Four alternative advent calendars

There's nothing like the excitement of counting down the days to Christmas - especially with one of these advent calendars. Whether you have a thing for pork scratchings, gin, or beauty products, we've got the perfect calendar for you...

1. Pork Scratchings Mega Advent Calendar, £17.50

Who needs chocolate, when you can have pork scratchings? This savoury advent calendar comes with a mini bag of different flavoured pork crackling behind each door. Flavours include Pigs In Blankets, Low & Slow BBQ, Maple, Black Pepper & Sea Salt, Salt & Vinegar and Perfectly Salted.

2. ASOS beauty calendar, £55

Unlike most beauty advent calendars on the market, ASOS's offering includes a treat for 24 days (rather than just 12). You'll find a mix of skincare, make-up and hair care products from top brands, including Smashbox, NYX, Eyeko, Cowshed, and St Tropez. It come beautifully presented in a marble effect box - and behind the final window is an ASOS discount code so you can spoil yourself in the January sales. For the man in your life, there's the 'grooming' advent calendar with hair and skin products.

3. Edinburgh Gin Advent Calendar, £100

Treat the gin-lover in your life to the Edinburgh Gin advent calendar, and they'll be extra merry in the countdown to Christmas. Behind every door is a different miniature (5cl) bottle of gin – including the original Edinburgh Gin, navy-strength Cannonball Gin and briny Seaside Gin.

4. Lego City advent calendar, £19.50

Kids and big kids alike will be thrilled with this Lego advent calendar. It features 24 different Lego items including buildings, vehicles, seasonal items and six minifigures: snowboarder kid, grandma, two coast guard members, jungle explorer and Santa.

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