Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12 Beers of Christmas Advent

The past few weeks I've been trying to figure out something fun to do for Bryan this holiday season. I thought about doing 12 Dates of Christmas or some type of homemade chocolate advent calendar for each day of December. Then, I came up with the best solution yet: 12 Beers of Christmas Advent.
With advent calendars, you normally open up a gift each day of December. And we all know that in the song the 12 Days of Christmas you end up with 24 gifts at the end.  I made up my own rules to form a 12 Beers of Christmas Advent.
I went to the liquor store and picked out twelve different beers. Some were Bryan's favorites and some he hadn't tried before. Ideally I would have loved to have gotten just holiday ales or winter lagers, but there wasn't a huge selection of those.

Next, all you need is Christmas paper and a hot glue gun. I have gobs and gobs of Christmas stickers, paper and embellishments all in storage, so I made a quick run to Michael's and purchased a 12x12 stack of Christmas paper. {The paper had a sheet with the dates of December!} With my handy Cutter Bee I quickly and easily cut strips of paper to wrap around the beer so that each night the brand and type would be a surprise. I tried a couple of different ways trying to get the paper to stay on the bottles and figure out that using a hot glue gun was the best.
To semi-disguise the bottle caps I used a snowflake punch with some of the paper and adhered them to the top with 3D pop dots.
Time is precious to me right now, so I didn't have a lot of time to put a lot of effort into this. I think I spent about an hour and a half total. It is a little something extra special for my hubby to enjoy each day this season so that he knows how much I love him.
And it is nice to have a festive and happy fridge full of beers to enjoy.
Do you have an advent calendar that you are opening each day this month? Or are you doing any form of gift giving for the 12 days of Christmas? If so, please share!


  1. Hubby wishes I had thought of this idea!!!

  2. That is the cutest idea. I bet Kevin would love that!

  3. Such a fun idea, Hannah!!! Seriously, my husband would fall in love with me all over again if I did anything beer-related for him for the holidays. We're a brew-lovin' household, that's for sure. Hoping to steal this idea next year ;)

  4. Cutest idea ever! I'm headed to Trader Joe's tonight to do the same thing.

  5. You are honestly so daggum CUTE and CREATIVE! I love this idea. It's about to blow up on Pinterest, I just know it!

  6. I am filing this away to use next year! I love love love this idea. :)

  7. Such a cute idea!! I wish I had seen this sooner (I'm behind on my blog readings) because I totally would have copied!!!

  8. Love, love, love this idea...pinning it now! I call Bryce a beer snob--he is literally obsessed with all different types of beers and brewing himself, so this would definitely be a creative gift idea next year!