The advent calendar obsession is still with us. There are advent calendars everywhere the last few years, I giggled to myself as I walked past an advent calendar for dogs in the pet shop last week! It is good news for free from though as there are quite a few options! Everything from free from chocolate to makeup and candles! There is a better than ever selection around the place and the usual suspects are available more widely. Here is a round up of free from Advent Calendars.
Moo Free have their advent calendars again this year, they are dairy free, gluten free, wheat free, lactose free, vegetarian and vegan. The Moo free calendars are available in Dunnes Stores and Supervalu and lots of independent health food shops in Ireland and in the UK you will find in Aldi, Sainsburys, Waitrose, Asda, Holland and Barrett and lots of independent shops.
Plamil also do a dairy free advent calendar. These are also nut free and gluten free. This is available in health stores.
Haribo have an advent calendar available this year. I found this one in Tesco, the windows contain all your haribo favourites, star mix, gold bears, maoms etc.
Swizzels Calendars are available in Tesco, and contain all the favourite Swizzels sweets including Love Hearts and incredibly sticky Drumsticks! They are dairy free.
Ingredients: Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Gelling Agent: Gelatine, Modified Starch, Acidity Regulators: Citric Acid, Trisodium Citrate, Flavourings, Apple Pulp (contains Preservative: Sulphur Dioxide), Glazing Agents: Vegetable Oils (Palm, Palm Kernel, Coconut), Carnaubawax, Colour: Anthocyanin
Holland and Barrett have their own brand dairy free advent calendars which cost a very €2.99. They have changed the packaging this year and i thought it wasn’t very child friendly but my 8 year old said they are cool, so who am I to judge! They can be found in their stores in Ireland and the UK and can also be bought online.
Non Food Based Calendars
There has been an explosion of all different types of Advent Calendars, everything from wine and beer to jewellery and toys. I think it’s all a bit crazy. For kids though, I do like the idea of the treats being non-food based but it’s definitely going to cost you more.
Lego Advent Calendars
Lego cottoned on to the Advent Calendar idea many years ago and each year release a few sets with lego gifts behind each door. They usually retail between €25 and €30. If I was to splash out for the boys these are the ones I’d get for sure.
Smiggle is a stationery shop with amazing scented pencils and school supplies and they have a lovely Advent Calendar out this Christmas. I am a stationery addict myself and I think I’d love this one.
Do It yourself Advent Calendar
I found this lovely do it yourself calendar in The Works. I love the idea of filling the calendar yourself with little sayings and treats or whatever you want to.
For more non food based kids calendars, check out this fab round up from Emma at Free From Farmhouse.
Do you count down the days to Christmas? Let me know if you find some other good ideas for dairy free Advent Calendars!
Disclaimer: I was not paid for mentioning any of these products. This round up is all my own research. As always, all opinions expressed are my own and the boys’.