There’s no need to be stuck with a boring chocolate advent calendar. Pick out a calendar that appeals to your hobbies (whisky tasting, anyone?) or the interests of your loved ones (Lego, Play-Doh, and more!) and get everyone excited about opening up a little surprise each day:
14 must-have advent calendars that won’t give you crappy chocolate
24 Days of TeaNow this is something to look forward to every morning! Filled with 24 single servings of delicious tea blends like Kashmiri Chai, Cardamom French Toast and Ginger Pear, you'll start every day on a good, albeit warming, note.
Get it in stores or online, $40David's Tea
Winter Wonderland Advent CalendarPurdys redesigned their classic with a new whimsical winter wonderland design featuring snow-capped Canadian mountains. The inside's filled with traditional favourites such as milk and dark chocolate bells, mini salted caramels and new treats like the cookie crunch bells.
Get it in Purdys stores or online, $23Purdys Chocolatier
NHL Advent Calendar “Rivalry on the Pond"Take a shot! Well, after 24 days that is. A surprise item—from players to pucks— is revealed every day and finally brings all the bits and bobs together so the entire family can get their game on.
Get it from select Indigo stores or online, $35Playmobil
Star Wars Advent CalendarWe anticipate bickering over the characters, starships and vehicles as they're unveiled day by day. But all hard feelings will be put aside at the end when all 24 items are revealed, the playmat gets unfolded and the games begin!
Get it from select Indigo stores or online, $50Lego
Advent Calendar “Dress Up Party"Little princesses will enjoy uncovering all the elements for this mini dressing room. Bags, dresses, makeup—it has everything to fuel their imagination while enjoying some fashionable make believe.
Get it from select stores and online, $30Playmobil
Craft BeerAdvent® CalendarEarn major brownie points from the beer connoisseur in you life with these 24 beers that “bring together new and old brewing traditions." Bonus: All beers are new to Canada and many are exclusive to the calendar.
Get it from select liquor stores in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, P.E.I., Newfoundland, Yukon and Northwest Territories or by special order in Ontario.Craft Beer Importers Canada
Ultimate Beauty Advent CalendarTreat yourself to samples of the company's best-selling bath and body products ranging from shower gel to body butter and eyeliner. Whatever the day reveals, you'll be delighted with the little—often sweet smelling—surprise.
Get it online, $169The Body Shop
12 Days of ChristmasBath or shower? There are plenty of bath bombs, soap and shower gels to appease both camps in this festive pack filled with limited edition holiday products. Once you've towelled off, there are even two moisturizers to pick from.
Get it online, $100Lush
Wanderlust Advent CalendarMakeup mavens will love experimenting with this limited edition gift with a palate inspired by a variety of cities, from Morocco to Rome. Go dramatic or subtle, but be ready to make an impression this holiday season.
Get it online, $56NYX
The Face Shop's Advent CalendarGive yourself a little pampering in the lead up to Christmas with skincare and makeup, including nail polishes and a face mask. It's the perfect gift for beauty lovers, or if you just want to spoil yourself with something other than chocolate.
Get it online, $40The Face Shop
Rawhide Treat Advent Calendar for DogsWhy should humans have all the fun? Your furry friend will love these munchable treats of rawhide bones and twists (in festive red, white and green) every day until Christmas. Whether they have to perform a trick or not, that's for you to decide.
Get it online, $72Ranch Rewards
Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar25 rare whiskeys, single barrel and hand-picked for this calendar—that's what you (or a very lucky loved one) will be getting to swirl and sniff. For something truly exclusive a special collector's edition is also available.
Get it online, around $500Secret Spirits
Play-Doh Advent CalendarAdults are going to want to get in on this creative holiday fun. With 5 Play-Doh cans (including two Sparkle cans!), there will be plenty of opportunities to let everyone's imaginations run wild.
Get it online, $15Hasbro
Hello 2017 CalendarThirty-one gourmet gummies await unwrapping in this one-of-a-kind candy calendar that'll leave everybody feeling sweet. Flavours include chili ginger hearts, sour cherry cola, champagne roses and a whole bunch of other lip-smacking delights.
Get it online,$35Squish Candies