19 festive Advent calendars with a twist

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Advent calendars for the whole family

Those sleigh bells aren’t far away and it’s almost time to start crossing off the days and counting down to St Nick’s arrival, but there’s still time to snap up a festive Advent calendar with a twist.

These calendars are a gift in themselves, and they keep on giving every day leading up to Christmas Day. So, what’s behind the windows? For mums, we’ve discovered luxe calendars hiding pampering treats and crafty delights, while dads are well-taken care off with a cheeky tipple and facial hair goodies. And we’ve got choc-free surprises for kids who adore trinkets and treasures.

There’s even a little something for the fur-baby of the family in our 19 gift Advent calendars.

Knitter’s favourite

Yarn Advent Calendar

Darn Good Yarn Advent Calendar ($57.40)

Such a ripper idea, this calendar has 12 days of festive cotton yarn and holiday-themed patterns for knitting and crocheting. Each of the projects makes a Christmas decoration for the tree – so crafty!

Pamper pack

L'Occitane Classic Advent CalendarL’Occitane Classic Advent Calendar ($99)

Heaving with lush treats that soothe the body and cleanse the soul this is 24 days of pure bliss.

What a charmer

12 Days of Happiness Jewellery Calendar

12 Days of Happiness Jewellery Advent Calendar ($71.90)

With a delicate delight in silver or gold plate behind each window, every charm has special meaning which is described beautifully.

A cup of sanity

Tea Advent Calendar

Tea Revv Tea Advent Calendar ($45.52)

A new seasonal tea blend to try for each of the 24 days leading up to Christmas. We can’t guarantee you’ll get to drink them hot, but it’s the thought that counts!

A thing of beautyAmazon Beauty Advent Calendar

Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar ($120)

This is the first, limited edition Australia Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar and it’s worth the wait. Valued at more than $400, if you want a sneak peek at what’s inside hit the ‘buy now’ box.

Here’s cheers!

Aldi beer Advent calendar

Aldi Beer Advent Calendar ($39.99)

The famous Aldi beer Advent calendars are back, and this year there’s a craft beer choice. But get instore quick, once these sell out that’s it!

Hair of the dad

Advent calendar for men with beards

24 Days of Beard Treats ($76.99)

Hipsters delight, there’s an Advent calendar just for you – or for your beard actually. This beauty has a different beard oil behind every window, all small-batch and handcrafted.


Squeaky clean

Man Stuff Advent Calendar

Man’Stuff Advent Calendar ($39.99)

Packed with bathroom essentials like shower gel, body wash, soap, bath salts, tweezers and nail clippers this handy box is a well-groomed dad essential.

Sweet teddy

Lindt Advent Calendar

Lindt Advent Calendar ($19.95)

For the sweet tooth dad – what’s better than one Lindt Bear? Yep, that’s right, a whole month’s worth.

Wakey, wakey!

Yawn Coffee Advent Calendar

Yawn Coffee Advent Calendar ($47.50)

A different caffeine hit for each pre-Christmas day in December. 24 different craft coffees with each sachet containing enough Omni-Grind or whole bean coffee for one cup.

Paper village

Meri Meri Advent Villiage

Meri Meri Advent Village ($68)

With its honeycomb paper trees and snowmen this calendar creates a paper wonderland that can be set up every Christmas.


Hello there

Hello Kitty Advent Calendar ($89.95)

What a combination – Hello Kitty and OPI nail lacquers – that’s 25 mini colours to help your angel get ready for the big day.

Slow build

Lego City Advent Calendar

LEGO City Advent Calendar ($40.32)

An exercise in patience, every day a new part of the Christmas LEGO scene is discovered.

Choo choo

Meri Meri Wooden Train Advent Calendar

3D Wooden Train Advent Calendar ($49.95)

Mini conductors will be running to the Advent calendar each morning as they build a festive train and railway scene. And it comes with a drawstring storage bag so it’s pack and play at its best.

Oh holy night

Advent Nativity Calendar

Nativity Advent Calendar ($86)

Beautifully crafted and designed to become an heirloom piece, every day a new wooden figure is added to the nativity scene.

Cast a spell


Harry Potter Advent Calendar

Harry Potter Advent Calendar ($75.99)

Young wizards get to magically count down with Harry Potter wonders behind each window – from pencils and pins to socks and stickers.

Christmas jewels

Charm Bracelet Advent Calendar

Charm Bracelet Advent Calendar ($59.95)

A pretty-in-pink jewellery box with charms waiting behind each window, creating the perfect Christmas day accessory.

Giddy up


playmobil Advent Calendar

Playmobil Advent Calendar ($35.28)

Little equine enthusiasts get to create their own horse scene complete with accessories and fences.

Doggy treats

Pet Advent Calendar

Pet Treat Advent Calendar ($85.80)

Combine the Christmas countdown with their daily treat! Choose from cat (six small treats) or dog treats (daily bone-shaped biscuit).

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