If there was any year when you need to treat yourself, or a loved one, this is it! Let Christmas start early this year...
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There are chocolate advent calendars and then there are chocolate advent calendars. The latter of which is best represented by The Grand from Hotel Chocolat. The variety of treats inside is second to none, with double truffles, Cinnamon Bun chocs, festive Slabs, luxurious hot chocolate packets and more. There are even taster bottles of cocoa-inspired holiday tipples. Milk, dark, caramel and white chocolate advent calendars are also available. Hotel Chocolat £68
Nothing quite says Christmas like a Jo Malone candle lighting up your living room, which is why the brand's luxurious advent calendar sell outs every year. 24 drawers filled with miniature body products, colognes and candles, it's a perfect countdown to Christmas. Jo Malone London Beauty Advent Calendar £320.
We all know someone who stays loyal to Clinique's long-loved skincare, and this calendar is their perfect present. Or perhaps it's an ideal present for yourself? With 24 products (worth £204) for under £100, it's a savvy choice too. Clinque Advent Calendar £90.
The Snaffling Pig Co.Pork Scratchings Advent Calendar is ideal if you're shopping for someone without a sweet tooth. This pork scratching-filled advent calendar is going to save your bacon. The A3-sized calendar contains all of The Snaffling Pig Co. best-selling flavours, including Low & Slow BBQ, Marvellous Maple and Perfectly Salted. John Lewis £14.99
You're in good hands with Mr Porter's buyers' take on the most notable men's grooming releases of the year, which have all been neatly packaged in this festive little watercolour townhouse. Featuring the best names in skin and haircare, from Grown Alchemist to Hanz De Fuko, behind its windows are a carefully curated selection of creams, masks, oils and more, to a value more than four times its price tag. An excellent washbag upgrade to be entering the new year with. mrporter.com £105
Cowshed's universally loved spa products make this a perfect option for festive gifting - we don't know anyone who wouldn't love 25 excuses to pamper themselves. Expect everything from skincare to pillow spray, and of course a few of the brand's brilliant manicure products. Cowshed Advent Calendar £130
Fortnum's gorgeous wooden advent calendar may not appeal to everyone, as it doesn't come with treats inside, but it is the perfect investment for people on the hunt for Christmas family heirlooms and those that like to create their own little gifts for loved ones. Decorated with Fortnum's iconic Piccadilly facade, the calendar features 24 spaces with small numbered doors to hide sweets and personalised gifts. Fortnum & Mason £99
If you want to keep things simple, this sumptuous collection of milk and dark chocolate bars will keep you happy through the holidays. As always, Green and Black's bars are both ethically-sourced, organic and of very high quality. The perfect bite sized daily chocolate treat for those with a sweet tooth and a penchant for up-market choccies. Green & Black £10.40
Gentlemen, your time has come. Unique in many ways, this advent calendar boasts eighteen full-sized products, promising the continuation of festive cheer long after Christmas has come and gone. The selection of products specifically for men, brings together herbal soaps from Aveda and sports deodorants from Bamford among others. And in the midst of it all, a special treat from the Liberty Food Hall. Not only this, but Liberty will be shipping internationally to ensure no one misses out. Worth £460, available for £195.
The Whisky Explorer: Drinks by the Dram's whisky advent calendars are a thing of Christmas legend. This year's includes high-value tasters from favourites old and new, like Lagavulin 16, Singleton of Dufftown 15, Mackmyra Mack, Glenfiddich Experimental Series IPA Cask, Ailsa Bay 1.2 Sweet Smoke, and more. Amazon £104
Chocolate boxes and cake stands, trifles and piles of presents grace the drawers of the Charbonnel et Walker advent calendar. Its Art Nouveau design hints at the nature of the chocolates within. The chocolatiers at this infamous Bond Street boutique have kept things simple this year, focusing on milk- and dark-chocolate truffles. As you pull out each small drawer it reveals the gem-like delicacy inside, evoking the spirit of the two women who founded the shop in 1875: Madame Virginie Charbonnel, a chocolatier, and Mrs Minnie Walker, an artisan jewellery-box designer. Charbonnel et Walker £70
Whilst advent calendars are pre-Christmas presents, why not check out OGN's eclectic and original ideas for Christmas presents?