12 Alternative Advent Calendar Ideas

I’ve always just bought the traditional chocolate advent calendars from the supermarket but alternative advent calendars are becoming really popular now. I’m thinking about buying something a bit different this year, especially as Little H is old enough to appreciate it, and there are loads to choose from.

If you’re also thinking about ditching the standard chocolate advent calendar this Christmas, here’s a list of my favourite alternative advent calendar ideas. There’s something for kids of all ages…

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Mega Bloks Despicable Me Minions Advent Calendar

All kids like Minions don’t they?! This advent calendar gives you 24 Christmas themed Minion surprises. If your child already has Mega Bloks you can add these on to your set. Buy here

LEGO City Advent Calendar

I always like the look of the Lego advent calendars and think you actually get quite a lot in there for the price. There’s a few different versions but it’s got to be a Christmas themed one hasn’t it? Buy here

My Little Pony Activity Advent Calendar

This advent calendar would be fab for any My Little Pony fan! Altogether you get 34 gifts made up of erasers, stamps and stickers. It’s also one of the cheaper ones as it’s currently on offer at Amazon. Buy here

VTech Toot-Toot Animals Advent Calendar

This is such a good idea for little children, especially if you don’t really want them having chocolate. The VTech Toot Too Animals advent calendar includes a Reindeer and baby that play Christmas songs, truck and trailer, Christmas decorations and more. The box also folds down to become a Toot-Toot Animals play area. Quite pricey but it’s like a gift in itself. Buy here

Play-Doh Advent Calendar

This is one of the ones I’m looking at as we love Play Doh (though maybe not the mess!) and it has great reviews on Amazon. There’s 24 doors and as well as a tree mould and 5 tubs of Play-Doh you also get lots of other surprises. Buy here

Crayola Christmas Advent Calendar Kit

This is the other advent calendar that I’m considering as Little H loves colouring and drawing. The Crayola advent calendar is packed with craft projects, homemade gifts, finger puppets, and colouring activities to keep the kids busy in the run up to Christmas. Buy here

Finding Dory Advent Calendar

I love this one. The calendar has pull-out drawers with lots of surprise characters from the film. Once finished this would also make a great box to keep treasures in. Buy here

Playmobil Advent Calendar Santas Workshop

If your child likes Playmobil, they’ll love this Santa’s Workshop advent calendar. It looks like you get loads for your money with 24 doors containing a Christmassy backdrop, four figures, Santa’s sleigh, workbench, reindeer, slide, bike, lots of toys, plus other accessories. Buy here

Bomb Cosmetics The Bomb Advent Calendar

No toys in this one, but if you have an older child who likes being pampered then this Bomb Cosmetics advent calendar would be perfect. It has 24 bath bombs and soaps which should keep them going for a while. Buy here

Hot WheelsAdvent Calendar

This is one of the more expensive advent calendars but with eight hot wheels cars and sixteen accessories, I think it’s probably quite good value for money and at least they’d keep and play with the surprises. Buy here

Disney Princess Activity Advent Calendar

If you have a Disney Princess fan this is a good buy, with lots of stationery surprises including erasers, stickers and princess stamps. Buy here

Barbie Toy Fashion Doll Advent Calendar

If you have lots of Barbies in your home this advent calendar may be popular. It doesn’t have any dolls in it but does have lots of accessories to dress up the dolls your child already has. Fashion accessories include shoes, boots, clutches, purses, headpieces and jewellery. Buy here


Has this given you some inspiration to switch from the traditional chocolate advent calendars to an alternative advent calendar? If so, which one will you be picking?


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16 thoughts on “12 Alternative Advent Calendar Ideas

  1. Helen says:

    It’s so exciting that there are so many non-chocolate advent calendar options this year! My daughter has a woodland scene one from Meri Meri, not that she knows yet 🙂

  2. Little Pickle's Mom says:

    THIS IS AN AMAZING POST! I had no idea you could get a Mega Blox advent calendar – I really wanted to get Pickle some more Mega Blox for Christmas so this could be a fun way to grow his collection. And TOOT TOOT too?! Amazing.

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