The Best Non-Candy Advent Calendars to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

The most wonderful time of the year is almost here! Count down the days to Christmas with our favorite Advent calendars for kids and adults.

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November 08, 2021

I think we can all agree that the only thing better than December 25th is the month beforehand. It's all so magical — the lights, the hot cocoa, the decorations, and most importantly, the Advent calendars.

Arguably, one of the best aspects of the countdown to Christmas is the fact that it's acceptable to eat one piece of chocolate a day for 24 days. However, if you're looking for an Advent calendar that isn't hiding candy behind its paper doors, you're in luck.

These Advent calendars contain everything from coffee pods and cookie cutters to beauty and grooming products. And come to think of it, we'd choose these treats over chocolate any day.

$38

Your mornings will be extra merry and bright with Keurig's "24 Cups of Cheer" Advent calendar. The box contains 24 sustainably-sourced pods from brands like Caribou Coffee and Cinnabon, so you can try a variety of flavors. There are even a few hot cocoa mixes thrown in just in case you decide to slip into your cozies and watch a Christmas movie.

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Spread holiday cheer in a big way this year with the Bonne Maman 2021 Advent Calendar. This beautifully illustrated box is a feast for the eyes in and of itself, as it showcases classic winter scenes. And inside? You'll find 24 jars of fruit preserves and honey in limited-edition holiday flavors, like Sweet Orange and Passion Fruit and Raspberry With Rose.

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Get cozy during your countdown to Christmas with this calendar full of scented candles. You'll love the glittery packaging and golden numbers almost as much as the 12 luxurious fragrances from Voluspa's Japonica collection. The Advent calendar includes a wick trimmer, too.

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Your annual Christmas movie marathon is about to get a serious upgrade. Open one of the 24 paper doors and dig into a one-cup bag of gourmet popcorn. Some flavors are sweet, some flavors are savory, but they're all made with the best-of-the-best ingredients.

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Start a new tradition and surprise your little ones with this adorable, family-friendly Cookie-Making Advent Calendar. Behind each door, you'll find a specialty ingredient, a baking tool or a recipe card, until you have everything you need for six types of Christmas cookies. (Note: Standard baking ingredients, like all-purpose flour and eggs, are not included.)

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If your family loves to belt out a good holiday tune, then this is the Advent calendar for you. Scratch the record (seriously) and reveal 25 QR codes that link to carols performed by emerging artists. You can actually download the songs onto your smartphone, laptop or desktop and play them loud for your daily dance parties.

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Note: This item is backordered & expected to ship by Nov. 29.

Combat the holiday hustle and treat yourself to a little TLC, courtesy of this Shower Steamer Advent Calendar. Each sparkly cube is formulated with essential oils in iconic scents of the season, like peppermint, fir tree and eucalyptus. In turn? You'll start each day feeling refreshed and like it really is the most wonderful time of the year.

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Savor every second of excitement with this "24 Days of Tea" Advent calendar. The shimmering gold foil box comes straight from France and contains a variety of specialty blends, like Chinese black tea and Scandinavian with elderflower and cranberry. Yum!

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$26.50

Keep the little ones busy while they eagerly await Christmas morning with this Winter Wonderland Craft Advent Calendar. The numbered trays contain charming paper figures that they can play with and put together. By December 25, they'll sit back and stare in awe at the woodland scene above.

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Help your favorite guy look and feel his best by gifting him the Barber Pro "12 Days of Grooming" Advent Calendar. The box contains 12 sheet masks that will do everything from brightening his skin to cooling and soothing his face after shaving.

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$20

How sweet is this Wood Tree Advent Calendar for kids? Every day, they'll pull a magnetic ornament from the pot and stick it on the tree until Santa finally arrives. The Advent calendar is easy to use and will make a darling addition to their nursery or playroom.

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Treat yourself to 12 blissful days of makeup and skincare with this Benefit Cosmetics Beauty Advent Calendar. Inside the bright pink box, you'll find mini-sized versions of holy grail products, like the They're Real! Mascara and the Hoola Matte Powder Bronzer. By the time the holiday party rolls around, you'll have your look down.

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$10

Why should humans have all the fun, right? Watch your kitten's eyes light up (and enjoy extra quality time this season) by surprising them with this Cat Toy Advent Calendar. The festive red-and-green box contains 12 toys, ranging from plush mice and poms to teaser wands. And yep! There's an Advent calendar for the family dog as well.

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$19.99 (Alcohol not included)

Now here's an Advent calendar that will add a special kind of sparkle to the holiday season. Unlike other boxes of booze, which can be expensive and loaded with drinks you don't like, this one comes ready to load with your favorite travel-sized wines or spirits. Best of all? The container can be used again next year.

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