‘Tis the season! Now who’s to say you need to be a kid to enjoy the anticipation of the 24 day countdown to Christmas! In recent years, the traditional chocolate advent calendar has taken a back seat to a wide range of chocolate-free alternatives starting from the latest beauty and skincare products to high quality beers and enticing wines. While I was busy rounding up my top choices, I thought I would share some favourites, because we all know mama deserves a special treat after braving those chaotic malls and many a late night wrapping sessions!
This magical tea-filled advent calendar delivers a delicious new surprise every day. Behind each door hides a single serving of tea, plus a little something extra to open whenever you want. No peeking!
Available at DAVIDsTEA; $45.00
Enjoy 12 days of celebrations with a diverse blend of ingredients from around the world! Blended with ingredients grown natively in each region, these limited edition blends celebrate the vibrancy of our diverse planet.
Available at Saje Natural Wellness; $109.95
I personally was lucky enough to snag one of these a couple years ago for my husband and I to share and we thoroughly enjoyed it! You get 24 unique, hand-picked, quality crafted beers with a great mix of strong ales, imperial stouts, porters, bitters, blond ales and many more. For a location near you check out The Craft Beer Importers website for details.
Available at Craft Beer Importers; $139.00
With Lush’s 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar you will receive a dozen limited edition holiday treats! The indulgent surprises inside range from the cocktail-scented Golden Wonder Bath Bomb to the luxuriously soothing Twilight Shower Gel and the creamy Golden Pear Soap.
Available at Lush; $114.95
H&M’s accessory advent calendar was too cute not to include! It comes with 24 different metal, plastic and glass accessories to add just a touch of extra festive sparkle to your outfit as you countdown to the most wonderful day of the year!
Available at H&M; $45.00
I think the beauty advent calendars have to be my favourite! I loooveee trying out new products and these are a great way to test out some new mini and even full size products. Lancôme’s “Holiday Wônders” is characterized by French elegance and festive magic. This generous advent calendar offers a variety of Lancôme’s best selling skincare and beauty products.
Available at Beauty Boutique; $199
Adult colouring books have been all the rage this last year or so. And while I never thought this was something for me.. I find myself doodling all the time! My grocery list never looked so good! Usborne Books offer a fold-out advent calendar featuring a black and white street scene to colour a bit each day in the countdown to Christmas! There are doors and windows to open daily and it also provides a great stand up to create as a festive display.
Available at Indigo; $12.95
For all you wine lovers!! This advent calendar has to be by far the most luxurious, but of course that comes with a price tag. New District offers four different advent calendars that includes 12-24 bottles from local and international wines all chosen to help you celebrate this festive holiday season!
Available at New District; $499-$1099
Now I know I mentioned this post was about chocolate-free advent calendars, but this mama loves her sweets so I had to incorporate just one!! Purdys Chocolatier advent calendar includes a variety of milk and dark chocolate treats from their mini salted caramel to their cookie crunch bell all made with 100% sustainable cocoa and best of all.. they’re Canadian! Starting out in Vancouver, BC in 1907.
Available at Purdys Chocolatier; $25.00