The first thing I’ve been asked to look for is Non Chocolate Advent Calendars, I know, it sounds like the Advent calendars we used to get when we were kids which was just a piece of card with doors on, but nothing behind any of them but a picture!! Don’t worry, we’re talking about “Alternative” idea’s for Advent Calendars, my kids have always loved opening them and getting a treat every day of Advent but we’re now eating a plant based diet and fancied doing something different. Perfect time to try the new rage of non chocolate advent calendars.
Toy Advent Calendars
This is by far the biggest category of Alternative Advent Calendars and it’s not hard to understand why, the kids still get a surprise which they actually want and should last more than a few seconds! I’ll do a quick run down of the most popular products available and the best deals for those items.
1. Playmobil 6626 Advent Calendar ‘Dress Up Party’ with Exclusive Ball Gown
“At the Dress Up Party the friends are trying on a huge selection of gorgeous dresses and skirts, along with trendy accessories. After choosing the best outfit, it’s off to the party wearing the exclusive ball dress with sparkly rhinestones. Also, includes a ring for a child to wear.”
++ Brilliant for kids who are already into Playmobil as they can add to an existing set.
Gameseek, £19.98 (Free UK Delivery)
2. Playmobil 6625 Advent Calendar ‘Pirate Treasure Island’ with Glowing Effect Pirate
“Many seafarers have set out for the Pirate Treasure Island, but all have returned empty-handed. Now a bold buccaneer has once again taken up the search for the treasure and is pitching camp on the beach. Perils lie in wait all over the island – and to cap it all, the treasure is being guarded by a cool Illuminated Pirate. Will the courageous pirate captain succeed in capturing the legendary treasure of the Ghost Pirate? Each window has a surprise to build your Playmobil scene.”
++ Well thought out, picture on the back shows what is in each section. It also comes with card “stage” for all the pieces.
– – Some days did contain very small items that were a little under whelming.
Zavvi.com, £17.99 (Free UK Delivery)
Flubit.com, £18.35 (Including Delivery)
3. LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi 75184 Advent Calendar Toy
“Behind the doors lie a galaxy of Star Wars mini figures, star ships, vehicles and more waiting for you to discover. Once you’ve collected all the gifts, unfold the playmat and play out your own epic adventures on desert planet Jakku, Starkiller Base and in deep space. With this calendar, the holidays will arrive quicker than you can say Unkar’s Thug.”
++ The calendar has a flap which comes down at the front, which acts as a base to display each of the items on.
johnlewis.com, £26.50 (£23 + £3.50 Delivery)
4. WOW Toys Farmyard Advent Calendar
“This Advent Calendar contains 24 toys including 1 push-along Tractor car. A fun-filled activity sheet is also included. Specially designed, for preschool years and suitable for children aged 1 – 5. No batteries required.”
amazon.co.uk, £24.99 (Free Delivery)
“Build a holiday party scene for the LEGO Friends pets, with a new part to build every day. First find Stephanie and her snowmobile, then see what other Christmas surprises she can collect along the way.”
tesco.com, £19.50 (Free Delivery)
jadlamracingmodels.com, £19.85 (Free Delivery)
zavvi.com, £19.99 (Free Delivery)
Candle Advent Calendars.
1. Yankee Candle Advent Calendar 2017 Wreath Scented Tea Light Candles Set
“A simply charming gift for any Yankee Candle fan, this Advent Wreath offers a twist on your classic Advent Calendar. With 24 tea lights hidden behind every door, the lucky recipient can enjoy a Yankee Candle festive fragrance everyday leading up until Christmas Day.”
++ Good quality from Yankee Candle and variety of festive scents. Includes two of the four newest Christmas scents.
– – The only down point is the tealight holder is under door 24. Could be more useful under door 1.
Houseofharrisgifts.co.uk, £19.89 (£17.69 + £2.20 Shipping)
Amazon.co.uk, £21.85 (Free Delivery)
2. Yankee Candle Holiday Party Christmas Advent Calendar
“Yankee Candle Holiday Party Advent Calendar – Multi-colour.”
amazon.co.uk, £21.99 (Free Delivery)
Jewellery Advent Calendars
1. SIX Christmas Advent Calendar 24 Girls Jewellery Surprise Gifts – Reindeer
“Advent calendar with 24 jewellery surprises for everyday until Christmas for women and girls”
amazon.co.uk, £25. (Free Delivery)
2. SIX Christmas Advent Calendar 24 Girls Jewellery Surprise Gifts Flying Santa
++ Makes a couple of nice sets by the time all the doors are opened
– – Be aware that there are stud earings inside.
amazon.co.uk, £25. (Free Delivery)
Advent Calendars for people who like a drink.
1. English Tea Shop X’mas Advent Calendar Joyous Christmas Pyramid Tea Bags (Pack of 2, Total 50 Tea Bags)
++ Fantastic value for money, it works out at only £5.60 per Calendar.
2. Virgin Wines Sendagift Wine Advent Calendar 2017
“The top class, highest customer rated wines included within your Wine Advent Calendar: The Black Pig Clare Valley Shiraz (187ml), 16 Little Black Pigs Rose (187ml), The Black Pig Chardonnay (187ml), 16 Little Black Pigs Pinot Grigio (187ml), Beneficio Winemakers Selection Shiraz (187ml), Fonseca Bin 27 Fine Reserve Port (20cl), Perez Cruz Winemaker’s Selection (187ml), Anaru Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (187ml), Dada No.2 Merlot (187ml), The Long Way Round Reserve Merlot (187ml), De Martino Niebla Casablanca Sauvignon Blanc (187ml) Perez Cruz Single Vineyard La Higuera Block (187ml), Reino de Altazurra Tempranillo (187ml), Reino de Altazurra Viura (187ml), Dragon Hills Pinot Grigio (187ml), De Martino Reserva Enigma 5 (187ml), Pizo Garnacha Rosado (187ml), Seraph Sauvignon Blanc (187ml), Les Arbousier Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (187ml), Billy Bosch Shiraz Mourvedre (187ml), Savvie Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (187ml), Les Arbousiers Rouge (187ml), Senti Prosecco Extra Dry (20cl)”
amazon.co.uk, £79.99 (free Delivery)
3. The Origin Single Botanical Gin Advent Calendar (24 x 30ml)
“Origin gins are made by cold distilling juniper from specific regions under vacuum without any other botanicals being added. This Advent Calendar contains Origins from 24 different regions, allowing gin fans to explore how terroir affects those all important juniper berries. Inside the calendar you’ll find: Skopje Macedonia – Varatec Romania – Zlatibor Serbia – Pejë Kosovo – Majdanpek Serbia – Mazin Croatia – Doljani Croatia – Klanac Croatia – Wraza Bulgaria – Caprese Michelangelo Italy – Lopare Bosnia & Herzegovina – Ohrid Lake Macedonia – Prishtinë Kosovo – Apecchio Italy – Dragash Kosovo – Durau Romania – Cerem Albania – Hadžici Bosnia & Herzegovina – Garbino Bulgaria – Arezzo Italy – Perugia Italy – Elbasan Albania – Pastuh Bulgaria – Pljevlja Montenegro”
amazon.co.uk, £96.35. (Free Delivery)
masterofmalt.com, £99.95 (Free Delivery)
Health and Beauty Advent Calendars.
1. Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar
“Explore much-loved beauty products from Amazon Beauty whilst discovering new brands in the lead up to Christmas. Whether you are treating yourself or purchasing as a gift, this is the perfect opportunity to indulge and refresh your entire beauty regime during the festive period.”
++ Quite a large Box and good value for money.
amazon.co.uk, £40. (Free Delivery)
2. Bomb Cosmetics The Bomb Advent Calendar
“You can now have 24 whole days of Bomb love with our Bomb Advent Calendar, filled to the brim with a mix of our favorite Bath Blasters and Soaps to get you in a fizzy festive mood ready for when Santa Clause comes to town.”
– – Take note that there are more soaps in this than bath bombs.
amazon.co.uk, £16.99. (Free Delivery)
Have a great Advent and I hope you have fun shopping for your perfect Christmas Advent Calendars.
Lots of love, Aunty Jo. xx