Christmas is coming, and while there’s nothing wrong with a traditional chocolate advent calendar, if you’re a gin-lover, the only calendars worth buying are the ones stacked with the juniper-spiked spirit.
Yuletide is the only time of year that mainstream society not only rubber stamps daily drinking, but competes to see who does it better through the rather innocent conduit of an advent calendar.
And after the year we’ve had, why not? As long as you’re drinking responsibly, a boozy advent calendar is a great way of sampling new gins without splashing out on a whole bottle - although we would recommend opening windows in the evening rather than first thing in the morning to avoid awkward conversations with your boss.
Gin advent calendars are also a superb way of discovering small distilleries, artisan producers and craft tipples that might otherwise fly under your radar.
Sold? We certainly are. Find the harvest of the best gin-soaked advent calendars below.
Shop more of the best advent calendars for Christmas 2020:
Twelve Gins of Christmas
No Christmas is complete without a taste of juniper and LoneWolf is giving you 12 in the form of this very merry advent. The limited-edition box is packed with the brand's beloved concoctions including eight brand new and exclusive iterations direct from the Aberdeen-based distillery. Each dram is 50ml and is filled with the likes of the LoneWolf Cloudy Lemon, LoneWolf Cactus & Lime, LoneWolf Gunpowder as well as Cranachan - inspired by the Scottish dessert, Christmas Spiced - a festive mix of blood orange, cinnamon and raisins and Old Tom - matured in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks for 18 months with a seasonal twist.
Gins of Christmas Advent Calendar
Surprise and delight a loved one this Christmas with this enviable selection of gins in advent calendar form. Behind each of the windows, you will find delicious flavours from brands like Edinburgh Gin and unique flavour combinations sure to tickle your taste buds during the festive season. We were particularly intrigued by Apple and Spice, Plum and Vanilla and Pomegranate and Rose.
Craft Gin Club & Phillip Schofield limited edition gin advent calendar
TV favourite Phillip Schofield has teamed up with Craft Gin Club on a limited-edition advent calendar this Christmas.
The first ever advent calendar from the gin subscription service is, as you’d imagine, a bumper affair. You’ll find 25 miniature bottles of exclusive gin from some of the UK’s finest producers and hand selected by the This Morning presenter. As a bonus treat, there’s a bottle of Phillip Schofield’s signature ‘Schofe’s Christmas Gin’; a fruity, warming gin encompassing festive flavours.
That Boutique-y Gin Company’s Advent Calendar
It's be-gin-ning to look a lot like Christmas and we can't think of a better way to countdown the days than with a delicious junipery tipple from That Boutique-y Company who have teamed up with Drinks by the Dram for this covetable calendar. It contains 24 mini drams - 30ml - of the brand's fan-favourite infusions including the Moonshot, Spit-Roasted Pineapple and Rhubarb Triangle varieties.
Gin Advent Calendar 2020
The retailer may be best known for its wine offering but don't for one minute dismiss its gin calendar. It contains 24 mini 5cl bottles of premium and artisanal craft gins from some of the biggest names on the market and a variety of styles, from London Dry, to Old Tom via Sloe Gin. There are also lovely fruit-infused flavours.
Drinks by the Dram’s Premium Gin Advent Calendar
Fill your festive season with junipery goodness in the form of this calendar from Drinks by the Dram. In this year's offering there are 24 mini 30ml drams that have been carefully selected from distilleries around the world to bring you the best. Highlights include the Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin, Hendricks Lunar Gin and Bathtub Gin.
12 Gins of Xmas Advent Calendar
Get into the festive spirit in the best way we can think of - with a glorious bottle of gin each day for 12 in the lead up to December 25. Highlights of the offering include classic iterations of Bombay Sapphire, Hendrick's Beefeater and Tanqueray as well as new flavour combinations from Ophir, Greenall's and Whitley Neill.
24 Gins of Christmas Advent Calendar
Let the festivities be-gin with a luxurious bottle of premium gin every day in the lead up to Christmas. This advent contains 24 different variations of the spirit from around the world as well as a locally British-distilled gins.
Expect the likes of the award-winning Whitley Neill, City of London Distillery, J.J. Whitley and Liverpool Organic Gin. It even includes a collectable book that details tasting notes, serving suggestions and the back story of all the gins in the calendar.
Flavoured Gin Cracker
Taking an XXL approach to your traditional Christmas cracker, this iteration contains far more than a red fish and a paperclip. It is filled with 24 5cl bottles of flavoured gin and gin liqueurs. Each day, you will be treated to a mini offering from distilleries across the globe including the likes of Edinburgh Gin, Malfy, Sweet Potato Spirit Co. and many more.
Pink Gin Advent Calendar
Fans of pink gin will absolutely love this calendar that is jam-packed with flavoured delights including the Beefeater Pink Strawberry Flavoured Gin, Tiptree English Raspberry Gin Liqueur and Coastal Distillery Watermelon Gin. Expect 12 days of juniper-based fun.
Gin Filled Giant Advent Cracker
Immerse yourself into the Christmas spirit – literally – with this giant cracker that doubles up as a gin-filled advent calendar. Each day you will be treated to a variation of your favourite alcoholic beverage that has been carefully selected by experts to bring your innovative flavours and styles.
Refillable Wooden Advent Gin Christmas Tree
The best part about this advent calendar is that you can refill it year after year with your favourite mini bottles of booze. But not only that, it is also shaped like a Christmas tree so will make a stylish addition to your seasonal decorations, especially if your flat or home is not big enough for a real tree.
Ginmas Advent Calendar
The Ginmas season begins with this advent that contains a combination of our favourite tipple offered alongside its perfect cocktail counterpart, tonic. There are brands like Fever Tree, Fentimans as well as London Essense and Franklin and Sons.
Bombay Sapphire x London Graphic Centre 12 Days of Creativity advent calendar
While some people love a traditional calendar, there's something exciting about seeing the ingenuity our favourite brands use every year.
Bombay Sapphire has partnered with art shop London Graphics for a calendar that's made to be enjoyed between Dec 25 and Jan 5, softening the anti-climax of party season somewhat.
Designed to stir creativity, each blue box contains art or drinks supplies to help you pass the time in the most pleasurable way possible. An engaging way to keep the Christmas spirit going long after the turkey leftovers have been devoured.
£75 | London Graphics *On sale from 17th November