring Prosecco, Cheese And More)

You have just over a month until it’s time to crack the advent calendars out.

If chocolate doesn’t cut it for you anymore, there are a whole load of calendars out there that can cater to your heart’s desire: from bottles of fizz to cheese to candles and even stationery.

Because we’re good to you, we’ve scoured the festive landscape for the best money can buy. Prepare to want them all.

Cheese Advent Calendar, £8

This delightful number features 24 individually wrapped cheeses including various types of cheddar, Red Leicester, Wensleydale with cranberries, Applewood and more. (Read about it here.)

Price: £8
Buy it from Asda.

Prosecco Advent Calendar, £144.95

This bad boy is filled to the brim with 24 mini bottles of Prosecco, Cava and Champagne. It’s guaranteed to make Christmas a merry one (but perhaps don’t glug them before work).

Price: £144.95
Buy it here.

Create A Charm Bracelet Advent Calendar, £20

This 12-door advent calendar features a charm behind each door, so jewellery-lovers can build their own bracelet. What’s more, it can be personalised so you can feel extra special.

Price: £20
Buy it here.

Aldi Wine Advent Calendar, £49.99

Count down to Christmas with a mini bottle of wine every day. There’s an epic mixture of red, white, rosé and fizz!

Price: £49.99
Buy it from Aldi

Carluccio’s Limited Edition Advent Calendar, £75

Foodies will love this: Carluccio’s have hidden a different mini product from their Italian larder behind each colourful ‘door’ – featuring chilli pesto, wild boar ragu, fig jam and truffle butter. Yum. 

Price: £75
Buy it here.

Coffee Advent Calendar, £40

Count down to Christmas with a different bag of artisan roasted coffee each day, guaranteed to give you the caffeine hit you need to get you through December. 

Price: £40
Buy it here.

Individual Prints Advent Calendar, £49.90

Arty-types will love this calendar, which features a new poster (20 x 30cm) from a different artist each day. Use the posters to decorate your walls or give them away as individual gifts.

Price: £49.90
Buy it here.

Beer Advent Calendar, £54.99

It’s filled with beer, need we say more?

Price: £54.99
Buy it here.

Haribo Advent Calendar, £7

Got a sweet tooth? Get in line for this cheap and cheerful advent calendar from Haribo, starring mini bags of sweets behind each window.

Price: £7
Buy it here.

Sex Toy Advent Calendar, £150

You can’t get much more alternative than this sex toy advent calendar, packed with some of Love Honey’s most popular products. Cheeky.

Price: £150
Buy it here.

Yankee Candle, £24.99

An advent calendar filled to the brim with scented candles (could life get any better?). Your home will be bombarded with cinnamon, spiced white cocoa and snowflake cookie fragrances.

Price: £24.99
Buy it here.

Soap And Glory Beauty Calendar, £40

Enjoy a mini beauty treat every day with this Soap and Glory advent calendar crammed with bath products and makeup galore. We’ve got our eyes on that mascara. Lovely jubbly.

Price: £40
Buy it here.

Tea Advent Calendar, £36

Tea-bellies can bag themselves an advent calendar from Bluebird Tea co, starring 24 tea-themed gifts. We’re talking posh teabags, mini matcha pots, tea-scented perfume and more.

Price: £36
Buy it here.

Gin Advent Calendar, £99.95

This gin advent calendar is guaranteed to plant a grin on your face. You definitely won’t be sharing it.

Price: £99.95
Buy it here.

Pork Crackling Advent Calendar, £14.99

A meaty take on the traditional advent calendar, this cheeky number from The Snaffling Pig Co is filled with mini bags of flavoured pork crackling (and, FYI, four of the six flavours of pork crackling have won Great Taste Awards).

Price: £14.99
Buy it here.

Liberty London Beauty Advent Calendar, £175

A firm favourite among beauty-lovers, this year’s Liberty London calendar features over £500-worth of products from Liberty’s beauty hall, including 15 full-sized products and favourites from Byredo, Diptyque, Le Labo and more. 

Price: £175
Buy it exclusively from Liberty London.

Olivia Hale Beauty Advent Calendar, £24.99

For those who don’t want to spend their entire Christmas present budget on an advent calendar, this version is teaming with makeup must-haves including lipgloss, bronzer and nail polish. But, thankfully, it won’t break the bank.

Price: £24.99
Available from over 450 Home Bargains stores nationwide, while stocks last.

Chase Distillery Advent Calendar, £125

If you love booze but can’t quite decide which is your favourite, this calendar could be the one for you. It features 24 5cl bottles of booze including gin, vodka and liqueur – all produced in the Herefordshire-based Chase Distillery. Fancy.

Price: £125
Buy it here.