What are the 12 Days of Christmas Presents?

We all remember that one gift that touched our hearts deeply.

For me, that’s the 12 days of Christmas gift. In 2009, we spent months worrying about the declining health of my husband, with no answers from doctors. Finally, at the Mayo Clinic, they diagnosed him with Crohn’s Disease and operated on him. On that same day in November, my dad had surgery due to cancer. it had been a tough year.

That December, we received the 12 days of Christmas gifts at our doorstep. Eleven years later and I still have no idea who gave them to us.

But I know this; the unique, inexpensive gift gave us immeasurable joy that year. The kind of uplifting a person’s soul needs from time to time. And gosh, it brings tears to my eyes yet today.

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One year later, we dropped off a similar version of this gift to a couple enduring failed fertility treatments. Again, the delight we felt dropping off the gift was too much to measure.

And both are memories I will cherish for the rest of my life.

The 12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas

If you didn’t know, this present is a collection of gift ideas from the 12 days of Christmas song. It can be given to someone anonymously or as a regular gift for the year. Recipients unwrap one gift a day until the song is done.

The present is great for anyone that needs their spirits lifted. However, it’s also perfect for the person in your life that you don’t know what to buy for. Or anyone you want to give extra love to!

Below, are 12 days of Christmas gift ideas for every price range, so spend as little or as much as you want. Additionally, you can stick to the number of items that correspond with the song, or just do one each day. It’s completely up to you!

Places to Find Gift Items

I give you super easy Amazon ideas throughout this post, but Walmart, Target, and the Dollar Store are also GREAT places to find fun items! Then, check out alternative ideas and methods of delivery at the end of the article!

Easy 12 Days of Christmas Ideas

“On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
A partridge in a pear tree”

Stick with pears or a family tree theme for the first gift!

12 days of Christmas ideas, day 1: pears

  • A can of pears
  • A jar of pear preserves
  • Sparkling pear cider
  • A partridge in a pear tree ornament

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Two turtle doves…

On the second day, explore dove or turtle items – or both for your gift!

12 days of Christmas gifts ideas: day 2 doves

  • Dove chocolates

“On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Three French hens….”

Like the others, there are several themes to day three. Think France, chickens, or hens!

easy 12 days of Christmas gifts list: day 3: succulents

  • Cans of Chicken Soup
  • Homemade roasted chicken dinner
  • A gift card to a local French restaurant

*If you’re loving this countdown, check out the 12 days of Christmas self-care to take great care of yourself this year too!

“On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Four calling birds…”

On day four, go all out with bird items or stick to a simple cell phone “calling” gift.

Twelve days of Christmas gifts: Day 4 birds

“On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Five gold rings…”

This is the easiest day for gift ideas! So many things come in a ring shape!

  • Butterscotch lifesavers
  • Pork rinds
  • Ring Pops
  • A can of pineapples slices
  • 5K gold hoop earrings
  • Glazed donuts
  • Ring toss game

“On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Six geese a laying, …”

For these 12 days of Christmas gift ideas, go all in on eggs, or hone in on a great goose item.

12 days of Christmas gift ideas for family and friends: Day 6 eggs

  • Mini bottles or one regular bottle of Grey Goose
  • Chocolate cream-filled eggs
  • Egg cookbook (above) or 6 eggs with omelet ingredients

“On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Seven swans a swimming…”

Swan items aren’t easy to find, but you can also explore anything that has to do with swimming for this day’s theme!

12 days of Xmas gifts: day 7 Swans

  • Origami swan making instructions
  • A chocolate swan

“On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Eight maids a milking…”

Cleaning and milk have nothing to do with each other, but apart they make great gifts for day eight!

Day 8: milk

  • Milk duds
  • Swiss Miss hot cocoa
  • Fancy coffee creamer
  • Certificate for an after-holiday cleaning service
  • Gourmet cheese basket
  • Honey Maid graham crackers

“On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Nine ladies dancing…”

Dance, dance, dance! There’s only one theme for this day, so make it fun!

12 days of Christmas gifts ideas: day 9 dancing

  • A new Christmas CD for dancing
  • A Christmas music playlist
  • Certificate for dance classes
  • Tickets to a dance performance like the Nutcracker Ballet

“On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Ten lords a leaping…”

Go with “leaping” or “Lords” for an interesting day ten gift!

12 days of Christmas ideas for family: day 10 leaping

  • Packs of “leaping” Popcorn
  • A crown for the Lord or Lady
  • Lord of the Rings DVDs or memorabilia
  • A shirt with the word “Lord,” a manger, or another religious item

“On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Eleven pipers piping…”

Next, day eight needs some pipes or something that’s piping hot!

  • Piping hot chocolate
  • Piping hot tea
  • A bagpipe CD

“On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Twelve drummers drumming…”

And finally, have some fun with drums for the last day!

12 days of Christmas gift ideas: day 12 drums

  • A drum cookie tin filled with cookies or popcorn
  • Ice cream (or chicken) drumsticks
  • Tickets to Stomp or a live band

Find other unique gift ideas with the BIG list of non-toy gift ideas for kids!

An Alternative for 12 Days of Xmas Gifts

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If sticking with the theme for your 12 days of Christmas gifts is intimidating, or you think your recipient won’t enjoy all the gifts, no worries! You can always do a gift that has nothing to do with the song! After all, it’s your gift. You get to decide how it’s done.

Here are some non-theme gifts for the twelve days of Christmas:

Day 1 – One: gingerbread house kit, candle, book, new game, jewelry item, mug, flashlight

Day 2 – Two: socks, facial masks, bags of coffee, chapsticks, earrings, small books, gloves

Day 3 – Three: granola bars, bags of popcorn, succulents, pairs of underwear

Day 4 – Four: bath bombs, fancy cheese, love notes, small tools

Day 5 – Five: A $5 gift card, mini art notes, mini candy bars

Day 6 – Six: nice pens, bath supplies, bottles of their favorite soda or beer,

Day 7 – Seven: cans of sparkling water, homemade coupons

Day 8 – Eight: homemade treats, glow sticks, coasters

Day 9 – Nine: fancy olives, photos to frame, affirmation cards

Day 10 – Ten: stickers, cookies in a tin, reasons I love you

Day 11 – Eleven: tea bags, pieces of gum, fun paper straws, batteries

Day 12 – Twelve: pieces of chocolate, mints, nuts in a bag, cupcake wrappers (with a few baking ingredients)

All of these gift ideas for family and friends are low-cost or cost nothing at all! It’s the thought that counts!

Another great gift idea: The Christmas Eve box for kids, teenagers, and adults

How to Deliver the Easy 12 Days of Christmas Ideas

Easy 12 days of Christmas ideas

Now, there are two different ways to deliver your special gift.

The Full Drop Off

First, wrap all of your gifts ahead of time, and label them by day. Then, put everything in a large box or basket and drop it on the recipient’s doorstep (or deliver in person). Easy peasy, and you’re done.

Day to Day Drop Off

Second, if you want to give a new surprise daily or you have fresh items (like the cheese basket), you’ll need to give them something for each day. Obviously, this method is a bit more work. And just know, with this delivery, it would be difficult to keep it anonymous (if that’s what you wanted).

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Something to Consider With the 12 Days of Christmas Gifts

There you have it! Lots of easy ideas to make this gift work for you! Now, enjoy a truly festive and fun holiday season!

What are your favorite 12 days of Christmas gift ideas? And, have you ever done this gift before for family or friends?

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