The Best Alternative Christmas Advent Calendars For 2018

The Best Alternative Advent Calendars 2018

There are so many advent calendars available for Christmas 2018. You certainly don't have to settle for just chocolate or sweets anymore!

We have found some brilliant alternative advent calendars for 2018 from cheese advents to biscuit advents, so if you're on the look out for something a bit different then take a look at our favourites.

Nivea Advent Calendar, RRP £39.99

The Best Alternative Christmas Advent Calendars For 2018

An alternative to the plethora of beauty advent calendars with make-up in, this Nivea Beauty Advent Calendar is full of pampering treats, with skincare, lip balms, moisturiser, cleanser, and even a roll-on deodorant!

Available at Amazon* for £19.99 (was £39.99)


Ilchester Cheese Advent Calendar, RRP £8-£10

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Last year we were treated to the very first cheese advent calendar. It sold out so fast at Asda but fear not... it will return for 2018! The calendar was packed with 24 cheeses which boasted lots of different flavours.

Last year they were on sale in Asda stores nationwide in the UK for £8. This year Sainsbury's* will be stocking it for £10 from the 14th November 2018 with Asda* releasing it on the 13th November for £8. Booths, which are mainly found in the north of England, will also be selling the calendar.

Inside you will find seven varieties of cheese: Jarlsberg, Applewood, Edam, Red Leicester, Wensleydale, Cheddar and a limited edition Wensleydale gingerbread cheese!


Swizzels Candle Advent Calendar,

RRP £10

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At first glance you may think this is a retro sweetie advent calendar but oh no it is actually filled with candles! This candle advent calendar contains 24 x Tea light candles and 1 x Tea light holder all with a burn time of 4 hours each. Enjoy the fragrance of your favourite sweeties including Love Hearts, Parma Violets and Refreshers!

The best part is that it has just been reduced to only £8 in the sale!

Available now at JD Williams*


The Snaffling Pig Co Pork Scratching Advent Calendar, RRP £15

The Best Alternative Christmas Advent Calendars For 2018


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 released their 2018 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 now at Debenhams* (£13.50), Studio* (£14.99), Amazon* (£20.99)


Kellog's Cereal Bar Advent Calendar, RRP £8.99

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Ok so this has got me super excited! The first Kellog's Cereal Bar Advent Calendar is hitting the shelves of B&M very soon and is expected to retail for only £8.99!

It will include 24 tasty cereal bar versions of our favourite breakfasts, including Coco Pops, Frosties, Rice Krispies and Squares bars. Plus B&M have confirmed there's at least one Pop Tart treat included too! This is going to be a sell out so head to your nearest B&M pronto!

Available in store at B&M*


24 Days Of Tea Advent Calendar, RRP £20

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I'll admit it, I like nothing more than sitting down with a good cup of tea and a book, especially in the Winter months. There's something so cosy about a cup of tea. I love the idea of this 24 Days Of Tea Advent Calendar, which includes different blends of fruit and fine teas to enjoy. It's a great buy at £20 and makes a great alternative to alcoholic advent calendars.

Available now exclusively at John Lewis and Partners*


Beanies Coffee Christmas Advent Calendar, RRP £20

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I love a Beanies coffee! They are low in calories and so are great if you are following a low calorie diet. Plus they come in lots of different flavours so you are really getting a treat!

This is the first ever Beanies Advent Calendar and includes a very generous 46 x Beanies stick sachets in assorted flavours and 1 x Jar of Beanies Flavour Coffee all for £20! This is a great gift to share around the office!

Order today at Beanies*


The Protein Ball Co. Advent Calendar, RRP £12.99

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If you’re a gym buff then this protein ball advent calendar is the one for you! Packed with 24 different protein balls, you’ll be fuelled up for the day ahead, guilt-free and still get to enjoy the fun of opening an advent calendar!

Flavours include: Peanut Butter + Jam, Raspberry Brownie, Lemon + Pistachio and Goji + Coconut, Peanut Butter, Cacao + Orange, Coconut + Macadamia and Cherry Bakewell. Plus, behind door number 24 is a special Christmas-flavoured protein ball!

Available from November at The Protein Ball Co.*


Pringles Advent Calendar, RRP

£7.99

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Christmas isn't complete without a tube or two of Pringles! Chips and dips are the way to go at Christmas time so that's why I will be heading to my nearest B&M and picking up one of these Pringles Advent Calendars!

Each pack contains 12 40g cans of crisps including three original flavour cans, three salt and vinegar, three sour cream and onion, and three Texas BBQ sauce flavour.

Available instore now at B&M*


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

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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 2018 alternative advent calendar gives you the chance to sample various flavours every day for 24 days.

Available now at Joe & Seph's*25)


Debenhams Hot Chocolate Advent Calendar, RRP £20

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Count down the days of the festive season with this selection of 24 indulgent hot chocolates in a variety of flavours. Open up a box each day to reveal a delicious chocolatey treat.

Choose from a selection the following Hot Chocolates: Hazelnut Flavour, Vanilla Flavour, Mint Flavour, Caramel Flavour, Strawberry Flavour, Orange Flavour, White Chocolate, Cinnamon Flavour, Coffee Flavoured, Coconut Flavour and Macaroon Flavour plus many more!

Grab it today for just £18 down from £20!

Available now at Debenhams*

12 Days Of Mrs Bridges Preserves, RRP £18.99

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If you cannot go through your day without a bit of jam on toast then this advent calendar will be right up your street! The 12 Days of Mrs Bridges Preserves includes small versions of Mrs Bridges’ signature jams, preserves, curds and marmalades. They are all in different flavours and would be lovely for an afternoon treat at Christmas!

Available now at Lakeland*

kikki.K Stationery Lover's Advent Calendar RRP £90

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So this stationery themed advent calendar is basically a luxury, grown-up version of the Smiggle advent calendar! kikki.K is a Swedish brand that is well known for it's gifts and stationery.

From sweet star-covered pens to stickers, candles, little notepads and inspiring quotes, every day holds a new little surprise in the run up to Christmas Day. It is on the pricier side at £90 (ouch!) but if you love your stationery on the fancy side then this ones for you!

Available now at Selfridges*

Yankee Candle Advent Calendars, RRP From £24.99

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This year Yankee Candle are giving us not one, not two but THREE beautiful advent calendars to choose from. First up is the Wreath Advent Calendar priced at £24.99. This lovely advent includes 24 doors to open each with a scented tealight and a tealight holder. Get it for just £20 right now at Debenhams* or at Studio* for £19.99.

Next up is the Fold Out Advent Calendar* which is priced at £34.99. This also has 24 doors to open but has a mixture of tealights and votives. Get it for just £26.24 at Temptation Gifts*.

Finally if you want to push the boat out then go for the Yankee Candle Christmas Tower Advent Calendar*. It retails for £74.99 but you can get it for the best price at Temptation Gifts for £56.24.

Available now at selected retailers

Usborne Advent Calendar To Colour, RRP £6.99

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If you have a little one who just loves colouring then this Usborne Advent Calendar to Colour will certainly keep them busy in the run up to Christmas!

This is a fold-out advent calendar featuring a black and white street scene, which can be coloured daily. There are doors and windows to open, and lots of friendly mice to spot. Stand it up to create a festive display, or fold away like a book for storage.

Available now at Amazon UK* (£6.99) or Wordery* (£6.51)

Popaball 12 Days Of Pimp Your Prosecco, RRP £29.99

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The perfect advent calendar for Prosecco fans! Now you can enjoy a prosecco cocktail every night in the run up to Christmas! This advent contains everything you will need to give your prosecco an upgrade for the festive season!

With different flavoured Popaball's, chunky straws and of course a touch of rose gold shimmer to add to your prosecco, it is the ultimate in cocktail chic!

Available now at Popaball*, Lakeland* and Amazon UK* (£31.99)

Happy Socks Sock Advent Calendar RRP £149.95

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Now I have heard it all! Yes you read that right this is in fact... a sock advent calendar! We all know that socks are probably one of the most gifted items at Christmas time so why not treat yourself to a brand new pair every day!

This Happy Socks Advent Calendar provides you with a pair of socks daily for 24 days. These aren't just a cheap pair of socks though, Happy Socks are unique, fashion forward and built to last.

Available now exclusively at John Lewis and Partners*

Johnny Loves Rosie Jewellery Advent Calendar, RRP £55

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What better way to count down the days than with the Johnny Loves Rosie jewellery advent calendar! Each day open the numbered door and find a jewellery treat waiting behind. The calendar includes a whole range of jewellery surprises including necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets and charms.

Available now at Johnny Loves Rosie*

Yankee Candle Home Inspiration Advent Calendar, RRP £15

The Best Alternative Christmas Advent Calendars For 2018

If you can't stretch to the Yankee Candle price tag then why not go for their Home Inspiration range. They have released an advent calendar for 2018 featuring 24 tealights in a variety of 5 festive fragrances; Winter Glow, Cranberry Ice, Christmas Memories, Christmas Cookie, Macaroon Treats.

Available now at Asda George*

Curry Legend Advent Calendar, RRP £29

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If you like a curry and love to cook with a bit of spice then this Curry Legend Advent Calendar is a bit of you! Behind each of the 24 windows in this double-sided Advent Calendar contains a recipe for a classic Christmas dish, which can all be made using the 4 special Curry Legend spice blends included.

The perfect gift for any keen cook, or to treat yourself and learn new ways to spice up your seasonal cooking.

Available now at Not On The High Street*

Debenhams Coffee Advent Calendar, RRP £25

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Count down the days of the festive season with this selection of indulgent coffees in a variety of flavours. Open up a box each day to reveal a delicious coffee treat. Each sachet of coffee is the correct amount for a 4 cup (500ml cafetiere).

Choose from flavours such as: Tiramisu Flavour, Chocolate Flavour, Rich Hazelnut Flavour, Salted Caramel Flavour, Irish Cream Flavour, Mocha Orange Flavour, Strawberry and Cream Flavour, Amaretto Flavour, Brandy Flavour, Christmas Pudding Flavour and many more!

Currently out of stock online at Debenhams*

McVities Advent Calendar, RRP

£9.99

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Well that's me sorted, it's the stuff dreams are made of... a Biscuit Advent Calendar! The McVities Advent Calendar features 24 doors behind which you'll find either a Penguin bar, a mint or orange Club bar, Iced Gems or a Gold bar.

Behind door 25 there's an extra special surprise treat for Christmas day!

This is only available in store at B&M for £9.99 so head down asap as I predict a sell out with this one!

Available now instore at B&M*

TOPICS:   Christmas UK

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68 comments

  • 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

  • Emma L.

    I’ve bought myself a bare minerals one x

  • Lucy H.

    Pringles one on there for jay xx

  • Hayley B.

    Omg! ! They have pork scratching advent calendars!!!! :laughing:

  • Jodie W.

    there’s some nice ones!!

  • Adrienne P.

    Yes!!! I will have to get it :thumbsup_tone1: though I now want the stationary one that’s on that site! :heart_eyes:

  • Clare G.

    Oh my god just looked :heart_eyes:

  • Sarah C.

    These candles dont smell very much. Waste of money. I've tried the votive candles. Rubbish.

  • Jane M.

    Omg :heart_eyes: are mummies even allowed to have their own advent calendar :joy: xxx

  • Paula C.

    I'd rather the actual sweets :joy::eyes:

  • Angharad M.

    you can have some cheese with your wine one

  • Beth R.

    haha Christmas is sorted

  • Karen R.

    shall I get one for you this year :thinking:

  • Tina T.

    you’re Xmas present :gift:

  • Lindsay M.

    - we need this and a chocolate one :yum::yum:

  • Anne R.

    Got my cheese one last week :wink::hamster::cheese::cheese:

  • Pj M.

    Imagine hanging it on your door and cheese melting down it :joy:

  • Pj M.

    Imagine the smell :dizzy_face::dizzy_face:

  • Linsay S.

    That’s amazing :heart_eyes::heart_eyes::heart_eyes:

  • Chloe O.

    Steve you and the kids can have this x

  • Miriam B.

    Yes can’t wait for my cheese calander from ASDA :santa_tone3:

  • Laura Z.

    :joy::joy: better than chocolate

  • Jemma W.

    Grate them all on my baked potato :joy:

  • Gemma C.

    Yes please! & there's a gin one too :blush:

  • Ruth H.

    oh my... perfect combination!!!!!!!

  • Kate F.

    In Sainsburys from the 14th November..x

  • Siân E.

    I need to find one this year!!!

  • Jim K.

    im all for that :cheese::calendar::christmas_tree::joy:

  • Maire D.

    We can do daily cheese selfies :grinning: Of course we shall have to get 2. One for the rest of November to try and then the real deal for Dec :joy:

  • Jodi H.

    They even have a beanies one :heart_eyes:

  • Sophie C.

    Exactly what my nan said about half hour ago in Asda :sweat_smile:

  • Michelle F.

    Did you? Why don’t I have any recollection of this conversation? :joy:

  • Rosari J.

    Ohhh I love this! I’d share with dad :joy::heart:

  • Andrea Q.

    Where can I get it?!?:cheese::cheese::grimacing:xx

  • Owen A.

    Exactly what I was thinking :joy:

  • Joanne B.

    I certainly do! I wonder if the little boob monster will agree!!

  • Leanne R.

    A port and cheese pairing session would be amazing

  • Shaunna L.

    Ah I would bloody love this :joy::joy:

  • Louise A.

    My kind of calendar!!!!!!!:heart::cheese::cheese::cheese:

  • Liz L.

    ....I like this very much...:kissing_heart:

  • Rachel M.

    I also like the Declor one :ok_hand::thumbsup_tone1::kissing_heart:

  • Hattie W.

    rose says she wants one of these ha xx

  • Brea T.

    my advent calendar sorted :laughing:

  • Eileen L.

    I remember and I am embracing it!

  • Grace N.

    I might have to treat myself :speak_no_evil:

  • Tina C.

    Ohhh yes please...can i have 2 :sparkling_heart::kissing_heart:

  • Sian J.

    Getting this. Thanks Lis x

  • Gemma C.

    I checked online and it’s in store

  • Georgina C.

    Omg I love that although maybe not so keen on cheese out of the fridge for a month!!!!

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