Advent calendars aren’t just for little kids and grandma anymore (though there are some all-yarn versions if she’s into that. Tell her to look out for day 21 – Apparently it’s a doozy of a Fair Isle pattern… she’ll know what that means.) While the Lego Advent Calendar is fun and all… there’s a whole new world of unique advent calendars out there.
In each of these, you’ll get a little present for each day of the month of December. If you’re lucky, that present might be a fancy, small-batch bourbon or a picture of a cat. Or maybe even a fancy, small-batch cat! A girl can dream.
Unique Advent Calendars
1. Mischievous Cats Advent Calendar
This strange advent calendar is full of cats doing pretty much everything. Sure, it might be “a piece of paper with glitter glued to it,” according to one reviewer who gave it a one star rating, but they clearly hate cats and glitter so we don’t trust them. The calendar is decorated with pictures of cats and each day you’ll open a tiny flap to discover… another cat! We can’t wait to see what tomorrow’s will be!
2. Brewer’s Bad Santa Beer Advent Calendar, $60
This is the perfect countdown to Christmas. KALEA’s beer advent calendar comes with 24 16-oz. cans of German, Austrian, and other international brews for you to sip by the fire and is a reminder to not sleigh and drive.
Their standard beer advent calendar is available every year at Costco, so we’re hoping this Bad Santa version might make its way there this year too. Whichever one you get, make sure pick up one of those perfect chocolate cakes to go with it. Actually, make that 24 chocolate cakes because mom just started asking when you’re going to “stop working so hard and look for a man.” Prost!
3. Fifty Shades Advent Calendar
Christian Grey is the worst, but this naughty little Fifty Shades advent calendar by Lovehoney is pretty great. It includes a blindfold, a mini flogger, silk restraints, a vibrator, and more adult toys you can use with your partner or the guy you just swiped right on on Tinder.
4. Matcha Advent Calendar, $65
This DavidsTea calendar comes with 24 different types of matcha — including flavors like maple, mocha, and blueberry — to enjoy each day leading up to the 25th, all in cased in an emerald green case. No, it’s not made from actual emerald. At least that’s what David at the pawn shop said.
5. Hot Sauce Advent Calendar
We thoughts the 25 sauces of Christmas referred to how my uncles get hammered every day in December. Turns out this unique advent calendar refers to hot sauces! These Louisiana hot sauces will turn up the heat on everything.
6. The Bourbon Advent Calendar, $176
This advent calendar is your own private bourbon tasting…. that lasts 24 days. It’s full of classics like Woodford Reserve and Eagle Rare, as well as small batch brews. And, if you’re like, oh bourbon is too sweet for me, just relax. There’s also a handful of ryes in there as well. What we’re saying is it’s a good way to get “fancy drunk.” Or just take the edge off before yet another Zoom get together.
7. Friends Advent Calendar
Or as we like to call it “The One With All the Unnecessary Knicknacks.” If your friend (or, let’s be honest, you) is obsessed with the antics of Monica, Chandler, Ross, Rachel, and people who can afford to live in giant New York apartments while mostly being unemployed, this calendar is for you.
8. The Office Socks Advent Calendar
Finally, something you can send to your boyfriend instead of yet another Michael Scott meme. Though, this might encourage him to send more Michael Scott memes.
9. Trader Joe’s Advent Calendar for Cats and Dogs, $5.99
Treat Fluffy to salmon and seaweed treats all the way until December 25 when you can reward them with a gigantic fish-shaped on Christmas Day. We weren’t supposed to tell you that? Then you’re really going to hate us when we tell you that’s that day Santa arrives too.
10. Fly Fishing Advent Calendar, $55.71
This fly fishing advent calendar is good for people who like fly fishing. And Brad Pitt. (But mostly fly fishing because he’s not included.) You get a lure every day! This fly fishing advent calendar is also awesome if you want to tell someone they’re fly. Get it? Because these are fly fishing lures? And they’re… ok, we’ll stop.
11. Very Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar, $10,971.98
Ah yes. The $10,000 “Very Old” whisky calendar for people who are into drinking their money. If you want a similar sensation, flush cash down the toilet while yelling “Is this the smoky whisky from Islay that Todd keeps talking about?”
12. Among Us Advent Calendar, $36.99
You might have a hard time figuring out who the Imposter is, but you won’t have a hard time getting excited to reveal the surprise for the day. It’s filled with keychains, stickers, and figurines. And if you still have no idea what this game is about join the club. It’s very exclusive in the sense that it’s getting smaller by the minute.
13. The 12 Gins of Christmas, £34.99
In 2018, Aldi took their beloved wine advent calendar (available in the U.S.!) and kicked it into high gear with the The Gin Advent Calendar. Even though it’s still not available stateside, we thought Aldi should know people who call gin a “botanical wonder” live all over this world. Bring gin to those who appreciate it! Sad, flowery writers!
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