The lead up to Christmas is officially on and it won’t be long before we’re opening little doors (or windows – that’s a debate for another day!) for the official countdown of advent. Discovering a chocolate behind some foil still evokes the nostalgia of Christmases past, but in recent years a whole new world of non-chocolate advent calendars has opened up! From beauty to biscuits, stationery to socks, we’ve collated a few of our favourite non-chocolate advent calendars to elevate your countdown to Christmas.
Best non-chocolate advent calendars
1. Kindred Fires Advent Calendar Candle
First on our list of our favourite non-chocolate advent calendars, we have gone a little down the traditional route. The very first advent calendar concept originated in the 19th century when German protestants began burning candles each day and in the Christian Church, a candle is lit each Sunday of advent. Nowadays there are so many candle advent calendars which nod to the traditional meaning of advent! We love the Kindred Fires Advent Calendar Candle, which burns for 25 hours so can be lit for an hour every night in the countdown to Christmas day. It can also be personalised so makes a lovely early Christmas gift!
2. Teapigs Tea Advent Calendar
In the cold winter months, what’s better than a cosy cup of tea each morning? The Teapigs Tea Advent Calendar has a new tea blend to discover every day so you can warm up on the chillier days, and maybe even discover your new favourite flavour of tea while you’re at it!
3. Martha Brook Stationery Advent Calendar
Next in our round up of our favourite non-chocolate advent calendars is our very own 24 Days of Stationery Advent Calendar. Is there anything better than being able to treat yourself to a new piece of stationery every single day?! We don’t think it gets much better than that! Our advent calendar is beautifully designed, inspired by the Twelve Days of Christmas, includes twenty-four unique stationery items and is totally plastic free and reusable, so you can refill and enjoy for years to come.
4. Lauren Aston Designs LADvent Calendar
This one is for the crafters! The Lauren Aston LADvent Calendar is filled to the brim with their signature super chunky merino yarn in a rainbow of colours – a new one to surprise you each day! It also comes in two different sizes, so whether you’re looking to fully stock your wool stash or are just in need of a fun top-up, this is the ultimate non-chocolate advent calendar for any knitter!
5. The Rose Press Garden Flower Seed Advent Calendar
If you’re green-fingered or just looking to spruce up your garden in 2023, the Rose Press Garden have the perfect Flower Seed Advent Calendar for you! Each day contains a full packet of flower seeds in a different variety, and they also include notes on how to care for and grow each type of flower, so it is perfect for any beginner gardeners too!
6. Happy Socks Advent Calendar
It’s important to stay cosy and warm at this time of year, and what better way to do that than with a brand new pair of socks for 24 days in a row?! The Happy Socks 24 Days of Holiday Socks Advent Calendar has a mix of festive socks and classic designs to keep your toes warm not just in December, but all year round.
7. Biscuiteers Advent Biscuit tin
If you don’t want a chocolate advent calendar but you would still like a tasty treat each morning in December, the Biscuiteers Advent Tin has 24 beautifully iced biscuits to help you count down to the big day. This year, Biscuiteers have also collaborated with Sophie Conran to create this beautiful fabric Wall Hanging Advent Calendar to pop all of your Advent Biscuits in, along with any other treats you want to include! It can be reused year after year and is so beautifully designed, it is sure to become an heirloom enjoyed by the whole family year after year.
8. Greener Beauty Sustainable Beauty Advent Calendar
Beauty advent calendars are everywhere when it comes to non-chocolate advent calendars, and there are so many it can be hard to choose just one! We love the Greener Beauty Advent Calendar because of their sustainability ethos – all of the beauty products and packaging included are plastic free, cruelty free and vegan, AND for every advent calendar sold, ten trees are planted. You get a surprise every day in December and the planet will thank you for it – what’s not to love?
We hope our list of non-chocolate advent calendars has given you some inspiration for your countdown to Christmas – there’s so much choice nowadays that it can be overwhelming, so we hope that this roundup was helpful! Let us know any of your favourites if we missed them!
P.S. We have just launched our Christmas Shop! There are lots of delightful stationery gifts to be discovered – shop here!