Alternative Advent Calendars

There are many, many things about the festive season that make it difficult for people who have eating disorders, some of which I will talk about in future posts.

One way that you can help anyone struggling with an eating disorder at Christmas time is involving them in the holiday as much as possible while relieving some of the pressure around food. So much of the whole festive period is about food, starting right at the start of December with advent calendars, which is why I’ve made a list of alternative advent calendars without a chocolate in sight. Help your loved one get into the festive spirit and reduce some of their anxiety by considering something different for them this year. The calendars range from budget to more luxury so there should be something for everyone!

Additionally – you might know someone who just isn’t a chocolate fan! Or you yourself might not be and want to drop a hint or two about what other options are out there.


Next Stationary Calendar
12 days of stationary including stickers, washi tape and post it notes.


Christmas Stamps Calendar
This is a really cute one – it’s full of little Christmas stamps that can be used to personalise cards or Christmas wrapping.stamp

Paperchase Stationary Calendar
Includes lots of mini stationary items including pens and notepads.

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Disney Beauty Calendar
Disney themed bath and body mini’s such as body lotion and bubble bath.Disney-Mickey-Mouse-Beauty-Advent-Calendar-763377 (1)

Perfume Calendar
Something a little different than the usual beauty calendars, this one is full of mini perfumes of all different scents.Superdrug-Bloom-Collection-12-Days-Of-Fragrance-Calendar-753516

Soap and Glory Calendar

Full of Soap and Glory best sellers.s and g


Tequila Calendar
Lots of tequila minis from all different brands.

Gin Calendar
Includes tonics as well as different types of gin.


Prosecco Calendar
This calendar doesn’t contain any actual prosecco, but is full of items to jazz your drinks up including different flavoured balls to add, edible glitter and pretty accessories.



Tea Calendar
A selection of various types and flavours of tea.tea

Colour In Calendar
This calendar folds out into a colouring page – I don’t know about you but I love a bit of therapeutic colouring.


Disney Bauble Calendar
This can only be bought in store at Primark so there’s no link, but it contains lots of mini Disney themed tree decorations.primark disney

Poster Calendar
This is by far the most original idea I have come across! Each day contains a little print for your house and some of the designs are beautiful!


Coffee Calendar
Each day is gives you a different coffee blend.


Wax Lyrical Candle Calendar
This calendar contains festively scented tea lights.candle

I hope you’ve got some good ideas for alternatives – there’s so many more out there as well outside of the few favourites I’ve chosen!

Happy buying!


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  1. Hi Cara. Great post. The Paperchase one is on offer at the mo if you have their loyalty card. It was sold out when I looked but fingers crossed they’ll get more in soon. I’ve gone for the Little Box of Crochet advent calendar – a little something to crochet every day! This is the link for any fellow crocheters 😁.

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