Are you worried about the amount of chocolate your little angels will be consuming this Christmas? Parents of a certain age will recall the selection boxes we all received as children, when getting chocolate was the norm during the festive season. Now, thanks to the healthy brigade, lots of parents are shying away from these traditional treats, and opting for less sugary delights.
If you don’t want your kids to eat so much this year, have a look at our advent calendars that contain no one ounce of chocolate in sight!Accessorize Christmas Advent Calendar – £15.00
This is a lovely calendar for the little angel in your life. From Accessorize, a really great idea, in the first door is a necklace and then when you open the others you get seasonal charms to put on the necklace, as well as a bracelet to mix and match the various charms on.
From: uk.accessorize.comSmiggle Advent Calendar – £28
If you haven’t heard of Smiggle then you are in for a treat. It is kind of a posh stationary version of Woolworths, but it includes much more than stationary. The Smiggle range includes keyrings, bags, lunchboxes as well as pencil cases, notepads and watches. The advent calendar is good too, there are great little gifts behind each door, including erasers, key fobs and little toys, and 25 of the calendars have a lucky ticket giving the winners a £250 spending spree in a Smiggle store.
From: smiggle.co.ukMega Bloks Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Advent Calendar – £19.95
In this calendar you get 24 turtle toys which make up a set you can play with. Includes buildable figures and one that you can dress up as either Michaelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael or Donatello using the different accessories. Cowbunga!
From: amazon.comHappyland Advent Calendar – £25
This calendar is aimed at preschool children and has many figures to play with, like polar bears, donkeys, angels, reindeer, Santa, snowman, all of which can be used in different situations as the child desires.
From: elc.co.ukHot Wheels Advent Calendar – £15
Speed freaks of a young age can let some steam off with these mini cars. There are eight vehicles and 16 accessories which all go into making up a racetrack for your child to play with over Christmas.
From: tesco.comNutcracker Advent Calendar – £21
This is really beautiful and someone should do an adult version! The whole calendar looks like a jewellery box first of all, then on the first day you open the first door to reveal a charm bracelet. On all the other days you get a charm to go on the bracelet! Gorgeous! Tiffany & Co take note!
From: trouva.comVtech Toot Toot Animals Advent Calendar – £16.45
There’s a lot packed into this calendar; the box folds out to become a play area for all the animals that are gradually revealed over the 24 days of Christmas. These animals include a reindeer that lights up and plays 3 Christmas songs, 6 festive melodies and other sound effects. This set will last long after Christmas has come and gone.
Playmobil Christmas on the Farm Advent Calendar Set – £19.99
Another great value for money calendar here with loads of surprises behind every window. Father Christmas is helped by an angel to bring presents to the animals on the farm. A boy on a tractor is tasked to deliver them. There are 72 individual pieces in this calendar, including farmyard animals and figurines.
LEGO City 60133 Advent Calendar – £19.95
Lego has decided that it’s Christmas in Lego City and with it comes some wonderful surprises. Behind each window is a new building, figure or vehicle which can be added to your own Lego collection. Much better than chocolate and lasts for much longer as well!
From: johnlewis.comBarbie Advent Calendar – £19.99
Barbie is one doll that has stood the test of time, and this advent calendar will be the perfect gift to little girls all over the world. Contains loads of mini items that fit Barbie dolls, from party dresses, statement jewellery, heels, cell phones and even a puppy! There’s also a gift for your little girl included.