Gingerbread, alcohol and Justin Bieber's Christmas album festive themed candles aside, the best things about Christmas come in small packages. Small packages that happen to contain copious amounts of alcohol, festive themed candles and gingerbread, that is.
Obviously we're talking about advent calendars, created as a little present from you-to-you every morning for when chocolate things just won't cut it. The hardest part? Deciding which one(s) take your fancy.
1. Yankee Candle advent carousel, £31.99
Featuring Yankee Candle's infamous Christmas scents - those including Berry Trifle, Candy Cane Lane and Cinnamon Stick Tealights - it's hard to resist filling your festivities with this alternative calendar. A collectable carousel filled with a mixture of tea lights and votive Yankees at a reasonable price tag? Bingo.
Available at yankeecandle.co.uk nationwide now.
2. Suzanne Kauffman bath oils and salts advent calendar, £62.00
If a hot bath filled with silky body oils and organic salts doesn't take your fancy at the end of a long wintery day, it probably will once you've got your mitts on Suzanne Kauffman's luxurious 24 day calendar.
3. Whisky advent calendar, £149.95
Now this is one we can almost certainly get on board with - even if it is a bit pricey. 3cl Drinks By The Dram whisky samples behind each of the 24 windows - including a rare 50-year-old Scotch. And what's more? If whisky doesn't take your fancy (or even if it does), they make a vodka, tequila and bourbon versions too.
4. 12 beers of Christmas advent tree, £45.50
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