Here at WO HQ, we will take any excuse to eat chocolate, so you can only imagine our delight when for 24 days in December we can justify having a bit of chocolate for breakfast all in the name of advent.

Having said that, these irresistible alternative advent calendars are so good, we could forget all about the chocolate! Trust us, it’s going to be difficult to just open one door a day of these! From 24 days of cheese (yes really) to a daily taster of gin (dreams do come true) Christmas really has come early this year…

The first-ever cheese advent calendar 


Our prayers have been answered. Well, almost. A food blogger from London has invented possibly the world’s first ever Cheese Advent Calendar. Although we really hoped to be munching on Edam daily in December, it seems that the calendar won’t be available to buy until next year. However, you can give the gift of forward planning this year, by signing up for a calendar now ready for when they hit the shelves next year. As they’re likely to sell out instantly, this is probably a good idea! Can’t wait that long? Find out how to make your own here! 

Give gin the green light


24 days of tasty G & Ts. 24 reasons to snap up this Ginvent Advent Calendar. From fruit infused to the more classic London Dry, this calendar will guarantee a very merry Christmas. From Gin Kiosk, priced at £124.95.

Choose chocolate


If the thought of tucking into a plate of brussels sprouts fills you with dread, then this advent calendar is the answer to your prayers. The Eat Greens Advent Calendar is crammed full of handmade chocolate brussels sprouts. Now that’s what we call ‘good eating’. From Not On The High Street, priced at £26.

Perfectly personalised


The personalised advent calendars from CEWE Photoworld let you put add your own unique touch to the advent calendar experience. And they come filled with Kinder® treats. Sounds like our idea of heaven. From CEWE Photoworld, priced from 14.99.


And that’s not all…

Make time for wine


Wine lovers, your moment has arrived. And there are 24 supping good days ahead. This Wine Advent Calendar contains a delicious selection of reds, crisp white and a bottle or two of fizz. There’s even a bottle of festive port thrown in for good measure. From Virgin Wines, priced at £69.99.

Pamper like a pro


Preparing for the festive season can feel like an uphill struggle. So why not take some much needed R & R with the Sweet Snuggles 12 days of Christmas Calendar? With 12 gorgeous Vanilla and Christmas Cookie fragranced Sweet Snuggles treats to choose from it’s the perfect way to end a hectic day. From Superdrug, priced at £8.

Treat yourself to tea


Make tea time extra special with this Tea Advent Calendar. 24 surprise tea gifts await you under behind each window ranging from mini matcha pots to tea scented mini candles. Time to get the kettle on. From Not On The High Street, priced at £45.

Prep for party season


The cute puppies and kitten images on this cute advent calendar are reason enough to snap it up. But the Flutter Beauty Advent Calendar offers so much more than your daily dose of animal cuteness. With a range of beauty treats on offer from lip glosses to eyeshadows, you’ll be ready to hit the town in no time. From Superdrug, priced at £8.

Go for glitter


Nothing says Christmas like a hint of Sparkle and this No.7 Beauty Advent Calendar does just that. Throw open the miniature doors to reveal an amazing selection of luxurious skincare and gorgeous makeup treats. From Boots, priced at £39.

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