If you love the idea of the Whiskey Advent Calendar, but can't quite justify the (fair but not inexpensive) $240 price tag, why not try a DIY version with something you can easily procure single samples of: beer. Cause there are few things better than candy, and winter ale is definitely one of them. My favorite Instructable-r Mikeasaurus offers this fun and festive beer advent calendar, where you not only get to try a different brew all through December, you get to punch your way in, The Price Is Right-style.
Mike's design is based on a poster tube grid that he glued up, but you could also try to hack an empty bottle case (ask your local beer and wine shop). The design works for both cans and bottles, as long as you make it deep enough, and Mike was kind enough to provide a download to print for the cover.
Get the full how-to at Instructables: Beer Advent Calendar