ALDI’s Wine Advent Calendar Will Soon Be Here for the Holidays

Aldi
Aldi

Getting candy from an Advent calendar is perfectly fine for kids, but adults may be craving something a little more sophisticated for the holidays. This wine Advent calendar from ALDI gives you a new reason to celebrate every day leading up to Christmas.

According to Delish, ALDI's Advent calendar was a huge success when it originally rolled out in U.S. locations at the end of 2018. The hit product is returning for the 2019 holiday season, and festive wine connoisseurs can pick up one starting November 6 at ALDI stores that sell alcohol.

For $70, you get a box containing 24 mini-bottles of vino that come from various countries around the world, including South Africa and Australia. And whether you prefer your wine red or white, dry or sweet, sparkling or still, there's a bottle that fits your tastes.

This wine variety pack from ALDI is just one example of the many creative Advent calendars made with grownups in mind. If you prefer to get in the holiday spirit with a can of craft beer, there's a calendar for that, too: It's available from Costco for $10 less than ALDI's wine version.

[h/t Delish]

Hallmark Released Some Adorable Harry Potter Ornaments—Just In Time for Christmas

Amazon
Amazon

Even if you never received your letter of acceptance to Hogwarts on your 11th birthday, you can still add some magic to your Christmas tree this year with some Harry Potter Christmas ornaments from Hallmark. These pieces have more of a minimalist style than Hallmark's other Potter releases, which are modeled to look identical to the characters' movie counterparts. But with that simplicity comes a unique charm that is sure to be popular with Potterheads.

Shoppers can look for seven different ornaments, which include Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger in mid-flight, as well as Hedwig, the Sorting Hat, Dobby, and the Hogwarts Crest. Each one comes with a hanger, so is ready to be put on your Christmas tree as soon as its out of the packaging. You can find each one for $9 on Amazon—though be forewarned that Harry is currently out of stock (but you can find an equally adorable replacement Potter for $8).

If you can’t get enough wizarding gifts this holiday season, then check out our Harry Potter gift guide, which includes everything from magical cookbooks to chess sets.

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The Bartesian Is Basically a Keurig for Cocktails

Bartesian
Bartesian

The call for a classic cocktail can be hard to resist, but going out to bars gets pricey, and trying to combine the perfect amount of different juices, bitters, and liquors on your own is a tough skill to master. The Bartesian, available on Amazon for $350, wants to take the hassle out of homemade cocktails by serving up classic drinks in just a few simple steps.

To start, purchase the cocktail capsules of your choice, which contain all of the bitters, extracts, and juice concentrates you need for cocktails like old fashioneds, margaritas, martinis, Long Island iced teas, and more. Then, pour your preferred liquor—whiskey, vodka, rum, gin, and tequila—into one of the five glass bottles that comes with the Bartesian and screw it into its proper reservoir on the machine. (Vodka and gin occupy the same reservoir, so the machine will double-check that you're using the right one before making a drink with either.)

Once you’re set up, simply insert the capsule and the Bartesian will instantly identify your cocktail selection and the spirit will be automatically drawn. You can even specify the strength of your cocktail, whether you want a mocktail or something strong after work. If you want to make the concoction even more authentic, the machine will also suggest the proper glassware for each.

Bartesian provides an automatic rinse after each use, and the reservoirs are easily removed and dishwasher safe.

So whether you're looking to gift yourself or the cocktail lover in your life this holiday season, the Bartesian makes mixed drinks easy.

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