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You wake up on a cold wintry morning and trudge to your kitchen, only to discover your housemates opening little cardboard doors with Santa-shaped chocolates behind them. Then it dawns on you, it’s December 1st and you have no advent calendar (this actually happened to me last year and it was devastating). Now in order to avoid this disastrous mistake, we’re giving you the heads up that you’ve got one month to find an advent calendar.

We’ve done all the hard work for you and scoured the internet in order to find you the tastiest, booziest, and prettiest advent calendars, so that when December 1st rolls around you can feel pretty smug discovering a new lipstick, bottle of gin or block of cheese!

Yes, that’s right, you read that correctly: launching exclusively at Asda this year is Annem’s cheese advent calendar! It features 24 individual cheeses of 5 varieties and is only £8, just remember to keep this one in the fridge! For a more substantial start to your day, Kellogg’s are launching their ’24 bowls til’ Christmas’ with Tesco, an advent calendar featuring all your favourite cereals and for just £4 this is definitely needed to start your December mornings!

When December 1st rolls around you can feel pretty smug discovering a new lipstick, bottle of gin or block of cheese!

At the opposite end of the price spectrum is Chase Distillery’s £140 advent calendar full of flavoured gins and vodka such as elderflower, blackcurrant and autumnal rhubarb. Whilst the price may be a bit of a stretch, at this point in term (with deadline season approaching), we all thoroughly deserve to open a little box and find marmalade flavoured vodka! And if that wasn’t enough to convince you, this was the advent calendar of choice last year for the king of Snapchat, Phillip Schofield.

This year, every beauty house seems to be creating an advent calendar, however one from ASOS or Amazon Beauty (costing £55 and £50 respectively) features makeup, hair and skincare products from a variety of brands such as NIP+FAB, Eyeko, Smashbox and Rituals. The marble-design packagings of both are Insta-worthy, and the multitude of products means your entire Christmas party look is covered.

You can turn your frosty room into a winter wonderland with the Yankee Candle advent calendar (£24.99) featuring 6 different scented tea lights, from sparkling cinnamon to spiced white cocoa, to ensure your room smells super Christmassy! And to feel really cosy on a cold winter’s night, Bluebird Tea Co. have created a calendar (£36) full of Christmas teas with flavours such as Christmas cake, Mrs Claus’ raspberry prosecco, and Gingerbread chai; perfect to get you in the festive mood!

However, if all you want for Christmas is a traditional chocolate advent calendar (and let’s face it who doesn’t love chocolate!) then you can find a delicious calendar of either milk, white, caramel or dark chocolate (suitable for vegans) at Hotel Chocolat (£12.50) and for the bibliophiles out there, behind each door is a witty literary quote!

Whether you go for cereal, cheese, gin or candles we hope you enjoy counting down to Christmas!

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