My top 5 picks for Advent Calendars to countdown to Christmas 2018!

My favourite way to countdown to Christmas has been with chocolate, but this year there are some alternative advent calendars stuffed with the most fabulous products that offer a great unique way to count down alongside the traditional chocolate one!

Here’s my round-up of the best alternative advent calendars for 2018. (Please note that these are very popular and so apologies if by the time you try and order one they happen to be sold out!

Reece’s Chocolate Advent Calendar

An Advent Calendar filled with Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups are how I will be counting down to Christmas this year, and you can purchase them in major supermarkets.

The regular advent calendar contains 23 Reese’s mini peanut butter cups, 13 in milk chocolate and 10 in white chocolate, and a special surprise behind door number 24.

This year you can also buy the Snowman advent calendar which contains peanut butter bells, mini white peanut butter cups and behind door number 24 – a peanut butter snowman.

The Big Chilli Advent Calendar 2018

The Big Chilli Advent Calendar is perfect for chilly lovers with a variety behind each door ranging from  smoky Mexican chipotle, fiery Indian bhut jolokhia, and citrussy bullet chillies from China as well as the infamous Carolina Reaper, the world’s hottest chilli!

There are 25 different whole chillies, flakes and powders with a wide range of heat levels, so great to incorporate into your cooking during the festive period.

As well as the 25 chillies, you’ll also receive a booklet of tasting notes and over 20 must-try recipes. One thing is for sure -you’ll be a chilli expert by Christmas Day!

Buy it here: 

Cheese Advent Calendar

Cheese advent calendar
Photo credit: SO WRONG IT’S NOM

An advent calendar filled with cheese, the brain child of Food blogger Annem Hobson, is the perfect advent calendar for cheese fans. Last year it was sold out and I am pretty sure it will be this year too! The wheels inside include Jarlsberg, Applewood, Mexicana and Ilchester.

The Cheese advent calendar costs between £8-10 and can be found in ASDASainsbury’s and Booths.

kikki.K Lovers Advent Calendar


If you are obsessed with stationery this is the advent calendar for you! Filled with all sorts of goodies such as desk accessories, candles and their infamous Gold Pen.

kikki.K Lovers Advent Calendar costs £90 and is available from their stores and online.


The House of Newby Luxury Advent Calendar

 Tea lovers can go on an incredible 24 day journey through the award-winning Newby Teas classic tea bag collection.  

Elegantly illustrated, each drawer is packed with four individually wrapped sachets of a select Newby blend, and no two drawers are the same, meaning every day promises a different premium black tea, green tea or tisane, crafted with great care and expertise by Newby.

The House of Newby 2018 Advent Calendar is priced from £58 and is available at The Newby Teas website, Ocado and Selfridges. You can also order the House of Newby 2018 Advent Calendar here:


About Binny

Hi, I'm Binny - a writer, dreamer and serial wanderluster with a love for Wildlife Conservation. I am originally from Kenya but I now live in London. 'Karibu' to Binny's Food and Travel! I regularly share my experiences eating out, cooking and travelling, both in the UK and globally, as well as educate on the plight of Wildlife. I am an ambassador for World Animal Protection and regularly support the work of The Born Free Foundation, Four Paws and Dreams Come True Charity. I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way. It's my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible!

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  1. Angie wrote:

    I love the idea of the chilli calendar, it’s so different!! You have to really like chilli though!!!

    Posted 11.21.18 Reply
  2. You just cannot beat a tasty Advent calendar!

    Posted 11.21.18 Reply
  3. Sarah wrote:

    I can never say no to a chocolate advent calendar, but I would love to try that chilli one. It’s very different and although I can’t take the heat sometimes it’s worth the experience xx

    Posted 11.22.18 Reply
  4. Laura wrote:

    You are never too old for an advent calendar! I have a candle one, Mr B has a cheese one and of course Snoopy has a dog biscuit one!

    Posted 11.26.18 Reply
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