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    Your alternative advent calendar guide for 2020

    Move over, chocolate. From gin to jewellery, and options for men and minis, here are the best alternative advent calendars to count down the festive season.

  • Best beauty advent calendars for 2020

    It's beginning to look a lot like advent calendar season! We've rounded up the top makeup, skincare and fragrance picks to get your hands on before they sell out.

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    Hello 2020! Local NYE parties

    What you doing for New Year's Eve? One of these 25 awesome gatherings, that's what! From overnighters to pub parties, dinner destinations to bar crawlers, raise your glass to 2020.

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    My possibly not that helpful Xmas survival guide

    Are you a notorious festive failure? I hear you. Here's how I muddle through (spoiler: lashings of booze).

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    Best Muddy winter walks

    Climbing the walls after the turkey fest? Wrap up warm and go in search of your own winter wonderland! Here's where the Muddy team be striding across Berkshire over the coming months.

  • Turkey lunch with triple roast potatoes, root veg and pigs in blankets, Hind's Head Bray

    How to ace Xmas lunch

    Worried about your turkey timings? Pondering over your potatoes? 12 Michelin-starred tips to help nail it on the day.

  • Crafty Christmas homemade chistmas box for chocolates

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    Homemade Christmas decorations - part of the festive fun or a totally twee step too far? Two Muddy staffers duke it. What do YOU reckon?

  • Christmas Drinkies!

    Usually face-down in a vat of Baileys? You can do better than that! Nail your Christmas drink choices like a pro. Bottoms up!

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    #InLoveWithLocal gift guide

    We're absolutely mad for indies here at Muddy and we have some super-gorgeous brands and businesses across Berkshire - flex your credit card and local creds right here! #InLoveWithLocal

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    Xmas style survival

    Festive fashion SOS! Style consultant to the Duchess of Cambridge, Ginnie Chadwyck-Healey, gives her top tips so that getting dressed doesn't end in stress.

  • Gift guide: for her

    Aunts, mums, grandmas, sisters and your girl posse all covered for Crimbo, plus some spot-on suggestions for gifts to self. Ho ho ho.

  • Gift Guide: For nippers

    Treat the little people! 26 brilliant pressies to wrap under the tree for kids this Christmas.

  • Gift Guide: Tweens & Teens

    Those pesky tweens and teens are a nightmare to buy for - but we think we've nailed it for you! 25 gifts that might even get you more than a grunt of thanks on Christmas Day.

  • Christmas gift guide: for him

    What to buy the man in your life? Hey, easy peasy! Here's our curated 'Best for Blokes', as chosen by Muddy editors across our 22 gorgeous counties.

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