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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 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 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.

Cyber week: baby and toddler advent calendars

Save 22% on this storybook collection. 

There's 47% off this Barbie Christmas Advent Calendar.

Help your little one count down until Christmas day with this Peppa Pig Advent Calendar, which includes 24 fun toys. 

13% off an L.O.L. Surprise Advent Calendar - we'll take two!

Have a creative Advent with 53% off. 

Because we're all obsessed with aqua beads these days. 

The best advent calendars for toddlers

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?

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. 

For the Peppa Pig fan (and it feels like EVERY toddler is 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 Goes Skiing, Ballet Lesson, Treasure Hunt, A Trip to the Moon, Miss Rabbit's Taxi, Grandpa Pig's Greenhouse and Peppa's Perfect Christmas.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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 2020 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.

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