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8 Advent Calendars That’ll Make Counting Down to Christmas Worth the Wait

With these non-traditional advent calendars carrying everything but chocolate, you’ll be glad December has 24 days leading up to Christmas.

Are you looking for an updated list for 2016?  Check out our post on Top Specialty Advent Calendars for 2016 – we are continually adding new calendars as we come across them.

The Body Shop 24 Days of Joy ($75)

The Body Shop 24 Days of Joy Advent Calendar ($75)

The Body Shop 24 Days of Joy – With over $130 worth of products slotted into 24 doors,  these are great travel-sized products from The Body Shop!  From fruity lip butter, to soap, to products from their Vitamin E line, this is a wonderful advent calendar that’ll make counting down to Christmas worth the wait!

DAVIDsTEA 24 Days of Tea ($34.50)

DAVIDsTEA 24 Days of Tea ($34.50)

DAVIDsTEA 24 Days of Tea – This year, this highly coveted 24 Days of Tea advent calendar sold out online the day it was released.  You’ll have to check in-store availability if you want to get your hands on a DAVIDsTEA advent calendar.  Some exciting flavours you can expect to find include: Blueberry jam, Buddha’s Blend, Main Squeeze, Cinnamon Rooibos Chai, Cream of Earl Grey and Gingerbread.

CIATÉ Mini Mani Month ($69) from Sephora

CIATÉ Mini Mani Month ($69) from Sephora

CIATÉ Mini Mani Month – Change your polish every day leading up to Christmas with this rainbow of color and texture sensations from Ciate. Available at Sephora for $69, this holiday calendar countdown includes a playful mix of mini paint pots, glitter sprinkles, caviar pearls, salon quality treatments, cute nail gifts, and some hidden surprises along the way.

BENEFIT COSMETICS Countdown To Love Advent Calendar ($79) from Sephora

BENEFIT COSMETICS Countdown To Love Advent Calendar ($79) from Sephora

BENEFIT COSMETICS Countdown To Love – Definitely not the design of your typical holiday calendar, the Benefit Countdown To Love  pop-art inspired advent calendar features 24 of Benefit’s bestsellers and three accessories including a charm necklace, bracelet and adorable barrette.  Open each door for a delightful beauty surprise that awaits every day of the month!  According to the Sephora website, this product is only available online.

Craft Beer Advent Calendar from Phillips Brewing Co.

Phillips Brewing Co. Craft Beer Snowcase Calendar

PHILLIPS Snowcase Calendar – Victoria-based Phillips Brewing Co. is celebrating the holiday season with the Snowcase Calendar, a 24 craft beer pack designed to give your taste buds a daily treat right up to Christmas.  Beers include full-time favourites, special seasonals, and even some barrel-aged releases.  I haven’t been able to find a list of where this is available, but try checking your local liquor store where ever you usually buy your Phillips Beer.

Starbucks Tin & Chalkboard Advent Calendar

Tin & Chalkboard Advent Calendar ($29.95) from Starbucks

STARBUCKS Tin & Chalkboard Calendar – This year, Starbucks has an advent calendar made up of different sized tins numbered from 1 to 24 on a magnetic chalkboard.  Sweet caramel treats fill each tin and on December 25, a $5 Starbucks Gift Card awaits you.  I love how you can reuse the tins after the holidays; as a spice rack, maybe?

Leonidas Belgian Chocolates Advent Calendar ($45)

Leonidas Belgian Chocolates Advent Calendar ($45)

Leonidas Belgian Chocolates Advent Calendar – Located at Waterfront (by the new Vancouver Convention Center), Leonidas is known for its Belgian chocolates and other sweet treats.  For $45, you can pick 24 individual chocolates to include in your advent calendar.  Not sure why there are dogs on the packaging, it could be misleading for a different type of treat!  An alternative advent calendar available at Leonidas is a triangular box, with a snowflake design on each daily slot.

Wooden House Advent Calendar ($50) from Sears

Wooden House Advent Calendar ($50) from Sears

SEARS Wooden House – Unlike the other advent calendars in this list, this Nordic-inspired wooden house from Sears with mini door compartments allows you to customize with your own treats and trinkets.  You’ll be able to use it year after year in your countdown to Christmas.  Some suggestions of what to put inside include mini nailpolish, earrings and other small accessories, and caramels (like these from 1up caramels).

6 Comments

  1. November 7, 2013 at 10:48 am — Reply

    The Starbucks one makes a great gift! And I was thinking spice rack too.

  2. November 15, 2013 at 10:18 am — Reply

    TEANZO 1856 has a cute Tea Advent Calendar, loaded with delicious loose leaf teas and 24 filters. http://www.teanzo.com/collections/loose-leaf-black-tea-online/products/tea-advent-calendar

  3. jenny
    November 19, 2013 at 1:37 am — Reply

    I was only really aware of the Benefit one! This is really cool! I think I would love the David’s Tea one the most! Yum!

  4. Caroline
    October 29, 2014 at 2:01 pm — Reply

    There is a scotch advent calendar made by the Kensington Wine Market in Calgary. There is also a Scotch Whisky one made by Vine Styles also in Calgary.

    • October 29, 2014 at 2:12 pm — Reply

      Thanks for the suggestion, Caroline. I will have to get in touch with those companies and see if their advent calendars are available in Vancouver, BC, as that is where the majority of our readers are from :).

  5. Patricia Russell
    December 28, 2014 at 1:43 pm — Reply

    There was a group of us and had fun giving each other our views of each of the teas. We are wondering whether next year will be the same teas or all different? Also should review the packaging-mainly the screw caps and several of us had a very difficult opening them. I had at least half that I needed someone else’s strength.

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