Christmas 12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas


12 Days of Christmas Song Gift Ideas

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About the 12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas

Looking for a uniquely different thing to do this holiday season? Give a gift for each of the 12 days leading up to Christmas. If you have never done this before, giving and getting gifts each day for the twelve days before Christmas is both fun and rewarding. The ladies consider it very romantic. Usually done in addition to Christmas day gifts, each of the 12-day gifts does not have to cost much money. Being creative is loads of fun (see the 12th-day drums below). Want to have even more fun? Send it secretly. Do not tell the recipient until after the 12th day. We’ve got plenty of 12 Days of Christmas gift ideas to help to make your shopping easy.

How to Select gifts for the 12 days of Christmas: Select something that is in line with the theme of each day. For example, on day three for “Three French Hens”, select something that has the word “French” or “Hens” in it. Or, find something related to “French” or “Hens”. You do not have to get three, or for, or twelve of the items. Just one will do.  Try to make it something that the recipient likes and/or can relate to.

Also, see the 12 Days of Christmas song lyrics.

The 12 Days of Christmas Song Gift Ideas by Day

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me, a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

Stick to the concept of any bird in any tree. Then, this becomes one of the easiest days to buy for.

Gift Ideas: A sweater with (any kind of bird sitting on a tree branch). Cardinals are common Christmas images. Many will be sitting on a branch, or in a tree. Stick an ornament with a bird on it, in the basket of pears. A can of pears will also do. The Partridge Family  Christmas CD is a good choice.

Sources of Gifts: Clothing stores. Holiday stores, craft and antique shops, music and DVD stores.

On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me, Two Turtle Doves.

Products with doves are easy to find.

Gift Ideas: Dove brand chocolate candies are a great choice. Two bars of Dove soap works, too. Also, decorations and knick-knacks with a turtle or a dove are easy to find.

Sources of Gifts: Candy stores, Craft and Antique shops.

Christmas Tree

On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me, Three French Hens.

Gift Ideas: Movies include The French Connection (an oldie but goodie), and French Kiss (Meg Ryan). We like the latter, for the romantic effect. Speaking of romance, try a French wine. French perfumes are well received. Also, consider French bread.

Sources of Gifts: DVD and music shops, liquor stores, craft, and antique shops, and perfume shops.

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, Four Calling Birds.

Gift Ideas: Anything with the image of at least one bird on it. Images with four birds would be ideal, but the search may prove long. It will be a cinch to find holiday items with birds on them. Bird seed. The idea here is it will attract at least four calling birds (songbirds). You can also go to a pet store and buy a pet bird.

Sources of Gifts: Holiday: Holiday stores, craft and antique shops, pet stores.


On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, Five Golden Rings.

This is one of the easiest to buy for. It can cost almost nothing. Or, it can cost you a small fortune.

Gift Ideas: A roll of butterscotch lifesavers costs less than a dollar. A jewelry store will be happy to sell you five golden rings. Also in keeping with the “five golden” theme, is necklaces with five rings or triangles on them, five wrist bracelets, or a wrist bracelet with five trinkets on it. DDVDswith the word “gold” or “golden” in the title. Ie. Goldfinger. Another simple idea is Golden Grahams. On the cheap? Give a few onion rings!

Sources of Gifts: Jewelry stores, DVD and music shops, grocery stores.

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, Six Geese a Laying.

As we progress in our search, the last several days get tougher.

Gift Ideas: In the New York Wine section of your liquor store, look for Goose Watch winery. Craft and antique shops will be a rich source of kitchen items and knick-knacks with geese on them. Old-fashioned candy shops may have chocolates from a goose mold if you are lucky.

Sources of Gifts: Liquor stores, chocolatiers, craft, and antique shops

Santa Baking

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me, Seven Swans a Swimming.

Gift Ideas: This may prove to be a hard one. Look for knick-knacks, ornaments, and pictures in craft and antique shops.

Sources of Gifts: Craft and antique shops.

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, Eight Maids a Milking.

This is the last “easy” day. The ones that follow, can be a challenge.

Gift Ideas: Honey Maid graham crackers and a quart of chocolate milk are an easy find. Swiss Miss brand hot cocoa mix really nails it. Maid service would be a great hit.

Sources of Gifts: Grocery stores.

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On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, Nine Ladies Dancing.

Gift Ideas: Did you know that the very popular holiday Amaryllis, is also called “Naked Lady Flower”? If your local liquor store has a New York State wine section, look for a bottle of Foxy Lady from Hunt Country Vineyards. Ballerinas and dancers are common on Christmas ornaments. Look for pictures and knick-knacks of Lords and Ladies from Medieval times. Dance lessons. CDs or DVDs from musicals.

Sources of Gifts: Liquor Stores, Big box stores, garden centers, holiday stores, Mall kiosks selling ornaments, music and DVD stores.

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, Ten Lords a Leaping.

This may seem to be a challenging task…until you realize that religious stores will have a huge selection of times that have the word “Lord” in them.

Gift Ideas: Baby Jesus is the Lord, making a manger scene a great choice. A religious store will have pictures, sayings, and readings from the bible with the word “Lord” in it on countless items. Look for pictures and knick-knacks of Lords and Ladies from Medieval times. We found the image of deer leaping on a crystal…. it works.  

Sources of Gifts: Religious stores, craft, and antique stores.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me, Eleven Pipers Piping.

This song saves the seemingly hardest two for last. But, we’ve got Christmas gift ideas here for you.

Gift Ideas: If the recipient smokes, a tobacco pipe is an easy selection. A box of tea bags will represent “piping” hot tea. If the recipient sews, “piping” is a narrow cloth tube used in decorating furniture and clothes.

Sources of Gifts: Smoke shops, grocery stores, fabric, and craft stores.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, Twelve Drummers Drumming.

Gift Ideas: A pair of chopsticks and a popcorn tin. The recipient can play the drums on the tin while watching a holiday DVD and eating popcorn from the tin. A CD Christmas with “The Little Drummer Boy” song is a good choice. Ornaments with drums or a drummer boy are hard to find. A search through craft and antique shops will turn up a few ornaments for the last and final day. Turkey drumsticks will suffice… we suppose.

Sources of Gifts: Music shops, craft and antique shops.

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