Last year I bought Ava a Play-Doh advent calendar. We wanted to limit the morning chocolate intake and also wanted to get her something a bit different. It was a huge hit and I even found myself looking forward to seeing what would be behind each window every day.
Granted the non-chocolate advent calendars are more expensive than your run of the mill choccie ones but I think they're a great concept and there is such a huge variety on the market nowadays so there is something for everyone. I've done a round up of my top 10 so you have the best at your fingertips. I hope that it helps!
1-Naughty Advent Calendar Kit, £15.95-NOTHS: I love Not on the Highstreet for it's collection of quirky items and this is such a fun idea. You receive your kit complete with black & white balloons, number stickers and an activity sheet for you to cut out. Every day your child gets to pop a balloon to uncover a fun activity, something "naughty" from jumping on the bus to making crazy sandwiches. This is a definite contender for Ava's advent calendar this year.
2-Play-Doh Doh Vinci advent calendar, £12.99-John Lewis: We've not used Doh Vinci before but if it's messy I know Ava would enjoy it. Every day you get a new piece for your kit and on the last day you can make a festive picture with your new set.
3-Hama Bead advent calendar, £15.90- Hamabead.com: An advent calendar for the slightly older, creative, child in your life. Such a lovely idea and perfect for a bit of quiet time during the mad Christmas rush. The calendar comes with 5,000 assorted Hama beads, 5 peg boards of various shapes and 24 Christmas themed design sheets. Guaranteed to keep them busy!
4- Smiggle advent calendar, £28- Smiggle: As an avid stationary lover this advent calendar excites me greatly. I'm quite tempted to buy it for myself. Yes it is on the pricey side but you do get £38 worth of Smiggle products inside and a 1 in 25 chance to win a £250 Smiggle shopping spree. I've heard great things about this shop but am yet to venture inside. I'll definitely take Ava when we next go on a shopping trip.
5- Playmobil advent calendar, £19.95-Tesco: The Playmobil advent calendar seems to be one of the most popular non-chocolate advent calendars and the first one I ever saw. They now do various themed calendars, Christmas, pirates or dress up party. It's a lovely way to collect a set.
6- Vtech Toot Toot Drivers advent calendar, £16.45-Tesco: A great advent calendar for little ones, the box even folds down to create a road. The main gift, a truck, contains 3 Christmas songs and 6 festive melodies and sound effects.
7- Bath bomb and soap advent calendar, £30- NOTHS: A lovely idea for a teenager, saying that one of Ava's favourite shops is Lush so she's be thrilled with this calendar, as would I. It contains 12 mini soap slices and bath bombs, all handmade. You'll smell good enough to eat by Christmas morning!
8- Barbie advent calendar, £19.99- John Lewis: Ava is a big Barbie fan and I'm thinking of getting her this one. You receive 24 fashion items for Barbie, including a party dress, shoes, purses and jewellery.
9- Star Wars Lego advent calendar, £19.97-ASDA: A great one for fans of Star Wars. You can create a fantastic battle with the 24 collectible gifts which includes figures, vehicles and starships.
10- 24 Sleeps advent book, £15-NOTHS- A fun, creative book jam packed with festive activities. Another great one to keep them busy and quiet during the festive period. One that the family can get involved with too!
What do you think of my selection? Will you be buying any of these advent calendars for your children?