There's nothing like the wait for Christmas, from twinkling decorations and Christmas songs on the radio, to watching your first Christmas film of the season and breaking out the festive pyjamas.

That's why we love a good, old-fashioned advent calendar – they make each day in the lead up to the big one special. Whether you dutifully pop open each door as the days tick on to Christmas, or you cave and tear the thing to shreds, it's one of our favourite festive traditions.

There's an advent calendar for everyone, from ones filled with chocolate or even cheese, to upmarket beauty selections and even a reusable calendar for the eco-conscious.

So, with just a few weeks left until Christmas, here is our list of some of the best advent calendars to snap up before they're gone.

Gran Grans Foods

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Founded in 2014 by couple Nigel and Magaly, and inspired by Nigel's grandmother Gran Grans Murray and her flair for cooking, Gran Grans Foods is a hidden gem in Kilcolgan, Co. Galway that specialises in condiments. Their 24 Days Before Christmas Advent Calendar (€65) is filled with 24 of their most popular relishes, jams and more.

MAC

One of the most coveted beauty advent calendars on the market this season, the MAC 'Box of Tricks' Advent Calendar is stuffed with all the makeup treats you could need for the coming year. Ideal for makeup fans in need of some classic products, it comes with minis of iconic lipstick shades Ruby Woo and Velvet Teddy, as well as mascara, lip gloss and Fix+ spray. Get it for €139.50, reduced from €155, from Brown Thomas.

Yankee Candle

Breaking out the Christmas candles is its own thrill, so the Yankee Candle Advent Wreath is an ideal calendar to pick up. With a range of festive scented tealights behind each door, as well as a Christmas tealight holder, it's sure to make your home even cosier this Christmas. Costs €24.95.

Bonne Maman

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This charming advent calendar is filled with 23 mini jars of Bonne Maman's classic preserves, with each door revealing a different exclusive fruit variety or unique flavour combination not usually available in the UK or Ireland. Flavours include Apricot with Lavender Spread and Sweet Orange and Passion Fruit Jam, as well as two secret surprises! Costs £32.99 (roughly €40).

Aldi makeup

Aldi have a range of advent calendars available, from Belgian chocolate pop-up ones to their annual wine calendar, but the one we have our eye on is the Lacura Advent Calendar (€59.99) which includes 24 of their iconic Lacura cruelty-free products. Behind each door is one of the brands perfumes, face masks, eye creams, cleansers, candles and more, all packaged in an elegant dark green box.

Nespresso

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Need a little pep in your step to get you through December? Look no further than the Nespresso Original Advent Calendar. Available for capsules (€39) or Vertuo machines (€43), they feature gorgeous packaging by Johanna Ortiz and is just what you need to make your morning coffee a little extra special.

Beer Cloud

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Containing 24 cans of Christmassy cheer from independent breweries across Ireland, Beer Cloud's Advent Box is sure to add some fizz to your Christmas! From IPAs, to dark beers, to fruity little numbers, it's ideal for beer lovers or those looking to expand their palette with some homegrown heroes. Costs €75.*

L'Occitane

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Advent calendars can lead to a lot of waste, so if you're the sustainable type, the L'Occitane Reusable Beauty Advent Calendar is the one for you. Made from recycled cotton, and designed in collaboration with illustrator Kitty McCall, the calendar contains some of the brands hero products all packaged up in a reusable cotton hanger. Costs €180.

Lily O'Briens

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Look, you need a chocolate advent calendar at Christmas, it's the rules, and this one by Lily O'Briens can't be beaten. The charming keepsake box contains 28 choccies including some of the brand's most popular flavours, like Sticky Toffee and Honeycomb Crispy Heart. Costs €35.

111Skin

Certainly the most expensive option on our list, the 111Skin Advent Calendar is like getting a spa weekend in a box. Formulated by globally renowned Harley Street cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Yannis Alexandrides, 111SKIN's space scientist-developed formulas are some of the most celebrated on the market. Including 13 of the brand's best sellers, including masks, serums and moisturisers, it's truly indulgent. Costs €365.44 from Cult Beauty.

*Always drink responsibly