With advent looming, it’s time to start getting excited about opening up those 24 little windows…but what if your child can’t eat chocolate? Luckily, all sorts of alternative calendars are springing up each year, with everything from candles and jewellery to coffee and pork scratchings! We’ve rounded up 9 of our favourite non-chocolate advent calendars for kids, with prizes behind the doors that will keep them happy long after the festive season is over:
1. Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar ~ £23.74 from Amazon
May the (twenty) fourth be with you! Behind each door is a fun Star Wars gift, including characters, vehicles, starships and more. Unfold the playmat and battle with your collection on Hoth, Tatooine, Naboo and in space. With this much fun, it’ll be the holidays before you know it!
2. Meri Meri Nutcracker Advent Calendar ~ £18.99 from Party Pieces
A charming advent jewellery box for little princesses! Open day one to reveal a bracelet, and watch it fill up each day through to Christmas Eve with 23 cute festive charms.
3. Play Doh Advent Calendar ~ £14.99 from John Lewis
Behind each of the 24 doors there’s a different surprise, from pots of the squidgy stuff in different colours to a snowflake stamper and a tree mould. With a different surprise gift for each day leading up to the big day, there’s no end to the festive creations your child will be able to shape for the season.
4. Personalised Advent Activity Book ~ £9.99 from Getting Personal
For something a bit different, why not treat your kids to our advent activity book to help them count down until the big day when Santa visits! 24 Sleeps ‘Til Christmas is an original fun activity book for your child to enjoy in the run up to Christmas! Filled with festive creative activities, such as cakes to bake and carols to sing, your child will count down until Christmas with enjoyable activities to share with the family!
5. Smiggle Advent Calendar ~ £28.00 from Smiggle
Smiggle, the creators of colourful and stylish stationery, have stuffed this advent calendar with surprises, worth £38. Treats in this calendar include novelty erasers, keyrings and pens– perfect for re-filling kids’ pencil cases. Even better, those sneaky folks at Smiggle have hidden 25 lucky tickets inside this years calendars, if you find one you could win a £250 Smiggle shopping spree!
6. VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Advent Calendar ~ £16.45 from Tesco Direct
Countdown to Christmas with this creative Toot-Toot festive world! With 24 fun play pieces, including a sleigh with songs, melodies and sound effects, Christmas decorations, a Christmas book and lots more surprises. There is also a storage bag so that all the pieces can be stored away to play with again and again. What great value!
7. Personalised Advent Activity Tokens ~ £24.00 from Not on the High Street
We love this personalised Advent Calendar Jar full of 24 wooden tokens, each with a creative activity idea for every day of advent. Pick out a token each day and use the suggestion as a starting point for some festive fun. With activities such as ‘make up your own elf language, make potato-printed wrapping paper and build a cardboard box sleigh, this is something that can be used and enjoyed year after year.
8. Wow Toys Wonderland Advent Calendar ~ £17.99 from Argos
Perfect for pre-schoolers, each day in the lead up to Christmas reveals a cute toy which can be matched with the numbers on the fold down play scene to make your very own Christmas world. Learn to match numbers to make a play scene in 24 days.
9. Christmas Tree Advent Chest ~ £15.00 from JoJo Maman Bebe
Fill this beautifully designed advent calendar chest with your own little goodies to enjoy each day. A lovely addition to your Christmas decorations that can be used again and again.