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Five advent calendars that will help you to get into the Holiday Spirits

Count down to Christmas with these boozy calendars without breaking the bank


Although advent calendars typically start on the 1st of December, there’s no harm getting one early and ordering yours now. By the time it comes in the post, December will be right around the corner! A swig of a drink every now or then — or every night — will help warm you up on a cold night as the frost creeps in.

Also, what better way to prepare you for the inevitably large amount of Christmas drinking that will ensue on the 24th? Get your bodies trained for the main event with the aid of these Christmas advent calendars. Hand-picked to pleasure your taste-buds, as well as not break the bank too much.

Here is a list of the best advents calendars out this year:

Craft beer advent calendar — available at Iceland — £39.99

This is a dream purchase for all those beer-lovers out there! Not only does this calendar serve quality, but also quantity. The selection is more than generous, with each beer being completely unique to itself. The calendar also comes with a fancy glass!

Laithwaites’ wine advent calendar — £69.99

Another worthwhile purchase, this calendar contains everything from French Sauvignon to fine Prosecco. Also expect to find yourself a red beauty amongst one of those days.

Very’s gin advent calendar — £49.99

Go crazy for this gin calendar, as I will! Well and truly a bargain price. Pre-order now as this little number will definitely be swooped up soon by those eager gin-lovers. Nothing beats a classic G&T.

12 Days of Christmas spirit advent calendar — available from Debenhams — £40

This calendar contains twelve pockets with miniatures of liqueurs, whiskeys, gins, vodkas, and even Baileys! Might seem a bit too much just for a single person so it’s perfect as a house gift or even for family members.

Christmas wine and prosecco advent calendar — available at Iceland and online at Amazon — £39.99

Two of our favourite things. How could you resist? This calendar contains everything from rosé, to reds, whites, and even mulled wine. All at a very friendly price that won’t damage your bank account.