The Best Non-Candy Advent Calendars You Need ASAP

A glass of wine a day to count down Christmas? Yes, please.

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November 12, 2019

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 cheese and hot sauces. And come to think of it, we'd choose these treats over chocolate any day.

If you're obsessed with all things Anthropologie down to the store's signature scent then you definitely need to get your hands on this Advent calendar themed around the Capri Blue Volcano Candle. Inside, you'll find 12 sweet-smelling treats, which range from bath bombs and room sprays to mini candles and ornaments.

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$19.50

A cup of tea a day will definitely warm you up to the holidays. The best thing about this calendar is that it features several fun, seasonal flavors like "Happy Holiday" green tea and a "Candy Cane" peppermint herbal blend. Yum!

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$64

Get cozy during your countdown to Christmas with this calendar full of skin-softening L'Occitane products. We're talking hand creams, soaps, shampoos, conditioners and, best of all, L'Occitane's almond shower oil. What a cute way to squeeze in some self-care during the holidays!

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Prepare to spread some holiday cheer all month long with this Bonne Maman Preserves Advent Calendar. The limited-edition box contains 24 jars of fruit preserves, jellies and honey, all of which would pair perfectly with a charcuterie board at your next party.

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This makeup-themed Advent calendar is expensive, but totally worth the splurge, especially when you consider the fact that you're getting four full-sized products and eight travel-sized products from such a high-end brand. Test holy grail items you've been eyeing for ages and create new looks just in time for those holiday parties.

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$18.99

Give your S.O. the gift of self-care and grooming leading up to Christmas. This year's Man'Stuff calendar contains bath salts, body wash, shampoo, conditioner and other toiletries that will help him feel his best before the holidays.

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$79.95

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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Who wouldn't want to snack their way through the holidays? Crack open this cute, gift box-shaped Advent calendar to get started. Inside you'll find 12 sweet, savory or spicy treats, which could range from coffee house syrups, tea and nuts to cheeses, olives, meats and chocolates!

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$19.99 (Alcohol not included)

This Advent calendar 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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$15

I think we can all agree that Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone is a Christmas movie. If you're planning to watch the film (and we think you should), pair it with this set of socks featuring house sigils, quotes and other significant moments.

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