Advent Calendars with a difference

Advent Calendars with a difference

7 Advent Calendars with a difference

Advent calendars with a difference have become a big thing recently, you might say they’ve become big business! I won’t lie and say I don’t love the traditional ones, even ones without chocolate (yes, I am one of those unusual people that can take or leave chocolate!). But, I see so many different ones, in my mailbox and on YouTube, that last year I succumbed.

I ended up getting the Aldi beauty one that had all manner of beauty products, all designed to give you more beautiful skin before the big day arrived. I have to admit, I didn’t manage to use the products every day, but I liked the idea!

So, here are 7 advent calendars that you might like and also a giveaway.

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Oxfam Advent Calendar

Let’s start with a traditional one where the difference is…that it’s a charitable one. It’s the Oxfam advent calendar. If this time of year doesn’t have us all thinking about our blessings and those less fortunate, I don’t know when will.

It’s £3.99 and the one I’ve bought for myself this year.

The good news

According to the Oxfam website: “This item is produced from Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified paper. This global certification scheme allows consumers to identify forest products from well-managed sites, and purchase with the confidence that they are contributing towards safeguarding these natural resources.”

Men’s Fragrance Advent Calendar

M&S never let me down and they’re there for the man in your life with their men’s fragrance advent calendar. Full to the brim with fragrances to have him smelling sweet and means that whichever man receives (or buys it), he doesn’t have to miss out on the beauty advent calendar trend.

And, to bring extra glad tidings, it’s cruelty-free!

This one counts down the traditional 12 days of Christmas and is currently £20 from £45. 

Play-Doh Advent Calendar

Why give your child chocolate when you could give them (and not you) the joy of Play-doh (d’oh?!)! B has recently become quite the fan of Play-doh and he will absolutely love this one.

What do you get: “Behind each of the 24 doors there’s a different surprise, from a snowflake stamper to a tree mould. With a different surprise gift for each day leading up to the holiday, there’s no knowing what festive creations you’ll be able to shape for the season. Includes 24 surprises, play mat, and 5 cans of Play-Doh modelling compound”.

Currently available for £14.99.

Biscuit Advent Tin

Bicuiteers know how to take the biscuit when it comes to biscuits and chocolate and a whole host of other things (like personalised Christmas cakes). We reviewed one of the Biscuiteers Day of the Dead tins and they really are something special. From the tins themselves, to the packaging, and of course the beautifully hand made and decorated biscuits. I would definitely recommend you check out their site  (and their London shop) for gifts with a difference. Another great gift idea, or just something to do is one of their icing classes that I definitely want to get to in 2018.

Currently available for £48.00.

Don’t forget they have a huge range of bespoke gifts for every budget, too!

Eat Your Greens Advent Calendar

IWOOT are the queens of bespoke, quirky gifts and I always end up buying gifts from them every year. This Eat Your Greens calendar made me chuckle a little. I think the only way it will convince a certified sprouts hater to eat them is if you also intend to add chocolate to your sprouts on Christmas Day, too! But for a bit of fun, I think this is great!

Currently available for £17.99. 

20% off everything else outside of their current Black Friday offers use code: BF20 

Gin Advent Calendar

If you’re planning on spending the festive season gin soaked, then why not have a dram for every day! This is one for a true gin fan (although there are cognac, whiskey, rum and vodka versions, too!).

It’s not cheap, but hey if you or someone you know says hurrah for gin, then this could be a winner.

Currently available for £94.99 or £119 for the Ginvent calendar.

One to open in the evenings when you aren’t intending to go anywhere, don’t drink and drive, folks!

 

Ciaté Mini Mani Month Advent Calendar

Finally, we have the Ciaté Mini Mani Month advent calendar. This one features “a huge selection of Ciaté’s chic shades, and includes 18 mini paint pots and 1 full size, including 4 new and exclusive colours! All of these come packaged in individual boxes.

Inside one box, you’ll also find a limited edition surprise product, alongside one mini treatment and 2 magic nail toppers, plus a sneak peek at one of Ciaté’s brand new nail care superhero products!”

It contains: 17x Mini Paint Pot (5ml) 2x Mini Treatment (5ml) 1x Topcoat (5ml) 2x Glitter Topper (5ml) 1x Nail File 1x Full Size Glitter (13.5ml).

So, you can paint your nails to your heart’s content every day of the festive season, and beyond!

Currently available for £50. 

But, because we’re feeling festive and this month was our 2 year blog anniversary (and I was too busy to acknowledge it), we’re giving away one calendar to a lucky UK only entrant.

The #Giveaway

This giveaway is open to UK residents only. Just let us know in the comments below which of these advent calendars you’d give as a gift this year.

What you need to know

The giveaway closes at midday Thursday 30 December. At which point a winner will be selected from eligible entries via Rafflecopter. We’ll contact the winner via email at this point and once your mailing address is confirmed, the Calendar will be posted express delivery. I’m sorry, we can’t guarantee it will arrive on 1 December. If we have no response from the winner within 24 hrs of contacting them, we will select another winner via Rafflecopter.

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182 Comments

  • 11 months ago
    I love an alternative advent calendar and have bought one of us all the past 2 years. This year I bought Mario a snaffling pig calendar as he loves pork scratchings and Mia has had a book advent calendar instead of a choccie one from us. I didnt get one this year as I really wanted the Soap and Glory one and it sold out before I remembered to order it! Next year maybe! :) #BloggerClubUK
    • 11 months ago
      Snaffling Pig calendar sounds hilarious! I love how creative calendars have become! I didn’t see the Soap and Glory one. But I do always get a Soap and Glory pack for Christmas so the brand always makes me think ‘Christmas’! xx
  • Lauren Stebbings
    11 months ago
    I'd give the gin one to my sister in law. I think she'd enjoy opening it
  • EJ Dunn
    11 months ago
    The Eat Your Greens advent calender
  • Sharon Burroughs
    11 months ago
    I'd give the Ciate Mini Mani Month Advent Calendar
  • Zoe Graham
    11 months ago
    i'd like to give the ciate one to my sister
  • Silvia Prizzi
    11 months ago
    The BISCUIT ADVENT TIN will be lovely :)
  • kel herridge
    11 months ago
    i love to win PLAY-DOH ADVENT CALENDAR #nailedit
  • kel herridge
    11 months ago
    i love to win PLAY-DOH ADVENT CALENDAR
  • Natalie Gillham
    11 months ago
    I'd most like to win the Ciate advent calendar for my daughter!
  • jacqui rushton
    11 months ago
    Would love to give the Ciate Mani Mini calendar to my lovely Mum!
  • Jennifer Baker
    11 months ago
    Eat your greens advent calendar x x x
  • Alisa Moore
    11 months ago
    The Eat Your Greens Advent Calendar is my favourite
  • joanne saunders
    11 months ago
    The ciate one as a gift for myself :)
  • ksenia zywczuk
    11 months ago
    hard one! Let's go for play-doh for my nephew
  • Moonsomnia
    11 months ago
    It’s definitely got to be the Ciate calendar, it’s beautiful and I’ve been lusting after it for ages! #BloggerClubUK
  • Ruth Wollerton
    11 months ago
    I want to gift them all as I can think of recipients for them all - especially the play doh and Ciate one.
  • Tracy Hanley
    11 months ago
    Ciate mini mani calendar
  • Emma Davison
    11 months ago
    The gin advent calendar
  • Deborah Craig
    11 months ago
    Ciate
  • Ali Fanstone
    11 months ago
    Biscuit Advent Tin for the grandchildren
  • Becci Bleeze
    11 months ago
    The men fragrance one to my husband
  • sharon martin
    11 months ago
    men's fragrance advent calendar
  • Rebecca Alderson
    11 months ago
    I love the look of the iwoot sprout calendar! Would totally give this to my other half
  • laura stewart
    11 months ago
    i like the gin calendar
  • Debbie Preston
    11 months ago
    The Biscuiteers Advent Tin
  • mary chez
    11 months ago
    The Gin Advent Calendar
  • Iris
    11 months ago
    I love the ginvent calendar and would gift this to my sister, even though I would love to keep it to myself
  • Claire Boitoult
    11 months ago
    The biscuiteers advent would make a great gift for my family. I’d love the Ciate one for myself. :)
  • Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog)
    11 months ago
    my partner would love the gin or beer one!
  • J Gallant
    11 months ago
    Mens fragrance calender for me. Not sure if that is being selfish haha
  • Rich Tyler
    11 months ago
    Ciate Calendar :)
  • Laura Muir
    11 months ago
    I love the Eat Your Greens one haha!
  • cara vaughan
    11 months ago
    The Eat Your Greens for my hubby
  • caroline tokes
    11 months ago
    Love the biscuit tin advent
  • Natalie White
    11 months ago
    The Gin Advent Calendar is my favourite! I can think of loads of my friends who would love to receive it, too :)
  • Rachel White
    11 months ago
    The ciate calendar would be fabulous for my daughter
  • Tammy Neal
    11 months ago
    Playdoh advent xx
  • hayley pemberton
    11 months ago
    would love the playdoh advent
  • Lydia A
    11 months ago
    The Ciate mini mani calendar is my favourite!
  • Jodie Hailstone
    11 months ago
    Eat your greens
  • denise s
    11 months ago
    eat your greens as its fun
  • Katrina Adams
    11 months ago
    I'd love to give the men's fragrance advent calendar to my husband.
  • Vicky Robinson
    11 months ago
    Those are lovely! My kids would love the Playdoh one!
  • Wendy Guy
    11 months ago
    The would like to give the Gin calendar.
  • Lisa Chorley
    11 months ago
    I’d love the Ciate Mini Mani Calendar! My little girl would love the play-doh one & im sure my hubby would find the sprout one hilarious.
  • Stephanie Keill
    11 months ago
    I'd love the men's fragrance advent calender.
  • Sarah Parker
    11 months ago
    i love the gin calendar :)
  • Sunita Verma
    11 months ago
    As much as i love gin would it be wise for me to start the day with a gin hehe...however id love to go to work sporting different coloured nails throughout december with the ciate advent calendar...one way to get me up early
  • Sarah Mills
    11 months ago
    Ginvent advent calendar
  • Sarah Wilson
    11 months ago
    I would love to give the Ginvent one to my husband.
  • Danielle Graves
    11 months ago
    Its a long running joke in my family that my mother is slightly grotesque and eats sprouts on cream crackers so i would gift her the chocolate sprout calendar
  • Kerry Kilmister
    11 months ago
    I would love to try the biscuit advent calendar
  • Beth
    11 months ago
    I would give the ciate advent calendar because who doesn't love a glitzy nail?
  • Kirsty Woods
    11 months ago
    Love the sprouts one
  • Maria Jane Knight
    11 months ago
    The biscuit advent tin is right up my street! #sweettooth
  • Ellen Stafford
    11 months ago
    I would love the Ciate Mini Mani. Great selection!
  • hannah igoe
    11 months ago
    I would love to give the eat your greens because its unusual and a little bit different
  • Sarah T
    11 months ago
    The Gin Advent Calendar :)
  • michelle thompson
    11 months ago
    the gin one for my partner
  • Jacqui
    11 months ago
    I'd love to give the biscuit tin advent calendar to my bestie - hoping that she would share when I go round!
  • Emma Lewis
    11 months ago
    The gin advent calendar actually for my mum ha she loves gin
  • Lynda Jones
    11 months ago
    I would like to give the Men's Fragrance Advent Calendar for my partner, he would love it
  • Joanna Ford
    11 months ago
    The Gin advent calendar
  • Sara Davis
    11 months ago
    Definitely the Ciate one :)
  • Hannah Smith
    11 months ago
    The ciate one looks amazing and would last me all year :)
  • Lauren Old
    11 months ago
    I'd give the biscuit advent calendar to my Dad!
  • Jo L
    11 months ago
    The Gin advent calendar would make a lovely gift.
  • Rebecca Hadfield
    11 months ago
    I’m not going to lie, I’d love the gin one!
  • Andrea Caizley
    11 months ago
    I`d love the Ciate mini nail varnish calendar. its perfect.
  • steph lovatt
    11 months ago
    I'd give the eat your greens one to my son
  • Marrian
    11 months ago
    I'd give the Brussels sprout calendar as a gift.
  • Carole Nott
    11 months ago
    the gin advent calendar would be perfect for my dad
  • ADEINNE TONNER
    11 months ago
    Has to be the eat your greens advent
  • Rachael Marsden
    11 months ago
    love the play-doh one, would give it to my nephew
  • Hayley Davies
    11 months ago
    The men's fragrance calender.
  • maria soad
    11 months ago
    would love the ciate minis
  • Claire Reavy
    11 months ago
    My kids would love the play-doh one
  • Jemma Dwyer
    11 months ago
    Love the Ciate advent calendar x
  • katie smith
    11 months ago
    I would love to win the Ciate calendar!
  • Susan Hoggett
    11 months ago
    would love the gin calendar
  • greig spencer
    11 months ago
    most like to win the Ciate advent calendar!
  • Sarah Forster
    11 months ago
    Love the Biscuit Advent Tin!
  • Ana Nowell
    11 months ago
    They all look amazing, it a really tough choice. It would probably be between eat your greens or the biscuit tin
  • Frances Sunshine Hopkins
    11 months ago
    Love the look of the gin one!
  • Beky Austerberry
    11 months ago
    the biscuit tin advent calendar
  • Paula Barker
    11 months ago
    I love the ciate minis, ideal for my daughter in law.
  • Laura Pyper
    11 months ago
    BISCUIT ADVENT TIN
  • Val Pownall
    11 months ago
    I would love the Gin Advent Calendar. My favourite tipple!
  • Naomi Buchan
    11 months ago
    The Ciate one is my fav x
  • Jolanta K.
    11 months ago
    Play dough calendar would be perfect for my daughter
  • leanne weir
    11 months ago
    The gin calendar
  • Hayley Colburn
    11 months ago
    I know quite a few people who would love the ciate minis calendar (myself included)
  • Catherine Furness
    11 months ago
    I would love to be able to give the gin advent calendar to my sister. She works 12 hour shifts as a nurse and is an amazing mum to my lovely three nieces.
    • 11 months ago
      Having recently been in hospital, I can vouch for how hard nurses and hospital staff work and I’m so grateful for what they do! x
  • Fiona jk42
    11 months ago
    I love the Eat Your Greens chocolate sprouts for adults, and the Playdoh calendar for kids.
  • Sarah Austin
    11 months ago
    Looks great #nailed it
  • Kim Neville
    11 months ago
    My OH would like the Men's Fragrance Calendar
  • Lorna Ledger
    11 months ago
    Gin Darling! Cheers! I love a G&T! #nailedit - great review I love this trend
  • tina Glover
    11 months ago
    The gin one to my husband . He's a big gin fan and it looks fabulous x
  • Lesley Bain
    11 months ago
    I would give the Biscuiteers one, its different and lovely and I've heard their biscuits taste really good too!
  • sheri Darby
    11 months ago
    The mens Fragrance Advent Calendar
  • Jim M
    11 months ago
    I would most like the Gin advent calendar
  • Jackie Howell
    11 months ago
    I would love the Gin Advent Calendar
  • JULIE WARD
    11 months ago
    The gin calendar, d-i-law would really really really enjoy this
  • Jules Eley
    11 months ago
    They all look so good #nailedit
  • Jules Eley
    11 months ago
    The Gin Advent looks good :)
  • Toni
    11 months ago
    Men's Fragrance Advent Calendar... I think it is so nice to have something different, tailored just for men.
  • Sarah Heath
    11 months ago
    I would love to give the Gin advent calendar
  • Hazel Rea
    11 months ago
    I'd give the gin advent calendar to my husband - though he would probably not drink the contents every day when he opened it!
  • debbie smith
    11 months ago
    i love the gin calendar xx
  • Andrea Fletcher
    11 months ago
    I love the biscuit advent tin.
  • joanne darnell
    11 months ago
    i would love any of them
  • Lucia Critchley
    11 months ago
    I would most like to give the gin advent calendar to my brother...I would hope he would share a bit though!
  • lorraine kirk
    11 months ago
    I love the Biscuiteers advent, full of delciousness!
  • Corinne Peat
    11 months ago
    The eat your greens advent looks fun.
  • Lucy
    11 months ago
    I think the biscuits are really cute! A bit different to the usual ones you can get now too
  • Shan G
    11 months ago
    I'd get the Eat Your Greens one for my sprout loving friend!
  • Clara B
    11 months ago
    The biscuit tin one
  • Suzanne Jackson
    11 months ago
    Love the look of the biscuit advent tin
  • Alison Johnson
    11 months ago
    Like the Biscuiteers Advent Calendar for my sister-in-law.
  • Tanya Deliyska
    11 months ago
    I think that I'd be pleased to give as a gift the Biscuit Advent Tin. The biscuits look very delicious! A perfect gift!
  • jen jackson
    11 months ago
    The gin calender
  • Alica
    11 months ago
    I know my daughter would love the Ciate mini mani!
  • Claire Tucker
    11 months ago
    Ciate nails I’ve had it before for my teenager it’s excellent
  • Emily Hutchinson
    11 months ago
    I'd like to give the sprout one to a friend who hates them! ;)
  • katie w
    11 months ago
    the gin calendar
  • Mary H
    11 months ago
    I'd love to give the biscuit tin one to my biccy loving boyfriend.
  • 11 months ago
    Oh it would have to be the Gin advent calendar. What a treat that would be!
  • Emma Jones
    11 months ago
    Wow amazing choice of calendars :) I think my mum would absolutely love the Gin one x
  • helen tovell
    11 months ago
    The Men's Fragrance Calendar for my uni residing son
  • Lauren Pilkington
    11 months ago
    i love the playdoh one. so much fun!
  • Victoria Easton
    11 months ago
    The biscuit one looks different!
  • Lyla
    11 months ago
    The Eat Your Greens would be perfect for my partner who doesn't eat vegetables
  • Ren Taylor
    11 months ago
    The Gin one for my sister
  • barbara daniels
    11 months ago
    the playdoh one would be perfect for my three year old niece,
  • Helen Stratton
    11 months ago
    I would love to gift the Biscuit Advent Tin.
  • clair downham
    11 months ago
    i would give my son the biscuit advent calender
  • Karen Watt
    11 months ago
    Love them biscuit tin would give to my daughter
  • Suzanne
    11 months ago
    My daughter would love the Ciate calendar.
  • stuart hargreaves
    11 months ago
    The Ciate Calendar is the one for us
  • Fiona King
    11 months ago
    The Ciate calendar is great
  • Ellen Sheppard
    11 months ago
    The Gin one would be perfect for my mum <3
  • Ashleigh Allan
    11 months ago
    The gin one for my sister
  • Mandy Allen
    11 months ago
    Ah give as a gift....that'd be the Brussels for my son 😈 #nailedit
  • Mandy Allen
    11 months ago
    Amazing calendars .. any of them would be lovely
  • Sue McCarthy
    11 months ago
    The Biscuit Advent Tin would be lovely
  • Jane Willis
    11 months ago
    I'd love the Origin gin one
  • Julie Wilson
    11 months ago
    The biscuit tin one looks fun, a biscuit with my morning tea would be good and I'd have to stop at just the one each day.
  • Gerri Tennant
    11 months ago
    The Ciate Calendar is lovely and something that I wouldn’t buy for myself so to win one would be wonderful, thanks.
  • Keith Hunt
    11 months ago
    Play-Doh Advent Calendar
  • Helen Thurston
    11 months ago
    I'd give the 'eat your greens' calendar - my daughter hates sprouts :D
  • Teresa Lee
    11 months ago
    The Men's Fragrance Calendar for my husband
  • Sidrah Ahmed
    11 months ago
    I would give the men’s fragrance advent calendar to my husband
  • Hayley Lynch
    11 months ago
    What fab colours ! I would love the Ciate Mini Mani Month advent x
  • Marycarol
    11 months ago
    Love the Ciate advent calendar x
  • Amanda Richardson
    11 months ago
    Would give the gin advent calendar to my friend who enjoys a good G&T when we go out
  • Margaret Gallagher
    11 months ago
    Gin calendar
  • Sadiyya Maryam
    11 months ago
    It would have to be the play dough calendar for my daughter without a doubt as she loves her play dough!
  • Solange
    11 months ago
    The gin advent calendar.
  • Sarah Austin
    11 months ago
    Mens fragrance calendar
  • Zoe C
    11 months ago
    the biscuit one would be great to give as a gift, it is more fun and different
  • Angela Wilcox
    11 months ago
    The Ciaté Mini Mani Month advent calendar. It's lovely
  • Emma Nixon
    11 months ago
    My dad would love the biscuit tin advent calendar. Nothing better than a cuppa tea and a tasty biscuit
  • Debbie W
    11 months ago
    I'd give the Ciate Mini Mani Month Advent Calendar and I'd give it to my daughter who adores nail varnish in all colours.
  • Kelly A L
    11 months ago
    I love the biscuit Advent tin! they are so cute!
    • Dean Boyle
      11 months ago
      CIATÉ MINI MANI MONTH Looks amazing I'd love to treat my wife
  • Caroline H
    11 months ago
    I'd love to gift the Ginvent advent calendar. I know so many people who would lvoe it.
  • Tracey Peach
    11 months ago
    The Oxfam Advent calendar I guess because it si the most different & most deserving
  • Sue Harrison
    11 months ago
    Loving them all but I'd gift the Mens M&S Fragrance Calendar to my hubby.
  • 11 months ago
    the ciate calendar
  • Sam T
    11 months ago
    Love the look of the Origins one
  • Emma Livesey
    11 months ago
    The eat your greens looks quite fun!
  • Alison Joyce
    11 months ago
    My daughter would love the play doh one
  • Lula Mercer
    11 months ago
    I'd most like to give the PLAY-DOH ADVENT CALENDAR as a gift. How amazing for kids?!
  • Gaynor Vincent
    11 months ago
    Fabulous calandars
  • iain maciver
    11 months ago
    gin calendar
  • laura banks
    11 months ago
    it would be the gin advent calendar
  • Tracy Nixon
    11 months ago
    My parents would appreciate the biscuit tin advent calendar as they will not have a cup of tea without a biscuit!
  • Rachel R
    11 months ago
    I'd most like to win the Ciate advent calendar!
  • Jacki
    11 months ago
    Would lovery to win the Ciate mini mani calendar, my step daughter would love it! 🙂
  • Tania Atfield
    11 months ago
    I’d gift the gin calendar to my gin loving friend
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