Twelve glasses of wine for $129

Vinebox calls itself the “world’s first wine advent calendar.” Except the attractive looking box—which contains 12, glass-sized vials of wine—won’t really last for all of advent, just whatever 12 days you fancy a glass leading up to Christmas. You choose which types of wines you enjoy, and are posted a curated selection of bold reds and crisp whites to accompany your cozy fireside moments over the holiday. At roughly $10 per glass, let’s hope they’re very well curated.

The advent calendar that costs half your rent

If someone gets you a Diptyque candle for Christmas, you’ve done quite well. If someone gets you a Diptyque advent calendar, you should consider returning it and taking cash value instead. It’s true that the Parisian candle-maker does make divine smelling candles, but $425 for 15 mini candles, seven personal fragrances and two body care products—plus a “limited edition surprise”—is a truly astounding amount of cash for a novelty item. Let’s hope the surprise it comes with is the rest of your Christmas shopping.

For the person who needs 25 shades of nail polish

Who wouldn’t appreciate 25 mini bottles of O.P.I. nail polish inspired by the Nutcracker? At $49.95, it’s available from US beauty retailer Ulta, but should be gifted only to someone who has ample time to paint their nails many different festive shades during the month of December.

A Big-Ben inspired chocolate advent calendar

At least this over-the-top chocolate advent calendar is going slightly back towards tradition. A prize for a contest being put on by After Eight, purveyor of minty-chocolate squares, it is somewhat of an architectural marvel. Inspired by Big Ben, the product is also available on Amazon for £18.29.

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