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 alike.

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November 02, 2020

I think we can all agree that the only thing better than December 25th is the month beforehand. I mean, it's all so magical — the lights, the hot chocolate, 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 a calendar that isn't hiding candy behind its paper doors, you're in luck.

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

Get cozy during your countdown to Christmas with this calendar full of warm, scented candles. Inside the beautifully illustrated box, you'll find twelve gold tins decorated with watercolor scenes from the song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas." They're so pretty, you'll want to repurpose them long after you've enjoyed the festive fragrances.

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Make their mornings merry and bright with this limited-edition Nespresso Advent calendar. Inspired by the festive Italian tradition, each of the 23 doors contains a flavorful Vertuo capsule for their coffee maker, plus a very special accessory to be opened on Christmas Eve.

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Start a new tradition this year and surprise your littles with this sweet, Cookie Making Advent Calendar. Each of the 25 days before Christmas will delight everyone with a delicious ingredient, baking tool, or recipe, to create six different kinds of holiday cookies.

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They'll know it's the most wonderful time of year when they open this "24 Days of Tea" 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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If they can't resist a good Christmas movie marathon, take their favorite tradition up a notch with this popcorn-themed Advent calendar. Behind each door is a Wabash specialty, from movie theater-style kernels to gourmet seasonings like Salted Caramel and French Toast. One even contains a plastic needle and thread, so they can make their own old-fashioned popcorn garland for the tree, like in the movies.

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Prepare to spread some holiday cheer with this Bonne Maman Preserves Advent Calendar. The limited-edition box contains 24 jars of delectable fruit preserves, jellies and honey, all of which would make a fantastic addition to your next charcuterie board.

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$19.99 (Alcohol not included)

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

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Consider this the perfect gift for the music lover on your list. Packaged like a vinyl record, this unique calendar features 25 QR codes (compatible with any smartphone) that will take them to a cover of a classic song. It's interactive and bound to be a hit with the whole family.

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Treat yourself to a quick pampering sesh before the holiday hustle with this 14-piece "survival kit" calendar. Inside the sleek holographic box, you'll find a variety of luxury skin, hair and wellness products — like eye gels and serums — to help you feel refreshed during the season.

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Here's an easy way to spoil someone who loves all things spicy: Gift them an Advent calendar filled with 25 bottles of delicious, Louisiana-style hot sauce. Each bottle has a cool, Christmas-themed label and promises to make their mouths and eyes water.

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Get your little cutie even more excited for Santa's visit and give them the very important task of moving the gingerbread cookie on this Mickey and Minnie Mouse-themed calendar. As the days pass, they'll take the fabric figure up the tree and through the ornaments until they finally reach the star.

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