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Quirky Christmas countdown

The Christmas countdown is on. But who needs chocolate, when you can have a daily dose of fabulous from hair accessories, luxe stationary and gin. We've got it all.


If you're always searching for a hair band in the morning, then December will be a breeze, with Sweet Marie's hair accesory advent calendar that provides you with a new bobble, band, slide or clip every day in the run up to Crimbo. This is genius, so if they could do a grown up version next year, that would be perfect.

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If you're a stationary addict, this Martha Brooks stationary advent calendar will make you giddy. The lid of each calendar, along with some of the presents inside, is personalised and it contains an assortment of luxury notebooks, notecards, pens, a gold envelope opener and an assortment of paper goods and more. Seriously luxe.

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If you're on a mission to avoid the December chocolate fest and reignite a little Christmas spirit, this is the gift that keeps on giving. The advent calendar comes in a suitcase and each day reveals a wooden piece to build up the nativity scene. Beautifully designed and crafted, this is a fab gift to receive and display year after year. Available from Sweet Maries in Cookham.

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As the excitement (and stress levels increase), you can watch the days melt away as you hurtle towards the big day. The Advent Candle is a stylish Scandi tradition that'll add the candlelit Christmas vibes to your home. Just add carols and a paperbag for you to breathe deep as you try and get through the to-do list.

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Traditional is now officially quirky. Start each day on a high note with this gorgeous traditional German advent calendar, beautifully illustrated with a Victorian street scene that plays a different tune as each door is opened Available from The Corner Shop Woolhampton.

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No need to wait until the big day to crack open the hamper, stuff your face daily with a delicious Fortnam and Mason food hall treat. The Feasting advent calendar contains fruit cake, salted caramel hot chocolate, fig cheese, sloe gin, a mini bottle of Champers and soooo much more. Yum

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Call it survival, but the Gin Advent is an absolute must to get you through back-to-back parties, carol concerts, pantos and family feasts. This one from Drinks by the Dram has 24 different wax-sealed premium gins, by 23 distilleries from seven countries. It's all the ginspiration we need this Christmas.

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eer goggles on for the craft lager advent calendar! Each day delivers a rare craft beer by the team at HonestBrew. This one is guaranteed to help beer lovers have a very merry Christmas *hic*.

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