Spike Your Advent Tradition With Boozy Holiday Calendars

The annual holiday tradition that dates back almost a century... The Advent Calendar.

It doesn’t matter if you savor the entire season leading up to Christmas or wish December would just end already, because there’s one very simple tool you can use to make each and every day just a bit better — and if you’re living life right, a bit boozier.

It’s the Advent Calendar, the annual holiday tradition that dates back almost a century, and while they’re usually filled with tiny treats or toys, these days, they come stocked with little libations as well.

In case you’re not familiar with the Advent tradition, here’s a bit of background (courtesy of Mashable):

Historically, Advent itself is the four-week period prior to Christmas that “begins on the Sunday nearest the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle (November 30) through the following three Sundays.” Though the religious tradition has its roots in waiting for an upcoming baptism or the birth of Jesus on December 25, advent calendars themselves don’t necessarily follow the same schedule or religious leanings.

What we know as the modern advent calendar spawned in the early 1900s as a 24-day calendar outfitted with little presents hidden behind removable doors. The idea is that you open a door and get a small gift each day leading up to the big 2-5. Sometimes the gifts get better or bigger as you go, while other times, they stay consistent. There are calendars for toys, chocolates, makeup, bath bombs everything.

And now, that includes spirits.

You’ve got tons of options when it comes to picking the boozy best for the holiday (and holiday spirit) lover in your life, and thanks to the internet, you can order your pick from just about anywhere. But to help you narrow things down, we’ve come up with a go-to guide for giving the gift of daily drinks.


For the light or social drinker:

Collections like these ($24.99, $67) cater to those who enjoy a nice buzz every now and again but don’t necessarily know (or care) about mixing their own drinks or sipping the finest wines. So, keep them happy with straightforward selections of beer, wine, cider — simple things that just taste good! Aim for go-tos that are easy to drink and easy to replicate/find locally.


For those who dabble:

If you’ve got someone in your life who enjoys the occasional night out but always orders the same old gin and tonic or cab sauv, why not treat them to new options? Calendars like this one (from Heritage Distilling Company out of Washington) offer multiple different kinds of liquor and cocktail ingredients, which means that your giftee can start breaking out of their boring-drink box. The Heritage Distilling package alone includes two miniature bottles of five kinds of bourbon, six different flavors of vodka, and one kind of gin — all of which adds up to 24 days of assorted goodness.


For deft drinkers:

If you’re buying for someone who already knows what they like, where to get it, and how to make it, you might think that this kind of calendar is automatically off the table. But that doesn’t have to be the case. After all, there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing, and plenty of calendars come stocked with multiple kinds of just one type of alcohol. Got a gin-lover in your life? There’s an advent calendar for that. Know someone who lives for the tongue-tingling kick of tequila? You’re covered. Whisky? Done. And, c’mon, you can’t forget about vodka.

Heard enough and want to gift/get your own calendar without breaking the bank? We’ve got you covered! All about what you’ll need and how to make one: here.

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