Top Six Advent Calendars Of 2014 This Christmas That Don't Involve Chocolate

21/11/2014 15:14 GMT | Updated 01/12/2014 15:59 GMT

With recent news of chocolate shortages, we've decided that this year's Christmas advent calendar choice might have to be less cocoa-filled. (If not for the precious cocoa bean then for the sake of our waistlines.)

This got us thinking - what on earth can you fill an advent calendar with that isn't chocolate?

The answer lies in anything from gin and Diptyque candles to hand-iced biscuits and beauty products. We were pleasantly surprised by the outcome...


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Ginvent Calendar £114.95


It's the advent calendar that will definitely make the month of December a merry one.

This tasteful calendar features a small dram of gin for each day in the run up to Christmas.

While it's yummy and you can't beat a good bit of gin, we wouldn't advise opening first thing in the morning...

Ciate Mini Mani Manor £49


Nothing spells Christmas like a festive mani. With Ciate's advent calendar you can do just that, albeit every day.

Selfridges Beer Calendar £120

beer advent calendar

Okay, okay. So this one might not be so great for the waistline. But just look how cool it is!

Liberty Beauty Calendar £149

liberty advent calendar

Wow. This is the ultimate beauty advent calendar.

Filled with dozens of coveted beauty items including a scented Diptyque candle and Liberty lavender soap, as well as products from NARS, Laura Mercier and Dermalogica - you can't go wrong with this one.

Christmas is looking more beautiful already.

Biscuiteers Advent Calendar £55

advent calendar

Just because. This cloth advent calendar designed by Susie Watson is incredibly cute and features a host of hand-finished embroidered biscuiteers designs including reindeer and a ginger Santa alongside appliqued candy canes, holly and biscuiteers christmas trees.

Don't forget to buy the Advent Biscuit Tin too, so that you can nibble a biscuit every day in the run up to Christmas.

Tesco Beauty Advent Calendar £50

tesco beauty calendar

From the realm of Tesco Beauty comes a limited edition advent calendar filled with beauty brands including brands such as Nip+Fab, Korres, Katy Perry, Dr. LeWinns, Baylis & Harding and Tanya Burr.

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