I love Advent Calendars. They instantly remind me of my childhood because we had one every year. Sometimes they were just quotes or things to read and other years they were chocolates and small gifts. When I went to college my Mama made me an advent box with 25 individually wrapped gifts that she had collected over the previous year. They were a combination of kitchen items, school supplies, sorority gifts and fun things she knew I loved. It was SO much fun and I can’t wait to do something similar for our littles in the future.
The first year Chris and I lived together I knew I wanted to do an “advent calendar” of sorts for him as well. My man loves beer and specifically trying new beer so I made a beer advent calendar! I filled our fridge with 25 different cans of beer and he had the best time seeing which one he got each night.
For this year I’m going to switch it up and do a 12 Days of Christmas surprise for him. I didn’t know until recently that the 12 Days of Christmas actually run from December 25th– January 5th. I thought they were the 12 days leading up to Christmas, but I’m fully on board with gift giving after Christmas day. It’s always sad to put the Christmas decorations away, but this is truly the gift that keeps on giving!
This is an easy DIY that took me maybe 15 minutes to craft. I went to my local liquor store and bought 12 individual beers. I stopped by Michaels and got a couple sheets of holiday scrapbooking paper and cut strips wide enough to cover the label of each can. I added a sticker with a number to designate which day he should drink the beer on and added a couple bows to keep it festive!
I specifically sought out two of DuClaw’s newest seasonal beers because as you know, we are big DuClaw fans in the DeMillo house. I love sours and they are constantly coming out with new sours that tickle my tastebuds in all the best ways! They graciously sent us their new The PastryArchy which tastes like an alcoholic version of the chocolate covered cherries that you’d find in your stocking and I really enjoyed the Sour Me Wild Cherry. They were all supposed to go into the 12 Days of Christmas beers, but I mayyyyyy have snuck tastes of them beforehand.
This gift can be costly, but you can make it affordable with a little additional planning. Find a couple of friends who want to do the same thing- split the paper, stickers and bows. It also might be cheaper to buy a six pack of seasonal local beer and split the packs amongst the group. It’s a super fun way to celebrate the holiday with the beer lover in your life!