Well I say that, we’re in the last day of the month at the time of writing and while lots of hipsters will be out there talking about Halloween and the American’s will be thinking of Thanksgiving, the rest of us are noticing the holly and mistletoe, the gentle reminder of glitter and white painted pinecones and snowflakes creeping into the recesses of our local supermarkets.
You know when it’s, say, September and Fortnum & Mason already start working on their Christmas decoration window and everyone’s all like ‘bloody hell, Fortnum & Mason, chill out?’ and then as soon as Christmas is over, Sainsbury’s start stocking Easter eggs?
‘Bloody hell, Sainsbury’s…’ etc. The pendulum swings. Nothing ever changes.
The pre-Christmas hype is inexplicably here and jumping on that bandwagon in popular budget wholesellers Costco who, credit where it’s due, have done a bloody good job.
They’ve released their new 24 door advents calendar which, behind each door, is a 5cl bottle of various gins. Genuinely it looks stunning.
To get your hands on one of these, I imagine you’d have to be pretty quick. Then it’s yours, on one condition; you must hand something over in return…
That’s how much it costs, after all.
The item description reads:
“Welcome to an exciting countdown to Christmas. This Gin Advent Calendar contains 24 x 5cl miniature bottles, a hand-picked selection of gins which will give you the opportunity to sample your way to Christmas.”
There’s a lot to get through too, with the options being Aber Falls Welsh Orange Marmalade Gin, Beefeater Pink London Dry Gin, Edinburgh Gin’s Plum & Vanilla Liqueur, Peaky Blinder Spiced Dry Gin, Sipsmith Sloe Gin, The Lakes Original Gin, Warner Edwards Dry Gin, and What Lies Beneath Honey Liqueur and more…
You can order yours from the Costco website here…
Last month – yes July – Selfridges in announced that they were proud to be the first department store in the world to open their Christmas shop, a “record” 149 days before Christmas.
Not really a hard record to break though, is it? If they were so serious about being the first to open a Christmas shop, they’d have done it in January.
I’ve not even gone on my summer holiday yet.
If you’re not as put off as I am, you can mosey on down to Selfridges to pick up a sequin-embellished glass bauble for £8, or a pre-lit Bedminster fake Christmas tree for £2000. Something for everyone, really.
Eleanor Gregory, Selfridges’ Christmas and home buyer, said:
“We have so many customers visiting from all over the world, eager to snap up festive decorations and souvenirs on their London summer holidays which they can’t buy at home.
Our summer Christmas shop launch simply addresses the growing demand for convenience Christmas shopping outside the traditional Christmas season from many of our customers. They include a large number of domestic customers who love to Christmas shop very early in the year to get it wrapped and taken off their to-do list.”
Images via Selfridges, Costco
Alfie Powell joined as an apprentice and was probably hired because he was likely the only person who applied. He's been blagging his way through writing articles for four years now and he's definitely showing signs of slowing down. When not writing for The Hook, Alfie finds time to indulge in his favourite hobbies, such as drinking and sitting down. You can contact Alfie at [email protected]Follow