Forget chocolates and opt for these unique calendars instead. 
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The countdown to Christmas is always an exciting time during the holidays. Many families celebrate this period by using an advent calendar to keep track of the approaching special day. While most traditional calendars feature chocolates or small toys, we've rounded up alternative calendars for the modern holiday reveler. From dog treats to boozy beverages, there's something for everyone on this list. 

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Dog Treat Advent Calendar

Don't forget your family's most special member! Filled with three varieties of healthy treats, this doggie advent calendar is sure to please your favorite pooch. The first day's door reveals a treat along with a toy crocodile that acts as a treat-dispensing chew toy for hours of entertainment.

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DIY Mini Liquor Bottles Advent Calendar

Get into the holiday spirit with a box full of spirits. Already fully assembled and with dates written on the miniature doors, this cardboard box is ready to hold your recipient's 24 favorite liquors.

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Bonne Maman Advent Calendar

The famous French preserves brand, Bonne Maman, is here to improve your holiday breakfasts and snacks. Including a variety of jellies, honeys, and preserves, these high fructose corn syrup-free treats make for perfect pancake toppers or as upgrades to whole-grain toast. Each day has a unique product, with some being limited-edition Christmas flavors. 

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Christmas Beer Labels Advent Calendar

Another easy DIY, these festive beer labels make for a fun gift. Just hit up your local specialty beer shop and pick your 24 favorite brews for gifting. Simply stick on the labels, which feature a countdown to Christmas, and you're all set to go. 

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English Tea Shop Advent Calendar

Warm up throughout December by sipping on traditional English teas. This cheerful advent calendar features 13 flavors and includes 25 tea bags, so you can even brew a cup on Christmas day. As a bonus, the teas are sustainably sourced and all organic.