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 2017? Check out our post on Top Specialty Advent Calendars for 2017 – we are continually adding new calendars as we come across them.
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 – 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 – 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 – 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.
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 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 – 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.
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).