Six of the best // Non-chocolate advent calendars for kids

If you want your little ones to steer clear of the sweet stuff this Christmas, I’ve pulled together a list of alternative advent calendars that will go down a storm. These non-chocolate advent calendars are better for their little teeth and should keep them entertained for hours on end.

1 // Playmobil Christmas Pirate Treasure Island Advent Calendar Playset, £19.74

The Playmobil Pirate Treasure Island Advent Calendar is the ideal way to countdown to Christmas. Create a Pirate Treasure Island scene, with a cool illuminated pirate and a firing cannon. Will the courageous pirate captain succeed in capturing the legendary treasure of the Ghost Pirate? Each window has a suprise to build your Playmobil scene.

2 // LEGO Star Wars 75097 Advent Calendar, £24.99

Both children and adults alike will love this LEGO Star Wars advent calendar which has 24 hidden gifts inside. Each of the 24 doors reveals a fun LEGO Star Wars themed gift and there are minifigures, starships and vehicles aplenty. There is also a great fold-out playmat to boot.

3 // Smiggle Advent Calendar, £28

For stationery lovers, the Smiggle advent calendar will most definitely be a huge hit. Not only are there £38 worth of Smiggle goodies, including erasers, toy & even a watch, behind the 24 doors, you may also find a lucky ticket in your calendar to win a £250 Smiggle spending spree!

4 // Play-Doh Advent Calendar, £14.99

My two could happily play with Play-Doh for hours on end, so when I saw this Play-Doh advent calendar I was delighted. Behind each of the 24 doors there’s a different surprise to help create some brilliant festive Play-Doh creations, from a Christmas tree mould to a snowflake stamper. The calendar also comes with a play mat and 5 cans of play-doh, two of which are sparkly to really get you in the festive spirit.

5 // 24 Sleeps ’til Christmas Personalised Activity Book, £15.96

Although it’s not strictly an advent calendar, this book is definitely a worthy addition to the list.

24 Sleeps ’til Christmas is a fantastic creative activity book that is jam-packed with festive activities to entertain your little ones each day. There are a variety of activities including puzzles, dot-to-dots, spot the differences, counting, colour by numbers, and drawings. There is also a Christmas cake recipe to bake, carols to sing and masks to cut out. This is most definitely the perfect calendar for your little creative.

6 // Christmas Book Advent Calendar, £varies

Again this isn’t an advent calendar but it’s such a lovely idea, I just had to include it.

I first came across this idea when my lovely blogger friend Kerry wrote a post about it on her blog, Oh so amelia. Ideal for little book lovers, the Christmas book advent calendar is a collection of 24 Christmas books to read each day during advent. It’s such a sweet way to count down to Christmas day and if I can muster up the energy to wrap 24 books, I’ll definitely do this for Jack and Phoebs this year.

Will you be buying a non-chocolate advent calendar this year or do you prefer a sweet treat every day?

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  • Harriet LeonardNovember 9, 2015 - 8:43 pm

    I love these ideas, I think Ava can sometimes end up with too many choccy advent calendars from various family members. We’ve bought her the Play Doh one and I know she’s going to love it xxReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyNovember 9, 2015 - 9:16 pm

      Great shout, the Play-Doh one looks fab! xReplyCancel

  • Wave to MummyNovember 9, 2015 - 9:51 pm

    These look really great – I especially like the Wow toys and the play dough calendars although my hubby would probably go for the Star Wars. For our daughter of course, not for us 😀ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyNovember 9, 2015 - 10:01 pm

      The WOW Toys advent calendars are brilliant, I can highly recommend them xReplyCancel

  • NinNovember 10, 2015 - 5:45 pm

    These are so cool! I love the look of the smuggle one, might get that for myself! Haha. I also love the idea of the activity books and play dough 😀


    • Steph@HelloBabyNovember 12, 2015 - 8:24 pm

      They are fab aren’t they and as a stationery lover, I don’t blame you keeping the Smiggle one for yourself!ReplyCancel

  • AnnieNovember 15, 2015 - 12:54 am

    I like this.ReplyCancel

  • Faffy TeaNovember 15, 2015 - 8:00 am

    How lovely – we love the idea of a book to read each day of advent – what a special thing to do to get kids excited for Christmas (without chocolate!)

    We’ve created another alternative advent calendar… It’s a printable “Acts of Kindness” calendar with one good deed to do each day. Anyone can download and use the calendar this advent. Take a look if you like at

  • IngaNovember 19, 2015 - 9:41 pm

    Wow these look great, we always get a chocolate advent calendar but it might be nice to add one of these into the mix now Isabella is a bit older :-) I like the idea of the WOW and Smiggle one (bit of a stationery geek too), never even heard of it until went to Tunbridge Wells the other day and they had a WHOLE SHOP!!!! I shall be going in there with the run up to Xmas!! I still want a nice chocolate one too so hoping Matt brings me a nice Lindt one :-) xReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyNovember 19, 2015 - 10:20 pm

      It’s funny isn’t it, because when we were little all I remember are chocolate calendars. But there are so many alternatives now which is brilliant if you don’t like your littles stuffing chocolate down at 7am! The WOW one looks fab doesn’t it, i’m also partial to a bit of play-doh myself! xReplyCancel

  • Gill CrawshawNovember 25, 2015 - 11:19 am

    These are great – when did advent calendars get so clever? I remember having a paper one when we were very young that we reused every year (the first year we had a chocolate one it was just the best thing ever). I love the idea of the Play Doh one (my carpet, not so much) xReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyNovember 25, 2015 - 2:00 pm

      I know right, those paper ones were the bees knees at the time weren’t they! xReplyCancel

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