12 Weird And Wonderful Advent Calendars To Count You Down To Christmas

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Why not be advent-urous this year and opt for one of these quirky advent calendars?

December is just around the corner which can only means two things: 2020 is nearly over (thank God) and it’s time to find the perfect advent calendar. We love chocolate as much as the next guy but sometimes you just want to celebrate the countdown to Christmas with hot sauce, pork cracklings or a dozen G&Ts. Here are 12 alternative advent calendars for those who want to throw caution to the wind and have a December to remember. [Featured image: The Pip Shop]

1. The Snaffling Pig Co. Pork Crackling and Beer Advent Calendar

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Photo: John Lewis

Why not bring the pub to you this December with a dozen craft beers and pork crackling snack packs? These advent calendars sell out every single year and 2020 will likely be no different. So if you want your lead up to Christmas to involve a whole lot of beer and pork, there is no time like the present. And it’s priced at £65.

2. Harrods Coffee Capsule Advent Calendar

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Photo: Harrods

It may be the most wonderful time of the year but we still need our coffee fix to get us through they day, we’re only human. Coffee connoisseurs will be blessed with six different blends of Arabica coffee over the month, each boasting seasonal notes. This calendar delivers a daily dose of festive spirit through the most delicious coffee and it currently retails at £20.

3. Fever-Tree Gin & Tonic Advent Calendar

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photo: @fevertreemixers

This claims to be the ultimate gin and tonic advent calendar out there and we can see why. Behind these closed doors are six Fever-Tree tonics and twelve different types of gin. There are a world of possibilities for potential G&T flavour combinations and we want to try them all. You know what they say, a cocktail a day, keeps the seasonal depression away…

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4. Lush 12 Days of Christmas Calendar

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Photo: Lush

On the twelfth day of Christmas, Lush gave to me a sh*t ton of bath, shower and body products to pamper myself with. These seasonally scented gifts will immediately take your self-care game to the next level. The ‘Jingle Bells’ bath bomb and ‘Roasting Chestnuts on an Open Fire’ shower gel are just the very start, and it costs £75.

5. Ilchester Cheese Advent Calendar

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You feta believe it, this advent calendar is full of nothing but cheese – nine different types of cheese to be specific. It’s almost too gouda be true… This epic calendar will count you down to Christmas with 24 cheesy bites and they’re all pretty edam good. In queso didn’t know (last one, I promise), it costs just £8!

6. The Pip Stop Wine Advent Clock

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Photo: The Pip Stop

Every hour is happy hour with this advent calendar. Those partial to a glass of red, white or rosé in the evenings (or mornings, we don’t judge) will love this calendar. Every other day of December, you’ll get to discover a new fine wine and wine down the year in style. This incredibly inventive wine rack can be reused time and time again and it retails at £60.

7. Wilko 24 Days of Hot Sauce

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Photo: Wilko

If you want to spice up your holiday season or add a bit of heat to the cold month of December, this advent calendar will definitely do the trick. This calendar includes eight different types of hot sauce and each guarantees to set your taste buds alight. With flavour names such as Hawaiian Lava, Death Valley and Thunder Down Under, purchase this at your own risk. The good news is, it’ll only set you back a tenner.

8. Pukka Days of Christmas Calendar

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Photo: @pukkaherbs

This advent calendar will give tea time a whole new meaning. Nothing in this world beats a cuppa and this selection really is pukka. For £8, you can enjoy 24 delicious herbal teas that are each made with 100% organically grown and ethically sourced ingredients.

9. Advent of Change Charity Advent Calendar

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Photo: John Lewis

Perhaps the most wholesome advent calendar on the list is by the non-profit organisation, Advent of Change. By purchasing this calendar you are helping to support 24 different charities. Behind each door you’ll find out which charity you have helped that day and how your donation will make a difference. It costs £32.95 and is truly what the spirit of Christmas is all about.

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10. The Bearded Man Beard Oil Advent Calendar

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Guys, if you want to have a beard that will rival Santa’s by Christmas, this may be your only hope. With 24 different beard oils to work your way through, there is no doubt that your beard will look, feel and smell amazing all December long. Every oil is 100% natural and these beard treats will be yours for £25.

11. Friends Central Perk Advent Calendar

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Photo: Debenhams

If it hasn’t been your day, week, your month, or even your year, this is the advent calendar for you. Behind each door is an exciting piece of Friends memorabilia that’ll surely make you say “Oh. My. God”! There’s even a ‘Do Not Disturb – I’m Watching Friends’ door hanger, for the die-hard fans among us. It currently costs £15.

12. The Pip Stop Gin Advent Cracker

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Photo: The Pip Shop

Last but certainly not least, is this epic gin advent calendar. And by calendar we mean giant cracker! You’ll get to sample 24 different types of gin as you work your way towards Christmas. Expect some classics as well as pink, spiced and even sweet potato gin. It’ll set you back a whopping £124.99, but you really can’t put a price on happiness. That’s the spirit!

In other news, Borough Market has launched a range of Christmas hampers just in time for the festive season.

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