We love a chocolate Advent calendar as much as the next person, but they’re not for everyone. Non-food Advent calendars have started to get really popular in the last few years, and there are now loads of other fun ways to count down to Christmas.

There are lots of different reasons why you might want to say no to chocolate.

Maybe you want something that lasts a bit longer? With a toy or gift calendar, you get something which lasts past the 3 seconds it takes to scoff the chocolate. Keep the kids busy for longer, or treat yourself! You’ve earned it.

It’s a healthier choice, leaving you to start the Christmas countdown without having to count the calories. If you’re a parent, you’re probably already bracing yourself for a season of sugar-fuelled, overexcited kids. Between Christmas parties, family visits and end-of-term fun, the normal sweet-to-kid ratio goes out of the window, and they’re bouncing off the walls long before it’s Santa time. Why fuel the fire with an extra bit of chocolate before breakfast?

Not to mention that non-food options are a godsend if you’ve got a food allergy in the family. Now there’s no reason for anyone to miss out – give them an alternative they’ll love with one of our top picks for Christmas:

Blox Advent Calendar

Wilko Blox Advent Calendar

Budding builders will think all their Christmases have come at once with a daily dose of Blox fun! Day by day, uncover everything you need to build a fun winter scene as you count down to the big day. Compatible with the leading brand, this set will last long after the season’s over – who needs a quick chocolate fix when you can have hours of festive fun? It’s just the thing for little brick fans (and for big ones too!).


Match Attax advent calendar

EPL Match Attax Advent Calendar

Turn the Christmas season to football season with a trading card calendar from Match Attax, the world’s most successful Football Trading Card Game. Your little footie fan will get a daily pack of trading cards to help them count down to the big day. And the fun doesn’t have to stop when Santa comes, they can keep playing well into the new year. Score!

Of course, if you can’t imagine Advent without chocolate, we’ve got a wide range of sweet treats just for you. From Kinder and Milkybar for the little ones, to Thorntons and Lindt for a special treat, you’ll find it all.

Get Crafty

If you’re feeling creative, why not have a go at making your own? Get the kids involved with a super simple DIY Advent calendar. You’ll need 24 cut out shapes, decorative twine and 24 pegs. Number the shapes, or let the little ones do it, and let them design their own winter characters.  Then just peg one out every morning leading up to Christmas until you have a full garland. Easy peasy!

Of course, if you’re the kind of person who can’t help overcommitting to craft projects, you can probably think of much more involved ways of making your own calendar. Have a look at our paper craft and haberdashery sections for inspiration!

Shop our full Advent calendar range online at wilko.com

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