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 15, 2022

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.

Food & Drink Advent Calendars


Spread holiday cheer in a big way this year with the Bonne Maman 2022 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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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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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.

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$150 $124.99

In Good Taste's Wine Advent Calendar features 24 bottles of premium wine sourced all the way from Spain, Sicily, California and beyond. You’ll uncover delicious varietals, from a Sauvignon Blanc to a Pinotage, as you open a new window each day.

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This festively decorated Advent calendar is filled with two dozen numbered boxes that each hold a special surprise. From cookie cutters to spatulas to decorating tips, the goodies are guaranteed to inspire creative baking this holiday season.

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Warm up a cold winter day with this creative Advent calendar. Celebrating the fun of hot cocoa, it features a packet of Dutch-process hot cocoa behind each of the 12 doors. Just add hot water and top with your favorite marshmallows!

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Crush your Christmas cravings with nearly a month’s worth of delectable jerky bites. From Orange Habanero to delicious Black Pepper, these treats are sure to cure your holiday hankerings.

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Count down to Santa’s arrival with a dozen hot sauces that range from savory to mouth-melting.

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An alternative to chocolate Advent calendars for herbal tea lovers, this set features 24 different delicious organic blends. From calming herbs to help you relax to refreshing ingredients to awaken your senses, this Advent calendar is the perfect way to discover new flavors as you count down to Christmas.

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Your annual Christmas movie marathon is about to get a serious upgrade. Open one of the 12 paper doors and dig into gourmet popcorn or chocolate treats. Some flavors are sweet and some flavors are savory, but they're all made with the best-of-the-best ingredients.

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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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Unique Advent Calendars

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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Enjoy some cozy and quiet time to yourself this winter with this embroidery Advent calendar. Each day, follow artist Amanda Watson's easy instructions to stitch a merry design every day from the first of December to the 25th.

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A reimaging of the classic Advent calendar, Kate Hickey’s Christmas countdown book is packed with activities for the whole family, from holiday recipes to seasonal crafts.

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Celebrate the entire season with this Advent calendar, featuring a festive, cozy scene. Count down the days until Christmas with 25 doors that open to reveal surprise illustrations each day.

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Know someone who can't leave the house without their ChapStick? Grab them this 12 Days of ChapStick Advent Calendar. Each day leading up to Christmas will reveal a yummy limited-edition ChapStick flavor, including Candy Cane, Pumpkin Pie and Holiday Cocoa.

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$158 $126.4

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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He'll love decorating the tree in his Happy Socks holiday-inspired socks straight from this 12 Days of Socks Advent Calendar. Each of the 12 days leading up to Christmas will reveal a fun, new pair of crew socks with a self-adjusting welt cuff to keep them from falling down throughout the day.

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Perfect for every puzzle-lover, this Advent calendar features 24 100-piece holiday-themed puzzles to count down the days until Christmas.

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This adorable jewelry Advent calendar features a gold necklace and beautiful charms, packaged inside a sweet gingham suitcase that functions as storage.

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Another puzzle! Forty-two pieces per day for 24 days create a puzzle that reveals itself to be a festive Christmas Emporium during the holiday season.

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$26.50 $19.87

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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Beauty Advent Calendars

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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This Advent calendar is jam-packed with 12 of Benefit Cosmetics' top sellers in pocket-friendly sizes. Open one pretty present a day to uncover beauty besties and find new faves.

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Nourish your mind, body and soul with a RITUALS daily gift, from scented candles to shower gels, all packaged beautifully and ready to gift.

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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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Advent Calendars for Kids


Kids ages five and up can enjoy imaginative play each December day with this LEGO City Advent Calendar that's bursting with awesome mini-builds, fun LEGO City TV characters and cool accessories.

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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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Count down to Christmas with seasonal crafts from this cool, kid-friendly Advent calendar kit. Easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions will help your little ones create 24 fun holiday ornaments ready for the tree or table.

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Each day leading up to Christmas, kids open a panel to reveal a special rock, mineral, fossil or gemstone. It's a great way to keep kids learning even while school is out for winter break.

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Twenty-four perforated doors each hide a Play-Doh can and fun surprise tools to unbox a creative activity each day leading up to Christmas. The box has tear-off playmats with snowman and gingerbread scenes.

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Advent Calendars for Dogs & Cats


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 plastic balls.

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Inside, your pup will find 12 different toys (rope, plush and more) to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas. Plus, every single toy is holiday themed to amplify the holiday cheer at home.

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