Best of Non-Chocolate Advent Calendars in 2017

by thenibecamemum

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Don’t get me wrong, I love a chocolate advent calendar as much as the next person. Even at the age of 30, I still receive one every year. However, my only bugbear with chocolate calendars is the experience is short lived. I find myself eating a few days at once to get my fix (open it from the top, then it doesn’t count as opening it early!). That’s why I love non-chocolate advent calendars. Not only does the experience last longer but there’s more excitement trying to guess what might be behind the next door. And then there’s the fact that you have 24 products to use well after the Christmas period.

This year, there seems to be an influx of non-chocolate advent calendars which makes choosing the right one a hard task. So I’ve saved you the trouble and I have rounded up the best non-chocolate advent calendars for 2017.

For Adults

Yankee Candle Advent Wreath – £24.99 [Top Pick!]

Yankee Candle advent

The Yankee Candle tealight advent is the perfect way to get Santa-ready. Fill your home with festive scents such as the delicious snowflake cookie and the indulgent spiced white cocoa! There are 6 Christmas aromas in total. It also comes with it’s own tealight holder.

Yankee Candle Advent Calendar

Yankee Candle have also released a second advent calendar for £34.99 which includes tea lights and votive candles in a huge range of Christmas scents, featuring four NEW Christmas aromas.

English Tea Shop Numerical Advent Calendar – £11.99 [Top Pick!]

English Tea Shop advent calendar

A tea lovers dream advent calendar (or for those who just want to stay healthy)! English Tea Shop have created their own calendar which features 13 delicious Christmas inspired tea bags from mouthwatering Gingerbread Man to the warm winter aroma of Moroccan Spice. See the full list of appetising flavours:

• Christmas Cake
• White Winter
• Berry Savoury Pie
• Candy Cane
• Coffee Cream
• Lapsang Blossom
• Oolong Lemon Raspberry
• Moroccan Spice
• Vanilla Orange & Coconut
• Christmas Night
• Gingerbread Man
• Breakfast Special
• Rooibos Savoury Blend

Each day you’ll receive a box which holds two organic, handpicked teabags. English Tea Shop pride themselves on selling the finest quality organic tea leaves, herbs and spices so it’s guaranteed to satisfy your tastebuds!

As well as the Numerical advent calendar, English Tea Shop also have a range of other advent calendars with various other tea flavours to suit everybody’s taste:

Buy an English Tea Shop Advent Calendar here


Mad Beauty Advent Calendar – £16.99 [Top Pick]

Mad beauty advent calendar

Love make-up but don’t want to pay the £50+ price tag of some beauty calendars? Maybe you have a beauty mad teen? This Mad Beauty advent calendar is for you! For under £20, you can experience the excitement of opening up each door to reveal a new make-up product. It includes a wide range of make-up from sparking nail varnish to smoky eye palettes. You even get some cute, festive nail stickers – perfect for the festive season!

Buy the Mad Beauty Advent Calendar here

Pitstop Sparking Wine Calendar – £125

Pitstop Advent CalendarIf you love a bit of fizz then this one is for you! Pitstop have a fabulous Sparkling Wine Calendar which includes a selection of prosecco, cava and champagne. If the £125 is a little much then they also have a selection of other ‘merry’ calendars from gins to beers to choose from.

Buy the Pitstop Sparkling Wine Calendar

Craft Beer Advent Calendar – £51.99

Speaking of beer, this craft beer calendar is packed full of quality beer to wet your taste buds. With a selection of the best beers from the UK, USA and various parts of Europe, there’s something to suit everyone.

Buy the Craft Beer Advent Calendar

Soap and Glory, It’s a Calendar, Girls! Advent Calendar – £40.00

An ideal advent calendar for fans of Soap and Glory! You can find a fab mini treat behind every door, including the popular Pillow Plump gloss to ensure you’re mistletoe ready! Not to mention lots of pamper products to get you ready for the big day.

Buy the Soap & Glory Advent Calendar here

Man’Stuff by Technic Advent Calendar – £10 [Top Pick!]

There are so many beauty calendars around at the moment that it was nice to see one being targeted towards men. This one is only a 12 day calendar but is packed full of pamper products for “men” (although there’s no reason why women can’t steal them!).

Buy the Technic Man’Stuff Advent Calendar

The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Advent Calendar – £59.99

Open the doors to reveal some of The Body Shop’s best loved products. From revitalising facial oils to moisturising lip balms, Body Shop have included products from across their ranges. A great advent calendar for those who love to be pampered.

Buy the The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Advent Calendar


For Kids

Tinc Advent Calendar – £28.00 [Top Pick]

Tinc advent calendar

A fantastic advert calendar for older kids! Tinc is known for its extraordinary stationary, gadgets and accessories and the calendar is no different. The 24 Christmas gifts are exclusive to the calendar and cannot be bought in their store! Each day you’ll receive a box with a joke to brighten up your day.

non-chocolate advent calendar

Once you’ve revealed the surprise, flip the box and reinsert it to create a Christmas scene!

Tinc advent calendar

By the 24 days, you will have collected a good collection of quality, Tinc branded stationary items, toys, travel accessories and puzzles. Without giving the game away, we LOVE number 24! (Yes, we did have a peek!)

Buy the Tinc Advent Calendar here

Crayola Advent Calendar – £19.99

Offering a daily dose of creativity over the 24 days, this should keep time passing whilst they wait for the man in the red suit! Find a selection of craft projects, colouring activities, homemade gifts and finger puppets. It’s a great option for families who love to craft.

Buy the Crayola Advent Calendar Kit here

Toot Toot Advent Calendar – £27.99

If you have a Toot Toot made toddler then this will be right up your street. There are 24 pieces to collect including a Toot Toot truck with trailer. The truck features 3 Christmas songs to sing along to, 6 festive melodies and lots of sound effects.

Buy the Toot-Toot Drivers Advent Calendar here

Schleich Horse Club advent calendar – £24.99 [Top Pick]

Schleich Horse advent calendar

If you have an animal-loving kid then this is a lovely toy option is for them. It comes with a selection of cute figures from an adorable Shetland pony foal to a elite Arab mare. Not to mention lots of accessories such as paddocks, saddles and feed to help the imagination go wild!

Horse advent calendar


Sleepzzz Until Good Elf – £12.99 [Top Pick]

Good Elf advent calendar

Not your typical advent calendar but we love this one! This is a great way to help your children to understand how many days until Christmas. As well as this, it is a fantastic behaviour management tool as each day the children can receive a sticker for being good. Parents have the option to write a good deed on the count down tear-off slips. It comes with a loveable soft toy elf.

Lily’s Kitchen Advent Calendar for Dogs – £9.95

Let’s not forget the other kids in your family, the pet! Your dog can join in the advent fun with 24 wholesome, delectable treats. Packed full of Lily’s Kitchen favourites from Bedtime Biscuits to organic cheese and apple treats.

Buy the Lily’s Kitchen Christmas Advent Calendar for Dogs here


And there we have it. The best of non-chocolate advent calendars for 2017!


Have you discovered another fabulous non-chocolate advent calendars? If you have, share them in the comments!



EssexKate 15th November 2017 - 7:59 pm

In our house we have a Happyland one for little sister, a Disney animators studio one for Big sister and a marshmallow one for my partner. I think mine will be sweets too.

thenibecamemum 18th November 2017 - 2:05 am

The marshmallow one sounds interesting! I’ve seen some gourmet marshmallow ones around which looked tempting.

The Rhyming Mum 17th November 2017 - 6:50 am

Some lovely choices in here. I hadn’t even thought of getting one for the dog! We’re doing a DIY advent calendar this year. R’s first Christmas she got so many beautiful Christmas bits and bobs but was too young to appreciate them so we’re wrapping them back up for one a day this year! #blogstravaganza

thenibecamemum 18th November 2017 - 2:03 am

Oh I love this idea!

passion fruit, paws and peonies 17th November 2017 - 8:40 am

Oooo that Body shop one is rather divine ! #Blogstravaganza x

thenibecamemum 18th November 2017 - 2:02 am

It definitely is 🙂

Tracey Bowden 17th November 2017 - 9:18 am

I I had a Yankee advent calander a few years back and I was was on the fence over whether I liked it but I have seen this years and I am really tempted as it looks good. My daughter has a lego friends calender for this year and she is really excited to get it open #blogstravaganza

thenibecamemum 18th November 2017 - 2:00 am

I really like the Yankee ones. My only bugbear was that there are only 7 scents in the Wreath one so it’s a bit repetitive but the 3D one has lots of different scents which I like. Aww I wish my little one was old enough to get excited. I’m more excited for him!

Jo - Cup of Toast 17th November 2017 - 2:36 pm

I love the selection of non-chocolate advent calendars. They seem to be increasing and there are some great ideas!

thenibecamemum 18th November 2017 - 1:56 am

They do! There was so much more choice than last year. I dread to think how hard it’ll be to choose next year if it continues to increase!

thetaleofmummyhood 17th November 2017 - 8:19 pm

I would love the Yankee Candle one and for the kids, definitely Crayola! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

Sadie 17th November 2017 - 8:26 pm

We love non-chocolate advent calendars for our boys, Lego and Playmobil ones. But my eldest is 15 now and I think he’s had all the Lego ones. I can’t find a decent alternative – that Tinc one looks like it could be good, but I think it might be more geared towards girls.

thenibecamemum 21st November 2017 - 11:18 pm

I would definitely say the Tinc one is unisex. The stationary in the calendar is Tinc branded or Christmas themed so would be suitable for girls and boys 🙂


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