The Best Alternative Christmas Advent Calendars 2020

Including marshmallows, tea, socks, coffee, jewellery and much more!
The Best Alternative Christmas Advent Calendars 2020

There are so many advent calendars available for Christmas 2020 that you certainly don't have to settle for just chocolate or sweets anymore!

We have found some brilliant alternative advent calendars for 2020 from tea and coffee to marshmallows and popcorn, and plenty more, so if you're on the look out for something a bit different take a look at our favourites right here.

Remember to check out our Best Beauty Advent Calendars 2020 and Best Children's Toy Advent Calendars 2020 too.

Ilchester Cheese Advent Calendar 2020, RRP £8

For the past three years the cheese advent calendar has been a bestseller. It's back for 2020, hoorah! The calendar is packed with 24 cheeses which boasts lots of different flavours.

Inside you will find nine varieties of cheese: Applewood Smoke Flavoured Cheddar Cheese, Applewood Vintage Smoke Flavoured Cheddar Cheese, Mexicana Cheddar Cheese with Mixed Peppers, Ilchester Cheddar Cheese, Ilchester Vintage Cheddar Cheese, Ilchester Red Leicester Cheese, Ilchester Aged Red Leicester Cheese, Ilchester Double Gloucester Cheese and Ilchester Sage Derby, Derby Cheese with Sage.

Available now at Ocado* £8 and Amazon* £21.99.

3 x Official Chupa Chups Tealight Advent Calendars 2020, RRP £30

Grab an absolute bargain from over at Yankee Candles right now. Get THREE of these official Chupa Chups tealight advent calendars for just £10 with free delivery! These advent calendars are selling for £10 each at JD Williams and other stores so this really is a cracking deal and one we expect to sell out fast!

Inside you will find 23 x scented tealights and 1 x Candle Holder in sweet scents.

Available now at Yankee Bundles, £10 delivered

Friends Advent Calendars 2020

Could we be any more excited? The Friends TV show celebrated 25 years since it's first episode earlier this year, so the revival of interest means fans can choose from several Friends Advent Calendars this year. For Christmas 2020 Friends fans can countdown using the one with the bath stuff, the one with the stationery, the one with the socks, the one with the jewellery and the one with the surprises - and we think there might be even more on the way! Here's the best:

Friends Central Perk 12 Days of Bath Advent Calendar 2020, RRP £19.99)

Friends Central Perk 12 Days of Bath Advent Calendar 2020

Friends fans can relax and enjoy the run-up to Christmas with this Friends Central Perk 12 Days of Bath and Body Advent Calendar. Behind each door, there is a bath and body treat including body wash, bath salts, lip balm, bath fizzers, hand cream and more.

Available to pre-order at Zavvi* £19.99, IWOOT* £19.99, release date 30th October 2020

Friends Stationery Advent Calendar 2020, RRP £24.99

Friends Stationery Advent Calendar 2020

Love stationery and TV memorabilia? Brighten up your school bag, desk or work space with 24 Friends themed stationery gifts as you countdown to Christmas. Inside you'll find gadget decals, mini notebooks, magnets, pencils, self-inking stamps, coffee-scented erasers and a bonus "Do not disturb - I'm watching Friends" door hanger.

Available at Zavvi* £24.99, IWOOT* £24.99

Friends Jewellery Advent Calendar 2020, RRP £17.99

Could this advent calendar BE any cooler? Chock full of charms and badges celebrating the most iconic Friends moments and motifs - from Marcel to the lobster; the turkey to Regina Phalange! - count down to Christmas with pal-themed pieces! It contains one T-bar charm bracelet, 15 hanging charms, 5 bag charms and 4 pin badges.

Available now at TruffleShuffle*, £17.99

Chuckling Cheese Advent Calendar, RRP £34.99

A cheese advent calendar is right up my street and we know so many of you love them too! This Cheese Advent Calendar is from The Chuckling Cheese Company and is a great way to countdown the festive season with 24 days of cheese!

Inside the calendar you will find mini cheese truckles in brightly coloured waxed coatings. With 8 different flavours to try throughout the days including: Traditional Applesmoked, Charcoal, Caramelised Red Onion, Vintage, Munchie's Margherita, Orange & Whiskey, Limited Edition Christmas Pudding and*BRAND NEW* Yet to be announced cheese!

Available now at The Chuckling Cheese Company*, £34.99

Disney 12 Socks Of Christmas Advent Calendar 2020, RRP £30

Disney 12 Socks Of Christmas Advent Calendar

There are so many sock advent calendars this year - but we're not complaining! This Disney 12 Socks Of Christmas Advent Calendar includes 12 pairs of women's socks (UK size 4-8) in a great mix of Disney themes to brighten your festive season and keep you toes toasty.

Available soon at Boots* £30.

Joe & Seph's Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar 2020, RRP £25Joe & Seph's Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar 2020

Now I hear what you're saying, £25 for popcorn? But hear me out - they are so delicious! They are thickly coated in gorgeous flavours and toppings such as cookies and cream, chocolate orange and banoffee pie. Their 2020 alternative advent calendar gives you the chance to sample various flavours every day for 24 days.

Available now at Joe & Seph's25)

Joe & Seph’s Gourmet Popcorn Vegan Advent Calendar 2020 (RRP £20)

Joe & Seph’s Gourmet Popcorn Vegan Advent Calendar 2020

Food advent calendars can be tricky if you're vegetarian or vegan, but Joe & Seph have brought out a vegan version of their hugely popular popcorn advent calendar so that you can enjoy the treats without any animal ingredients. Behind each of the 24 drawers are snack sized packets of our artisan popcorn in 8 unique flavours including Salted Caramel, Toffee Apple & Cinnamon, Coconut & Cacao, Salted Maple, Dark Chocolate, Strawberry Caramel and more.

Available to buy now at Boots* for £20.

The Snaffling Pig Co Pork Scratching Advent Calendar 2020, RRP £17.50The Snaffling Pig Co Pork Scratching Advent Calendar

If you prefer a savoury snack as you count down to the big day then why not treat yourself to a Pork Scratching Advent Calendar? The Snaffling Pig Co have announced their 2020 Pork Crackling Advent Calendar and it is set to be a big seller this Christmas. Behind each of the 24 doors you will find a mini bag of The Snaffling Pig Co Pork Crackling to enjoy.

Available to order at Studio* £14.99, The Snaffling Pig Co £17.50, IWOOT £16.99.

Gourmet Marshmallow Advent Calendar 2020, RRP £15

Gourmet Marshmallow Advent Calendar

The world’s first gourmet Marshmallow Advent Calendar returns for its fourth year. Behind each door, you’ll find a delicious piece of handmade gourmet marshmallow in a selection of sumptuous flavours. The Gourmet Marshmallow Advent Calendar features twelve alternating flavours which include: Vanilla Bean, Candy Floss, Salted Caramel, Choc Orange, S’mores, Mint Choc Chip, Cookies & Cream, Choc & Honeycomb, Fizzy Watermelon, Bubblegum, Fizzy Cola Bottle and Rhubarb & Custard. The larger central door for Christmas Day includes a milk chocolate enrobed vanilla marshmallow bar.

Available to pre-order now for shipping on 1st November at The Naked Marshmallow Co £15, Not On The High Street* £18.95.

Beanies Coffee Christmas Advent Calendar 2020, RRP £20Beanies Coffee Advent Calendar 2020

Love your flavoured coffee? Beanies have brought back their hit Beanies Coffee Advent Calendar for a second year, so you can try lots of new flavours as you count down the days to Christmas 2020.

Inside you get 44 Beanies stick sachets (that's two per day in assorted flavours so you can share with someone else), pus 2 mystery jars of Beanies Christmas flavour coffee to enjoy on the big day and after.

Available now atBeanies £20

Harry Potter Charm Bracelet Advent Calendar 2020, RRP £17.99

This Harry Potter advent calendar makes festive charm a cinch! On the 1st of December you'll open your bracelet, and through the rest of the month, discover an array of enchanting gems to decorate it, celebrating the best of the magical movies and books! Perfect pieces for Potterheads.The advent calendar includes one mesh bracelet, 10 hanging charms and 14 charm beads.

Available now at TruffleShuffle, £17.99

Whittard of Chelsea Tea Advent Calendar 2020 (RRP £60)

Whittard of Chelsea Tea Advent Calendar 2020

What's more exciting than opening your advent calendar in the morning? Finding a glorious selection of individually wrapped teabags, of course! Whittard have chosen a range of their best-loved teas for the ultimate countdown to Christmas, with 94 teabags included. You'll find everything from unique Whittard blends to renowned single origins, and there's even a little extra gift to start your journey. It's a tea lovers dream...

Available at Very £60, Littlewoods £75

Pukka Herbs Tea Advent Calendar 2020 (RRP £9.99)

Pukka Herbs Tea Advent Calendar 2020

Tea lovers can countdown to Christmas with this new Pukka Herbs Tea Advent Calendar 2020, as a delicious alternative to chocolate. Featuring 24 different delicious organic herbal teas to revive you this festive season, with 100% organically grown and ethically sourced ingredients.

Available at Amazon* £9.99.

Yankee Candle Christmas Wreath Advent Calendar 2020 (RRP £24.99)

Yankee Candle Christmas Wreath Advent Calendar 2020

The best-selling Yankee Candle Wreath Advent Calendars is back for 2020 including four new festive fragrances as well as returning Christmas favourites. You'll get tealights behind each of the 24 doors in Singing Carols, Snowflake Cookie, Christmas Magic, Christmas Cookie, Holiday Hearth, Surprise Snowfall, Cinnamon Stick and Vanilla French Toast, plus you get a Clear Glass Tea Light Holder.

Available to buy at Temptation Gifts £19.99 Amazon* £34.89 delivered.

The Yankee Candle Advent Book 2020 (RRP £39.99)

The Yankee Candle Advent Book 2020

If you'd like a pretty fancy advent calendar this year, then the Yankee Candle Magical Christmas Morning Advent Calendar Book is for you. Priced at around £34.99 it won't break the bank, and it contains an assortment of votives and tealights in scents including the four new ones for Christmas 2020. Enjoy candle fragrances like Singing Carols, Holiday Hearth, Surprise Snowfall, Unwrap The Magic, Christmas Morning Punch, Christmas Cookie, Snowflake Cookie, Christmas Eve, Christmas Magic, All is Bright, Glittering Star, Cinnamon Stick, Candlelit Cabin, Red Apple Wreath and Cranberry Ice. You also get a decorative votive holder.

Available to buy at Amazon* £39.99 with free delivery and Temptation Gifts £35.99.

Refillable Dog Biscuit Advent Calendar, RRP £27.95

Refillable Dog Biscuit Advent Calendar

We can't leave our furry friends out at Christmas time that's for sure. If you want to treat your four-legged friend to an advent calendar then this Refillable Dog Biscuit Advent Calendar makes a bit of a change from the norm. You can reuse this advent calendar year after year. Just add your dog's favourite biscuits to it and they can enjoy it for many Christmases to come.

Available now at Not On The High Street* £27.95

Previous Best Alternative Advent Calendar Deals

Christmas advents are always bestsellers and can often go in and out of stock. If there's something we have featured that is no longer in stock you'll find it listed here. We'll check these previous best deals just in case they come back, and we'll let you know as soon as they do.

Chilli Lovers Advent Calendar, RRP £6

Chilli Lovers Advent Calendar

Do you dare to take the Chilli Lovers Advent Calendar challenge? This twelve day chilli sweet challenge is sure to spice up the twelve days of Christmas. Behind each window you will find 2 sweets, they could be strawberry or fiery chilli flavour, the only way to find out is to take on the challenge and try. Can you beat the heat?

Available at Tesco* for £6. (temporarily out of stock)

Friends Socks Advent Calendar 2020 (RRP £30)

Friends Socks Advent Calendar

Sock advent calendars are big this year, and brand new for 2020 is this Friends Socks Advent Calendar! This one is a 12-day calendar so you can gift it for Christmas day and there's a new pair of socks for each of the '12 Days Of Christmas'. These are ankle socks in one size to fit women's UK shoe sizes 4-7 approx.

Available now at Boots* for £30 (temporarily out of stock)

Friends Advent Calendar 2020: The One With The Surprises (RRP £22)

Friends Advent Calendar 2020: The One With The Surprises

This one really is a mystery, as 'The One With The Surprises' Friends Advent Calendar has no pics of contents, and instead promises " twenty-five keepsakes and trinkets ranging from fun ornaments to classic Friends-inspired recipe cards and a Holiday Armadillo surprise ". We know there's a gift tag and an ornament in there, but apart from that, who knows!

Available at Amazon* although temporarily out of stock.

Harry Potter Socks 12 Day Advent Calendar 2020 (RRP £29.99)

Harry Potter Socks 12 Day Advent Calendar 2020

Harry Potter fans, you have loads of advent calendars to choose from, with toys, LEGO - and now socks! New for 2020 is this Harry Potter Socks 12 Day Advent Calendar to make the festive countdown magical. Behind each door you will find a pair of Harry Potter themed socks, a different design for each of the twelve days. Designs include the Crest of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, a Dobby silhouette, the Dark Mark symbol of Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters, and the quotation "I don't go looking for trouble, trouble usually finds me" from the book Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. This unique 12-Day Advent Calendar contains 7 x pairs of trainer socks and 5 x pairs of full-length socks. These one-size socks will fit anyone with a UK shoe size of 4-8.

Available now at Very £26.69, Zavvi £29.99, IWOOT £29.99. (temporarily out of stock)

Gemstone Geological Advent Calendar, RRP £60

Gemstone Geological Advent Calendar

The first of it's kind, this is a unique and original Advent Calendar with a difference. The Gemstone Geology Advent Calendar introduces a new gemstone every day.

The personalised box is full of 24 individually packaged and numbered gemstones and fossils, all with an information card. One to open for each day of advent. There is also a drawstring cloth bag to keep the contents in once opened. They would make a lovely keepsake.

Available at Not On The High Street* £60 (temporarily out of stock)

Air Wick Christmas Countdown Scented Tealights Advent Calendar

Air Wick Christmas Countdown Scented Tealights Advent Calendar

Here's a cracking candle advent calendar offer! Yankee Bundles are selling these Air Wick Christmas Countdown Scented Tealights Advent Calendar

on offer at THREE for £13 with free delivery! These are selling for 13.50 each at Amazon, so this is a brilliant offer! Better be quick, as these will sell out fast! (Please note that these are German stock the writing is in German, but as the candles are the same who cares?)

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  • Clare R.

    cheese advent calendars:heart_eyes:

    • Holly P.

      Cheese and Pringles we need these

      • Kel D.

        omg cheese ..I love cheese xxxx

        • Megan P.

          Wow I actually want all of them

          • Sarah M.

            cheese advent calendar!! :cheese::cheese::cheese::cheese:

            • Ann C.

              cheese advent calendar - yaaaaaaaaaaaaasssss!! :heart_eyes::pray_tone1::kissing_heart::wink: xxx

              • Ashlean B.

                Defo getting one this year ha xx

                • Lynne S.

                  get a Pringles one to go with cheese one :grin:

                  • Rachel W.

                    they have a pork scratching done

                    • Fiona C.

                      Hell yes...and pringles :laughing::laughing:

                      • Gill O.

                        Shame the Pringles is only 12 days!!!!

                        • Thomas F.

                          Someone mentioned this at work today. Sounds awesome! Haha.

                          • Selina H.

                            Omg I need the cheese one in my life !!! Xxx

                            • Laura B.

                              Amazing! Both Doug and I will be happy!!

                              • Shellie W.

                                I'd do the cheese and pringles :joy: have a wee combo every day xx

                                • Lauraax M.

                                  My thoughts exactly!! Like a wee cheese and cracker :joy::joy: xxx

                                  • Andy F.

                                    Wanted one last year but missed it. Gonna get one the day it’s on sale xx

                                    • Dawn T.

                                      Haha! They would love this. :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

                                      • Emma T.

                                        Omg I need to get ivy the Pringles one! :joy:

                                        • Michael W.

                                          I saw yesterday, cereal one looks cool