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The best alternative advent calendars for 2023

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Nov 1

Whilst December is the countdown to Christmas, November is the countdown to advent! With 1st December in sight, we can’t wait for the most festive month of the year to arrive so we can open up those lovely little windows, doors or boxes of our advent calendars. Indulging in a little chocolate behind a piece of foil still brings us fond memories of Christmases past, but recently alternative advent calendars have taken the country by storm. From candles to cheese, yarn to tea, we’ve found the best alternative advent calendars for 2023…

The best alternative advent calendars for 2023

Bird and Blend Tea Advent Calendar

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First up on our list of alternative advent calendars for 2023 is this delightful tea advent calendar by Bird and Blend. Because what’s better than a warm brew of something comforting first thing in the morning? Choose from either caffeinated or decaffeinated and enjoy a beautiful blend each day in the countdown to Christmas.

Sara Miller’s Candle Advent Calendar

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A treat for the senses, this stylish candle advent calendar by Sara Miller features 24 lovely little candles. Adorned with a beautiful winter scene, each day beholds a new scent waiting to be discovered each day in the countdown to Christmas. The best part? You can keep and re-use the glass tealight holder around the house all through the festive period!

The Cheese Geek Advent Calendar

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This one is for the cheese lover! Swap chocolate for cheese this Christmas with the ultimate cheese advent calendar by The Cheese Geek. Arriving in 3 separate deliveries to keep fresh, and the perfect size to pop in your fridge too, elevate your advent game with this alternative advent calendar simply perfect for any cheese fanatic.

Rare Birds Books 24 Days of Reading Advent Calendar

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This 24 days of reading advent calendar from Rare Birds Books is the perfect countdown to Christmas for any and every book lover! Behind each door you can discover a secret little blurb for 24 different books and even better, choose four blurbs you like the sound of the most, redeem your code and enjoy four brand new books. The dream!

Martha Brook’s 24 Days of Stationery Advent Calendar

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Next up on our list of the best alternative advent calendars is our very own stationery advent calendar! Now, we might be bias but if you’re a fellow stationery lover, this cult, alternative advent calendar is the one for you. 24 pieces of stationery, including a few personalised pieces too, are waiting to be discovered in beautifully detailed gold-embossed pockets each day.  With just a few left, make sure you get your hands on yours!

Honeywell Bakes Biscuit Advent Calendar

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For those with a sweet tooth, this lovely jar of advent biscuits is a delightfully delicious way to countdown to Christmas. Simply pop open the jar and find the right biscuit for each day, from penguins, polar bears, stockings, stars and gingerbread men. A great idea to share with the family or as a daily treat for yourself… (we won’t tell!).

Lauren Aston Design’s Yarn Advent Calendar

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It’s a very merry knitmas with Lauran Aston Designs with this cosy yarn advent calendar! Stuffed with 24 balls of limited edition super chunky merino yarn, you can get busy during the countdown to Christmas knitting something that can be enjoyed long after Christmas.

Tiptree’s Jam Advent Calendar

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And last but certainly not least on our list of the best alternative advent calendars for 2023 is this quintessential jam advent calendar from Tiptree. If the bus isn’t irresistible enough, the tempting 24 mini jam and marmalade jars certainly will be, with a 8 different flavours to enjoy each day in December.


There you have it! We hope this has inspired you to elevate your countdown to Christmas in 2023 to add a little luxury to the everyday.

P.S. Our Christmas shop is now open! Discover personalised stationery gifts here to make their everyday extraordinary this Christmas and beyond.

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