Best gin advent calendars 2021: 11 options to get you in the Christmas spirit

Advent calendars are no longer exclusively chocolate. And we say, cheers to that!

Updated on 16 September 2021

Best gin advent calendars 2021: 11 options to get you in the Christmas spirit

It’s that time of year again; time to start thinking about what advent calendar you will be indulging in to help your build up to Christmas. With so many different variations now on the market, this decision could be one of the hardest you make all season and you definitely don’t want to get it wrong. This is serious stuff. 

Now, you could go for the classic and simple Dairy Milk chocolate advent calendar, but to be honest this option feels a little childish and boring in a world full of varied and exciting calendars. You could also opt for one filled with cosmetics and other luxurious goodies, but they can sometimes cost more than you were planning to spend all Christmas. So how about you go for something in the middle and get yourself a gin advent calendar (yes they exist) instead?

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We aren’t of course suggesting that you down a bottle of this popular spirit before you head off to work, but wouldn’t it be nice to have it to look forward to when you come home after a long day. Alternatively, you could save them up to enjoy on a Friday night or weekend, if that’s not cheating?  For gin-lovers, some of these calendars also give you the chance to taste a number of different gins so you might even find you discover a new favourite flavour of gin, or even a new brand all together.

You’d be surprised how many options there are out there, with a number of different distilleries all trying their hand at creating the ultimate advent calendar. With most of them costing a fair bit more than a standard chocolate calendar, it’s extra important to be completely sure of what you’re buying beforehand. So, to help out, we’ve put together a list of the best gin advent calendars so you can weigh up the pros and cons of each one before you decide.

The Premium Gin Advent Calendar

What it includes: 24 x 30ml drams of premim gin
Why: 
If there’s one thing that the Premium Gin advent calendar assures you, it’s quality. From the cute little wax-sealed drams that hide behind each door, to the variety of truly special gins inside them, you won’t be disappointed if you decide to go with this calendar. Whether you’re buying it as a gift for a gin-obsessed friend, or are treating yourself, the mixture of simple old-school gins with some more modern, flavoured concoctions, is sure to go down a treat.
How much: £84.95
Buy The Premium Gin Advent Calendar

That Boutique-y Gin Company's Advent Calendar

What it includes: 24 x 30ml drams of That Boutique-y Gin Company gin
Why: 
We know aesthetic isn't everything when it comes to an advent calendar, but everything from the Christmassy picture on the front of this calendar, to the labels on the drams inside is lovely to look at and very on-brand for That Boutique-y Gin company. When you add to that the fact that every juniper-based treat found inside is made by the company itself, ranging from a pineapple gin to a specially made Christmas dram, this affordable calendar is pretty irresistible.
How much: £49.95
Buy That Boutique-y Gin Company's Advent Calendar

The Bottle Club's Premium Pink Gin Advent Calendar

What it includes: 12 x 5cl bottles of pink gin
Why: Perfect for any lover of pink gin, this pretty-as-can-be advent calendar from The Bottle Club will keep you entertained all the way up until the big day. The various pink gins you can expect to find inside include rose petal, raspberry and watermelon flavours.
How much: £44.99
Buy the The Bottle Club’s Premium Pink Gin Advent Calendar

Virgin Wines Gin Advent Calendar

What it includes: 24 bottles of gin
Why: You might not expect Virgin Wines to offer a gin advent calendar given its name, but once you’ve tried this box of treats you won’t be complaining. This year, you can expect to discover 24 superb gins from both award-winning producers (Sipsmith, Silent Pool etc.) and lesser-known boutique craft gins. So in short, there is something to please everyone.
How much: £99.99
Buy the Virgin Wines Gin Advent Calendar

Gin Filled Giant Advent Christmas Cracker

What it includes: 24 x 50ml bottles of gin
Why: An advent calendar that doubles up as a Christmas decoration? We’ll take it! This giant decorative cracker contains 24 different gins to sampel in the run-up to Christmas, including plenty of recognisable brands such as Whitley Neill, Edinburgh Gin, Warners, Malfy and The Lakes.
How much: £144.95
Buy the Gin Filled Giant Advent Christmas Cracker

Gin O Clock Refillable Advent Calendar

What it includes: 12 x 50ml bottles of gin
Why: Unlike most calendars, this one is refillable, which means you can have a gin calendar every year for the rest of your life, should you wish. All you have to do is refill it every year. When you first get this calendar though, you’ll be happy to know that it comes fully stocked with a range of flavoured gins. All stored in a neat little clock (which actually works) you can pull out a bottle of gin matched with a little saying underneath each one. Gin-tastic!
How much: £99.95
Where to get it:
notonthehighstreet.com

12 Days of Christmas Gin Liqueur Advent Calendar

What it includes: 12 x 50ml bottles of gin
Why: Presented in a chocolate brown box decorated with prints of Christmas ornaments and punny sayings, this gin advent calendar is sure to impress. Inside, you will find 12 gin liqueurs from three well-known brands: What Lies Beneath, Brambles and Edinburgh Gin.
How much: £29.99
Buy 12 Days of Christmas Gin Liqueur Advent Calendar

Gordon’s Pink Gin and Chocolate Advent Calendar

What it includes: 24 x chocolates and 50ml pink gin bottle
Why: For a gin advent calendar that’s on the more affordable end of the spectrum, check out this Gordon’s Pink Gin calendar which is a baby pink delight featuring 24 individual chocolates, plus a miniature bottle of pink gin. Gin and chocolate - you can’t go wrong!
How much: £15.90
Buy Gordon’s Pink Gin and Chocolate Advent Calendar

12 Days of Gin-mas Advent Calendar

What it includes: 12 x 50ml bottles of gin
Why: This chic black and gold advent calendar will help you countdown the 12 days to Christmas in style. Open the various doors to reveal a mixture of traditional or seasonal gins produced by a range of premium gin distilleries and boasting floral, festive, and citrus notes.
How much: £50
Buy the 12 Days of Gin-mas Advent Calendar

Craft Gin Club's 25 Gins of Christmas Advent Calendar

What it includes: 25 x 50ml bottles of craft gin
Why: 
When we say the word gin, surely Philip Schofield is one of the first names to leap to mind? Okay, maybe not, but nevertheless, 2020 sees Philip Schofield collaborate with the Craft Gin Club to curate this pretty impressive 25-door gin-filled number. Packed full of everything from classic London dry gins, to some more unusual bottles, you’ll be sure to discover something new with this calendar. Most exciting of all however, is the fact that behind one door lies a specially created ‘Schofe’s Christmas Gin’.
How much: £99.95
Buy Craft Gin Club's 25 Gins of Christmas Advent Calendar

B&M's 12 Gin & Tonics for Christmas Advent Calendar

What it includes: 12 x 50 bottles of some classic gins, and 12 mini bottles of tonic
Why: 
If you’ve ever thought about treating yourself to a gin advent calendar before but then thought “hold up, I can’t spend £50 on an advent calendar”, then worry no longer. B&M have come to the rescue this year with an ultra-affordable gin calendar. Coming in at just £34.99, the calendar include 12 miniature bottles of gin from favourite brands including as Bombay Sapphire and Gordon’s. What’s more, you also get 12 mini bottles of Franklin & Sons tonic, to enjoy your gin with. Now that’s really a steal.
How much: £34.99
Where to get it: Available to buy in store at B&M

For more advent calendars, check out our guide to the best chocolate advent calendars for 2021.