Bored of conventional advent calendars? If you’ve eaten enough chocolate over the lockdown period and are looking for something different to discover behind 24 doors, check out our list of unique advent calendars for 2020.
For the cheese lovers
Pop over to your local Spinney’s and check out a fromage filled calendar with eight different types of cheese including Mexicana, Applewood and a festive favourite, Wensleydale and cranberry. Not only that, behind every door you’ll find a cheesy joke too! Better grab one quick, as rumour has it, it's flying off the shelves.
Priced around AED 85, you can check it out here
For the candle connoisseurs
Rituals is bringing out a 3D advent calendar, which will include four special Advent Mini Candles found each week on a Sunday, corresponding with an Advent tradition: to open a new door every Sunday of December and discover a new Ritual.
But it's not only on Sundays that you'll find something, there are actually 24 luxury gifts in total. This high-end Advent calendar contains lots of pressies such as, the new Ritual of Jing Mini Fragrance Sticks, different Mini Candles from the Private Collection, Rose de Shiraz Eau de Parfum, The Ritual of Namaste Anti-Aging Serum and many more goodies.
The 3D Advent Calendar is now exclusively available on ae.rituals.com
House of Melts is offering an alternative to candles with wax melts. A complete wick free moulded piece of wax that fills your room with lovely fragrance as it is warmed. This advent calendar comes in 12-day and 24-day varieties with diffusers, so you can start smelling the sweet scent of the festive season for as long as you want.
12-day calendar + 50ml reed diffuser - AED100
24-day calendar + 100ml diffuser are AED 200
Check out thier range here House of Melts
For the collectors
Funko, who create pop culture products such as Disney and Sanrio collectibles, have released an Advent Calendar just in time for the holiday season.
Their Funko Pop! Advent Calendars will help you count down the days until Christmas with unique Fortnite, Harry Potter and Marvel pocket Pop! vinyl figures hidden behind 24 tiny doors.
Funko Pocket Pop! Advent Calendars are available for AED 249 online at www.fandomretail.com and www.amazon.ae, or in-store at Fandom Retail (Mall of the Emirates) and Virgin Megastore (multiple locations).
For the ones with a sweet tooth
If you are a liquorice lover, you’ll love this sweet treat calendar from Lakrids by Bulow. Behind each door is indulgent liquorice in different varieties and some of them are coated in chocolate too, for that added flavour explosion.
Available from The Coffee Souq and priced at AED180
For the kids
In The Detail Events will be inviting kids to their Instagram story every day to watch are recorded message from Santa and his Elf Jingle. They’ll be counting down each day to Christmas from the 1st December with a video that plays an advent number reveal, plus a Christmas joke by Santa and Jingle.
Follow them here @InTheDetailEvents
Marks & Spencer are offering a bit of education with their chocolate calendars. Check out their Science Museum Advent Calendar which has been created in partnership with the world-famous Science Museum in London. It contains 24 milk chocolate shapes, but best of all, your kids will discover facts about the solar system behind each window.
Available in store and priced at AED 25.00
For the brick builders
Some of the most popular non-chocolate calendars are the ones that are created by LEGO. And this year, they've pulled out all the stops and created calendars for a variety of interests and themes.
The LEGO City Advent Calendar includes buildable items that you may find in a city or home during the festive season, from snowmobile, snow fort, curling set, fireplace, rocking chair, telescope and much more. There are even 7 minifigures and a husky dog figure.
LEGO City Advent Calendar – RRP: AED 99
In the LEGO Friends Advent Calendar, your kids will find a new buildable surprise hiding behind each door. The calendar is filled with super-cute Christmas characters, all of which belong to three themes: Emma's room, Santa's toy workshop and a winter wonderland. There is also a LEGO Friends Mrs Claus and two elf mini-doll figures to make for more creative narrative play, plus action features such as a fun snowball-launching catapult and a toy skateboard that rolls.
LEGO Friends Advent Calendar – RRP: AED 129
For wizard fans, the LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar contains 7 minifigures, including Harry Potter™, Hermione Granger™, Ron Weasley™, Albus Dumbledore™, Professor Flitwick and the Hogwarts™ Architect plus a Hedwig™ figure. The themed models include a micro Hogwarts Express™ train, buildable fireplace with Christmas decoration, Great Hall table with accessories and a statue pedestal decorated with the 4 house crests.
LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar – RRP: AED 159