Putting up the Christmas tree, dusting off the Michael Bublé playlist and re-watching Love Actually are all typically reserved (perhaps, with the exception of a mid-year Love Actually re-run) for December 1st.
Indulging in all three come that fateful date is an exciting show we’ve officially hit the festive season. There is, however, one other tradition that we’ve taken to in recent years that makes the official countdown to Christmas all the more exciting and that is advent calendars.
Like a tiny gift to ourselves each day, advent calendars have gone from being sweet-filled delights for the kids to luxe gifts stocked with everything from cult beauty products to expensive jewellery.
Given it is the silly season, we can’t go past gin-themed calendars that are sure to fill us with Christmas spirit.
If you’re also a gin lover, or know someone who is, scroll on to shop the best calendars available this season.
White Possum Australian Gin Tasting set, $135 from Dan Murphy’s
It’s not technically a calendar but these luxe little bottles make for a splendid 12 day alternative to the traditional format.
That Boutique-y Gin Company 12 Dram Gin Collection, $77 from Master of Malt
Featuring some of the most exotic and flavourful gins, this pack includes Spit-Roasted Pineapple, Yuzu, Cucamelon, Strawberry & Balsamico, and more, making it the ultimate countdown to Christmas.
Gin Advent Calendar + Tonic, $299, David Jones
There’s no better pairing for a good gin than an aromatic tonic, which is why this calendar is stocked with not only 24 premium gins, but also their perfect counterpart with a range of tonics in various flavours. Having already sold out on the Gin Loot website, it’s only a matter of time before it’s ripped from DJs shelves, too.
Premium Gin Advent Calendar, $131 from Master of Malt
If you consider yourself somewhat of a gin connoisseur you may want to invest in a more luxe, premium edition like this one filled with 24 drams from the best gin distillery’s around the world.
Fever-Tree G&T Cracker, $55 from David Jones
If you want the novelty of unwrapping the perfect G&T pairing on Christmas day without the entire calendar, Fever Tree have returned with their popular crackers.
Australian Gin Advent Calendar, $259 from White Possum
Behind the adorable Australian packaging awaits 25 locally made boutique gins from around the country including classic dry, sloe, pink, modern botanical and navy strength gins.
Please remember to drink responsibly. If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Alcohol and Other Drug hotline 1800 250 015 or call Lifeline on 13 11 14.