The best men’s advent calendars that aren’t chocolate

Not a chocoholic? No problem.


by Louella Berryman |
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The festive period may be a while off yet, but it's always a good idea to get in there early. After all, December is going to hit, and we'll all be up to our necks in tinsel. Although we girls treat ourselves to chocolate and beauty advent calendars every year, why not treat your partner or family member to some men's advent calendars this year?

December is a time for treating yourself and indulging in some treats, be they sweet, savoury or (very) alcoholic. One of the best treats is that little square of chocolate every morning from the advent calendar – but not everyone agrees. Sometimes people can’t quite get their head into the festive zone or get as excited about chocolate as us.

Luckily, there’s still a way to sneak them into the Christmas spirit with an alternative advent calendar – there's one for everyone: the coffee addict, the DIY fan and even the comic nerd.

So, get ahead of the game and make sure December is full of Christmas spirit and treats with one of these top-notch men’s advent calendars.

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Nivea For Men Advent Calendar

Best skincare advent calendar for men

Nivea For Men Advent CalendarBoots
Price: 50

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If in doubt, buy miscellaneous 'man stuff'. This advent calendar includes lots of NIVEA MEN skincare, bathing and grooming favourites - and fun socks, of course.


Joe and Seph's Where's Joe Advent Calendar 2023

Best snack advent calendar for men

 Joe & Seph's Where's Joe Advent Calendar 2023Boots
Price: 15 (was 30)

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For an extra special treat this festive season, look no further than Joe & Seph's Popcorn Advent Calendar. This year, with an exciting 'Where's Joe?' game imprinted on the calendar, whilst enjoying luxury popcorn filled with favourites like Salted Caramel, Orange Chocolate and Cinnamon Roll. A great snack advent calendar for him to enjoy.


Snaffling Pig Co Pork Crackling Advent Calendar 2023

Best pork crackling snack advent calendar for men

Snaffling Pig Co Pork Crackling Advent Calendar 2023Boots
Price: 11.95 (was 21.95)

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Why would you choose chocolate, when you can start every morning with a classic porky British bar snack? Snaffling Pig brings you 24 days of excitingly flavoured pork crackling, including Black Pepper, Low & Slow BBQ, Perfectly Salted, Pigs in Blankets and even an exciting new sweet pork crackling with Marvellous Maple.


Pukka Herbs | Herbal Tea Advent Calendar

Best tea advent calendar for men

Pukka Herbs | Herbal Tea Advent Calendaramazon
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Inspired by Pukka's beautiful tea selection box designs, this non-chocolate advent calendar is the perfect festive decoration or tea gift for the tea lovers in your family.


LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 2023

Best LEGO advent calendar for men

LEGOStarWars Advent Calendar 2023lego
Price: 29.99

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This calendar is the perfect gift for the young at heart. If a man in your life loves a good go with some Lego (who doesn't, really) then this calendar is a great option.


Personalised Retro Sweets Advent Calendar

Best sweets advent calendar for men

Personalised Retro Sweets Advent CalendarVery
Price: 13.99

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Take the recipient back in time with this Retro Sweets Calendar. Full of delicious treats, it's the gift that truly keeps on giving. You can even personalise it with their name.


Pork Crackling and Beer Advent Calendar

Best combo advent calendar for men

Pork Crackling & Beer Advent Calendarsnaffling pig
Price: 67.95

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Why not combine the two ideas together? The calendar dreams are made of! This indulgent advent calendar features the amazing combo of pork crackling and beer, what's not to love?


BrewDog Craft Beer Advent Calendar 2023

Best beer advent calendar for men

BrewDog Craft Beer Advent Calendar 2023brewdog
Price: 49.95

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Help them crack open a cold one every day of the week with this calendar packed with 24 canned beers from BrewDog's vast collection - including stone-cold classics, new brews, collaborations and festive one-offs. Preorder now!


Advent Calendar For Him Kit 25 Days Christmas Calendar

Best refillable advent calendar for men

Advent Calendar For Him Kit 25 Days Christmas Calendaretsy
Price: 16.21

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If you fancy a personalised touch this year then why not fill your own calendar with treats using this brill DIY advent calendar kit?


Electronic Sound Synthesizer Advent Calendar

Best music-lover advent calendar for men

Electronic Sound Synthesizer Advent Calendarmenkind
Price: 28

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How cool is this? They can build their very own electronic sound synthesizer and it's the perfect gift for any music lover. A fun alternative to chocolate or treats.


EXIT Advent Calendar 2023 – Mysterious Ice Cave with 24 Puzzles

Best board game advent calendar for men

EXIT Advent Calendar 2023 – Mysterious Ice Cave with 24 Puzzlesmenkind
Price: 39

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Here's a calendar for all the lovers of puzzles and escape rooms. This adventure game calendar gives you a clue a day as part of a wider puzzle. Get your magnifying glasses at the ready.


Coffee Advent Calendar

Best coffee advent calendar for men

Coffee Advent Calendarnot on the high street
Price: 44.99

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For all you caffeine heads out there, here's a calendar that will keep you awake throughout the day. Available as coffee beans or ground (for a French Presh), this calendar is perfect for all coffee aficionados.


Premium Gin Advent Calendar 2023

Best gin advent calendar for men

Premium Gin Advent Calendar 2023not on the high street
Price: 99.95

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Here's a calendar to help you wind down on those long December nights. This calendar features 24 incredible gins - your taste buds will thank you for this boozy calendar. You can even decide what design you want on the outside.


Personalised Mens 12 Days Sock Advent Calendar

Best socks advent calendar for men

Personalised Mens 12 Days Sock Advent Calendarnot on the high street
Price: 65

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Here's a calendar to keep your feet warm... and funky. What would Christmas be without some festive socks? A great calendar to open in the morning so you can show off your funky socks at work and spread the festivities in the run-up to Christmas.


Candy Kittens Advent Calendar 2023

Best vegan advent calendar for men

Candy Kittens Advent Calendar 2023ocado
Price: 10

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For all the vegans out there, this calendar comes from Candy Kittens, the vegan sweet company founded by Made in Chelsea's very own Jamie Laing. The calendar itself is designed to look stylish and festive, helping you to make your house that bit more festive this Christmas.

What advent calendar should I buy?

When it comes to advent calendars, it can be easy to get lost in a sea of options and not really know what to choose for your loved one.

Instead of grabbing the nearest thing and its contents going to waste, it's a good idea to think about what you might actually use or could even share with the person you're buying it for.

Some grooming calendars have over 200 worth of products inside for a fraction of that price, making them a great sharing option and brilliant value for money.

Louella Berrymanis the audience development executive at Bauer Media, where she works in all things digital for Grazia, heat, Closer, Yours and Mother&Baby.

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