Winter warmer

Lap up the benign climate and ancient sites of Luxor. Thomas Cook Holidays has a week in the Egyptian hub for £425pp, staying at the five-star Sonesta St George Hotel, on the banks of the Nile, with breakfast and flights from Manchester on 5 December (thomascook.com).

Budget Barcelona

A trip to one of Europe's alluring cities for under £200? Travelbag has three nights in Barcelona, staying at the Rialto Hotel in the heart of the Gothic Quater, with breakfast and easyJet flights from Gatwick on 4 December for £189pp (travelbag.co.uk).

Stateside shopping

Tour America Direct has a three-night city break in Boston for £549pp – perfect for pre-Christmas shopping spree. It includes room-only at the Hyatt Regency, right next to Macy's, and United Airlines flights from Heathrow on 7 December, which leaves you just enough time to get your Esta (touramericadirect.co.uk).

Christmas ski

Inghams has a 22 December departure date for a ski break to the Austrian resort of Niederau – meaning you'll be there over Christmas. The deal costs £599pp for a week's half-board at the Hotel Austria with Monarch flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck and transfers (inghams.co.uk).

Canary call

Secret Escapes has a week's winter sun at the VIK Suite Hotel Risco del Gato on Fuerteventura. The price of £599pp includes half-board, a spa treatment, transfers and flights from either Gatwick or Manchester, travelling between 21 November and 9 February (exc Christmas and New Year). Book by 25 November (secretescapes.com).

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