5 of the Best Unusual Advent Calendars for 2023

Are you looking for a slightly different Advent calendar this year?

Bored of the usual supermarket chocolate calendar or wanting to get something other than a super-expensive Advent calendar for the kids?

Read on! We have the pick of the best new Advent calendars, from the slightly quirky through vegan chocolate to super personalised using your own photos.

Scroll down to see our pick of 5 of the best unusual advent calendars for 2023!

NOMO Vegan Chocolate Advent Calendar

Buying an Advent calendar for a vegan friend or family member?

NOMO stands for No Missing Out and with this cute Santa-themed calendar they certainly won't be!

NOMO is the UK’s no. 1 vegan and free-from chocolate brand, and being both vegan and free from dairy, gluten, egg and nuts this cute advent calendar can be safely enjoyed by everyone.

With 24 pieces of deliciously creamy vegan chocolate and a Creamy Choc bar to enjoy on Christmas Day, the lucky recipient of this calendar will be spoilt every day till Christmas!

Available at Co-op, Holland & Barrett, Nisa, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose and online from nomochoc.com where you can browse the rest of the Christmas range.

Wickedly Welsh Chocolate Advent Calendar

If you prefer your chocolate artisan-made and luxury, Wickedly Welsh is the brand for you!

Every chocolate is a masterpiece, lovingly crafted by award-winning chocolatiers - they have won no less than 9 awards from the Guild of Fine Foods Great Taste Awards!

Unusually, the chocolates are not just pieces of chocolate, each door has a different chocolate with festive flavours including Spiced Milk Praline, velvety Salted Caramel and Ginger Crunch.

Gift someone 24 days of chocolatey bliss and a dose of Welsh heritage as they immerse themselves in the rich culture of Wales with award-winning chocolates that tell a story.
Available online from Wickedly Welsh.

If you want something truly unique and 100% personalised, grab one of these photo calendars from VistaPrint.

Just upload a photo to design and create your own completely unique Advent calendar.

Behind each of the 24 perforated doors on your one-of-a-kind Advent calendar hides a piece of milk chocolate, also available in a vegan option.

Embrace the creativity, joy and personal touch of a custom advent calendar and let the festive season be filled with delicious surprises!

Available online from VistaPrint.

Looking for a fun alternative or addition to a toy Advent clanedar for kids?

The new Countdown to Christmas colouring book from Orchard Toys features 25 fun and festive Christmas colouring and activity pages.

There's a new activity every day from 1st to 25th December, including an exciting letter to Santa activity, with a guaranteed personalised email reply!

Plus, a countdown to Christmas scene with 25 stickers to add day by day.

Available online from orchardtoys.com and Amazon.

If you are looking for an Advent calendar to wow older kids, and even adults, the new musical Advent calendars from Danilo will definitely hit the spot.

Their wonderful range of nine official licensed musical advent calendars includes Star Wars, Harry Potter and Frozen.

The Star Wars musical Advent calendar features the Hoth Ice Planet as the backdrop with characters including Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, and gradually builds into a fantastic Star Wars scene over December, with stickers and trivia found behind each door. 

Three of the characters - C3P0, R2-D2 and Yoda - move around the base of the calendar when a button is pressed as the Star Wars theme music plays. The ‘Force’ really can be with you this Christmas!

The Frozen musical Advent calendar features Elsa, Anna and their friends in an exclusive advent calendar with a twist. 

Frozen fans build the scene gradually over December, with stickers and magnetic stand-up characters found behind each door, to create an enchanting Christmas decoration for the festive season.

The Anna, Elsa and Olaf characters found behind three of the doors magnetically attach to the moving mechanism in the base, and allows them to glide around the ice rink as the music plays.

Taken directly from the official Disney Frozen soundtrack, this advent calendar plays the musical track Winter's Waltz by Christophe Beck.

The Danilo Musical Advent Calendars are available online from danilo.com and from Amazon.

I hope that has given you some unique Advent calendar inspiration this year!

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