Whether it is because of allergies or just a desire to feed your kids less sugar, non-chocolate advent calendars are becoming increasingly popular.
This post was originally published in 2017 so I know how popular non-chocolate advent calendars are! I’ve updated the list this year with the 15 alternative advent calendars that stood out to me in a vast sea of options. Enjoy!
2. This is one that can be reused year after year, will be easy to store and as long as you have a bit of wall space doesn’t take up much room. You can pop your own messages or treats in and make it a beautiful personalised tradition each year, $99, Pottery Barn Kids
2. This is such an innovative advent calendar and perfect for those short on space. There is a pop up castle in the centre of the book with a different surprise for each day in the lead up to Christmas. Olive, the Other Reindeer Pop Up Advent Calendar, $16.99, Book Depository
3. Kids love watching other kids unbox toys on YouTube so this is like their own little mini daily unboxing. Bonus if they love Ooshies! There is this Marvel Collectible ($39.95) one available as well as a Dreamworks ($45) one. Both from Amazon Australia.
4. This punch out advent calendar poster includes different family activities or each day before Christmas. How sweet! Winter Wonderland Advent Calendar, $16.97, Book Depository
5. An affordable option filled with a different hair accessory for each day. There are two designs available and great value for just $24.99, Cotton On Kids
6. A pop up advent calendar – how fun! This Hello Kitty one lays flat with a different pop up for each day. No chocolate, no toys, just a simple pop up, $19.99, Amazon Australia
7. Colouring in books are known for their mindfulness benefits so this is a really lovely way to keep the calm during the craziness of the festive season. Advent Calendar to Colour, $14.99, Book Depository
8. The Smiggle advent calendar is always hugely popular. This year if you find 1 of 25 lucky tickets inside you win a $1000 shopping spree, $39.95, Smiggle
9. Classic, simple and one that will last the test of time. An elegant Nutcracker to help you count down the days until Christmas, $39.95, David Jones
10. How can you go wrong with LEGO at any time of year? There are 500 pieces in this LEGO Friends Advent Calendar Playset Toy ($39) with a different festive gift to create each day. There is also a LEGO City version available (also $39), both from Amazon Australia
11. I know so many kids who would go absolutely mad for this Hatchimals advent calendar and admittedly, so would I, $43.03, Amazon Australia
12. What a stunner! Made from wood with LED lighting, this advent calendar is a stunning Christmas piece and I’m in love! $79.95, Bed Bath ‘N’ Table
13. Give me all the stationery! This kikki.k advent calendar includes a selection of stationery, lifestyle items and gorgeous decorations from notepads and pens to affirmation cards, a key ring and pin, gift tags, page markers, and much more, $149.95, kikki.k
14. Now here is a special way to treat yourself in the lead up to Christmas. This Johnny Loves Rosie advent calendar features an assortment of delicate stud earrings, hoops, miniature pendants and slender chains, in mixed rose-, gold- and silver-toned finishes, $100, The Iconic
15. If you are a fan of the Paddington movie you will love this advent calendar with a different Paddington themed sticker for each day, another super affordable option at just $12.49, Book Depository
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