9 Alternative Advent Calendars That You Definitely Need

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December starts next week. Can you believe it?

We’re quickly running out of time, so here’s a selection of our favourite boozy, cheesy and, er, crackling advent calendars to get the holiday season off to a holly jolly start.

The Wine Advent Calendar from The Pip Stop

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Wine? … Well, wine not! Here’s one for you wine buffs (or just for those of you who enjoy drinking the stuff). This calendar is filled with 24 little bottles of joy to celebrate Christmas in style and it’s currently priced at £69.99

The Sparkling Wine Advent Calendar from The Pip Stop

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Possibly the most Christmas-appropriate calendar of them all – now is the season to celebrate! After all, nothing says Christmas more than drinking too much prosecco at the work Christmas do and making a tit of yourself in front of your boss. Add some sparkle to your December with a calendar filled with all things fizzy for an eye-watering £125.

The Cheese Advent Calendar from So Wrong It’s Nom


This one is arguably cheddar than all the rest. With five varieties available, it includes popular options like Jarlsberg, Applewood, Ilchester Mature Cheddar, Ilchester Red Leicester, and Ilchester Wensleydale with cranberries. Oh and each door comes with a cheese joke or a fact. And can you brielieve it’s only £8 from ASDA?! #CheeseNotChoc

The Whisky Advent Calendar from Drinks by the Dram

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Drinks by the Dram have loads of great options when it comes to boozy calendars but we’re showcasing this one for the whisky lovers among us. Each specially selected sample comes in a handmade bottle, sealed carefully with wax. Some of these whiskies retail at over £600 per bottle so that might make the £150 price tag seem slightly less outrageous.

The Pork Cracking Advent Calendar from the Snaffling Pig


We think this one might be more of a challenge than a treat, but we’d certainly like to give it a go. There are six flavours behind the doors, including Pigs in Blankets. Pork Crackling for breakfast for 24 days straight? Bring it on. This one costs £17.50.

The Ginvent Advent Calendar from Gin Foundry

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One for all you gin lovers (us too). This calendar is made by the guys over at Gin Foundry and it also features handmade wax sealed bottles, a perfect sampling size for a daily G&T. Merry Ginmas to all! This one costs £124.95.

The Variety Pack Advent Calendar from Kellogg’s


With a box a day for 24 days, each morning will come with a new surprise: will you get Frosties, Coco Pops, Rice Krispies or Corn Flakes? The excitement is far too much to handle. The only thing that would make this even better is if they brought back those little spoon toppers that used to fall into the bowl with your Frosties. (Damn you Kellogg’s for depriving us of such joy). This nostalgic treat costs just £4 from Tesco.

The Craft Beer Advent Calendar

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The guys at The Craft Beer Advent Calendar want you to have a very hoppy Christmas, and so do we. This advent calendar is more like a crate, so maybe just make sure you have room for a big cardboard box in your house before committing to this one. You can pick up this bad boy for £74.99.

The Christmas Beard Oil Calendar from The Bearded Man Co.


There’s hipster, and then there’s this. Your beard will smell delicious every day of December with this super edgy and totally extra advent calendar. This one costs £29.99.

🎁 ✨ It’s almost December, so it’s probably time to start thinking about maybe getting some presents. Here are the most magical places to do your Christmas shopping (but good luck, they might involve a trip to Oxford Street) ✨🎁

Lily Frohlich

Lily Frohlich

Lily fell in love with London after visiting the Natural History Museum on a day-trip from Bristol (aged four) and she’s never looked back. She’s a sucker for smashed avo’ and poached egg on toast, and she just can’t help herself from frequently posting pictures of her food on Instagram.

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