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:

Glow Beauty Advent Calendar

If you prefer pamper time to chocolate, why not treat yourself to the Glow beauty advent calendar? From bubble bath to hand cream and scented candles, there’s a lavish suprise to discover each day. This lovely alternative advent calendar includes 24 beauty treats and accessories to keep you refreshed and relaxed during the festive season. It also makes a great gift – because everyone deserves to glow!

Wilko Candle Advent Calendar

Evenings in December are all about snuggling up on the sofa and getting cosy, and a festive scented candle will really set the mood. With one hidden behind every door, put your feet up and treat yourself to some relaxation this December. This non-food candle advent calendar includes 23 scented tealights and one scented candle. The fragrances are Sweet Orange and Clove, Winter Berries and Spiced Plum and Spiced Apple and Cinnamon.

Kiss Advent Calendar

Looking for something a bit different this year? The Kiss advent calendar is filled with make-up kit and accessories – perfect for teens and beauty-lovers. It’s got everything from nail polish to eyeliner and lipgloss so they can stay pampered all the way to the big day.

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!).

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 over-committing 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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