Christmas may be more than three months away, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start our countdown to the festive season in earnest. After all Selfridges was bold enough to throw open the doors of its Christmas department amid the balmy August heat, with summer shoppers getting the chance to browse through a selection of baubles, Christmas crackers and more in place of enjoying an ice cream cone on British beaches.

And for those who want to say yes to Santa and no to waiting, there are a number of ways to get in on the Christmas act ahead of time. While Santa may not be available for door to door deliveries, the good news is that ipostparcels is.

Here are a few pre-Christmas parcels that will get those sleigh bells ringing well before the first door on our advent calendars has been opened.

DIY Gingerbread House Kit (Amazon) – £12.28

Few things are as comforting come the winter months than the smell of freshly baked gingerbread. So why not make this tasty treat even sweeter, by getting the whole family involved in making a gingerbread house? The kids will love getting their hands messy, and the icing sugar coated end result will be the perfect thing to kick your Christmas spirit into gear.

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Growable Letter To Santa Kit (The Exotic Paper Company) – £2.45

Whether your little ones have made the naughty or nice list this year, there’s a high chance they’ll be keen to persuasive letter to Santa rattling off their ‘must have’ items for the year. Rather than sending Santa’s note directly to the North Pole why not mix things up and snap up this Letter to Santa Kit? Plant the reindeer poo paper containing Christmas tree seeds in your garden – yes really! – and watch your piece of paper go full circle and turn back into a tree.

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Christmas wouldn’t be the same without grown adults sporting oversized Santa hats while tucking into a festive season dinner with all the trimmings. Add a personal touch to your Mr or Mr Claus look with these handmade, personalised Santa hats.  If you want to go the whole nine yards why not emblazon your hat with both your name and a grinning picture?

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Christmas Surprise (Hamper Gifts) – £24.99

 

Christmas is the season of giving so why not treat your nearest and dearest to a tasty selection of festive season treats rolled into an attractive hamper? For a truly merry Christmas the Christmas Surprise comes complete with Brandy Christmas Pudding, flavoursome mince pies and a whole lot more!

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Freestanding Chalkboard Christmas Tree (notonthehighstreet) – £49.95

If your biggest bugbear post-Christmas is pine needles strewn all over your living room carpet, then why not forgo the idea of a traditional Christmas tree altogether? This modern Chalkboard Christmas tree is the perfect complement to a contemporary home. And the best thing is, is that you’ll only need a few pieces of chalk to hand to make up your decorating kit.

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