It's the start of December, meaning its officially time to open those advent calendars, here are some of our favourites from this year's line up.

Sadly, you are probably too late to get many of these with it now being December, but they might offer some excellent inspiration for next year.

Here are some of the best advent calendars we’ve come across this year.

Drink

Ginvent calendar

(Gin Foundry, approx. £120)

Picture: Ginvent

Gin fans rejoice this is the advent calendar you’ve been after. You get a different craft gin behind each door – 24 in total – as well as the chance to enjoy live social media tastings of them each night in the lead up to Christmas.

That Boutique-y Gin Company Advent Calendar

(That Boutique-y Gin Company, £99.95)

The guys at the Boutique-y Gin Company – and their whisky stablemates – have been killing it this year with some excellent releases and this gin calendar is another excellent addition to their range.

Each day there’s a different 30cl sample from the independent gin bottler – the perfect way to celebrate the festive season.

Edinburgh Gin Advent Calendar

(John Lewis, £100)

Created exclusively for John Lewis, the Edinburgh Gin Advent calendar contains 25 mini 5cl bottles showcasing the full Edinburgh Gin range.

This includes their London Dry style gins – such as the navy strength Cannonball and festive Christmas gin – and their popular fruit gin liqueurs such as Plum and Vanilla, and Raspberry on offer behind each door.

Wine advent calendar

(Aldi, £49.99)

It’s not just gin fans that were feeling the love, discount supermarket Aldi have also embraced wine fans with this fun calendar filled with miniature bottle of red, white, rosé and sparkling wine.

Brewdog advent calendar

(Brewdog, £70)

Scottish brewing giants Brewdog announced the return of their popular advent calendar this year, giving craft beer fans the chance to ditch the chocolates for a range of Brewdog beers.

Drinks by the Dram Very Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar

(Drinks by the Dram, £10,000)

A snip at just £10,000 a calendar, this extremely limited edition calendar is one for those fans with a little more disposable income.

At time of writing there was only one left available, with the super premium release offering some of the rarest whiskies available making this Christmas extra special for any whisky geek lucky enough to get their hands on one.

Food

Pringles Advent Calendar

(B&M,£7.99)

One for crisp lovers, B & M are selling these fun calendars with 12 40g tubs of Pringles, including flavours such as Texas BBQ Sauce, Salt & Vinegar, Sour Cream & Onion and Original.

The Naked Marshmallow Co Advent Calendar

(The Naked Marshmallow Co, £13)

If you’re tired of chocolate but still craving that daily sugar rush then look no further than this delightful calendar by the Naked Marshmallow Co. which features flavours including s’mores, candy cane, humbug, and gingerbread.

The Cheese Advent Calendar

(Selected Asda stores, £8)

Break out the crackers with this one, featuring 24 individually wrapped cheeses including Jarlsberg, Applewood, mature Cheddar, Red Leicester and Wensleydale with cranberries, this is sure to have any cheese lovers grinning from ear to ear this Christmas.

The Big Chilli Advent Calendar

(souschef.co.uk, £35.00)

Bringing the heat this December, this spicy calendar offers a different pouch of dried chillies of varying heat levels behind each of its doors.

Mince pie calendar

(selfridges.com, £25.99)

Double the Christmas fun with this innovative calendar which has twelve tasty Christmas treats for each day.

The Chocolate sprouts Advent calendar

(Quirky Gift Library, £26)

 

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About The Author

Sean Murphy

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.

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