Candy! I am so done with candy. Yet my 8-year-old has already asked me if we’re getting “one of those things where you open the doors until Christmas.” So I’m on the hook for an advent calendar. And Elf on the Shelf. But that’s another story. We’re really struggling with healthy eating and picky eating around here, so I do not want to do anything with more candy or junk food. So here are some Advent Calendars that are not candy.
There’s a little something for everyone in here.
Advent Calendars that are not candy!
1. LED Wooden Advent Calendar. This reminds me of a London boarding school, like the one where Madeline lived with Miss Clavel. It’s perfect if you don’t want something too red and green-y or flashy.
3. LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar. For the little Star Wars fan in your life. This one has really good reviews on Amazon and is recommended for ages 6-14. Husbands will like it too!
4. LEGO Friends Advent Calendar. Collect 24 buildable surprises, including a Stephanie mini-doll, furry friends, a Christmas tree, and more! Also highly recommended on Amazon, this one is for ages 5-12.
5. Play-Doh Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar. This is a good one for any age. It comes with five small containers of Play-Doh plus accessories and a playmat. Great sensory activity and you can reuse this advent calendar by making your own play-doh next year.
6. Mega Bloks Despicable Me Minions Movie Advent Calendar. Featuring 24 different holiday-themed surprises, which you can open and build each day, this exclusive seasonal set includes three never-before-seen buildable Minions in special festive outfits!
7. VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Advent Calendar. < span class=”a-list-item”>Includes one SmartPoint Christmas Train with a trailer, two ornaments, one helicopter top, one Christmas card, road signs, and more
8. Barbie Careers Advent Calendar. Accessories and clothing for Barbie in a variety of careers! The first day’s gift is an actual Barbie doll.
9. Disney Tsum Tsum Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar. Includes 18 Tsum Tsum figures: six large, six medium, and six small…all in holiday attire.
10. Charms & Fashion Jewelry Christmas Advent Calendar. Each day is a special jewelry gift.
11. Crayola Christmas Countdown Activity Advent Calendar. Open a numbered door to find a Crayola item and a fun activity!
12. Hot Wheels Advent Calendar. This calendar includes eight Hot Wheels vehicles and sixteen accessories.
13. MEGA BLOKS Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Advent Calendar. Open buildable, TNMT-themed surprises each day this holiday season.
14. MEGA BLOKS Monster High Advent Calendar. This goes along with other MEGA BLOKS Monster High playsets and includes three mini fashion figures plus other style accessories.
15. Gingerbread House Advent Calendar. This wooden calendar house includes 24 interchangeable wooden drawers for you to hide surprises in…great for years of holiday fun!
16. Lego City Advent Calendar Building Kit. This 290 piece set includes buildings, vehicles, and other surprises that will give your kids hours of building fun during December.
17. Playmobil NHL Advent Calendar. Set up the players on the ice and let the games begin! Contains 24 surprise items with an ice-hockey theme. Playmobil also has Advent calendars of different themes, like Royal Ice Skating Trip, Jewel Thief Police Operation, and Christmas on the Farm.
18. Melissa & Doug Wooden Advent Calendar. This one does NOT contain little surprises, but instead has the kids decorate each new day with a different ornament on the magnetic wooden tree.
19. Mega Construx American Girl Advent Calendar Construction Set. Includes two buildable, articulated mini figures plus fun winter accessories for the American Girl fan!
(PS-Yes, I can count. This list started out at 27 actually, then was updated to 25. It grows and shrinks with the availability or what I can find online.)