The Best Non-Chocolate Advent Calendars for Kids

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Looking for the best non-chocolate advent calendars for kids? We’ve rounded up the very best options for 2021 below.

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 2021 alternative and non-chocolate advent calendars for kids.

LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar, £24.97


The popular LEGO Star Wars advent calendar is back for 2021. 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.

Buy it now from John Lewis

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.

Buy it now from Not On The High Street

Peter Rabbit Advent Calendar, £34.99top-non-chocolate-advent-calendars-peterrabbit

Featuring Beatrix Potter’s much-loved Peter Rabbit characters, this advent calendar is perfect for babies and toddlers from 12 months, with wooden characters hidden behind each of the 24 doors. By Christmas Day, it will all come together to form an exciting play set.

Buy it now from JoJo Maman Bebe

Made By Ellis Personalised Colouring Canvas Advent Calendar, £32

Colour in a bauble a day with this advent canvas from Made By Ellis. You can also buy a set of 12 coloured felt tip pens with your purchase for the canvas which the kids will love personalising.

Buy it now from Not On The High Street

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.

Buy it now from An Elf For Christmas

The Gruffalo Music Box Advent Calendar, £24.95

top-non-chocolate-advent-calendarsKids of all ages will delight in this advent calendar featuring the much-loved Gruffalo character. With 3D pop-up scenery, stickers and dancing magnetic characters that skate around the Music Box base, it’s the perfect countdown to Christmas.

Buy it now from Not On The High Street

Play-Doh Advent Calendar, £29.85


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 in the lead up to Christmas.

Buy it now from Amazon

Playmobil Santa’s Workshop Advent Calendar, £27

top-non-chocolate-advent-calendarsChildren will love creating this Christmas scene as Santa Claus figurines, elves and reindeers are revealed day by day behind each of the 24 doors.

Buy it now from Amazon

Smiggle Advent Calendar, £15

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 pencil case come Christmas Day.

Buy it now from Smiggle

Babbo Christmas Calendar, £64.99


Choose your own gifts for your little ones with this super-stylish, 100% cotton advent calendar that can be reused every year and filled up with an endless range of goodies.

Buy it now from All Mama’s Children

Advent of Change Charitable Children’s Advent Calendar, £17.95


In one of the world’s first charitable children’s advent calendars, instead of receiving a gift, parents and children can give 50p per day to 24 different, age-appropriate charities.

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Thomas & Friends Minis Advent Calendar 2021, £26.99

top-non-chocolate-advent-calendarsCelebrate the festive season with this Thomas & Friends Minis Advent Calendar, perfect for children aged 3 and above. Little ones will love revealing one of the 24 different push-along mini trains each day in the form of each Thomas & Friends character, as well as the flip-down winter scene play area with a giant snowman.

Buy it now from Booghe

Disney Storybook Collection Advent Calendar, £12

Feel the magic of Disney this Christmas as you unwrap a new book everyday with your children this festive season, with a total of 24 classic Disney tales to discover in the run up to the big day.

Buy it now from The Works

Peppa Pig Advent Calendar, £34.99

peppa-pig-advent-calendarFor the Peppa Pig fanatics, this 24-day calendar is filled with stationery surprises and small toys of Peppa and her pals – a must for any Peppa Pig fan this Christmas.

Buy it now from Amazon

Organix Advent Calendar, £8.99


Want to give your children a treat-filled December, without chocolate everyday? This is the perfect option. Help kids feel the excitement with the perfect advent calendar for toddlers over 18 months, with Organix favourites such as Raspberry & Apple bites and Jammie Monster biscuits behind each door.

Buy it now from Ocado

Toy Workshop Advent Calendar, £35

Bring Christmas cheer everyday to your home throughout December with this toy workshop. 24 wooden figures are hidden behind each little drawer to reveal the perfect play scene come Christmas Day, from mini Rudolphs to elves. The best bit? The sturdy wooden figures can be used year after year.

Buy it now from JoJo Maman Bebe

BRIO 33777 Advent Calendar, £34.99

top-non-chocolate-advent-calendarAll aboard the Christmas countdown! Kids will love opening each of the 24 doors in this advent calendar, featuring a BRIO toy that is compatible with the BRIO World railway system, including tracks, animals and accessories, as well as a Santa Claus and Christmas Train. Plus, the solid wood means it can be used year after year.

Buy it now from John Lewis

Fabelab Woodland Christmas Advent Calendar, £75

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Made from Fabelab’s organic textiles, this unique Into The Woods-themed advent calendar is perfect for filling with 24 of your own treats in the countdown to the big day – plus, the pockets turn into fun woodland animal puppets, perfect for play and a keepsake decoration  that children will enjoy year after year.

Buy it now from Kidly

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