Best gin advent calendars of 2022 to ring in the festive season

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Christmas is coming. In fact, at the time of publishing, it’s a mere 110 days away.

This year, we’ve noticed preparations taking place a little earlier than usual with sales for Christmas trees and decorations picking up, as well as ferocious demand for advent calendars - the boxes of thrilling little surprises to help you countdown to the big day.

While chocolate-filled advents will always be welcomed with open arms, there’s nothing like a gin advent calendar for fans of the delicious juniper-spiked spirit.

While daily drinking may be frowned upon at any other time of year, Christmas gives you the star-topped go ahead to indulge in up to 24 dinky miniatures, all in the name of upholding our long and proud advent calendar tradition.

Besides, the tiny volumes of gin (usually measuring a modest 5cl) are small enough to enjoy without resulting in a raging hangover the next morning. You can deepen your knowledge of the spirit or try one that you’ve been curious about without forking out on an entire bottle first.

These advent calendars are also an excellent way of uncovering small distilleries, artisan producers and small-batch tipples that might otherwise fly undetected under your gin radar.

Just one tip: open your advent calendar windows in the evening rather than before breakfast to avoid awkward meetings with your boss.

Ready to dive in? We certainly are. Find the crop of the best gin-soaked advent calendars for 2022 below.

That Boutique-y Gin Company Advent Calendar

Gin-uine fans of the juniper-spiked spirit will adore this advent calendar from specialist That Boutique-y Gin Company in partnership with Drinks by the Dram.

Now a festive fixture on all boozy advent calendar line-ups, the 2022 edition serves up 24 wax-sealed 30ml miniatures of the good stuff, from a fruity rhubarb to squeezed yuzu.

Order now for despatch from October 10. Bottoms up!

Buy now £69.95, Master of Malt

Gin Advent Calendar - Premium Edition (2022 Edition) [Art Deco]

There are four design options available for this advent calendar, but our heads are turned by this Art Deco style, a glamorous alternative to the usual Christmassy fare. Perfect for an elegant gin fan, you’ll find some familiar names inside the 24 windows - and a few curveballs too, to keep you on your toes.

Buy now £99.95, Master of Malt

Craft Gin Club The Very Merry Gin Calendar

Craft Gin Club is back to make the festive season your merriest yet with its wildly popular advent calendar featuring a line-up of 25 mini gins. Coming from distilleries all over the world as well as right here in the UK, you can expect classic London Dry as well as Christmassy flavours like Figgy Pudding. Learn more about the booze you’re wrapping your lips around by scanning the QR code with your phone to reveal a short video paired to each day’s gin.

Pre-orders are open now, with deliveries sent from mid-October and you can pay via Klarna to make the purchase lighter on your wallet.

Right now: use the code FREEGINOFFER to nab a complimentary 70cl bottle of gin too.

Buy now £89.95, Craft Gin Club

Gin Advent Calendar - Premium Edition (2022 Edition)

Giving gin-lovers a great way to trial new varieties, this premium calendar from Drinks by the Dram helps countdown to Crimbo, sip by delicious sip.

There are 24 x 30cl glass bottles inside, and the brands involved are top-notch: think Bombay, Hendrick’s and Roku. One for aficionados.

Buy now for despatch from October 10.

Buy now £99.95, Master of Malt

Virgin Wines Gin Advent Calendar 2022

Virgin Wines may be understandably better known for their fermented grape-packed advent, but such is its popularity that the brand has branched out into other boozy versions. Thank goodness we say, because this calendar has us beside ourselves with excitement for Dec 1.

Housed in a festive green box, the boutique selection brings together a truly epic variety to enjoy all the way up to Christmas Day: think London Dry Old Tom, Navy and flavoured gins.

It’s available to pre-order now with a deposit of only £10 and delivery from November.

Buy now £99.99, Virgin Wines

Craft Gin Advent Calendar (2022 Edition)

Craft gin, made slowly and with the utmost care, is here to be savoured in this advent calendar from Drinks by the Dram. The 24 x 30cl vials include homegrown varieties as well as Continental gins, allowing you to explore and learn more about the juniper-spiked spirit.

Buy now £69.95, Master of Malt

Blue Tree Gin Advent Calendar, Christmas Countdown

If you like the idea of doing your Christmas shopping all in one spot to minimise the packaging (not to mention only having to wait for one parcel), few have more variety than Amazon. The retail giant has Christmas all wrapped up - advents included.

For gin fans up and down the country, add this advent to basket. There are 24 x 5cl bottles with brands such as Bombay, Warner, Beefeater, Sipsmith all in the line-up.

Buy now £69.99, Amazon

The Bottle Club Premium Pink Gin Advent Calendar

If the answer to the question “what’s better than gin?” is “pink gin”, That’s The Spirit’s advent calendar is the one to tickle you this Christmas. The 12-day compilation contains a variety of flavoured gin that all share that alluring rosy hue. There’s everything from fan-favourite strawberry and rose notes to the more unexpected bubblegum to sip through.

Buy now £39.99, The Bottle Club

The Little Boys Room Gin Filled Giant Advent Cracker

Taking an XXL approach to the traditional Christmas cracker, this version contains far more than a novelty crown and a silly joke.

It comes filled with 24 x 5cl bottles of flavoured gin and gin liqueurs, giving you plenty to get excited about as we count down to Christmas.

Each day, you will be treated to a mini offering from distilleries across the globe including the likes of Edinburgh Gin, Warners, and many more.

Buy now £144.95, NOTHS