If you read my cruelty free beauty 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 2022 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 advent calendars for men I’ve found (in price order from low to high) this year.
Now of course, you don't have to be a man to enjoy these advent calendars BUT people have been using this search term and coming to my blog so I'm giving the people what they want. Please don't shoot me for gendering on a feminist blog - those hosting costs don't pay for themselves!
Alternative advent calendars for men
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. This year there are 5 jackpot prizes of £1 million, now that would make a Christmas to remember!
Chilli advent calendar £12.99
For the hot sauce lover for a spicy December!
Chilli Hot Sauce Advent Calendar 2023 For Chilly Lovers | Gourmet 24 Days of Hot Sauce Food Advent Calender | Christmas Countdown with Hot Sauce | Christmas Gifts For Adult Men
- CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN This advent calendar is gourmet 24 Days of Hot Sauce Food Advent which is perfect for everyone and ideal for Christmas countdown with friends and family. Keep warm in the run up to Christmas with this Hot Sauce Food Christmas Advent Calendar.
- PRESENTABLE GIFT BOX: This
Coffee advent calendar £20.99 – £39.90
This coffee advent calendar has 25 single-estate speciality coffees, that will allow you to taste new flavours and learn the story and craft behind each distinct coffee origin.
C&T Advent Calendar 2022 - 24 Flavoured Coffee - Flavoured Coffee (Whole Beans) with Many Delicious Varieties - Apple Strudel, Caramel - Christmas Calendar for Adults - Flavoured Coffee
- ❖ 24 coffee packets with 24 delicious flavours à 20 g for 2 - 3 cups each, airtight packed for best aroma freshness. Special coffee mix for the pre-Christmas period.
- ❖ Long gone from being just a trend: high-quality Arabica coffee beans, gently roasted at low temperatures in
Build your own advent calendars – £21.99-£22.52
If you are buying for a tinkers then these build your own advent calendars are a great choice. In the Build your own radio option, each door has parts to build this working retro FM radio. The second option allows you to build 8 electronic games.
Jigsaw puzzle advent calendar £24.99
This unique jigsaw puzzle advent calendar contains 24 numbered boxes to open on the day that corresponds to the number. Inside each box you will find 42 pieces of a 1008-piece jigsaw puzzle. The 42 pieces belong to a specific section of the puzzle, and your goal is to finish one section of the puzzle every day between December 1 and December 24. Love this!
The Jigsaw Puzzle Advent Calendar - Christmas Magic by Abraham Hunter
- This unique jigsaw puzzle advent calendar contains 24 numbered boxes to open on the day that corresponds to the number. Inside each box you will find 42 pieces of a 1008-piece jigsaw puzzle. The 42 pieces belong to a specific section of the puzzle, and your goal is
Hotel Chocolat advent calendar for two – £27.50
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.
Gardening advent calendar £34.99
Featuring 25 different varieties of vegetables, herbs and salad seeds that can be grown year-round.
Gardening Gifts Advent Calendar 2023: 25 Premium Vegetable, Salad and Herb Seeds with Twine and Clips for Display, Great for Adults, Kids and the Family
- Grow your own Advent Calendar: An alternative to chocolate advent calendars for gardeners, featuring 25 different varieties of vegetables, herbs and salad seeds that can be grown year-round. Perfect grow-your-own Christmas gifts for women and men.
- 25 Days of Christmas: Inside your gift box you will receive -
Tools advent calendars (£30.95-£57.52)
For the DIY lover, a tool advent calendar is a great advent calendar idea for him.
Wera Advent Calendar 2022, 24pc, multicoloured
- The Advent calendar for real Tool Rebels
- The ideal gift for the coming Advent season
- With a unique mix of tools for everyday screwdriving applications
- Includes, of course, the iconic bottle opener - a collector's item
- With four innovative double open-ended wrenches in the new and practical clip
GEDORE 3304900 Red R49002042 Advent Calendar 2022, 42 Pieces, Advent Calendar for Men, Men, Gift, Tool Advent Calendar 2022
- Gedore red advent calendar for all tool enthusiasts in Christmas design with 42 pieces - the perfect gift for any tool fan with daily surprises in the pre-Christmas season
- 42-piece tool set - The selected tools offer a sensible extension to your own tool stock by compilating common
Beer Christmas advent calendars (£55.95 – £85.50)
For the beer lover in your life, there are a bunch of great beer advent calendars available. Here’s a selection for a range of price points and tastes.
Beer Advent Calendar 2023 | 24 Bottles of Craft Beers & Lagers | Gift For Beer Lovers With British Craft Beers For A Selection of Breweries
- 🎄BEER ADVENT CALENDAR 2023: Enjoy a different beer each day in the run up to Christmas with this beer advent calendar gift from Thornton and France.
- 🍺 24 BOTTLES OF CRAFT BEER: This advent calendar includes 24 x 330ml glass bottles of beer from 10 different brewers so
Mens beauty advent calendar £95 (Worth over £431)
Discover the key to expert grooming with 25 essential grooming and self-care products for men, with the Look Fantastic Mankind Advent Calendar (affiliate link).
From Renewing Sheet Masks to Oil Control Moisturisers and Regenerate Hypersensitivity Toothpaste (where science and beauty unite!) this is the ideal gift for for him.
Whisky advent calendars – from £99.95
Perfect for those with whisky lovers and some cash to splash. Features 24 different wax-sealed 30ml sample drams of whisky from a selection of brill producers, with a host of styles and flavour profiles to enjoy. Papa Ginge would love this. Ah to be wealthy!
My top choice of mens advent calendar ideas
Happy buying! My top mens advent calendar of choice this year is the Whisky Advent Calendar (affiliate link) because its oh so extra special and the box design is gorgeous.
If money is tight though, like it is for a lot of us then you can’t go wrong with the lottery advent calendar scratch card! We’ve done that a couple of times now and had a lot of fun with it – you never know, you might get lucky!
If you found this guide to advent calendars for men helpful, you might like my Vegan beauty advent calendars 2022, Best cruelty free beauty advent calendars 2022, 10 Christmas gift ideas for men who are hard to buy for or my ultimate guide to a family Christmas.
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