Advent calendars have long been reserved for children in the UK – but 2017 seems to be a turning point for that tradition.
Forget a single chocolate, or a lovely painted pictured behind the doors. This year it’s all about the extravagant, extra-fabulous adult calendars.
From award-winning gin to a different single-serve wine for each day in December.
Scroll down for the top five adult-only advent calendars on sale this winter.
Drinks by the Dram gin – £124.95
Behind each door is a different 30ml dram of gin, that’s a cool 24 drams in total.
Filled with only the finest gins known to mankind, from Tanqueray Rangpur to award-winning Bathtub Gin, all carefully selected to showcase the very best this juniper spirit has to offer.
Available on Amazon.
Drinks by the Dram Very Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar – £10,000
Due to the very limited supply of these very old and rare whiskies there are currently only 10 of these luxury advent calendars available to purchase in 2017.
Featuring some of the finest whiskies known to mankind – the price tag may come as no surprise.
The drams include well-aged single malts from long-closed but never to be forgotten distilleries such as Port Ellen and Karuizawa, multi-award-winning expressions and whisky worth up to £19,000 a bottle.
That’s the exceptional Balvenie 46 Year Old 1968 – cask 7293 from The Balvenie DCS Compendium. Corr.
That Boutique-y Gin Company – £99.95
Every day throughout December juniper fans can sample a convention-defying 3cl gin sample from the world’s first independent gin bottler.
Developed in collaboration with some of the world’s finest distillers and rectifiers, expressions squirrelled away within this charming box include spectacular flavoured expressions, award-winners and even a gin made with botanicals from actual space.
Available on Amazon.
Aldi Wine Advent Calendar – £49.99
Available in stores nationwide and online from 1st November, this advent calendar is like no other around. A whopping 24 mini bottles of wine are hiding behind the festive doors.
Every day offers a new mini bottle of wine for an evening indulgence in the lead up to Christmas with 24 mixed bottles of red, white, rose and fizz for the ultimate boozy treat.
Virgin Wines Advent Calendar – £79.99
This calendar includes 24 individual boutique wines from the best of the range at Virgin Wines.
A 20cl bottle of Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée NV completes the line up to really kick off the festivities in style!
…and the non-alcoholic calendar of the year goes to: Asda Cheese Advent Calendar – £10
Sure to see cheese lovers around the country rejoicing this festive season. Behind each of the magical 24 doors, you’ll find a different delicious cheese variety, including Applewood, Mexicana and Jarlsberg.
Asda’s spokesperson said: “The Cheese Advent Calendar is a revolution for cheese enthusiasts this Christmas. We’re becoming famous for our award-winning cheese and the Cheese Advent Calendar is the latest innovation handpicked by our team of experts.”