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.
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?