Written by Hugh Metcalf

Editor’s pick: best alternative advent calendars for 2019

If a traditional chocolate advent calendar doesn’t float your festive boat, pick up one of these clever alternatives for your December countdown.

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Christmas may be the only time of year that it’s socially acceptable to eat chocolate for breakfast, and while we’re totally on board with a small square of Cadbury every morning through the month of December, we realise chocolate advent calendars aren’t for everyone.

That’s why we asked the editor of Good Homes magazine to curate the best of the best alternative advent calendars for 2019 – want to see what we’ve picked?

24 Days of Stationery, £35, Paperchase

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Behind each door of this advent calendar you’ll find a quirky piece of Paperchase’s signature stationery, from pens and pencils to washi tape and a 2020 diary. It’s an online exclusive with limited stock, so if you’re a stationery addict, go get yours from the Paperchase website.

Flavoured gin advent calendar, £140, Tipsy Tree

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Since ’tis the season to get merry, how about a mini bottle of flavoured gin in your Christmas countdown? This gin advent calendar features some of the UK’s best loved gin brands in a range of delicious infusions.

English Tea Shop advent calendar, £9.99, Selfridges

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Nothing quite hits the spot like a warming cup of tea at this time of year, and you can make your tea break special with a different blend from the English Tea Shop behind every door. With special winter teas to try including Gingerbread Treat and Peppermint Candy, this calendar is full of festive joy, even if it’s a little bit more grown up than a chocolate calendar.

3D puzzle nativity advent calendar, £18, Hurn & Hurn 

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Kids these days love a collectable, and this fun 3D advent calendar gives them the chance to engage, interact and play every day. Plus, it’s pretty stylish for a children’s advent calendar, so two thumbs up from us!

12 day advent calendar, £70, Cowshed

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Packed with skincare, bath and body products, this advent calendar is a perfect luxury treat for yourself. This is the 12 day version, but you can also splash out on the full 24 day version if you’re feeling flush.


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