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The best advent calendars for toddlers that aren't chocolate

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We can’t believe how soon Christmas is! 

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 toddler to a gift every day in December.

Swap the traditional chocolate calendar for an alternative option, which ranges from toys to keepsakes and books. Did you know that there are even opportunities to build your own? So that you can tailor it to your kids (and your) taste – how exciting.

In the true festive spirit, here are the best advent calendars for toddlers that aren’t chocolate.

The best advent calendars for toddlers

Are you looking for an advent calendar that can become part of your seasonal decorations? If the answer is yes, then this felt calendar is perfect for toddlers. Every morning set aside some family time, where you can move the pieces and get your child to pick out a surprise. The magic is that you put the gift in it. 

This gorgeous personalised advent calendar is the perfect way to countdown in style! Fill it with treats and personalise yours for free. 



Countdown to Christmas has never been so adorable! Every day your little boy or girl can open the window and discover a cute Toot-Toot Animal. Once all the windows have been opened, this will become an amazing play area. Just like everything on Christmas day, this requires 2 x AAA batteries.

We're obsessed with how adorable this miniature calendar house is. Not only can you personalise it with your child's name, but you can also hide small gifts or chocolates in each draw. You won't get over how much fun your little angel will have counting down Christmas.  

The festivities don’t have to begin on the December the 25th with this fun ELC Advent Calendar. With each Christmas figure, you can sit down with your toddler and tell them stories about how they fit into the festive scene.

Capture the essence of Christmas with this intricate advent calendar. Your kids will be wowed by its enchanting design and the goodies you choose to pop into the boxes. Whether you put in healthy snacks, toys or something else, it’ll make it more special knowing you picked the surprise. Plus, you can keep this box for years to come.

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.

Give the gift of learning this Christmas. It might sound like a cliché, but it’s a fantastic opportunity to bond with your little boy or girl. Behind each door, you’ll find a different Disney tale that you can use as a bedtime story. Cute, right?

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.

Instead of giving your toddler a naughty chocolate treat, invest in this sweet teddy advent calendar. It might seem a bit pricy, but you can personalise the teddy as well as fill in the fun cards daily. Next year, you can even make your own cards or hand it down to a younger sibling. 

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  • Author: Lily Anderson Lily Anderson
  • Job Title: Commercial Content Writer

Lily Anderson is a Commercial Content Writer at Bauer Media, where she writes and reviews products for titles like Mother&Baby, Heat, Closer, What’s the Best and Yours. She has previously worked across the travel and publishing industry. After earning a BA (Hons) in Magazine Journalism and Feature Writing, Lily has been using words to inspire, inform and entertain ever since. 

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