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21 Best Alternative Advent Calendars for 2021


One of the best Christmas traditions is the advent calendar: just a little treat each day to keep you company until Christmas Day arrives!

Advent calendars first appeared in Germany in the early 1900s. The OG Advent calendar the design was paper, often embellished with foil and other glittery elements, and contained numbered doors hidden in a print of a winter scene. Each door opened to reveal a Christmas picture or greeting, and finding the doors was half the fun.

Advent calendars today are so awesome that you can mold them to your liking. You can use them as a family, taking turns opening the doors and watching what’s inside. Or you can give everyone their own – including yourself – so everyone gets a little pick-me-up to boost their winter days. You can DIY and fill the doors and drawers with your own treats, or you can go the store-bought route and be amazed yourself. And you can opt for the traditional chocolate advent calendar, or find something more suited to your tastes.

Sometimes the latter is more fun (because, to be honest, chocolate from the advent calendar isn’t always the best). If you’re looking for an advent calendar without chocolate, these alternative advent calendars are based on the same concept but reimagine it in a thousand different ways. Open the doors to reveal quirky and creative items – everything from jars of liquor and jam to socks and makeup. Choose one and the days will pass quickly.

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Advent calendar 24 days of tea

This very stylish revisiting the traditional advent calendar comes from the Parisian company Palais du Thé. Each door contains elegant sachets of local or gourmet infusions flavored with elderflower, cranberry…

Meri Meri

This wooden tabletop advent calendar is rooted in a tree motif that comes with a pouch containing 24 creatures to create a festive forest scene, piece by piece. It’s perfect for those who love it. minimalist style.

Signature Holiday Advent Calendar

This advent calendar certainly isn’t cheap, but the French beauty and skincare treasures it contains will probably last you all year round. (Bonus: If you don’t need one of the products, you can reuse it as a stocking stuffer – we won’t tell.)

Advent calendar limited edition 2021

If you’ve ever swiped a mini jar of Bonne Maman gingham jam from a breakfast buffet, you know how irresistible they can be. This deluxe advent calendar brings together 24 of the little gems in hard-to-find flavors like Rhubarb & Strawberry, Raspberry & Lychee, and Peach & Lime.

Nutcracker Advent Calendar

This Christmas tree Advent calendar is perfect for fans of the Balanchine ballet and Rifle Paper Co stationery. It features tiny doors that reveal illustrations of ornaments, angels, snacks and more .

Friends: the official Advent calendar

Could this be more festive? It’s the ultimate countdown to Christmas for everything Friends fan. Inside you’ll find pockets filled with 40 trinkets and surprises, including themed ornaments and recipe cards. This one will be out in October – or you can go with it Harry Potter, star wars, Alone at home Where wonder versions instead.

Star Trek Borg Cube Advent Calendar

Resistance to this advent calendar is futile. Inside the Borg Cube are 24 surprises that are sure to delight any Trekkie collector, like coasters modeled after console screens from the original series or Enterprise-D socks. If that’s not your fandom, there’s also Beatles and Dr Who Advent calendars available.

Fidget toys are all the rage, and if you’re still looking for something to do with your hands, this advent calendar might help. Each day comes with a wire or plastic puzzle to take apart and put together, fostering that brain-body connection.

12 Nights of Wine Advent Calendar

On the 12 days of Christmas, your true love gave you a different wine to taste each evening! This box will offer 12 different glasses of world class wine.

Rubber Ducks Advent Calendar

Surprise your children every day in December with a new rubber ducky to play with at bath time. This Advent Calendar includes 18 Christmas-themed ducks and six novelty ducks that kids will love!

Reusable Wooden Advent Calendar

You can fill the gift boxes of this reusable advent calendar with your family’s favorite candies, love notes, holiday challenges, and other treats of your own design. Even when empty, it looks great on a fireplace.

Twelve Mornings of Coffee™ Bean Box

Start every holiday morning with a cup of specialty coffee! This advent calendar includes a tasting flight, infused with flavors like roasted chestnut, cranberry and more!

Advent calendar 12 days of hot sauce

If 25 hot sauces seems like too much heartburn for one person, this one comes with 12 more manageable bottles. (That’s not to say they’re easier on the tongue, though!)

Reusable Wooden Advent Calendar

Look at the faces of your family and this calendar light up every day with built-in LED lighting. You can also reuse it year after year, making it a family tradition.

Box of 12 Christmas Beers

Taste products from breweries across the United States without leaving your home! This box, which will ship in December, contains 12 different craft beers.

Advent calendar with enamel pin

Meri Meri

Put them on a jacket, pin them on a bag, there’s no end to where you can put these enamel pins. Some are holiday-related, some are not, so you can wear them all year round.

Bee Advent Calendar

This advent calendar is super sweet…literally! Inside you will find different varieties of honey, as well as products like beeswax candles.

Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar

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