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Advent calendars seem to be getting ever more intricate and expensive, so I’m loving the simplicity of this one from Oxford’s Bodleian library.

Totally flat, like the ones I remember from my childhood before sweets and trinkets got in the way, it’s designed as a pretty bookshelf chock-full of 19th-and-20th-century seasonal titles from the Bod’s actual collection, comes in a giant envelope so you can send it to someone you love, and best of all costs a reasonable £4.50 – less than a paperback! Buy here

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