9 alternative advent calendars for men 2018

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If you read my cruelty free advent calendar blog post, you will know that every year for my November birthday, Papa Ginge gets me a beauty advent calendar. This year I decided that his December should be just as exciting too so I’ve been on a hunt for a last-minute alternative men’s advent calendar. In 2018 a simple £1 chocolate advent calendar just isn’t going to cut it, and why should the kids get all the fun anyway?! Here are the best ones I’ve found (in price order from low to high).

Scratch card £5

One idea that could make December a lot more exciting is to simply buy 24 festive scratch cards and scratch one-off each day. You never know, it could end up paying for Christmas if you are lucky (or not!). Either way, it would be fun! Or National Lottery have a £5 advent calendar scratch card out that is cheap and fun:

9 alternative advent calendars for men

Pork scratching advent calender £17.99

For the meat lover Snaffling Pig’s Merry Piggin’ Christmas Advent Calendar should do the trick. Hidden behind each door is a 7g foil bag of pork scratchings in 6 flavours (Salt & Vinegar, Low & Slow BBQ, Maple, Black Pepper & Sea Salt, Perfectly Salted and the exclusive Christmas flavour – Pigs In Blankets).

Haynes retro radio advent calendar – £19.99

This is one (affiliate link) for the tinkers. Each door has parts to build this working retro FM radio.

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Hotel Chocolat advent calendar for two – £26

A sneaky way to give them an advent calendar whilst you get treats too. We are both big fans of Hotel Chocolat in our house and this advent calendar has two of their tasty truffles per day.

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24 days of beard treats £29.99

For the bearded ones, get their beards in tip-top shape to rival Santa in time for Christmas. (Side note, have you seen Kurt Russel play Santa in Netflix’s Christmas Chronicles, oh my).

Grower’s Cup Coffee advent calendar £34.92

For the coffee lover this has 25 coffee brewers and brews 50 cups from 12 different coffee farms. 

Amazon KS Tools Advent Calendar £57.59

Behind 23 little doors are 44 professional screwdriver bits and behind one further little door is a handy storage box. Great for the handy men.

Craft beer advent calendar £66

For the beer lovers, this contains 24 craft beers from 24 breweries including 8 exclusives!

Whisky Advent Calendar – Red – £149.95

This is a perfect one for those with whisky lovers and some cash to splash. Papa Ginge would have loved this but alas I couldn’t justify the expense.

Advent calendars for men 2018


Happy buying! And if you found this helpful, you might like my 10 Christmas gift ideas for men who are hard to buy for.

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