Alternative Advent Calendars – Countdown to Christmas 2014

My 2014 beauty advent calendar post seems to be very popular so I thought it would be nice (I hate that word but lets go with it for now) to look for alternative calendars. Non-beauty related.

Yankee candle advent calendar christmas 2014

Yankee Candle Advent Calendar 2014

Snowflake Cookie, Angel’s Wing’s and Cranberry Ice are all gorgeous scents included in this set. Open a window as you countdown to Christmas and enjoy a seasonal tea light from this super affordable calendar!

Available now from

Cost: £21.99

Nostalgic Vintage Style Advent Calendar Set of 25 Paper Boxes easy diy for chocolates sweets

Nostalgic Vintage Style Advent Calendar 

Start a new festive family tradition with these natural-coloured, reusable cardboard boxes. Each box features an authentic vintage design and would be lovely as an advent calendar filled with sweets, mini candy canes or chocolates. Stack them in a pyramid shape, a square or even line up along a fireplace mantle.

Buy now from Etsy seller Milch and Honig. 

Cost: £18.67

Advent Christmas Tea Gift Set herbal english breakfast alternative advent calendar

Advent Christmas Tea Gift Set

25 gorgeous teabags sourced from well-known British tea companies make up this delightful advent set. Each tea bag is packaged individually in paper envelopes, designed with sweet quotes for the Christmas season – from Christmas carols to nativity scriptures. You can select an assortment of mixed flavours including Peppermint and Berry infusion, or opt for the traditional English Breakfast.

Available to buy from

Cost: £19.50

Fortnum and Mason fireside traditional christmas wooden advent calendar heirloom

Fortnum and Mason Fireside Wooden Advent Calendar

Investing in an advent calendar is probably not something you have ever considered. Think again. This beautiful traditional, wooden calendar from Fortnum and Mason is sure to become a much-loved family heirloom. Fill up the empty spaces with treats, sweets or mini toys for your loved ones to enjoy; an absolutely wonderful calendar.

Buy from Fortnum and Mason.

Cost: £85.


personalised diy alternative advent calendar christmas chalk countdown blocks

Personalised ‘Sleeps ‘Till Santa Blocks 

It may not include a treat but this is a lovely way to share in the excitement of counting down to Christmas with children. Handcrafted wooden blocks are personalised with your choice of name(s), while the top block is painted with blackboard paint for you to chalk in the numbers on your countdown. Also, a fabulous tool to help children learn how to count!

By Bobby Loves Rosie from

Cost: £25

Hotel Chocolate Advent Calendar to share for couples luxury 2014Hotel Chocolat Large Luxury Advent Calendar

Behind each door on this Hotel Chocolat calendar is not one but two luxury baby truffles – perfect for couples and newlyweds! A host of delicious flavours are included from gingerbread, almond and nutmeg to raspberry and mulled wine.

Available to buy from Hotel Chocolat.

Cost: £26

John Lewis pillar advent candle red 2014


Red Pillar Advent Candle

There is something romantic about the glow of pillar candles over the festive period. Light this red advent candle from John Lewis and know exactly how long it is until Father Christmas visits!

Buy from John Lewis.

Cost: £8

Peppa Pig Multivitamin Advent Calendar healthy christmas kid children

Peppa Pig Multivitamin Advent Calendar

If you don’t feel comfortable giving your children chocolate each morning in the run up to Christmas (for health reasons or simply a lifestyle choice), this chewable gummy multivitamin advent calendar is a fantastic concept!

Buy from Holland and Barrett

Cost: £5.99



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