The best gin advent calendars for 2020

It’s gin o’clock folks – or it may have already been for a while if you’ve been enjoying tipples to get you through lockdown.

The idea of a gin-based advent calendar was hardly a possibility about five or six years ago, but now there are loads of options for every budget and taste.

Whether you’re looking for pink gin specifically, 12 days, or 24, you can buy yourself a Christmas countdown with a juniper twist.

Take a look at our round-up for 2020, which we’ll update as more become available.

Drinks by the Dram gin advent calendar

Master of Malt, £84.95

This premium calendar has 24 doors with a different 30ml gin behind each.

If you purchased one from Drinks by the Dram last year, you’ll be pleased to know that they select different varieties each year – so no repeats of ones you’ve already tried.

What’s inside (keep scrolling if you don’t want spoilers):

  • Hendrick’s Gin
  • No.3 Gin
  • Bathtub Gin
  • The London No. 1 Original Blue Gin
  • Bluecoat American Dry Gin
  • Hernö Juniper Cask Gin
  • Kyrö Gin
  • Edinburgh Gin Seaside Gin
  • Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin
  • Moonshot Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
  • Roku Gin
  • Wildcat Gin
  • Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice
  • Sky Wave Gin
  • Procera Gin
  • Hapusa Gin
  • The Lakes Classic Gin
  • Hendrick’s Lunar Gin
  • Edinburgh Gin Gooseberry & Elderflower Gin
  • The Lakes Pink Grapefruit Gin
  • Scapegrace Black Gin
  • BIRDS Dry Gin
  • Seven Three Distilling Gentilly Gin
  • Copper Republic African Dry Gin

That Boutique-y Gin Company advent calendar

Master of Malt. £49.95

Of course more expensive than a simple chocolate advent calendar, but for 24 gins like you get here this is great value.

Each door houses a 30ml of a gin from That Boutique-y Gin Company’s range, with flavours galore.

What’s inside (spoiler alert):

  • Finger Lime Gin
  • Alamedapocalypse Gin – St. George
  • Bog Gin – Kyrö Distillery Company
  • Aged Perry’s Tot Gin – New York Distilling Company
  • Green Citrus Gin – Gin Eva
  • GINgle all the Way
  • Dead King Gin
  • Beware of the Woods Gin
  • Big Dipper Gin
  • Proper Pink Gin
  • Smoked Rosemary Gin
  • Cherry Gin
  • Moonshot Gin
  • Spit-Roasted Pineapple Gin
  • Yuzu Gin
  • Rhubarb Triangle Gin
  • Chocolate Orange Gin
  • Rickey Gin – New Columbia Distillers
  • Chocolate Cherry Gin
  • Bonza Botanical Gin – Old Young’s Distillery
  • Bash-Up Gin – 2019 Edition
  • Smouldering Heights Gin – Masons Distillery
  • Crème de Juniper – Spirit Works
  • Summertide Gin – Cooper King Distillery

M&S gin advent calendar

Marks and Spencer, £100

Although on the spenny side, this calendar does have fairly substantial measures in its 25 doors (5cl is 50ml).

The calendar is also beautifully presented, so you can use it year after year and fill with your very own trinkets – or more gins.

What’s inside (spoiler alert):

  • 2 x Edinburgh Christmas gin (5cl) (Alcohol content- 43%)
  • 3 x Edinburgh gin (5cl) (Alcohol content- 43%)
  • 2 x Edinburgh apple and spice gin liqueur (5cl) (Alcohol content- 20%)
  • Edinburgh plum and vanilla gin liqueur (5cl) (Alcohol content- 20%)
  • Edinburgh pomegranate and rose gin liqueur (5cl) (Alcohol content- 20%)
  • 2 x Edinburgh raspberry gin liqueur (5cl) (Alcohol content- 20%)
  • 2 x Edinburgh seaside gin (5cl) (Alcohol content- 43%)
  • 4 x London dry gin (5cl) (Alcohol content- 37.5%)
  • 4 x Sloe gin (5cl) (Alcohol content- 26%)
  • 3 x Think pink gin (5cl) (Alcohol content- 37.50%)
  • 2 x Clementine Gin (5cl) (Alcohol content- 37.50%)

Virgin Wines gin advent calendar

Virgin Wines, £99

Those who feel like they’ve already tried every other gin on the market will be pleased to see some limited edition and exclusive gins in Virgin Wines’ advent calendar this year.

You can reserve for £10 and pay the balance when it’s dispatched.

What’s inside (spoiler alert):

Virgin Wines hasn’t revealed the full list yet, but here’s a taste of what you can expect.

  • Warner’s Sloe Gin 5cl
  • Keepr’s Lemon and Pepper London Dry Gin 5cl
  • Duck and Crutch Gin 5cl
  • Whitley Neill Rhubarb and Ginger Gin 5cl
  • D1 London Dry Gin 5cl
  • One Gin Sage 5cl
  • Explorer’s Limited Edition Christmas Gin 5cl

Gin in a Tin advent calendar

Boroughbox, £50.00

If you’re all about supporting smaller business and hate the faff of door opening. this selection might be the best one for you.

This tin has 12 gins from Gin in a Tin, with flavours including pomegranate, pear, and even pumpkin (the flavours don’t all begin with P).

Fever Tree gin and tonic advent calendar

Waitrose, £60

This nifty calendar takes all the hassle out of an evening G&T, including six Fever Tree tonics and 12 different gins behind the doors.

The combinations have been paired by the experts at Fever Tree, with gins including The Botanist and Sipsmith London Dry Gin and tonics including elderflower and a delicious aromatic tonic containing angostura bitters.

Argos The Gin Advent Cracker

Argos, £125

This ultra-Christmassy calendar is decked out like a big giant cracker, which always wins points.

At a pricey £125 it’s definitely for more hardcore gin enthusiasts, but worth the money for those people when you consider the brands inside.

What’s inside (spoiler alert):

  • 6 O’Clock Gin 5cl
  • Malfy Originale Gin 5cl
  • Sweet Potato Spirit Co London Dry Gin 5cl
  • Poetic License Old Tom Gin 5cl
  • The Lakes Explorer Edition 5cl
  • Edinburgh Gin 5cl
  • Wanwe Edwards Harrington Dry Gin 5cl
  • Lone Wolf Dry Gin 5cl
  • Ophir Oriental Spiced London Dry Gin 5cl
  • Edinburgh Cannonball Gin 5cl
  • 6 O’Clock Brunel Gin 5cl
  • Jaw Box Classic Gin 5cl
  • Poetic License Northern Dry Gin 5cl
  • The Lakes Gin 5cl
  • The English Drink Company Pink Gin 5cl
  • Edinburgh Seaside Gin 5cl
  • Anno Kent Dry Gin 5cl
  • Aber Falls Welsh Dry Gin 5cl
  • Wint & Lila London Dry Gin 4cl
  • Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin The Original 5cl
  • Tanqueray London Dry Gin 5cl
  • Daffys Small Batch Premium Gin 5cl
  • Whitley Neill Handcrafted Dry Gin 5cl
  • Edinburgh Christmas Gin 5cl

The Bottle Club pink gin advent calendar

The Bottle Club, £44.99

Pink gin purists can get themselves a dedicated calendar this year full of their favourites.

Different flavours like strawberries and cream and grapefruit and pomelo make this a refreshing way to explore the different types (or just stock up your cocktail cabinet).

What’s inside (spoiler alert):

  • 1 x Beefeater Pink Strawberry Flavoured Gin, 5cl (37.5% ABV)
  • 1 x Tiptree English Raspberry Gin Liqueur, 5cl (40% ABV)
  • 1 x Chase Pink Grapefruit & Pomelo Gin, 5cl (40% ABV)
  • 1 x Coastal Distillery Watermelon Gin, 5cl (37.5% ABV)
  • 1 x Pinkster Raspberry Gin, 5cl (37.5% ABV)
  • 1 x Whitley Neill Pink Grapefruit Gin, 5cl (43% ABV)
  • 1 x Edgerton Original Pink Gin, 5cl (43% ABV)
  • 1 x Chase Rhubarb & Bramley Apple Gin, 5cl (40% ABV)
  • 1 x Coastal Distillery Strawberries & Cream Gin, 5cl (37.5% ABV)
  • 1 x Shelly’s Raspberry Ripple Gin Liqueur, 5cl (23% ABV)
  • 1 x Gordon’s Pink Gin, 5cl (37.5% ABV)
  • 1 x Greenall’s Wild Berry Gin, 5cl (37.5% ABV)

12 Gins of Christmas advent calendar

Ocado, £39.99

A mix of original and flavoured gins make up this great value calendar that can be delivered along with an Ocado shop.

12 is also a great number if you don’t want to end up with a massive headache come the new year.

What’s inside (spoiler alert):

  • J.J Whitley London Dry Gin 5cl
  • J.J Whitley Violet Gin 5cl
  • J.J Whitley Nettle Gin 5cl
  • J.J Whitley Elderflower 5cl
  • Whitley Neill Original Gin 5cl
  • Whitley Neill Raspberry Gin 5cl
  • Whitley Neill Rhubarb & Ginger Gin 5cl
  • Whitley Neill Quince Gin 5cl
  • Whitley Neill Blood Orange Gin 5cl
  • Liverpool Gin Original 5cl
  • Liverpool Gin Valencian Orange 5cl
  • Liverpool Gin Rose Petal 5cl

LoneWolf gin advent calendar

BrewDog, £49.95

The gin arm of BrewDog – LoneWolf – have come up with a great advent calendar for 2020.

Featuring 12 uniquely-flavoured miniatures, it’s a great way to try before buying from this brand. Beware the Gunpowder, as this is a 57% head-melter.

What’s inside (spoiler alert):

  • Original London Dry 50ml
  • Cloudy Lemon 50ml
  • Cactus and Lime 50ml
  • Gunpowder 50ml
  • Cranachan 50ml
  • White Peach 50ml
  • Old Tom 50ml
  • Fig and Apricot 50ml
  • Peppercorn 50ml
  • Bare Bones 50ml
  • Chilli and Lime 50ml
  • Christmas Spiced 50ml

Costco gin advent calendar

Costco, £59.89

One caveat of this calendar is that you’ll either need a Costco membership to purchase it, or ask a friend with one very nicely to do it for you.

You really won’t get better than this in terms for value for money (24 branded 5cl miniatures). It also comes in green or red to match the decor.

What’s inside (spoiler alert):

  • Aber Falls Orange Marmalade Gin, 5cl – 41.3% ABV
  • Apple & Cinnamon Flavoured Gin Liqueur, 5cl – 20% ABV
  • Aviation American Gin, 5cl – 42% ABV
  • Beefeater Blood Orange Gin, 5cl – 37.5% ABV
  • Beefeater London Dry Gin, 5cl – 40% ABV
  • Boe Apple & Lime Gin, 5cl – 41.5% ABV
  • Chase Grapefruit & Pomelo Gin, 5cl – 40% ABV
  • Edinburgh Apple & Spice Gin, 5cl – 20% ABV
  • Edinburgh Orange Blossom & Mandarin Gin, 5cl – 20% ABV
  • Gordons Pink Gin, 5cl – 37.5% ABV
  • Greenalls Blueberry Gin, 5cl – 37.5% ABV
  • Hall & Bramley Eldeflower Gin, 5cl – 37.5% ABV
  • JJ Whitley Plum Gin, 5cl – 38% ABV
  • Kopparberg Strawberry & Lime Gin, 5cl – 37.5% ABV
  • Masons Yorkshire Peppered Pear Gin, 5cl – 42% ABV
  • Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle Gin, 5cl
  • Sipsmith London Dry Gin, 5cl – 40.4% ABV – 41.6% ABV
  • Slingsby Gooseberry Gin, 5cl – 40% ABV
  • Tarquins Blackberry & Honey Gin, 5cl – 38% ABV
  • Tarquins Cornish Gin, 5cl – 42% ABV
  • The Lakes Rhubarb & Rosehip Gin, 5cl – 25% ABV
  • Warner Edwards Raspberry Gin, 5cl – 40% ABV
  • What Lies Beneath Honey Gin, 5cl – 20% ABV
  • Whitley Neill Rhubarb & Ginger Gin, 5cl – 43% ABV

Gin and chocolate advent calendar

Wowcher, £16.99

Even the hardiest of gin lovers don’t necessarily want a new one every single day of the month – perhaps they want chocolate instead.

This calendar has 24 chocolate squares like normal, with a 50ml bottle of either Gordon’s Pink or Bombay blue gin. You can’t go wrong.

Tipsy Tree flavoured gin tree advent calendar

First4Hampers, £140

Despite being a clear splurge, we can’t help but fall in love with this reusable calendar.

Next year just buy the miniatures – and you could even paint over the tree to make it personalised for your home.

What’s inside (spoiler alert):

  • Sweet Potato Spirit Co. Raspberry Gin Liqueur 5cl Bottle – 25%
  • Sweet Potato Spirit Co. Orange Gin Liqueur 5cl Bottle – 25%
  • Sweet Potato Spirit Co. Lavender Gin Liqueur 5cl Bottle – 25%
  • 6 O’Clock Damson Gin 5cl Bottle – 40%
  • 6 O’Clock Sloe Gin 5cl Bottle – 26%
  • Bramley and Gage Organic Sloe Gin 5cl Bottle – 26%
  • The Lakes Sloe Gin Liqueur 5cl Bottle – 25%
  • The Lakes Elderflower Gin Liqueur 5cl Bottle – 25%
  • Malfy Sicilian Lemon Gin 5cl Bottle – 41%
  • Malfy Sicilian Pink Grapefruit Gin 5cl Bottle – 41%
  • Malfy Sicilian Blood Orange Gin 5cl Bottle – 41%
  • Poetic Licence Picnic Gin Strawberries and Cream 5cl Bottle – 37.5%
  • Poetic Licence Fireside Gin Mulled Winter Fruit 5cl Bottle – 40.1%
  • The English Drinks Company The Orangery Gin 5cl Bottle – 40%
  • The English Drinks Company Cucumber Gin 5cl Bottle – 40%
  • Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb and Ginger Liqueur 5cl Bottle – 20%
  • Edinburgh Gin Plum and Vanilla Liqueur 5cl Bottle – 20%
  • Wilkin & Sons Ltd. English Rhubarb Gin Liqueur 5cl Bottle – 28%
  • Wilkin & Sons Ltd. English Strawberry Gin Liqueur 5cl Bottle – 28%
  • Wilkin & Sons Ltd. English Raspberry Gin Liqueur 5cl Bottle – 28%
  • Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin Lavender Edition 5cl Bottle – 42%
  • Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin Tea Edition 5cl Bottle – 42%
  • Whitley Neill Quince Gin 5cl Bottle – 43%
  • The Lakes Rhubarb and Rosehip Gin Liqueur 5cl Bottle – 25%

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