The 12 Days of Christmas Ideas + Printable Gift Tags
One of my very favorite Christmas activities is the 12 days of Christmas. It was always done a little bit differently in my family. Normally, you would find another family to bless with a gift in the 12 days leading up to Christmas. In my family, my Nana would give each of her children’s families 12 gifts to open in the 12 days leading up to Christmas. She would include little poems that sort of went along with the song, but matched that particular gift. She always has interesting 12 days of Christmas ideas and she always labeled the gifts with 12 days of Christmas gift tags.
12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas
There are several ways you can do the 12 Days of Christmas. You can do it for your children, your husband as a special treat, or another family you would like to bless.
I’ve found some really fun 12 days of Christmas ideas to help you plan how to implement your gifts. I am going to share with you some really interesting gift ideas that coordinate with the song “The 12 Days of Christmas.”
“On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree!”
Stick with fun pear gift ideas for this one.
- Pear preserves
- Fresh pears
- Pear chocolates
- Pear candle
- Sparkling pear cider
“On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, two turtle doves.”
- Dove chocolates
- Turtle candies
- Dove ornaments
- Dove bath products
“On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, three French hens…”
I’m thinking either French items or chicken items. Here are my ideas!
- French macarons
- Cans of chicken soup or chicken noodle soup mix
- French cookbook
- Chicken decor
“On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, four calling birds…”
Let’s stick with bird items!
- A book on birds
- A bird calendar
“On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, five golden rings!”
- 5 chocolate golden coins
- Gold napkin rings
- A can of pineapple slices
- Butterscotch candies
“On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, six geese a laying…”
- A boiled egg maker
- Chocolate cream filled eggs
- Goose socks
- Egg cookbook
“On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, seven swans a swimming…”
- Origami swan instructions
- Stuffed Swan
- Membership to a local waterpark or community swimming pool
“On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, eight maids a milking…”
- Milk Duds
- Powdered hot cocoa
- Milk bath ingredients
- Milk chocolate bars
- Honey maid graham crackers (could make a DIY s’mores pack)
“On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, nine ladies dancing…”
- Dance games
- Dance lessons
- Tickets to a dance performance
- New Christmas CD
“On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, ten lords a leaping…”
- Jump rope
- Lord of the Rings items
- Popcorn (for the leaping)
- A crown
“On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, eleven pipers piping…”
- Piping hot drink such as cider or hot chocolate mix
- Plastic musical instruments only if you want to to torture someone with kids. Haha!
“On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, twelve drummers drumming…”
- Drum cookie tin with cookies
- Little Drummer Boy ornament
- Little Drummer Boy book
More 12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas
12 Days of Christmas for families – Parenting in the Latter Days
12 Days of Christmas Gag Gifts (If you’re a prankster.)
12 Days of Christmas Family Fun (fun for the kids.) – Beauty Through Imperfection
The 12 Days of Christmas for Kids from Their Parents
12 Days of Christmas for your Husband
12 Days of Christmas Printable Gift Tags
Now that you have some ideas, I have some gift tags you can print and use! I prefer to print these on card stock, cut out, punch a little hole on the side and tie with a pretty ribbon!
Get them in the Homemaker’s Resource Library!
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I was planning on doing something like this for my son who is stationed in Afghanistan. He doesn’t really need anything over there & doesn’t have a lot of room, so my plan was little gifts leading up to Christmas. But…..he is leaving the base he is on and heading to a new one, so he may not get anything from us until after Christmas!! 🙁
Welcome to the 2014 Schoolhouse Crew run, I am looking forward to working with you.
Yes, this would be a good idea for those deployed. I didn’t even think of that. My hubby left for Afghanistan just after Christmas last year. I know all about mailing stuff over there! Thank you so much for the welcome!
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