Best advent calendar for men 2021: Countdown to Christmas with these top men’s advent calendars full of grooming products
It may still be months away but searches for men’s advent calendars are on the rise so we’ve created this best advent calendar for men list to help you get a headstart on your festive grooming and aftershave gifts
T here was a time when buying an advent calendar for men was an almost impossible task – despite the fact there are dozens of advent calendars designed with women in mind (you can check out a whole host of these best beauty advent calendars on our sister site, mamabella).
Yet in recent years, the number of men’s advent calendars has been on the rise. Some seem a tad clichéd – 12 days of socks anyone? – but there is an increasing number of grooming, aftershave and hair care advent calendars designed for men doing the rounds, from an increasing number of retailers. And many start teasing these calendars as early as August.
With this in mind, we’ve started compiling our list of the best advent calendars for men in 2021 below. At the time of writing, many are only offering waitlists or are still under wraps plus they’re unlikely to go on sale until later in the year, but we’ve also included some of the best men’s advent calendars from last year in case you wanted to guarantee getting your hands on a countdown box ahead of time, too.
Best grooming advent calendar for men 2021
Below are the waitlists that are currently open, the men’s advent calendars that are already on sale, and a couple of versions from last year which are still in stock, and reduced.
1. ASOS: ASOS Grooming Advent Calendar for Men 2021 – £40
3. Nivea: Nivea Advent Calendar for Men 2021 – £40
4. Barber Pro: Barber Pro Advent Calendar for Men 2020 – £19.95
5. Barber Pro: Barber Pro Advent Calendar for Men 2021 – £39
6. The Bearded Man Co: The Bearded Man Beard Oil Calendar 2021 – £30
7. Lovehoney: Lovehoney Advent Calendar for Couples 2021 – £100
8. The Body Shop: The Body Shop Advent Calendar 2021 – From £55
9. Next: Next Advent Calendar for Men 2021 – £69
10. H&B: Holland & Barrett Advent Calendar 2021 – £45
11. Saffron: Saffron Aftershave Advent Calendar for Men 2021 – £24.99
12. Dr Sturm: Dr Barbara Sturm skin care advent calendar 2021 – £405
Men’s advent calendar 2021 waitlists
6. Unilever 24 Days to Explore advent calendar 2021 COMING SOON
7. Clarins Advent Calendar for Men 2021 COMING SOON
8. Bayliss and Harding Advent Calendar for Men 2021 COMING SOON
ASOS Advent Calendar for men 2021
£40 | Buy now from ASOS
There are two versions of the ASOS advent calendars – one for women which is full of 24 goodies and a 12-day grooming version aimed designed specifically for men.
What’s inside the ASOS men’s advent calendar 2021 contents:
- 1 x American Crew Boost Powder: 10g
- 1 x Barber Pro Brightening Mask (Full Size)
- 1 x Bulldog Original Moisturiser: 100ml (Full Size)
- 1 x Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser: 236ml (Full Size)
- 1 x Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream: 7.5ml
- 1 x Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream: 15ml
- 1 x Gillette Fusion 5 Pro Glide Razor (Full Size)
- 1 x Johnny’s Chop Shop Texturising Cream: 75g (Full Size)
- 1 x LAB Series Multi Action Face Wash: 100ml (Full Size)
- 1 x Revolution Pore Cleansing Charcoal Peel: 100ml (Full Size)
- 1 x The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane: 30ml (Full Size)
- 1 x Wahl Refreshed Beard Oil: 10ml
Both advent calendars can be recycled and come with a reusable tote bag. ASOS has also hidden a golden ticket within 36 advent calendars.
Lynx Advent Calendar for men 2021
There are two versions of the Lynx Advent Calendar for Men – the first contains 24 individual gift boxes which house 13 Lynx products plus 11 other festive gifts, while the 12-day version contains six Lynx products and six Christmas gifts.
What’s inside the 12-day Lynx Advent Calendar for Men 2021 contents:
- 2 LYNX Africa Mini Bodywashes, 50 ml
- Full-size Africa Bodywash 225 ml
- LYNX Africa Mini Bodyspray
- Full-size Africa Mini Bodyspray 150 ml
- LYNX Africa Mini Anti-Perspirant Deodorant 35 ml
- LYNX Africa Socks
- Black Nail Clippers
- Black Travel Bottle 40 ml
- Black Multi-Charging Cable
- Grey Face Cloth and a Black Comb
What’s inside the 24-day Lynx Advent Calendar for Men 2021 contents:
- Lynx Recharge Bodywash 225ml
- Lynx Recharge Anti-Perspirant
- Lynx Java Bodywash 225ml
- Lynx Java Bodyspray
- 2 Lynx Africa Mini Bodywashes, 50ml each
- Full-size Africa Bodywash 225ml
- 2 Lynx Africa Mini Anti-Perspirant Sprays (35ml each)
- Lynx Africa Roll On (50ml)
- 3 Lynx Africa Mini Bodysprays (35ml each)
- Lynx Africa Ice Chill Socks
- Nail clippers
- A snood
- A 2-sided shower tool
- Black toothbrush
- Travel bottle 40 ml
- Black comb
- Charging cable
- Face cloth
All of the moisturisers in both advent calendars for men are 100% plant-based moisturisers while the bodysprays promise 48 hours of odour protection, and the anti-perspirants guarantee up to 72 hours of dryness.
Nivea Advent Calendar for Men 2021
£40 | Buy now from Amazon
If you or a man in your life has sensitive skin, you can’t go wrong with the Nivea Advent Calendar for Men 2021. Behind each of this calendar’s 24 doors is individual Nivea for Men grooming products and toiletries ranging from shower gel to anti-perspirant, face washes and scrubs, creams and more.
Plus, just like the Lynx Advent Calendar for Men 2021, you’ll also get a handful of tools thrown in for good measure including a pumice stone, to get rid of the dry skin on your hands and feet; some festive socks, a bottle opener, and even a wooden phone stand. It’s almost hard to believe it costs only £40!
What’s inside the Nivea Advent Calendar for Men 2021 contents:
- Nivea Men Energy Shower Gel 50ml x3
- Nivea Men Cool Kick Anti-Perspirant 35ml
- Nivea Men Sensitive Protect Anti-Perspirant Roll-On 50ml x2
- Nivea Men Protect & Care Exfoliating Face Scrub 75ml
- Nivea Men Sensitive Face Wash 100ml
- Nivea Men Protect & Care Rehydrating Moisturiser 75ml
- Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm 30ml x2
- Nivea Men Creme 30ml x2
- Nivea Men Fresh Creme 30ml
- Nivea Original Care Caring Lip Balm 4.8g x2
- Nivea Hydro Care Caring Lip Balm 4.8g
- Game on ball x2
- Bottle opener
- Eye mask
- Pumice stone
- Festive socks
- Wooden phone stand
Nivea also sells a women’s version, which is due to go on sale soon.
Barber PRO 12 Days of Grooming Essentials Advent Calendar 2021
£39 (worth £57.40) | Buy now from Barber PRO
Not to be confused with the 2020 men’s advent calendar which is still on sale – at a reduced price of £19.95. This is the 2021 Barber PRO 12 Days of Grooming Essentials advent calendar, coming in at £39.
Just like last year’s version, the 2021 advent calendar is designed for men but this year it’s filled with 16 masks (rather than 12) for the face and eyes, including its Foaming Cleansing Sheet Mask and its a pack of three Calming Under Eye Masks.
What’s inside the Barber PRO 2021 advent calendar contents:
- BARBER PRO Post Shave Cooling Mask x 2
- BARBER PRO Gentlemen’s Sheet Mask x 2
- BARBER PRO Foaming Cleansing Sheet Mask x 2
- BARBER PRO Brightening Sheet Mask x 2
- BARBER PRO Super Eye Mask x 2
- BARBER PRO Face Putty Peel-Off Mask (pack of 3)
- BARBER PRO Under Eye Mask (pack of 3)
The Bearded Man Co Beard Oil Calendar 2021
£30 | Pre-order now
If you, or the man in your life, took the opportunity during lockdown to start rocking an impressive beard, then The Bearded Man Co’s Beard Oil Calendar will be a hit!
Behind each of the calendar’s 24 doors is a scented beard oil in 2ml bottles. Seeing as a little of these oils go a very long way when it comes to keeping your beard soft and in check, this collection will see you well into the New Year and beyond.
What’s more, this men’s advent calendar is on the more affordable side! Even though the calendar is available to buy now, it’s not due to be shipped until October and you won’t be charged until it’s shipped.
Lovehoney advent calendar for couples 2021
£100 | Buy now
Not a grooming or beauty calendar – not in the slightest – but the Lovehoney advent calendar for couples has to get a mention in this best men’s advent calendar list because it contains a vast array of toys, gifts, games and bondage items for both men and women.
Many of the products in this calendar are worth more than £25-£30 each so getting the lot for £100 is a bargain.
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Next advent calendar for men 2021
£69 (worth £254) | Buy now
It doesn’t go on sale until 15 September but we’ve already been given a glimpse at the 2021 Next advent calendar for men. It will set you back £69, so is a mid-range calendar, but it contains products worth £254, so you’ll be saving £185. There are 24 products in the Next men’s advent calendar, and they are a mix of full-size and miniature.
What’s inside the 2021 Next advent calendar for men contents:
- Elemis Deep Cleanse Facial Wash 50ml
- Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Deep Conditioning Treatment 75ml FULL SIZE
- Bull Dog Original Bamboo Razor
- Paco Rabanne’s One Million Eau de Toilette 5ml DELUXE SIZE
- Kiehls Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment 15ml TRAVEL SIZE
- Murad Vita-C Eyes Dark Circle Corrector 15ml FULL SIZE
- Aveda Thickening Tonic 100ml FULL SIZE
- Percy Nobleman Signature Beard Oil 30ml FULL SIZE
- Proraso Shaving Cream: Refreshing 10ml DELUXE SIZE
- L’Occitane Cedrat Shower Gel 75ml TRAVEL SIZE
- This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray 35ml DELUXE SIZE
- Lab Series Max LS Power Lifting Serum 7ml TRAVEL SIZE
- Brighton Beard Co Smoker Mills Shave Oil 30ml TRAVEL SIZE
- HEATH Eye Serum 15ml FULL SIZE
- Origins Spot Remover Blemish Treatment Gel 10ml FULL SIZE
- Regenerate Advanced Toothpaste 14ml DELUXE SIZE
- Korres Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser 75ml FULL SIZE
- Jack Black Turbo Wash Energising Cleanser 88ml FULL SIZE
- Barber Pro Foaming Cleansing Sheet Mask FULL SIZE
- Marvis Orange Blossom Bloom Toothpaste 10ml DELUXE SIZE
- Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus+ Serum Concentrate 7.5ml DELUXE SIZE
- Clarins Men Energizing Gel 12ml TRAVEL SIZE
- Nuxe Reve de Miel Hand and Nail Cream 30ml TRAVEL SIZE
- Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb Eau de Toilette Pour Homme 7ml DELUXE SIZE
- BOSS Bottled Eau de Parfum 5ml DELUXE SIZE
Next is also selling a women’s version, which is due to go on sale on 15 September as well.
Avant beauty advent calendar 2021
£350 (worth £900) | Sign up here
This is 100% a luxury purchase but if you’re looking to treat yourself (or a man in your life) with some serious skincare, you can’t go wrong with Avant. In fact, the skincare in this box is suited to both sexes so even a woman in your life will appreciate getting this box – or at the very least, sharing the content. Read more in our guide on Men’s skin vs women’s skin: Are there differences or is it marketing BS?
The waitlist for the Avant 12 Day Beauty Advent Calendar 2021 is now open and signing up to the list means you’ll be able to get hold of this advent calendar for men from 15 September. It then goes on general sale from 1 October.
It’s worth £900 but is on sale for £350 – a staggering saving of £550!
What’s inside the Avant 12-day Beauty Advent Calendar contents:
- Deluxe Hyaluronic Acid Vivifying Face & Eye Night Cream
- Blue Volcanic Stone Purifying & Antioxidising Cleansing Gel
- Avant Rose Isparta Cleansing Bar
- Glycolic Acid Vivifying & Firming Body Treatment
- Essential Pack – Hydra-Bright Collagen Eye Restoring Pads
- Glycolic Acid Rejuvenating Face Exfoliator
- Eight Hour Retexturing & Antioxidising Hyaluronic Facial Serum
- Pro-Intense Hyaluronic Acid Illuminating Day Cream
- Brightening & De-Puffing Hyaluronic Overnight Eye Recovery Mask
- Intense Capuacu Replenishing & Nourishing 2-1 Lip Repair Mask
- Expert Biotin Restoring & Restructuring Hair Mask-In Serum
- Harmonious Rose Quartz Revitalising & Firming Mask
ESPA Christmas 2021 waitlist
£TBC | Sign up now at ESPA
Last year’s ESPA advent calendar included face, and body oils, serums, scalp mud, moisturisers and eye creams worth £345, yet the calendar itself only cost £145. We say “only” because it’s a £200 saving but we’re aware that it’s a lot of money to spend on an advent calendar for men!
This year’s advent calendar is similarly impressive (the contents are below) and the ESPA waitlist is open now.
What’s inside the ESPA advent calendar contents:
- Tri-Active Resilience ProBiome Eye Treatment
- Tri-Active Lift and Firm Neck and Décolleté Balm
- 24-Hour Replenishing Moisturiser
- Positivity Pulse Point Oil
- Tri-Active Resilience ProBiome Moisturiser
- Active Nutrients Clean & Green Detox Mask
- Regenerating Treatment Oil
- Invigorating Body Reviver
- Energising Bath and Body Oil
- Pink Hair and Scalp Mud
- Nourishing Lip Treatment
- Overnight Hydration Therapy
- DePuff and Soothe Eye Gel
- Restorative Bath and Body Oil
- Winter Spice Votive Candle
- Muscle Rescue Balm
- Active Nutrients Optimal Skin Pro Serum
- Active Nutrients Yuzu & Ginger Cleansing Sorbet
- Hydrating Floral Spafresh Toner
- Refining Skin Polish
- Aventurine Jade Eye Massage Tool
- Modern Alchemy The Grounding Crystals
- Active Nutrients Rejuvenating Night Booster
- Restful Pillow Mist
- Active Nutrients Pro Skin Cleanser
The Body Shop advent calendar 2021
From £55 | Buy now at The Body Shop
Just like the products in the ESPA advent calendar, The Body Shop advent calendar typically includes products that are suitable for all skin types and routines, whether you’re a man or a woman. A point you can read more about in our guide to Men’s skin vs women’s skin: Are there differences or is it marketing BS?
This includes hair, face, and body scrubs across The Body Shop ranges such as Vitamin C range, Vitamin E range, Hemp, Tea Tree Oil, and more.
As has become tradition, The Body Shop has released three variations of its annual advent calendar, designed to suit different budgets. These are:
Share the Joy Advent Calendar – £55 (worth £77)
Share the Love Advent Calendar – £80 (worth £119)
Share Love and Joy Ultimate Advent Calendar – £140 (worth £204)
BABOR advent calendar 2021
£65 | Buy now
BABOR is a luxury skincare brand that sells a range of serums, creams and more that are designed for both men and women. In the 2021 BABOR advent calendar you’ll find 24 expert-curated ampoules (small bottles) designed to give you better skin in the run-up to Christmas. Each ampoule contains a concentrated, active ingredient which the brand calls its Ampoule Intensive Treatments.
As the brand explains: “Our ampoules are little miracle serums for all skin types: As an ampoule treatment for face and décolleté, the various highly concentrated ingredients cater to all of your skin’s needs and every mood. Anytime. Anywhere.”
What’s inside the BABOR advent calendar for men 2021
- BABOR Hydra Plus Ampoule Concentrate 2ml
- BABOR Algae Vitalizer Ampoule Concentrate 2ml x 2
- BABOR Stress Control Ampoule Concentrate 2ml x 2
- BABOR Perfect Glow Ampoule Concentrate 2ml x 3
- BABOR Active Night Ampoule Concentrate 2ml x 3
- BABOR Collagen Booster Ampoule Concentrate 2ml x 3
- BABOR Lift Express Ampoule Concentrate 2ml x 3
- BABOR Precious Collection Rosegold Ampoule Concentrate 2ml x 3
- BABOR Precious Collection Gold Ampoule Concentrate 2ml x 2
- BABOR Precious Collection Platinum Ampoule Concentrate 2ml x 2
Saffron Aftershave advent calendar 2021
£24.99 | Buy now
If you, or the man in your life that you’re looking to buy an advent calendar for, isn’t that keen on grooming products, this aftershave calendar from Saffron is a worthy – not to mention a cheap – alternative.
Behind each of the 24 doors are 24 individual fragrances – 23 Glass Bottle Sprays 5ml plus a bottle of 15 ml spray. On the back of this aftershave advent calendar for men is a guide to what these fragrances smell like and they each have their own name, which we’ve listed below.
This is a great way to discover new aftershaves and leave yourself smelling fresh for work, dates, sports events, or nights out.
What’s inside the Saffron aftershave advent calendar 2021:
- Gold 999
- Dark Black
- Base Code
- It’s My Time
- Art Man
- Figure Out Red
- Private Club
- Gold Dollar
- Figure Out Blue
- Krowne Royale
- Star Men
- Best Man
- Blue Rock 999
- Secret Visit
- Italiano Men
- Jazz Club
- Dark Mode
- Real Pro
- Figure Out Black
Elemis advent calendar 2021 waitlist
£175 | Sign up here
Elemis sells fantastic skincare for men and women and while it’s not revealing what’s inside this year’s advent calendar yet if previous years are anything to go by, it will be a worthwhile investment. content
It costs £175, despite being full of Elemis products worth £402.50, and it goes on sale to people who sign up to the waitlist on 6 September. A day before it goes on general sale on 7 September. Click here to join the waitlist.
Holland & Barrett advent calendar 2021
£45 | Buy now
The Holland & Barrett advent calendar contains a mix of products across skincare and hair care. It’s not designed with men in mind, but almost all the products can be used by both sexes so we’re including it in our best men’s advent calendar guide.
It costs £45, so is one of the cheaper options so far, and it contains products worth £170.
What’s inside Holland & Barrett advent calendar contents:
- Upcircle Eye Cream
- Fushi Really Good Hair Oil
- Sukin Super Greens Detoxifying Facial Scrub
- REN Ready Steady Glow Tonic
- Wet Brush Go Green Mini Detangler Brush
- Natura Siberica Daily Protection Hand Cream
- AromaWorks Lavender And Petitgrain Mini Candle
- Weleda Prickly Pear Facial Lotion
- Dr Organic Guava Body Wash
- Eden Perfume Portobello Perfume
- Q+A Apple AHA Exfoliating Gel
- H&B Tweezers
- Faith In Nature Dragon Fruit Shampoo Bar
- Ayumi Turmeric And Bergamot Face Mask
- Eco Denta Certified Organic Multifunctional Toothpaste with Hemp Oil
- Oleus Jojoba Oil
- Psychic Sisters Opalite Mini Facial Roller
- I Love Tonka Bean And Myrrh Body Wash
- H&B Nail file
- Disciple Balancing Mist
- So Eco Multi-Tasking Brush
- Dr Paw Paw Lip Scrub And Lip Balm Duo
- Holland and Barrett H&B Aloe and Cucumber Face Wash
- Tisserand Sleep Better Pillow Mist Mini
- Evolve Bio-Retinol Gold Face Mask
Macmillan Advent Calendar for Him 2021
£85 | Learn more here
Every year, Boots teams up with its charity partner, Macmillan Cancer Support to launch advent calendars that support good causes. This year the pair is launching a men’s advent calendar called the Macmillan Advent Calender for Him full of 24 men’s grooming must-haves and £2 from each sale goes to the charity.
We’re always a little disappointed to learn such a small amount is donated – and the brand is often criticised for doing so – but not many calendars give back in this way so the criticism may be a little harsh.
Particularly when you consider that since 2009, the collaboration has helped raise more than £19.4 million for people living with cancer, whilst trained Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisors and Information Pharmacists have provided support to local communities through online support services. You can learn more here.
What’s inside the Macmillan Advent Calendar for Him 2021 contents:
- Joules Take The Climb Refreshing Hair & Body Wash 50ml
- Joules Take The Climb Replenishing Moisturiser 50ml,
- Ted Baker Sterling Blue Hair & Body Wash 50ml
- Ted Baker Vintage Amber Hair & Body Wash 50ml
- Ted Baker Sterling Blue Antiperspirant Deodorant 50ml
- Ted Baker Vintage Amber Body Spray 50ml
- Ted Baker Tweezers
- Ted Baker Nail Brush
- Ted Baker Nail File
- Champneys Active Face Wash 50ml
- Champneys Active Cooling Gel 75ml
- Champneys Active Hand Balm 75ml
- Champneys Nail Clippers
- Champneys Nail Scissors
- No7 Men Energising Face Scrub 50ml
- No7 Men Energising Moisturiser SPF15 50ml
- No7 Men Sheet Face Mask
- No7 Men Energising Eye Roll on 15ml
- No7 Men Protect and Perfect Intense ADVANCED Night Moisturiser 25ml
- No7 Men Protect and Perfect Intense ADVANCED Day Moisturiser SPF15 25ml
- No7 Men Comb
- No7 Men Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum 30ml
- Liz Earle After Shaving Moisturiser 50ml
- Liz Earle Sensitive Shaving Cream 100ml
Dr Barbara Sturm advent calendar 2021
£405 | Buy now
This is the most expensive skin care advent calendar for men (and women) that we’ve seen, coming in at a whopping £405. It’s expected to contain the luxury brand’s bestselling skincare products including its Anti Pollution Serum, Glow Drops and Anti-Ageing Primer and while it might seem expensive – well, it is, very expensive – these products on their own come in around the £100 mark so to get 24 of them for this price is actually a bargain.
Unilever 24 Days to Explore advent calendar 2021
£40 | Coming soon
Unilever – the parent company of brands including Lynx, Dove, Simple and more has released three advent calendars for 2021 designed to give people the chance to sample all of its bestselling products in a single box.
Within this trio is the 24 Days to Explore advent calendar for men and, as the name suggests, it contains 24 grooming products including VO5, Toni&Guy, Dove Men+Care, and Radox for £40. We’ve listed more about what’s inside this calendar below.
You will also be able to buy the unisex 24 Days of Discovery advent calendar (£40), and the 12 Days of Xmas advent calendar (£12). Both are largely unisex and the latter would make a great gift for a teenager. All three are due to go on sale on Amazon soon and we’ll update this page once they go live.
What’s inside the 24 Days to Explore advent calendar for men 2021 contents
- Dove Men+ Care Clean Comfort 48H Anti Perspirant
- Dove Extra Fresh Body & Face Bar 90g
- Dove Men+ Care Clean Comfort Body & Face Wash Mini x 2
- Dove Men+ Care Clean Comfort Body & Face Wash
- Dove Men+ Extra Fresh Body & Face Wash
- Sure Invisible Ice Fresh 48H Anti Perspirant Roll On
- Radox Feel Awake Fennel & Sea Minerals 2 in 1 Shower & Shampoo
- Lynx Africa Body Wash
- Lynx Java Body Wash
- Lynx Java Antiperspirant
- Lynx Africa Anti Perspirant
- Sure Sport Cool 48H Anti Perspirant
- V05 Rework Hair Putty
- Toni & Guy Deep Clean Shampoo
- Vaseline Original Lip Therapy
- Lynx Africa Ice Chill Socks
- Nail Clippers
- Travel Bottle
- Two-Sided Shower Tool
- Charging Cable
- Face Cloth
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The men’s advent calendar 2020 sale
Below is a list of the men’s advent calendars from 2020 that are still available to buy, and some are lower in price than they were originally.
Barber PRO 12 Days of Grooming Essentials Advent Calendar
£19.95 | Buy now from Fragrance Direct
We’re fans of Barber PRO and have previously included the brand in our best face mask for men guide.
Its men’s advent calendar from 2020 is filled with 12 masks for the face and eyes, including its Foaming Cleansing Mask and its Calming Under Eye Mask.
When it launched in November 2020, this advent calendar for men was on sale for £39 but is currently on offer for just £19.95 plus you can save an extra fiver if you £50 on the Fragrance Direct site with the code MORE5.
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