The Best Non-Chocolate Advent Calendars for Kids

Wooden advent calendar

We round up the best non-chocolate advent calendars for kids this year.

Sure, a chocolate Santa is great and all, but these days a Cadbury’s advent calendar just doesn’t quite cut it. From wooden toys to personalised letters, what better way for your little one to count down to Christmas than with a little gift behind each door. Here are some of the best alternative and non-chocolate advent calendars for kids.

LEGO Star Wars advent calendar, £25

lego-star-wars-advent-calendar-2020The popular LEGO Star Wars advent calendar is back for 2020. Any Star Wars fans are guaranteed to go potty for this LEGO advent calendar – behind each of the 24 doors you’ll find mini figurines, characters and accessories.

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Personalised Children’s Activity Advent Calendar, £37

normal_personalised-children-s-activity-advent-calendarThis advent calendar celebrates all the things that make the Christmas period such a special season: spending time together, making memories and creating traditions. The fun wooden advent calendar can be personalised with your children’s names and used over again for years to come. Each day presents a new activity to try out with the family.

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Clara & Macy Personalised Activity Advent Token Jar, £24

Turn advent into family time with this sweet calendar from Clara & Macy. Personalised with your child’s name, each token includes a creative activity idea to get the kids (and you!) in the mood for Christmas, from ‘make up your own elf language’ to ‘build a cardboard box sleigh’.

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Made By Ellis personalised colouring canvas advent calendar, £26.95

Colour in a bauble a day with the advent canvas from Made By Ellis. You can buy a set of 12 coloured felt tip pens with your purchase, and you can personalise it too.

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Elf for Christmas Personalised advent letters, £22.99

Reignite the magic of Christmas and make sure they really do ‘believe’ with a set of personalised letters from An Elf For Christmas. Your child’s name, their hometown and other family members will be woven into the letter, arriving in an envelope addressed especially to them.

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Play-Doh advent calendar, £15

What child doesn’t love Play-Doh?! From stamps to moulds, behind each door hides a gift that’ll add even more to the Play-Doh fun.

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Playmobil Santa’s Workshop advent calendar, £19.79

non-chocolate-advent-calendar-play-dohCreate your own horse farm bit-by-bit as figures, horses, fencing and accessories are revealed behind each of the 24 doors.

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Smiggle advent calendar, £28

smiggle-advent-calendarIf your little one can’t get enough of stationery, this Smiggle calendar is filled with 25 gifts they’ll totally love for a fit-to-bursting pencilcase come Christmas Day.

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Personalised felt advent calendar, £14.99

Born Gifted felt advent calendar

This advent calendar can be reused every year, and filled up with whatever goodies you choose.

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Advent of Change charitable children’s advent calendar, £17.95


It’s the world’s first charitable children’s advent calendar where, instead of receiving something every day, parents and children will be giving something; 50p per day to a different, age-appropriate charity. 24 donations, to 24 amazing charities.

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Trolls advent calendar, £15.99

trolls-non-chocolate-advent-calendar (1)If, like us, your little one is still very much obsessed with the Trolls movie, bring home more of the fun this Christmas with accessories and figurines from the world of Trolls behind each door.

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Peppa Pig advent calendar, £13.69

peppa-pig-advent-calendarFor the Peppa Pig fanatics, this calendar filled with stationery surprises and small toys of Peppa and her pals is a must this Christmas.

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