Best advent calendars 2020: 20 top alternative buys

Check out these best advent calendars and end 2020 the right way. From beer to gin, beauty products, toys and even tools, these are the top advent calendars for 2020

Best advent calendar for beer lovers: Beer Hawk "Beery Christmas" Craft Beer Advent Calendar on table with snacks and beers
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On the hunt for the very best advent calendar for 2020? We can hardly blame you: it has been a hard year, so it's fair to say that we can't wait to see it out. Even if we might all be confined to our homes while doing so. With an advent calendar, you can make every day in December as exciting as you want. Below, we've listed 20 of the best advent calendars for 2020 – all non-chocolate – from ones filled with LEGO to stationary, gin, beauty products, a charity advent calendar and even food-filled ones. This way you can countdown to Christmas in style. You'll need to buy early, though: advent calendars are selling fast this year.

Perfect for everyone from mum to dad, nan, sister and even children, these advent calendars are a hit. And we don't even need to explain why. See for yourselves below.

Head to our dedicated Christmas page for more ways to get ready for the big day.

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Fortnum's Feasting Advent Calendar

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Fortnum's Feasting Advent Calendar - the front

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1. Fortnum's Feasting Advent Calendar

2020's best advent calendar for the entire family

It's official: Fortnum's Feasting Advent Calendar is the best advent calendar for 2020. With 24 little doors and one rather large one, it's a great gift for all the family.  Everything from biscuits to coffee, champagne, preserves and even chocolates are included, all of which sit behind big red and green doors. Festive, fun and incredibly tasty. We can't think of a better way to countdown to Christmas – advent isn't just for chocolate (or kids)...

Best advent calendar to give back this festive season: Advent of Change Premium Charity Advent Calendar

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2. Advent of Change Premium Charity Advent Calendar

The best advent calendar to give back this festive season

We love the idea of the Advent of Change Premium Charity Advent Calendar. Behind each box lies a donation to a different charity so instead of receiving each day of December, you are giving back. From picking 10 items of litter to giving a hot meal to a homeless person, 85 per cent of proceeds go directly to charities. There are 24 doors and each door represents a £1 donation, with non-profit organizations such as Equally Ours,  Hospice UK, Pancreatic Cancer Action, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Plastic Oceans UK taking part. Not just that but the advent calendar itself is eco-friendly, plastic-free and fully recyclable. It's also biodegradable, too, for when you are finished with it.

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Next Mens Grooming Advent Calendar

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Next Mens Grooming Advent Calendar

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3. Next Mens Grooming Advent Calendar

The best advent calendar for him

Beard or not, the Mens Grooming Advent Calendar from Next will go down a treat come December. It's filled with 24 sample-size items from shower gel to face masks, lotions and even aftershave. Worth a huge £215, too, this advent calendar will have him ready for Christmas and smelling pretty wonderful in time for the big day. Seriously, everything he'll ever need (beauty-wise) is in this advent calendar. Now you needn't buy him this stuff for Christmas...

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Pretty Little Thing Beauty Advent Calendar 2020

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Pretty Little Thing Beauty Advent Calendar 2020

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4. Pretty Little Thing Beauty Advent Calendar 2020

The best advent calendar for teen girls

Pretty Little Thing's 2020 advent calendar is filled with all of the best (and reasonably-priced) beauty buys. With up to £160 worth of goodies inside, they'll love it. We're talking everything from a Jade facial roller to Sleek eyeshadow an Illamasqua lipstick and a Morphe makeup sponge. They're selling VERY fast...

Best advent calendar for teen boys: Haynes Electronic Games Advent Calendar

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5. Haynes Electronic Games Advent Calendar

The best advent calendar for teen boys

This games-based advent calendar is our best pick for teens. Behind each door lives an electronic component that will eventually, come December 24th, build an electronic game. With this electronic game they can play 24 different games from Code Breaker to Wire Maze, Whack a Mole and more. All you need is three AA batteries.

Best advent calendar for your pet(s): Lily's Kitchen Advent Calendars

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6. Lily's Kitchen Advent Calendars

The best advent calendar for your pet(s)

Because your pet deserves a treat a day in December, too, Lily's Kitchen have released two advent calendars, one for cats and the other for dogs. Both calendars have 24 doors and behind them sits organic, tasty treats for your favourite non-human. The dog calendar contains three types of treats – Rise & Shines for the morning, Cheese & Apple Training Treats for any time of day and Bedtime Biscuits for nighttime. The cat advent calendar has two different treats including a chicken treat with liver, and a turkey treat with cranberry. Don't leave them out of the festive fun...

Best looking advent calendar: Folk House wood advent calendar

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7. Folk House wood advent calendar

The best looking advent calendar of 2020

If you are looking for an advent calendar to place in your home with pride – perhaps on display in your living or dining room – then the Folk House wood advent calendar is it! It's wooden, shaped like a house and it features 24 doors (well, drawers). It arrives empty so you can fill it yourself, while it's even battery powered. Use it year after year after year. 

Best gin advent calendar: The Premium Gin Advent Calendar from Drinks by the Dram

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8. The Premium Gin Advent Calendar from Drinks by the Dram

The best gin advent calendar

A little expensive but completely worth it, the The Premium Gin Advent Calendar from Drinks by the Dram is incredible. It comes with 24 different mini gins ranging in taste from all different brands. We're taking Edinburgh Gin, Four Pillars, Hendricks, Blinking Owl, No.3 and many more. Each 30ml bottle is wax-sealed, too. Something to brighten up your December, or a great gift for a ginthusiast.

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PLAYin CHOC Organic Chocolate Advent Calendar

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PLAYin CHOC Organic Chocolate Advent Calendar

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9. PLAYin CHOC Organic Chocolate Advent Calendar

The best advent calendar for kids

Not too keen on your kids having a piece of chocolate every day throughout December? Buy them the PLAYin CHOC Organic Chocolate Advent Calendar – it's filled with a mix of chocolate, toys and stencils. Not only that but it's vegan, gluten-free and plastic-free. With 24 pull-out drawers, get them to re-insert the drawers backwards to reveal and grand design on Christmas Eve. It comes in a sleeve, too, which is reversible to reveal a beautifully illustrated play mat. What a great idea.

The best vegan advent calendar: Holland & Barrett 25 Days Of Beauty Advent Calendar

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10. Holland & Barrett 25 Days Of Beauty Advent Calendar

The best vegan advent calendar

This completely vegan advent calendar also comes in recyclable packaging, too! Win win. It's filled with 11 sample-size products and 14 full-size products – that's 25 doors if you are counting. We're talking everything from facial oil to neck mouse, face masks, shampoo and conditioner bars and even a wooden mirror. Something different to chocolate, and a great way to try out new vegan products before investing in full size versions.

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Pukka Christmas Calendar

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Pukka Christmas Calendar - inside

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11. Pukka Christmas Calendar

The best advent calendar for tea lovers

Tea lover? The Pukka Christmas Calendar is the one for you. It's affordable, a great opportunity to try new teas and it contains some of Pukka's most loved blends from Turmeric Gold to Peppermint and even Liquorice. Festive favourites are also included just to get you in the spirit – Wild Apple and Cinnamon is our fave. A great way to enjoy the countdown to Christmas while looking after your body, aiding digestion and immunity and enjoying a good ol'cuppa. The best part? All 24 teas are certified organic, Fair for Life and FairWild – sustainably harvested and a guarantee that farmers are paid fairly. 

Best advent calendar for coffee lovers: Tea Revv Coffee Advent Calendar

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12. Tea Revv Coffee Advent Calendar

The best advent calendar for coffee lovers

Prefer coffee over tea? Then this advent calendar from Tea Revv is the one for you. Embark on a caffeine-filled adventure this December and taste 24 different types of coffee from all around the world. Each sachet of coffee measures 18g, and the sachets themselves are biodegradable, too. You can even choose from ground coffee or coffee beans. 

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Clara and Macy Personalised A Date A Day Couples Advent Calendar

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Clara and Macy Personalised A Date A Day Couples Advent Calendar

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13. Clara and Macy Personalised A Date A Day Couples Advent Calendar

The best advent calendar for couples

Looking to buy a joint advent calendar this year, perhaps one for couples? We love the Personalised A Date A Day Couples Advent Calendar by Clara and Macy. Hang it on your wall and each day you'll open a date idea each day – something for the two of you to do together. Whether it's to play a board game or put your phones in a drawer for one evening, or even to go for a romantic dinner for two. Either way, you'll be spending 24 days (or evenings) of quality time together. Very romantic and it can be personalised, too. 

Best personalised advent calendar: Cewe World Advent Calendar with Ferrero Chocolate

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14. Cewe World Advent Calendar with Ferrero Chocolate

The best personalised advent calendar

What a great idea! The Cewe World Advent Calendar can be personalised with your favourite photo on the front. It's filled with delicious Ferrero chocolate (there's also a Kinder option) and can be your choice of landscape or portrait. It features 24 doors and is the perfect option for someone who lives alone – perhaps a grandparent – or if you want a very personal advent calendar this year. It has been a tough time for all of us!

Best advent calendar for fitness lovers: The Protein Ball Co. Protein Balls Christmas Advent Calendar

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15. The Protein Ball Co. Protein Balls Christmas Advent Calendar

The best advent calendar for fitness lovers

Whether you try to be careful with what you put in your body or you love the taste of protein balls, during the month of December you can enjoy one a day. The Protein Ball Co's Advent Calendar is filled with, you guessed it: protein balls. All of which are vegan, gluten-free and 100 per cent natural. With six different flavours inside from goji and coconut to lemon and pistachio, the protein in these balls comes from pea and brown rice. No nasties!

This advent calendar is yet to be released.

Beer Hawk "Beery Christmas" Craft Beer Advent Calendar

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16. Beer Hawk "Beery Christmas" Craft Beer Advent Calendar

The best advent calendar for beer lovers

A bargain price for this very large advent calendar, beer lovers will hop (see what we did there?) for joy when they see this. Inside lives 24 full-size (yes, you read that right) bottles of craft beer. Not just that but these beers are from some of the best breweries around the world. With it also comes notes sheets so you can remember which ones you liked and which ones you didn't, ready to stock up for Christmas.

Best advent calendar for DIYers: Draper Tools Advent Calendar

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17. Draper Tools Advent Calendar

The best advent calendar for DIYers

Looking for an advent calendar for someone who always has their tools out? Draper Tools have their very own advent calendar this year, and inside is everything from a tape measurer to drill bits and an adjustable wrench. They are also donating £1 from each purchase directly to NHS Charities Together. With a whopping 49 tools included, it's well worth the £35.

Available to buy online from October.

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Martha Brook 24 Days Of Stationery Advent Calendar

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Martha Brook 24 Days Of Stationery Advent Calendar

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18. Martha Brook 24 Days Of Stationery Advent Calendar

The best advent calendar for stationery lovers

Filled with everything from page markers to sticky notes, stamps, paperclips and more, this Martha Brook advent calendar features 24 fancy foil embossed boxes that look like colourful books on a shelf. Its packaging is 100 per cent recycling and biodegradable with no plastics, too. You can also get it personalised. A great option for any stationery lover. 

LEGO Harry Potter 75981 Advent Calendar

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19. LEGO Harry Potter 75981 Advent Calendar

The best LEGO advent calendar

Harry Potter fan or not, this LEGO advent calendar will be sure to entertain the kids. Each day they'll open a door to reveal a surprise toy. These include everything from mini figures to accessories – the Great Hall dining table, statues – and at the end they'll have a full set of LEGO to play with. 

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Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar 2020

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Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar 2020 - open

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20. Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar 2020

The best advent calendar from Amazon

Amazon have released their very own beauty advent calendar this year, and we are certainly not disappointed. This advent calendar is filled with beauty buys – from toner to eyeshadow and face cream – and it retails at only £60. Although everything inside is worth up to £215. These babies are available for purchase now, and not only that but this advent calendar is pretty so definitely won't be an eyesore in your kitchen (or wherever else you choose to store it) and it has 24 doors of all different sizes to open. Inside lives products from all of the best brands such as Emma Hardy, ThisWorks, E.L.F, Elemis, Real Techniques and more. They are selling fast – we're not surprised since it's a bargain – and it comes with full-size products as well as samples.