10 Unique Advent Calendars To Do With Your Kids (No Candy!)

     I'm SO excited for today's post, partially because I love the Christmas season, but also because I have such fond childhood memories of my sister and I taking turns opening the doors on our advent calendar. We were OBSESSED with Playmobil growing up, and for a few years my Mom got us the Playmobil advent calendar - one year it was Santa's workshop, and the next year it was a Nativity scene. We always looked forward to opening up the little door and gaining a new piece every day. Advent was started as a sacred tradition of reverence and reflection on Christ's coming to Earth as a baby, and the true meaning of Christmas. Whether you are a Christian like me or not, Advent can be a fun way to connect with your children and your family, whether you're opening a new door to reveal a fun toy or picture, part of the Nativity story, or a Scripture verse.
As someone who isn't a big fan of the cheap, chocolate advent calendars you can get at the grocery store, I wanted to scour the internet for some more unique options that involved a little more than just some candy. For this post, I found ten unique advent calendars that will be enjoyed by adults and children alike! (I may have even included one option for those of you with fur-children...) There is still plenty of time to order yours in time for December - which one will you choose?

Always full disclosure here: I've linked to each product below. NONE of these links are affiliate, I have simply linked for your convenience. Happy shopping!

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Winter Wonderland Wooden Advent Calendar
This charming wooden advent calendar features a cute, wooden woodland animal behind each numbered door. Kids will love trying to guess which woodland creature will be behind the door, and adults will love the simplicity of this calendar that can fit right in with any style of home decor.

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Winter Wonderland Pop-Out Calendar
This wintery pop-out calendar is perfect for older toddlers or children; each piece pops out of the numbered door and can be quickly slot and notched together. Kids will have fun putting together the pieces and playing with the finished scene!

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Wooden Magnetic Tree Calendar

This calendar could be perfect for toddlers who are just learning to count and put puzzles together. I can see Ezra loving something like this - getting to pick out a unique ornament to place over the corresponding number, plus a big yellow star on top on the last day!

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Christmas Countdown

I love this unconventional take on the typical advent calendar. This "calendar" features 25 different wooden chips, all which display a fun activity or act of kindness to complete that day. This is the perfect way to teach children and teens how to give back during a season that can be so consumed with consuming. While not every chip is a challenge to give back, some of them suggest doing something fun together as a family; a great opportunity to put down phones and enjoy quality time together.

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Nativity Fabric Advent Calendar
This is another calendar perfect for the little ones in your life. Soft, felt Nativity figures and animals are removed from their pockets and placed onto the scene, creating a picture of the day of Christ's birth, including wise men, animals, angels and shining stars. Each day can be an opportunity to teach an element of the Christmas story through scripture.

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Disney Animators Collection

Disney lovers rejoice! This calendar was made for you. Behind each door reveals a cute, little Disney figurine.

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Nativity Window Clings

What kid doesn't love window clings? This is such a fun way to celebrate advent, and add a new piece to the scene every day! This way, anyone passing by your home can enjoy the scene as well!

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Printable Create Your Own Scripture Advent Calendar
Perfect for someone who loves DIY and/or doesn't have the budget for a larger advent calendar. In addition to this digital download, all you need are a few craft supplies and a color printer before you can put together this advent calendar all on your own. Each day features a scripture verse, as well as a mini devotional, such a perfect way for families to pause together and cultivate meaningful discussion. Can be reused year after year - just re-print if you need to!

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Vermont Christmas Company Sticker Advent Calendar

Another budget-friendly option for those of you with young children or kids who just love stickers! Put each sticker on the corresponding number on the nativity scene.

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Too Good Gourmet Peanut Butter Dog Treat Calendar
I laughed out loud when I saw this, so of course I had to include it for those of you with fur-babies - whether you have human babies or not! Dogs are part of the family too, right? Include them in your advent celebration by giving them a peanut butter dog treat every day of the month. I'm laughing out loud typing this. They really do have something for everyone these days, ha! 

Did you see an advent calendar on this list that someone in your family would love? Let me know in the comments which one you loved the most!

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