Give The Gift That keeps on giving – DIY Advent Calendar

How to build an at-home advent calendar for the bartender in your life

Recently, we told you all about the very best Christmas gifts that keep on giving all the way up to the big 25th….The boozy advent calendars. But boy do they get expensive!

It makes sense, given all of the different liquors, liqueurs, bitters, and syrups that can go into them (24 whole days’ worth!). But just because we understand why they cost so much, that doesn’t justify purchasing them per-say. Luckily, Christmas is more about the love we feel for our friends and family than it is what can afford to gift them, and that means that a heartfelt, handmade gift can be just as appreciated as one that’s store-bought. And this boozy advent calendar is super easy to do. 

To keep things on the less expensive side, we recommend limiting the number of days you’re willing to include (Otherwise, the cost starts to climb — 24 of pretty much anything adds up). Instead of the typical size, opt for a slimmer 12, 10, 7, or 4-day version you can give later in the month. If you’re gifting an advent calendar, it’s not even Christmas yet, so no one’s going to turn their nose up at an extra present just because it’s “too small.” They’ll just be grateful you thought of them. You can also keep costs low by taking advantage of Amazon Prime’s free shipping option or using gifts and materials you can find at a local chain or brick-and-mortar store.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A medium-sized box, basket, or other container
  • Your gifts of choice
  • Wrapping paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Gift Tags
  • String, ribbon, or twine

And here’s how to do it:

  1. Start by deciding on what little gifts you want to include in your box. You’ll need 24 total (or fewer, depending on how many days you want your calendar to include), but they can be a combination of bitters, shrubs, mini bottles of liquor, wine charms, coasters — whatever you want!
  2. Take the tissue paper and use it to line or stuff your box. If you’re in a rush, you can always skip this step (but it generally makes the inside of your box look a whole lot better).
  3. Wrap or bundle your gifts with the remaining tissue paper. Depending on how festive you want to be, you can alternate between two or more colors/patterns of tissue paper or use just one. If you’re gifting a lot of clunky, hard-to-wrap bottle items, use ribbon or twine to secure them. (Step 3.5 — before you tie your twine, loop on a gift tag. You’ll need this for Step 4.)
  4. Label each of your wrapped items with a number 1-24 (or 1-4 if you’re making a mini calendar) to indicate which day they are meant to be opened.
  5. Arrange all of your items within your box or basket. If you’re feeling ambitious or like things to stay neat, use cardboard to create makeshift shelves or dividers — just secure them well or make sure your load-bearing levels are meant to be opened AFTER the items sat on top are removed.

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