21 best non chocolate advent calendars for 2022 - beauty, toys, crafts and gin

To sit beside your chocolate one, obviously.

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Fancy a different way of counting down to Christmas this year? Check out our selection of the best non-chocolate advent calendars.

A chocolate advent calendar (opens in new tab) not for you this year? It goes without saying that come Boxing Day, most of us are in a chocolate coma after gorging on selection boxes, Quality Street and chocolate logs. So if you fancy cutting back on chocolate in the lead-up to Christmas Day, or simply adding to the element of surprise, there's a variety of non-chocolate advent calendars on the market to put a smile on your face throughout December.

In recent years, non-chocolate advent calendars have become a hit. Now there are plenty to choose from - from beauty advent calendars (opens in new tab) to gin advent calendars (opens in new tab) - there's something for everyone. Even your furry friends can enjoy cute dog advent calendars (opens in new tab) and it goes without saying that toy advent calendars (opens in new tab) are a hit with kids. Here's our favourite non-chocolate advent calendars for 2022.

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21 best non-chocolate advent calendars for 2022

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Best beauty advent calendars 2022

1. LOOKFANTASTIC advent calendar - View at LOOKFANTASTIC (opens in new tab)

1. LOOKFANTASTIC advent calendar - View at LOOKFANTASTIC (opens in new tab)

RRP: £12 | Delivery: Free standard | Available: Now (opens in new tab)

Packed full of beauty treats worth over £500, this is LOOKFANTASTIC's most luxurious advent calendar to date - and you're getting a saving of over £400. It contains 26 products including Rituals Ayurveda Mini Diffuser, ESPA Optimal Skin Pro Moisturiser, Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub and much more.


2. Body Shop advent calendars - View at Body Shop (opens in new tab)

2. Body Shop advent calendars - View at Body Shop (opens in new tab)

RRP: from £95 | Delivery: Express/Standard/Saver | Available: Now (opens in new tab)

With three different options available, Body Shop have a beauty advent calendar to suit every budget. The cheapest option has now sold out, but the medium size is £95 and worth £159 and the largest comes in at £145, packed with £219 worth of goodies.


3. John Lewis Beauty Advent Calendar - View at John Lewis (opens in new tab)

3. John Lewis Beauty Advent Calendar - View at John Lewis (opens in new tab)

DEAL: was £179 now £152.15 | Delivery: Next day/Standard/ | Available: Now (opens in new tab)

Over £770 worth of goodies for £152! Featuring full-size favourites from Olaplex, Charlotte Tilbury and Sunday Riley, John Lewis' calendar has been designed to offer you a number of beauty rituals including a full skincare regime, a versatile makeup look, a moment of calm, some hair essentials and three iconic fragrances. And hidden inside door 25, 10 lucky customers will be in with the chance of winning a £500 gift voucher to spend at John Lewis.


4. Molton Brown advent calendar - View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

4. Molton Brown advent calendar - View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

RRP: £195 | Delivery: Free standard | Available: Now (opens in new tab)

This advent calendar is worth £313 and is full of fragrances as well as body and home products. You can expect to find a Fragrance Travel Case, the Delicious Rhubarb & Rose Mini Candle and Fiery Pink Pepper Fine Liquid Hand Wash to name just a few.


5. Flannels advent calendar - View at Flannels (opens in new tab)

5. Flannels advent calendar - View at Flannels (opens in new tab)

RRP: £235 | Delivery: Standard/Next day | Available: Now (opens in new tab)

Worth over £804, you get some serious bang for your buck with this advent calendar. You can expect cult classics from Augustinus Bader, Patrick Ta, Natasha Denona and more. And they've even put a £500 Flannels gift card inside one advent calendar, so you could get lucky!


Best hobby advent calendars 2022

6. NOTHS Christmas mixtape playlist advent calendar - View at NOTHS (opens in new tab)

6. NOTHS Christmas mixtape playlist advent calendar - View at NOTHS (opens in new tab)

RRP: £18 | Delivery: Standard/Express | Available: Now (opens in new tab)

If you're a music fan, then this personalised Spotify playlist advent calendar could be one for you. Spotify playlist personalised advent calendar. Open a door each day and hold your phone or tablet up to the calendar to hear the Christmas hit for that day. Each track plays straight away using your Spotify app (for Premium account holders) and after that track, the album that the track is taken from continues to play.


7. Yankee Candle advent calendar - View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

7. Yankee Candle advent calendar - View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

DEAL: was £24.99 now £13.99 | Delivery: Free standard | Available: Now (opens in new tab)

This advent calendar comes with a glass holder and 24 Scented Tea Lights in 8 different festive fragrances including Twinkling Lights, Christmas Cookie and Letters to Santa. Perfect to get your house smelling perfectly festive in the run up to Christmas.


8. NOTHS ballerina charm bracelet advent calendar - View at NOTHS (opens in new tab)

8. NOTHS ballerina charm bracelet advent calendar - View at NOTHS (opens in new tab)

RRP: £47 | Delivery: Standard/Express | Available: Now (opens in new tab)

This jewellery box advent calendar is the perfect option for budding ballet dancers or jewellery lovers. Each box contains a charm a day to add to a bracelet chain. By Christmas Day, the bracelet will be bursting with lots of lovely little characters and full of sparkly cheer, for your little one to enjoy all through the year.


9. Seeds advent calendar - View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

9. Seeds advent calendar - View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

DEAL: was £29.95 now £19.99 | Delivery: Free standard | Available: Now (opens in new tab)

For those who are green-fingered, this is the perfect advent calendar. With 24 different seeds behind the doors, you can plant your own vegetables, fruits and herbs and it even comes with instructions on how to grow and tips for cooking.


10. Tea Advent Calendar - View at Bird&Blend  (opens in new tab)

10. Tea Advent Calendar - View at Bird&Blend  (opens in new tab)

RRP: £38 | Delivery: £3.95 or FREE if you spend over £30** | Available: Now (opens in new tab)

Can you call tea a hobby? We think so, yes. And behind each of the doors on this quirky little calendar, you'll find not one but TWO teabags to savour and enjoy. That's 48 cups of tea! We also love that the teabags are plastic free and biodegradable and all of the product packaging is recyclable, compostable and plastic free.


Best booze advent calendars 2022

11. Virgin Wines advent calendar - View at Virgin Wines (opens in new tab)

11. Virgin Wines advent calendar - View at Virgin Wines (opens in new tab)

RRP: £89.99 | Delivery: Standard/named day | Available: Now (opens in new tab)

If you're a wine lover, look no further. With Virgin Wines, you can choose between three wine advent calendars; a red one, white one or a mixed one - which contains reds, whites, rosés and sparkling wines. And no matter which one you choose, on Christmas Day, you get a full-size bottle worth £19.99.


12. Phillip Schofield's gin advent calendar - View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

12. Phillip Schofield's gin advent calendar - View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

DEAL: was £84.96 now £73.32| Delivery: Free standard | Available: Now (opens in new tab)

Phillip Schofield has teamed up with Craft Gin Club to come up with this gin-tastic advent calendar. It comes packed with 25 50ml Craft Gin tipples - including a brand new winter gin created by Phillip Schofield - that will guarantee to keep you merry throughout the build up to Christmas.


13. Fortnum and Mason's feasting advent calendar - View at Fortnum and Mason (opens in new tab)

13. Fortnum and Mason's feasting advent calendar - View at Fortnum and Mason (opens in new tab)

RRP: £200 | Delivery: Standard/Next day | Available: Now (opens in new tab)

While this deluxe advent calendar does contain chocolate - as well as other festive food treats - you're also treated to a quarter bottle of champagne as well as Sir Nigel’s Orange Marmalade Vodka and Damson Gin. You're in for an indulgent December with this one!


14. Brewdog craft beer advent calendar - View at Brewdog (opens in new tab)

14. Brewdog craft beer advent calendar - View at Brewdog (opens in new tab)

RRP: £59.95 | Delivery: Standard/Next day | Available: Now (opens in new tab)

As well as an exclusive glass, the 2022 Brewdog calendar includes; four advent calendar exclusives, five of Brewdog's 2022 releases including popular flavours like Candy Kittens and Silk Road, five seasonal beers such as Mail Order Martini and the brilliantly titled Hoppy Xmas, as well as five of the companies headliner and core beers. In total, 24 cans sit behind the doors of this advent calendar - it may be a bit heavier than your classic chocolate-filled countdown.

Best Film and TV advent calendars 2022

15. Star Wars Funko advent calendar - View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

15. Star Wars Funko advent calendar - View at Amazon  (opens in new tab)

DEAL: was £50.71 now £48.99 | Delivery: Free standard | Available: Now (opens in new tab)

This is the perfect advent calendar for Star Wars fans. Each door reveals a Funko Pocket Pops, featuring some beloved Star Wars characters dressed in their winter best. Each collectible brings a festive twist to their typical look, making them perfect Christmas collectables.


16. Harry Potter advent calendar - View at Argos (opens in new tab)

16. Harry Potter advent calendar - View at Argos (opens in new tab)

DEAL: was £30 now £24 | Delivery: Standard/Click & collect | Available: Now (opens in new tab)

For Harry Potter - and Lego - lovers, this advent calendar will provide hours of fun in the run up to Christmas. Containing 24 movie-inspired toys and minifigures, the first 3 doors hide a toy from the first Harry Potter movie, the next 3 are from the second film, and so on. 


17. Friends Stationery advent calendar - View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

17. Friends Stationery advent calendar - View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

RRP: £13.99 | Delivery: Standard/next day | Available: Now (opens in new tab)

Friends fans will be delighted with this advent calendar, which contains cute Friends collectables and gadgets, featuring all the most famous TV Show props and prints. Items include 2 notebooks, a keyring, shopping list pad and plenty more!


Best toy advent calendars 2022

18. Jurassic World advent calendar - View at Selfridges (opens in new tab)

18. Jurassic World advent calendar - View at Selfridges (opens in new tab)

RRP: £37 | Delivery: Standard/next day | Available: Now (opens in new tab)

This fun, movie-inspired advent calendar includes 19 mini dinosaurs, 1 mini human figure, plus 10 gate and platform pieces to crate hours of play-time fun for your little ones. 


19. Thomas the Tank Engine advent calendar - View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

19. Thomas the Tank Engine advent calendar - View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

RRP: £19.99 | Delivery: Standard/next day | Available: Now (opens in new tab)

For something a bit different for your little one, try this Thomas & Friends advent calendar, which features 24 miniature engines and other railway vehicles. By Christmas Day, your child will have a whole railway of Thomas & Friends pals for exciting push-along train play!


20. Barbie Dreamtopia Advent Calendar - View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

20. Barbie Dreamtopia Advent Calendar - View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

DEAL: was £29.99 now £27.95 | Delivery: Standard/next day | Available: Now (opens in new tab)

This exciting Barbie Advent calendar starts with a Barbie doll on day one. Then every day for the next 23 days, little ones can piece together Barbie's outfit. From a silvery jacket and trousers to a long pink skirt, there are more than ten different accessories to discover including shoes, jewellery, purses, and even a feather boa!


21. Rubber Duck advent calendar - View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

21. Rubber Duck advent calendar - View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

RRP: £18.99 | Delivery: Standard/next day | Available: Now (opens in new tab)

Make bath time more fun in the run up to Christmas with these mini rubber duck toys. A great alternative to chocolate for young children, this toy countdown calendar contains 24 unique rubber duck characters to collect.


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