There are few things in this world that bring out as much sheer anticipation and pure unadulterated joy as the all-mighty advent calendar. At this moment, somewhere in this world, two siblings are blissfully bickering over who gets to fling open today’s tiny door. If a piece of waxy chocolate can illicit that much excitement, imagine the happiness a glittery holiday manicure would bring. When I saw this mini nail polish advent calendar by the British brand Ciaté, I immediately thought what a perfect gift it would make for a friend (or me). Along with 17 of Ciaté’s best-selling shades, the set includes four caviar blends and three exclusive glitter shades for $58 (a $168 value). Buy it online at Nordstrom. Because what’s better than one present? Twenty-four presents, that’s what.

$58 at Nordstrom, 55 E. Grand Ave., 312-464-1515; or