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5 of the Best Alternative Festive Calendars

Alternative advent calendars, especially those created by beauty brands, are nothing new. With hundreds of them available and debuts launching every year, we have put together a list of some of the most unusual yet wallet-friendly calendars on the market.

So this holiday season be different and treat loved ones with an extra special countdown to the final week of December, while saving the dirhams.

Newby London

Just dropped: the annual Newby London Advent Calendar, filled with glorious tea and enjoyed by tea connoisseurs around the world. For true tea lovers, shoppers can find one for AED700 and order at:


Every year, Sugargram brings a daily dose of sweetness to UAE residents and beyond during the festive holidays. This year is no different and launching very soon! So watch out for soon-to-be-announced details on their IG page. As usual orders can be made via their personal chatbot:

Popcorn Shed

Mad about popcorn? Or perhaps this year you’re looking for an alternative to the usual sugar-filled chocolate calendar. Popcorn Shed does a selection of themed calendars with a variety of favourite flavours in each – from vegan and low calories to gourmet. Calendars start from a wallet-friendly AED50, and can be ordered here:

His and Hers ASOS

Grab them while they last! The ASOS Face + Body 24 Day Advent Calendar dropped this week and won’t be around much longer. An impressive selection of beauty products at a very reasonable AED400, Dubai residents will want to act fast. There is also a men’s Grooming 12 Day Advent Calendar for AED215. Find them here:

Bonne Maman

For something truly unique, shoppers can go for iconic French brand of jam, marmalade, compotes, desserts, cakes and biscuits – Limited Edition Bonne Maman Advent Calendar 2021. Complete with 24 assorted spreads and honey, the calendar is priced at around AED350 and is widely available online and easy to order from the US or locally here:

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