The best alternative Advent calendars

Cheap chocolate calendars not doing it for you? Presenting the alternatives...

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Swizzels Sweets

The Snaffling Pig Pork Scratchings



If chocolate's not your thing but you've got a sweet tooth, Swizzels has you covered (and it's a bargain too)
Fancy going savoury for a change? The Snaffling Pig's calendar contains 24 bags of pork scratchings in six flavours
Buy: £4.99, B&M Buy: £13, Not on the High Street

Playmobil Santa's Workshop

Lego Star Wars



This amazingly detailed set comes in at a staggering 101 pieces - excellent value and bound to outlast the festive season
This intricate set enables fans to recreate classic Star Wars moments in Lego form - and includes exclusive minifigures too
"Playmobil Advent calendars are so good! Definitely worth is as you can reuse the set and get lots of play from it." "We got our son the Star Wars Lego Advent calendar - he's been really pleased with it and it's kept him amused."
Buy: £19.99 Amazon
Buy: £23.74

Lindt chocolate teddy bear

Yankee Candle


If you really must have chocolate, Lindt's calendar is an indulgent variation - best hide it from the kids Treat yourself and make the house smell lovely - this includes 23 festive tea lights and a special votive candle for Christmas Eve
"Lindt's calendar is nice and not too expensive." "The Yankee Candle one is great if you love candles!"
Buy: £10, Amazon
Buy: £20, Boots

Drink by the Dram Ginvent

Wine Advent calendar

24 miniatures of botanical gin in a variety of flavours should be just enough to get you through the holidays
For the discerning Advent calendar connoisseur - 24 miniature bottles of wine, including Prosecco and a 'festive port'
"The gin calendar is ace - I had one last year." "I'd love a wine Advent calendar."
Buy: £124.95, Amazon Buy: £69.99, Virgin Wines

And for the Mumsnetter who has EVERYTHING...
The Very Old and Rare Whisky Advent Calendar

Got a spare £10,000 to blow? This beauty could be yours - a handcrafted walnut box, containing 24 miniatures of rare whisky varieties
"If I was paying that I'd want it delivered by unicorns."
Buy: £9999.95, Amazon

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