Fantastic Food Allergy-Friendly Advent Calendars to Organise Now

It’s hard to believe that it is getting so close to Christmas already. We love the holiday season in our family. For us it means summer, long school holidays, and enjoying time with family and friends. And with children in the house, they get pretty excited about the idea of presents under the tree too.

As soon as 1 December arrives, it’s time to get out the Advent calendar and count down to the big day. With multiple food allergies, we have to give it a little bit more thought than just picking up a chocolate Advent calendar with the weekly grocery shopping. Getting hold of some allergy-friendly Advent Calendar options can be tricky if you leave it too late.

Here are some great allergy-friendly Advent calendar ideas that you organise in plenty of time for Christmas.

Christmas Advent Calendar with individual Christmas themed gift bags and an Advent tree is one allergy friendly Advent Calendar ideas.

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Dairy free, gluten free and vegan chocolate Advent calendars

If you still want to have a chocolate filled calendar, there are quite a few different allergy-friendly Advent calendars on the market now. Moo Free Chocolate and Plamil both make dairy free chocolate Advent calendars.

Moo Free make absolutely delicious chocolate, but their products aren’t guaranteed to be nut free. We take the “may contain” risk in certain circumstances, but that may not be suitable for you. Plamil is a good alternative for a nut free advent calendar.

Check the ingredient and allergen labelling for these products carefully to ensure that they are suitable for your allergies before purchasing.

Moo Free Original Advent Calendar

Moo Free 70g Original Chocolate Advent Calendar – Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Soya Free, Vegetarian & Vegan.

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Moo Free Kids White Advent Calendar 70g- Dairy Free White Chocolate

Moo Free 70g White Chocolate Advent Calendar – Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Soya Free, Vegetarian & Vegan

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Plamil So Free Organic White Chocolate Alternative Advent Calendar

This Plamil Advent Calendar has white chocolate alternative treats that are gluten free, dairy free, nut free, vegan and organic.

Buy at Amazon. (In Australia you can find Plamil at specialty shops like Happy Tummies.)

Plamil So Free Advent Calendar Salted Caramel

Also gluten free, dairy free and vegan, in a delicious salted caramel flavour.

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In Australia, you can find Moo Free and So Free Plamil chocolate Advent calendars at various online health food and speciality chocolate shops, including Happy Tummies.

Non food Advent calendar ideas

Advent calendars don’t have to be about food. These ready to use allergy friendly Advent calendars options come filled with favourite toys instead. As a family we’ve really enjoyed LEGO Advent calendars, creating a little Christmas scene in the lead up to Christmas. We take it in turns opening a door each day, hoping to be the one to open up the main Christmas themed minifigure!

LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar

Count down to Christmas with a new Star Wars kit each day. Includes minifigures and miniature characters and ships to build.

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LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar

Love a Hogwart’s Christmas? This Harry Potter themed LEGO Advent Calendar has all the favourite Harry Potter characters and leads up to the Yuletide ball.

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We’ve only tried (and loved) the LEGO calendars, but you can also find Advent calendars featuring many of your child’s favourite toy brands on Amazon.

Choose your own allergy-friendly treats with reusable advent calenders

Instead of a buying a pre-filled calendar, why not choose a reusable Advent calendar? Not only do you control exactly what goes in the calendar so that you can manage food allergy risks, you can use these again and again.

You might prefer to choose non food treats. This can be a great option even if you don’t have food allergies in the family. One idea is to include a small Christmas decoration for each day to hang on the calendar or on your tree.

If you are particular crafty, you can build your own calendar.

Etsy has dozens of beautiful handmade advent calendars to choose from. Wooden, quilted, individual hanging burlap bags. Or you can even buy files for laser cutting or printing your own Advent calendar at home.

Here are some lovely alternatives if you prefer to buy ready made.

What On Earth LED Santa’s Workshop Wooden Advent Calendar

I love the look of this light up Santa’s workshop calendar, with 24 drawers for your chosen allergy safe treats or surprises. This would be a lovely piece to have every year as part of the Christmas traditions with your children.

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Christmas House Advent Calendar

Invest a little more in this Christmas House with 24 drawers, which is sure to become a family tradition for many years to come.

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Treat free Advent calendars

A simple wooden Advent calendar without any treats at all is another lovely way to build the excitement in the lead up to Christmas. This Melissa & Doug Countdown to Christmas wooden Advent Calendar is a lovely idea for younger children.

For families who prefer to focus on the Nativity at Christmas, this delightful Nativity Fabric Advent Calendar has a different participant in the Nativity scene to place with velcro every day in the lead up to Christmas.

Other allergy-friendly Advent calendar ideas

Another really lovely Advent calendar idea I have seen is a “calendar” of favourite children’s Christmas books. Unwrap a different Christmas story each day to read with your child, and enjoy them every year as a Christmas tradition. Make sure you include The Night Before Christmas for December 24th!

There are also lots of Advent calendar ideas for adults now. I’ve seen everything from ornaments or beauty products to gin and beer ‘calendars’.

I’m not really sure that we adults need them, but I do like the look of this English Tea Shop Advent calendar from Amazon – not for me, but for my multiple food allergic child, who loves his tea!

Which allergy-friendly advent calendars we chose

At home we currently have a a beautiful quilted fabric Advent calendar in the shape of a Christmas Tree, with little love heart pockets. It was handmade and gifted to us by someone very thoughtful, even before we had food allergies in the family. Each year I fill it with with sweet treats that are free from our family’s allergens. And as I mentioned earlier, for many years we’ve also bought a Lego Advent calendar (usually Star Wars) too. Just one to share. Best of both worlds for us!

There are so many options that you should be able to find something safe and inclusive for your food allergy family.

While you are in the Christmas shopping mood, don’t forget to have a look at our list of allergy books – 12 Allergy books that make perfect gifts for all ages – and other allergy friendly gift ideas – Allergy friendly gift ideas for all ages and occasions

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Jessica

    Advent Calendars are a tradition in our house too! I absolutely love that you are highlighting advent calendars appropriate for food allergies!!

  2. Allergy Spot

    Thanks, Jessica! We love this part of the lead up to Christmas, and if it can include everyone it’s even better 🙂

  3. Stacy Boswell

    I was thinking of starting an Advent Calendar tradition with my kids this year, lots of great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Allergy Spot

    Thanks Stacy – I think you’ll love it! Advent calendars are such a fun way to build the excitement in the countdown to Christmas with kids.

  5. Lexi

    Wow I didn’t know they made these!! I have to share these with my family members with food allergies!

  6. Allergy Spot

    Thanks Lexi. Yes, I was excited the first year I found the allergy friendly chocolate Advent calendars for my kids. I hope your family are too!

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