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Okay, so we are very aware that there are still 124 days until Christmas, but that doesn't mean we can't plan ahead. 

Last year, the Gin Foundry made all our dreams come through with their gin advent calendar, and this year promises to be no different. 

According to Good Housekeeping, the calendar will be back and better than ever this year, and will even include a Christmas tree flavour gin. 

'Each year, we select 24 Gins that provide a snapshot of the category’s depth, diversity and global reach,' reads the product description. 

'We scour countries in search of the very best, the most unusual, the most progressive and – of utmost importance – the most sublimely delicious gins.'

'The content of the Ginvent calendars is carefully curated and painstakingly considered so that all styles of gins are included, from London Dry to Old Tom, to Navy strength, Fruit infused and so on…'


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Am, we'll take one for every month of the year, thanks. 

But you'll have to hold your horses (or reindeer) for the time being, as there has been no confirmed date of the return, so you'll have to keep your eyes and ears peeled for the re-launch.

They were available for pre-order in September from Gin Kiosk last year, so hopefully we can get our paws on one ASAP. 



We tend to feel quite bad splashing out on a gorgeous bottle of perfume no matter how amazing it smells. We would much rather Santa got it for us instead! 

From the old favourite Jo Malone scents to the up and comer Bella Freud, there is a tonne of new fragrances to try out just in time for the festive season. 

So whether you are hunting for your own signature scent or looking for someone else, here is the most covetable perfumes out this winter. 

1) Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Parfum, €60 for 30ml, available in Brown Thomas

Following on from the success of Tom's Black Orchid perfume, this eau de toilette version plays up the musky sexiness of the original fragrance. 

2) Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir Cologne Limited Edition, €110 for 100ml, available in Brown Thomas

Jo Malone has repackaged her popular fruity scent in green and finished with a festive bow. Cute! 

3) Bella Freud 1970 Eau de Parfum, €105 for 50ml, net-a-porter.com

Anyone who is anyone has been caught wearing Bella Freud's to-die-for 1970's jumper (including the illustrious Alexa Chung), so we definitely want to get our hands on this wintery, woody fragrance. 

4) Chloé Eau de Toilette, €53 for 30ml, available in Brown Thomas

Meet the breezier version of Chloé's signature Eau de Parfum.

Still packaged in it's classic glass bottle topped with a bow, this fragrance is sweet and fruity, embodying female elegance. 

5) Miu Miu Eau de Parfum, €117 for 100ml, available in Debenhams

Miu Miu's very first fragrance is so pretty to look at we want it to just sit on our desks. 

The scent is pretty good too. It's a deliciously modern scent combining fruity and musky tones for a lingering freshness.

6) Chanel Coco Noir, €96 for 50ml, available in Brown Thomas 

Embrace the night with Chanel's super sexy, Orientally inspired scent.