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Top Non Candy Advent Calendars (for kids and adults)

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Is it safe to start counting down for Christmas yet? Thanksgiving is officially over and we are sharing our top favorite non candy advent calendars!

Does Christmas start in November or December? Well, if you’re basing it off advent calendars, then it starts December 1st.

beauty advent calendar

I’m sure you’ve seen those classic chocolate advent calendars they sell in most grocery stores, right?

I remember being so excited for those when I was younger. Now, as an adult with a more “sophisticated” palate, I’ve come to realize that the chocolate in those is really just awful. It’s definitely not something I look forward too. 

While my kids still enjoy those chocolates, I’ve decided I wanted to branch out and experiment with some non candy advent calendars instead (at least until See’s Candy comes out with one 😉)

Advent calendars have come a long way since then and there is now way more variety than ever! Think noncandy options that are just as exciting, if not more.

With a little present behind each window, it’s almost as if it’s Christmas every day.

Have any favorite non candy advent calendars?

We are going to share the non candy advent calendars that stood out to us–some inspired by tiktok and geared toward adults while others were definitely created with children in mind.

If you’re a little more crafty, we also have links to DIY calendars at the bottom of the page. Don’t forget to check out our non candy stocking stuffers too!

Kid Targeted Advent Calendars:

1.Crayola Christmas Countdown Activity Advent Calendar

Starting strong with this coloring activity advent calendar. This one is perfect for parents who are looking for ways to get their kids away from the screens (me!).

2.PLAYMOBIL Advent Calendar- Santa’s Workshop

This one doubles as a toy and has a lot of great reviews with some comments suggesting it will turn into a keepsake.

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3.Play-Doh Xmas Advent Calendar

My kids love play-doh. This advent calendar comes with 5 containers of play-doh and some shaping tools to go with it!

4.DISNEY: Storybook Collection: Advent Calendar

This storybook advent calendar is definitely a classic. Perfect for bedtimes leading up to Christmas.

5.LEGO City Advent Calendar Building Kit

LEGO advent calendars always look like so much fun. This is another one that doubles as a toy.

6.Paw Patrol Advent Calendar with 24 Collectible Plastic Figures

When my kids were younger they loved Paw Patrol. This would’ve been perfect.

7.Barbie Careers Advent Calendar 

This non candy advent calendar starts with a barbie on day 1 with career themed clothing & accessories.

8. Daily Puzzle Countdown

Another great mini activity, especially if your kids love puzzles as much as mine do. Each puzzle is 42 pieces, which are a little on the easier side but perfect for younger kids.

9. Mini Brands

These are just so cute and miniature, hence the name lol

10. Mario Bros

My kids have never played the game, but they still know who Mario is (they loved the movie). So, I think this could be a great calendar for gamers and non-gamers alike.

“Grown Up” Non Candy Advent Calendars

Why should kids get all the fun? These adult calendars come with all sorts of mini gifts. Anything from beauty, makeup, nail polish, I’ve even seen a sock advent calendar! So let’s get started.

1.Rituals Gift Set Countdown

This Rituals advent calendar is full of beauty products from body cream to foaming shower gel & more.

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2.Wooden Christmas Tree 24-Piece Advent Calendar

Okay, this one is empty but it is beautiful! Plus, that makes it fully customizable right? Fill it with whatever you want and re-use it year after year.

3.Wine Advent Calendar

For the wine lover in your life! This set comes with a 1/2 bottle behind each door!

non candy advent calendars for christmas countdown

4. Tea advent calendar

Yep, you heard that right. This advent calendar has a tea bag behind each door. All with different flavors, the perfect advent calendar to unwind with at the end of the night.

5. Advent Calendar from Sephora

Sephora has the best advent calendars! This particular one has skincare, makeup, a beauty blender, even perfume!

6. Hair Care Advent Calendar from Sephora

Another Sephora winner! But this time with all the hair care products like Moroccan oil, shampoo, conditioner, etc.

7. 15 Day of Cat Socks

I told you they had a sock one!

8. 12 days of candles

I love this candle advent calendar. Each day includes a mini 1 wick candle.

9. The Body Shop

The Body shop has an amazing advent full of creams, lotions, shower gel, face masks– pretty much all things beauty.

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10. 1008 piece puzzle

Like the kid one, but harder. Each day you only get 42 puzzle pieces to work on and by the end (day 24) you will have completed a 1008-piece puzzle.

Happy holidays

I know there are soo many more non candy advent calendars to choose from, but I hope this list will get you started.

Also, I just found out that See’s candy has an advent calendar now! I guess it came out a few years ago and I had no clue. I might get a chocolate advent after all.

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Super Mom - No Cape!

Tuesday 4th of December 2018

All sorts of ideas for counting down in this list.


Sunday 25th of November 2018

Thanks for putting this list together! When my kids were little, they loved the Playmobil ones!

Lexi @ That Fit Fam

Monday 26th of November 2018

those ones are definitley cool! thanks!


Friday 23rd of November 2018

Great ideas for Advent calendars. I had on idea they had so many adult ones.

Lexi @ That Fit Fam

Friday 23rd of November 2018

thank you! they have a lot more too, these were just some of our faves =)

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