By now you won’t be able to move in supermarkets for mile high piles of cheap chocolate advent calendars. You know the ones – the doors are impossible to open, they’re full of plastic and the chocolate tastes weird.

But there’s another way. Over here at #EthicalHour HQ we have scoured the advent offerings of some of our favourite brands and wrapped them up in a bow for you below.



Vegan – Organic – Plastic Free

Countdown to Christmas with this adorable playful advent calendar. Behind each of the 24 windows you’ll find a super-cute festive (plastic free) toy plus a dreamy vegan chocolate and fun facts card. 

The outer sleeve opens up into a toy landscape for all the toys and they can also double up as tree decorations. The chocs are 100% organic and free of dairy, nuts, gluten and soy.


Vegan – Organic – Home Compostable – World’s First!

Our clever friends at Blue Goose have launched the UK’s first Nespresso Eco Pod Advent Calendar with 24 days of tasty ethically-sourced cups of coffee to get you through the Christmas period.

The calendar itself contains no plastic and is made using board from sustainably managed forests. Printed using water-based inks, it is fully kerbside recyclable and home compostable. Added festive joy comes from their fulfilment service – a team at Devon Disability Collective, a Social Enterprise that provides quality employment and training for people with disabilities and those furthest from the labour market.

£29.99, from Blue Goose


Fairtrade – Vegetarian – Palm Oil Free

A festive favourite over the past few years, the Tony’s calendars are the stuff of legend.

This year you get 25 tiny chocolates with ten different flavours – all Fairtrade milk, dark and white options. Tony’s has a vision for a world where 100% of chocolate is slave free, tackling the inequalities in the cocoa supply chain. There are some pretty tasty chocs in here too including popping candy and pretzel flavours!


Paper Advent Calendar – Gives Back – Supports Charity

This little bear from Peru has been everywhere this year thanks to a star turn at the Jubilee, so it’s no surprise Paddington is gracing our advent calendars too!

These advent calendars don’t contain chocolate, but something much better – a daily surprise showing 24 life-changing gifts for children. Behind each window you will discover which UNICEF Inspired Gifts you’ve provided, including a blanket, school supplies, vaccines and more.

£25, from UNICEF


Plastic Free – GMO Free – Great For Pollinators

An alternative to chocolate advent calendars perfect for gardeners! Featuring 25 different varieties of vegetables, herbs and salad seeds, this calendar will bring joy all year round. Inside your gift box you receive 25 gift-wrapped surprises, a seed sack to store all your seeds, a grow guide, 10 metres of jute rope and 25 wooden clips to help display your calendar.

All seeds are premium heirloom varieties that have been specifically chosen as they are easy to grow in the UK all year-round. This gorgeous gift for green-fingered gardeners has been lovingly packed by hand here in the UK and is an ideal Christmas advent calendar for 2022.


Vegan – Palm Oil Free – Rainforest Alliance Certified

These delicious, dairy free and vegan milk chocolate Advent Calendars are made using Rainforest Alliance Chocolate, which means you are also helping to protect precious forest habitats. As well as being dairy-free these Advent Calendars are also gluten-free, soya-free and palm oil free.

The cute little elf design is giving us all the feels!

£39.90, from Moo Free


Plastic Free – Recyclable – Supports Charity

It can be hard at this time of year to chose which charity to support. There are so many brilliant causes doing wonderful things.

Help is at hand with this neat idea from Advent of Change. Behind every door is information about your donation, and there are 24 X £1 donations included. This ace non-profit gives 85% of proceeds to the charities proving that even the tiniest of actions can make a huge difference.


Plastic Free – Recyclable – Carbon Neutral Company

The people behind this tea advent calendar want to introduce your tastebuds to a world of different teas this Christmas, with two bags behind every door.

Mulled cider, pina colada, gingerbread chai and many more (including a good old fashioned breakfast tea) will set you up brilliantly each advent morning. Teabags are plastic free and biodegradable.


Handmade – Natural – Made In The UK

Countdown to Christmas with the lush scent of orange and cinnamon.

Perfect for grownups, this stylish candle is the perfect way to count down the days of December. Simply light the candle for an hour each day and cross off the number on the label. With a 25 hour burn time, this candle will last until Christmas Day.

The candle is presented in an apothecary style jar with a lid and filled with a natural soy wax.


Recyclable Packaging – Vegan – Cruelty Free

This brother and sister team are on a mission to change the beauty industry with upcycling – making better things out of stuff that would ordinarily be thrown away.

They do this by creating products made from sourcing and rescuing by-products from other industries (including food and drink). For this calendar they have created 12 new products including skincare and accessories. They are keeping schtum about the ingredients but will tell us we can expect oat powder, rose petals and hibiscus flower extract. We for one are looking forward to the surprise!


Reusable – Give Back

Encouraging you to build excitement throughout the holiday season, this little wooden advent tree comes with 24 festive magnets. Each day reveals a little act of kindness to spread that day – call a neighbour, help out with chores or give everyone a smile.

Inspire was founded during Covid lockdown with a legacy to bring people together through small acts. This is exactly what Christmas is all about. Kindness guaranteed.

£35, from Inspire


#EthicalHour is running #ShopEthicalInstead as a campaign to promote small businesses, brands featured on #EthicalHour or as part of #ShopEthicalInstead or in any of our gift guides have not paid for promotion and #EthicalHour is not using affiliate links in this campaign. All prices correct at time of publication.