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The best baby and toddler advent calendars that aren't chocolate

baby and toddler advent calendars

We can’t believe how quickly we're flying through this year and how close 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 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 advent calendars for toddlers that aren’t chocolate.

The best baby and toddler advent calendars

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!


This advent calendar comes with a brand new Barbie doll and each day after your little one will discover a new fashion or accessory item to dress her up in. It will feel like Christmas has come early.


Help your little one count down until Christmas day with this Peppa Pig Advent Calendar, which includes 24 fun toys so that they can create their own Christmas adventures. 

If your tot is obsessed with the L.O.L dolls then this is the advent calendar for them. It’s packed full of jewellery, hair accessories, keyrings and much more for a special surprise everyday.

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.

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.

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?

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. 

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.

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 toy. 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.

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.

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.

Organix has created the ultimate advent calendar filled with your little ones favourite yummy Organix snacks. Behind each door you will find a scrumptious festive treat every day up until the big day including: Organix Jammie Monsters Biscuits and Organix Mini Oaty Bites Raspberry & Apple. All the snacks are made with the best organic ingredients and no artificial colours or flavours.

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 in 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.

Fold down the packaging front cover of this BRIO World Christmas Advent Calendar to reveal a Christmas scene full of fun. Day by day, behind each door is a BRIO toy that is compatible with the BRIO World railway system. The calendar includes tracks, animals, accessories and exclusive seasonal content such as Santa Claus and a unique Christmas Train. Suitable from ages 3 years and up.

Got an L.O.L obsessed tot? She'll adore unboxing over 25 surprises with L.O.L. Surprise! Advent Calendar which includes an exclusive L.O.L. Surprise! doll, Tricksta B.B. Pull up to pop up the new 3-tier packaging, then follow the numbers to unbox Tricksta B.B., her fashions, shoes, and accessories.

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

Lily Anderson is a Senior Commercial Content Writer at Bauer Media, where she writes about and reviews products for titles like Mother&Baby, Heat, Closer, What’s the Best and Yours. After earning a BA (Hons) in Magazine Journalism and Feature Writing at Southampton Solent University, Lily has specialised in lifestyle and shopping content.

Other contributors

Emily Thorpe - Digital Writer
Bryony Firth-Bernard - Digital writer

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