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12 Alternative Advent Calendar Ideas

  • November 17, 2017

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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  • motherhoodtherealdeal

    Some fab picks here! I always love the idea of the Lego ones there are so many to choose from these days.

  • Helen

    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 🙂

  • liljemandbabye

    I’ve anyways lived the idea of advent calendars as gifts. Since great options here.

  • thetaleofmummyhood

    My girls would love the Play-Doh one, heading over to check that out! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

  • Laura Dove

    Great ideas! I’d love the bath bomb one and I know my kids would like the play doh!

  • Kara

    My kids have all got lego advent calendars this year 🙂

  • dearbearandbeany

    I love alternative advent calendars. My girls would love the play doh one!

  • Scandi Mummy

    These are great choices. I think I’ll have to buy the Hot Wheels one for my boy.x

  • Jayne (@SMABLblog)

    Fab selection. There are quite a few on here that my boys would love. There are so many to choose from these days aren’t there?!

    Thanks so much for sharing with #MMBC. Hope to see you next week x

  • Newcastle Family Life

    I used to always buy my eldest the Lego Friends one, she is too old now though. There are so many great ones on the market these days, I think I might have to treat my children to one next year x

  • Little Pickle's Mom

    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.

  • Jo - Pickle & Poppet

    I’ve been looking at these more lately – the playmobil and Lego ones are what I have been looking at more and more…… #Blogstravagana

  • Leona

    My little one would love the blocks or princess idea!

  • Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    Thanks for linking up with #blogstravaganza
    I had the Minions one last year and we have Lego this year.I also have the Wilko make up one

  • Stephanie

    There’s some great ones out there, you have picked some fantastic ones too. My girls would love the my little pony one

  • Out of Depth Dad

    I do love an advent calendar. Sam’s mum and I were just discussing buying one! Thanks for this – it’ll really help us choose!


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