The best baby and toddler Advent calendars that aren’t chocolate

Baby toddler advent calendar

by Lily Anderson |

We can’t believe how quickly we're flying through this year and how close Christmas is! Mark this special occasion with the best baby and toddler Advent calendars.

It won’t be long until we’re counting down the days until Father Christmas delivers all his presents and you get to watch the magic in your little one’s eyes. Start the celebrations early by treating your baby or toddler to a gift every day in December, with a unique Advent calendar.

Swap the traditional chocolate Advent calendar for an alternative option, which range from toys to keepsakes and books. Did you know that there are even opportunities to build your own? You can tailor them to your child's (and your) taste – how exciting.

In the true festive spirit, here are the best toddler Advent calendars that aren’t chocolate.

Best toddler Advent calendars

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Peppa Pig: Advent Book Collection

Best toddler Advent calendar
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Which toddler isn't a Peppa Pig fan? This Advent calendar offers a new mini storybook behind every door, plus a special one for Christmas Eve. Stories include: Peppa's Theatre Trip, Peppa Plays Football, Pedro's Pirate Treasure, Peppa Goes Swimming, Miss Rabbit's Day Off, George's Noisy Dinosaur, Tooth Fairy and Peppa's Special Christmas Eve.

Review: "So impressed with this advent calendar. It's lovely and the books are such a hit with my little Peppa fan. The books, while being tiny, are full stories and can be popped back in and reused."

Mr. Men Little Miss Advent Calendar

Best Mr. Men Little Miss Advent calendar for toddlers
Mr Men Little Miss Advent Calendar
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If your tot is partial to a Mr Men Little Miss storybook at night time, then they’ll love this Advent calendar, which includes 24 mini Christmas themed stories - plenty to get you through the festive season!

Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter Themed Advent Calendar

Best Peter Rabbit Advent calendar
Peter Rabbit Wooden Advent Calendar
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Wake up to a new wooden character piece hidden behind the Advent calendar doors each day. By Christmas Day, your little one will have an exciting new playset, including a Christmas tree.

Christmas Tree Advent Calendar Chest

Best Christmas themed baby and toddler Advent calendar
CHRISTMAS ADVENT CALENDAR HOUSE

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How cute is this Christmas Tree Advent Calendar Chest from JoJo Maman Bébé? Best thing about it, you can re-use it year after year and choose what gifts are behind every door.

Play-Doh Xmas Advent Calendar

Best Play-Doh Advent calendar
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Have an artistic Advent with this festive calendar from Play-Doh, which comes with a playmat, five tubs of Play-Doh and 24 surprises so your tot can get creative.

Review: "Really didn't want just a run of the mill chocolate advent calendar for my grandsons and they both absolutely love play-doh. The doh and shapes etc will be a great addition to their play-doh collection once the calendar has been opened at Christmas. Absolutely love this and would recommend to everyone."

CRAZE Disney Advent Calendar

Best Frozen Advent calendar
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If your toddler is in their Frozen phase, then they'll love this Disney Advent calendar. Find the snow queen Elsa inside alongside her friends and cute gifts like hair accessories.

Review: "Lovely product. Good quality pieces inside compared to other calendars I bought, i would buy this one over and over again. For the price, very good quality items!!!"

Keepsake Personalised Baby's First Advent Calendar

Best baby's first Advent calendar
Keepsake Personalised Baby's First Advent Calendar

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Another Advent calendar that you can keep forever is your baby’s first. This one from Not On The High Street has bags of charming character, as it’s beautifully illustrated and personalised for your child. If you have a toddler, they don’t have to miss out on the fun because they can fill out this beautiful piece themselves.

Review: "Beautifully illustrated, a great way to record a first Christmas! Love it!"


PAW Patrol 2021 Advent Calendar

Best PAW Patrol Advent calendar
PAW Patrol 2021 Advent Calendar
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Recommended for children three and over, this PAW Patrol Advent calendar is a magical option for kids. Help mini fans of the show bring the action to life with festive-themed figures behind every door.

Review: "Arrived really quickly! Fab advent calendar for any paw patrol fan! Really great price for what you get!"

Playmobil Christmas on the Farm Advent Calendar

Best baby Advent calendar
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Christmas will start from the beginning of December this year! The whole family will have that festive feeling with this cute Advent calendar. Top tip: you’ll have to watch your kids around this one! They’ll be desperate to get their little hands on every surprise - it’s that good.

Review: "This calendar is amazing. My son absolutely loves it and has played with the figures every day since he started it, and it actually seems to be better value for money than the actual sets we got him for Christmas. I especially love the Santa figure. Highly recommend and would definitely buy another playmobil calendar."

Music Box Card The Gruffalo's Child Music Box Advent Calendar

Best musical toddler Advent calendar
Music Box Card The Gruffalo's Child Music Box Advent Calendar

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Behind each door, your child can find scenery, stickers, and dancing characters that'll skate around the Music Box base as you count down to Christmas. This Advent calendar is extra magical with the music from the Gruffalo animation film adding a whole new layer to the scene they can create.

Aquabeads Advent Calendar

Recommended toddler Advent calendar
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Let your little one create their very own Christmas decorations entirely from aquabeads with this fun aquabead Advent calendar. There’s a Father Christmas to be made, reindeer, snowman, candy cane, and much more.

Review: "My daughter was over the moon with the calendar that I got her to go with her chocolate one. Exactly as stated. Great product. Once you’ve built the Christmas objects they are a nice keepsake!"

Barbie Color Reveal Advent Calendar

Best Barbie Advent calendar
Barbie Color Reveal Advent Calendar,
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This Advent calendar comes with a lovely Barbie doll and pet husky puppy! Each day your little one will discover a new fashion or accessory item to dress her up in. It will feel like Christmas has come early.

Review: "Great item and very well presented, the doll is in the middle of the box with the calendar split on either side of her. My granddaughter is a great fan of Barbie and I think she will have fun with this as she is now 3 and sees the point of an advent calendar."

Peppa Pig Advent Calendar

Recommended Peppa Pig Advent calendar
Peppa Pig Advent Calendar

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Help your little one count down until Christmas Day with this Peppa Pig Advent Calendar, which includes 24 toy surprises so they can create their very own Peppa Pig Christmas scene.

Thomas & Friends Minis Engine Advent Calendar

Best Thomas & Friends Advent calendar
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Celebrate Christmas with Thomas and his friends with this Advent calendar. Young conductors can unwrap minis engines from all the favourite Thomas & Friends characters.

Review: "Any kids Thomas fans will love this, it's big and my son just can't wait until Christmas to get all the Thomas minis - great price too."

Felt House Wall Hanging Advent Calendar

Recommended baby Advent calendar
Felt House Wall Hanging Advent Calendar

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If you're looking for an Advent calendar that can become part of your seasonal decorations then this felt calendar is perfect for toddlers. Set aside some family time every morning and get your child to pick out a surprise. The magic is that you put the gift in it yourself.

Festive Friends Advent Calendar

Best nursery Advent calendar decoration
Wee Gallery Festive Friends Advent Calendar

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Splash out on this chic advent calendar for your bubba. The Scandinavian-style Advent calendar features winter animals, Christmas trees and stars. We can't get over how amazing it will look in a nursery.

Personalised Advent Letters – Fourth Edition Elf Letters

Recommended baby and toddler Advent calendar
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Gift your youngster a personalised letter from an elf friend on the run-up to Christmas, revealing their exciting adventures straight from Santa's workshop, detailing the mischief, mishaps and funny stories happening at the North Pole as the elves prepare for Christmas. Arriving in 24 individual brown envelopes, each dated and personalised with your elf and your child or children’s names, the personalised Advent letters are ready to be smuggled among the post, hidden in a toy box, left on a pillow, on a mantel or tucked on top of the cereal box.

Review: "Fabulous! Service was excellent. Letters were read out every morning with lots of giggles, loved listening to what the Elves were up to! One very happy little girl. Would recommend this product, you won’t be disappointed".

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