Non-Candy Advent Calendars
I am so done with candy. I feel like from Halloween to Easter, it’s a non-stop barrage of candy and junk food. But my son 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 ideas. But that’s another story.
Advent calendars are a wonderful family tradition. Particularly if you have a visual learner in your home. Or, a child that struggles with some executive functioning issues like understanding concepts of time.
There’s a little something for everyone in here.
Best Kids Advent Calendars 2019
If you get a new countdown every year, then you definitely want to stay with the latest trends.
Advent Calendars for Teenagers
Fortnite, Star Wars, and Nintendo Advent Calendars can be great for teens. Some of the most popular advent calendars right now are:
- Harry Potter Advent Calendar
- Paw Patrol
- Peppa Pig
- Nintendo Advent Calendar
Wooden Advent Calendars
Gingerbread House: This wooden calendar house includes 24 interchangeable wooden drawers for you to hide surprises in…great for years of holiday fun!
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.
Best Kids Advent Calendars
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.
Mega Bloks Despicable Me Minions Movie: 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. Right now, just $19.99!
VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels: Under $25, this is one of my favorites. Includes one SmartPoint Christmas Train with a trailer, two ornaments, one helicopter top, one Christmas card, road signs, and more
This one is a bit more spendy, but you get more (a month’s worth of Barbie + accessories). Barbie Careers Advent Calendar: Accessories and clothing for Barbie in a variety of careers. The first day’s gift is an actual Barbie doll.
Disney Tsum Tsum Countdown to Christmas: Includes 18 Tsum Tsum figures: six large, six medium, and six small…all in holiday attire.
Count down to Christmas…with slime. Here’s a Christmas Countdown with a new slime each day.
Crayola Christmas Countdown Activity: Open a numbered door to find a Crayola item and a fun activity each day. And, under $18 right now.
Hot Wheels: This calendar includes eight Hot Wheels vehicles and sixteen accessories.
We did this one a few years ago. I miss the Turtles days. MEGA BLOKS Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Open buildable, TNMT-themed surprises each day this holiday season.
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. This is also a good choice if you need an idea for a teenager.
More Advent Calendars that are not Candy
- MEGA BLOKS Monster High: This goes along with other MEGA BLOKS Monster High playsets and includes three mini fashion figures plus other style accessories.
- Lego City Building Kit: This 290 piece set includes buildings, vehicles, and other surprises that will give your kids hours of building fun during December.
- Playmobil NHL: Set up the players on the ice and let the games begin! Contains 24 surprise items with an ice-hockey theme. Playmobil also has a bunch of different themes, like Royal Ice Skating Trip, Jewel Thief Police Operation, and Christmas on the Farm.
- Melissa & Doug: 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.
- Mega Construx American Girl Construction Set: Includes two buildable, articulated mini figures plus fun winter accessories for the American Girl fan!
Cheap Advent Calendars
This category has Christmas Countdowns that are $20 or less. Keep in mind, with online shopping, prices change all the time. At the time that this blog post was published, they were under $20.
Best Places to Buy Advent Calendars
For an item like this, I prefer shopping online. Most of what is in stores is often just food. Here are some holiday sales for you to check out and get a great deal on yours. Merry Christmas!
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