While I appreciate that the holidays are pretty much all about the unhealthy food, I have a particular loathing for the chocolate inside advent calendars. Life is just too damn short for cheap chocolate. This is the first year that Bear is old enough for an advent but he really is too young for chocolate, so I started to look into some alternative advent calendars for the whole family that won’t give you or your kids a sugar hangover.
DIY Alert – but oh so worth it. Wrap up 24 books for your little book lover and pop them in this cute christmas crate from Kmart ($12). Once you’ve wrapped them all up, stick on these gorgeous free vintage style tags to finish. Need some inspiration on titles to include? Check out my list of the top 10 new release Christmas books for 2016!
This great calendar gives you a different Thomas Mini Engine every day, including 6 holiday themed exclusives that can’t be bought anywhere else. A must for your Thomas fan.
Lego have advent calendars available for both of their major ranges – Friends and City. I love that the Friends & City sets are wintery-themed and could help your little one build a tiny Christmassy lego city. Kmart also have a version in their own brand for $10.
One Hoy Wheels surprise every day until Christmas – woo! This one gives you 8 vehicles and 16 accessories for your little car lover to add to their collection.
This gorgeous advent gives you a indulgent Body Shop treat every day and is perfect for mums who need some me time during the festive season! More of a Lush lover? No problems – they have their own version for $99.95, but it only lasts for 12 days – boo 🙁
Smiggle is basically mecca for cute stationary, and their advent calendar always delivers. If the Smiggle one is out of your price range, Kmart also have their own great stationary advent for only $10!
Okay, I confess. even though I’m a fully grown woman, I’m tempted to buy this for myself. This advent calendar gives you a cute little bracelet and one charm per day up until Christmas Eve. The best part is while some of the charms are very Christmassy, others are not so this bracelet could be worn year round.
Your little crafter will love this – each door has a little crayola item and an activity to do including finger puppets, home made gifts and more!
For some kids, it really is all about the chocolate so I had to include one that won’t give you that awful headache. The Moo Free Advent calendar is free of soy, dairy, lactose, gluten, wheat & egg. It’s also casein free so suitable for the vegetarians and vegans in your life. Most importantly, it tastes great!
I’ve always loved the idea of putting together an advent calendar yourself with little treats you know your child will be into, but sadly I just don’t have the organisational skills.For those who do though this cute modern calendar can be refilled each year making them both festive and frugal.
Do any of these alternative advent calendars tickle your fancy or do you normally make your own? Got any tips for an advent calendar novice?