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First appearing in the early 1900s in Germany, advent calendars were originally created in order for children to enjoy a sweet treat every day for the month of December as they prepared for Christmas.
The idea caught on—and while chocolate is still the most popular type of advent calendar today, there are now more options than ever to help get you into the holiday spirit.
If you’re shopping for yourself or as a gift for someone else, an advent calendar is almost like a gift that keeps on giving, with a new surprise every day. While chocolates are always a tasty option, it’s not everyone’s favourite thing to eat every day.
If you’re looking for a new way to celebrate the season, shop some of our favourite non-chocolate advent calendars of 2019.
Brew a surprise every day of the month with this cult favourite advent calendar from Canadian tea masters David’s Tea. Each day comes with two portions of tea, making it easy to sip and share.
SHOP IT: David’s Tea, $40
For a luxurious way to celebrate the holidays, this fragrance set from Diptyque can’t be beat. It includes a selection of the brand’s signature perfumes, candles, and skincare for a grown-up take on a classic childhood treat.
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $425
For the kid (or the kid at heart) in your life, this advent calendar is filled with collectable, pocket-sized figurines from your favourite Marvel comics.
SHOP IT: Indigo, $70
Filled with everything you need to create the perfect holiday makeup look, this set also includes skincare and haircare products. An ideal gift for someone who’s new to the world of makeup, these 24 surprises are sure to be a hit.
SHOP IT: Sephora, $60
As a tasty alternative to chocolate, this calendar is filled with gourmet gummies as a sweet surprise. Available in both vegan and non-vegan options, everyone is able to enjoy their candy this holiday season.
SHOP IT: Squish, $39
Treat your skin to an indulgent surprise every day of the month as you open up this colourful calendar. It includes some of Kiehl’s best-selling products for the face, body and hair, all in travel-friendly sizes that are perfect for when you’re on the go.
SHOP IT: Hudson’s Bay, $120
Filled with a collection of dainty necklaces, earrings and rings, this advent calendar will have you sparkling all season long. Featuring both holiday-themed and more classic choices, it’s a festive and fashionable way to get into the holiday spirit.
SHOP IT: H&M, $35
Wake up to a new flavour of coffee every morning with 24 sachets of gourmet beans. Choose from ground or whole beans for your perfect cup every time.
SHOP IT: Etsy, from $41