I know it’s only early November but in my defence, advent calendars are the first thing you need to be prepped for. You’ve got 25 extra days to get gifts but leave it too late for these bad boys and you’ll end up with the sad leftovers on the supermarket shelves… if you’re lucky! We’ve taken a sneaky look inside some of our favourite advent calendars for this year to help you see what’s out there. With options for those with a sweet tooth, through to those that need to be entertained (and need a break from the sugar fest that is December!), there’s something for everyone with these non-chocolate advent calendars!
For The Big Kid
Take a trip down memory lane this December with a Retro Sweets Advent Calendar. Packed with gems from your childhood such as Parma Violets and Fruit Salad chews, this calendar can also be personalised with the recipient’s name so there’s no chance of someone else stealing a treat!
For The Joker
Fancy playing a game of Russian roulette with your advent calendar? Look no further than Jelly Belly’s Beanboozled Naughty or Nice calendar. With 24 different packets of jelly beans inside, you won’t know if you’re eating liquorice or skunk until it’s too late! There are ten nice flavours and ten frankly revolting sounding ones to find, will you take the challenge this year?
For The Budding Beauty Queen
If you’ve got a make up fan in your household then look no further than the Mad Beauty Advent Calendar. With a beauty surprise behind every door this calendar contains lip glosses, nail polishes, transfers, eye liner, lip liner and more. With a festive colour scheme (hello glittery nail polish!), this is bound to delight any budding beauty queen.
For The One That’s Full Of Beans
Jelly bean anyone? It’s not just Santa’s belly we’re looking at this year; the Jelly Belly Advent Calendar offers a perfectly portioned 10g pack of Jelly Belly jelly beans each day as you countdown. With all of the classic flavours to be found, there’s even an extra special surprise on Christmas Eve!
For The Ones That Need Entertaining
One of my favourite advent calendars I’ve seen this year, the ’24 Sleeps Til Christmas’ personalised advent activity book is ideal for keeping little ones entertained in the run up to Christmas. With activities such as word searches, puzzles and songs to sing, it’s a lovely way to fill each day with a little bit of festive cheer. Not only that but it makes a great break from the sugar fest! The personalisation runs throughout with your little one’s name printed on the front and on various pages as part of the activity. Aimed at children around 5 years of age.
For The Sweet Tooth
Not your traditional advent calendar, this HARIBO calendar brings you 24 windows filled with HARIBO favourites from around the world. There are seasonal mini bags in various styles mixed in with festive themed jellies; Santa’s boot, a reindeer and even a gummy Christmas tree! This one is guaranteed to be a hit with any sweet toothed fan, after all, who doesn’t love a bit of HARIBO?
For The Whole Family
For a more traditional festive countdown, this Snowman and Snowdog perpetual advent calendar will last you year and after year. With two blocks to change daily as you countdown, you can start as early as you like; there’s no need to wait for December. Personalise the text on the base of the calendar to fit your family and give it pride of place as you start the festive countdown.
For The One’s Further Away
It’s not always practical to send an advent calendar to loved ones further away, so why not show them you’re thinking of them with a Hallmark card. With a range of Christmas cards, including ones hiding games or advent colouring countdowns, Hallmark have all your Christmas stationery needs covered.
For further information, visit Hallmark to view their whole Christmas range