12 Days of Christmas Gifts

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Last Updated on December 3, 2023

Following the themes of 12 days of Christmas gifts is always nice and thoughtful. Why get just one gift for your loved ones when you can get twelve over the span of twelve days? Whether you’ll be gifting as a secret Santa or not, we’ve gathered Christmas gift ideas that’ll work for everyone.

Picture of a Christmas Present in front of  Christmas tree for the 12 days of Christmas

Following the 12 Days of Christmas song is all fun and games until it gets to actually planning the gift ideas. Here are some low-cost 12 Days of Christmas gifts to make your life a little easier. We made sure to include gift ideas that are easy to find at your local dollar store, as well as more fancy ones if you want to spoil your family.

We hope you’re enjoying your holidays, and now let’s jump right in.

12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas

Excited yet? Without further ado, keep reading to see a list of everything we came up with for each day of the Christmas gifting season.

A Partridge in a Pear Tree

For the first day of 12 Days of Christmas, the theme is a Partridge in a Pear Tree. Luckily, pear scented items are pretty popular around the holidays, and you can find lotions, creams, soaps, or candles that are pear scented. Those should work perfectly as a Christmas gift idea for day one.

On the other hand, you can follow the food path of that theme by getting a fruit basket (with pears, among other fruits) from a local nursery and wrapping it up nicely. You can also bake a pear pie for your loved one if you enjoy baking or want your Christmas gift idea to be something you can make yourself.

Partridge In A Pear Tree #1 2011 Hallmark Ornament - QX8919 by Hallmark Keepsakes
Partridge In A Pear Tree #1 2011 Hallmark Ornament - QX8919 by Hallmark Keepsakes
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Department 56 Kloche The Spirit of Christmas Partridge in a Pear Tree Dome Glass Hanging Ornament, 2.5 Inch, Multicolor
Department 56 Kloche The Spirit of Christmas Partridge in a Pear Tree Dome Glass Hanging Ornament, 2.5 Inch, Multicolor
DEPARTMENT 56 HANGING ORNAMENT: from the Kloche collection; HAND-CRAFTED: from wood and glass material, set on a wooden base

Two Turtle Doves

Turtle Doves is the theme of the second day of the 12 Days of Christmas. A few ideas can fit that theme, whether you’re getting the gift for your family or friends.

Doves are one of the most beautiful creatures, and you can give your loved one a dove art piece, like a painting, a sculpture, or a jewelry piece. Besides, everyone loves chocolate, so you can also opt for a basket of dove chocolates, which are guaranteed to make your loved ones happy.

On the other end of the spectrum, you can go for the “turtle” part of the theme for other ideas. For example, turtle caramels are a great starting point if you want to make something that your loved one can eat.

12 Days of Christmas Gifts- Christmas tree with ornaments

Three French Hens

The third-day theme is French Hens, and that really opens up so many doors or possible ideas. The obvious choice would be to take your true love to a local french restaurant for a romantic date night or get them a gift certificate for that restaurant. On the other hand, if you’re gifting family or friends, you can go for something as simple as french bread.

Because France is known for its beauty, you can also get something from any French beauty brand, like perfume or makeup. If your true love is a foodie, you can opt for preparing them a french meal yourself or buying them a French cookbook on that 12 Days of Christmas day.

Jay Strongwater - Glass Holiday Ornament - Three French Hens
Jay Strongwater - Glass Holiday Ornament - Three French Hens
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Portmeirion Home & Gifts Three French Hens Christmas Bauble, Ceramic, Multi Coloured, 9
Portmeirion Home & Gifts Three French Hens Christmas Bauble, Ceramic, Multi Coloured, 9
Dimensions: 6. 6cm/2. 6"; Fine Bone china; Sara Miiller for Portmierion; Beautifully gift boxed for the perfect present

Four Calling Birds

The fourth day of Christmas is all about four calling birds, which can be a little confusing. For the “birds” part, you can opt for a bird feeder or some sort of bird ornaments. If your true love is a reader, you can also get them a book about birds or has birds in the name, like To Kill a Mockingbird, for example.

For a friend, you can also get them a fun present that revolves around “calling”, like phone-related things. That can be headphones, phone cases, and so on.

3D Rose 12 Days of Christmas Four Calling Birds Towel, 15' x 22'
3D Rose 12 Days of Christmas Four Calling Birds Towel, 15" x 22"
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Five Gold Rings

For the fifth day, you need a present that’s related to gold rings. Of course, most people opt for jewelry pieces or napkin rings, and those ideas can be quite thoughtful and beautiful, even if they’re apparent. You can customize five golden rings or get fun ones that you know your true love will appreciate.

If you want a more fun twist for that 12 Days of Christmas day, you can get yourself and your friends or family onion rings. They’re rings and golden, so you’re staying true to the day’s theme. Also, donuts are technically golden rings if your loved one has a sweet tooth.

Six Geese a Laying

Geese are the inspiration for the sixth day, and there are many ideas you can go for here. You can opt for ideas as simple as egg-related ones, like a chocolate egg or a traditional breakfast with omelets. More egg-based ideas include egg slicers or eggnog.

On top of that, you can find geese-themed items like necklaces or rings. You can also opt for goose socks or pillows.

Seven Swans a Swimming

Gift ideas of the seventh day should revolve around Seven Swans a Swimming. Swan Lake is a popular dance that you can get tickets to watch with your family or loved ones. The Swan Lake dance performance with its music is an experience that you need to go through.

Additionally, you can get other easy ideas based on swan items like jewelry, an inflatable pool swan, or bubble bath items.

Eight Maids a Milking

The eighth day of Christmas gift should be all about Maids a Milking. We recommend something simple yet thoughtful, like making a Christmas-themed hot chocolate drink. All family members can enjoy a nice hot chocolate on cold December days, right?

If your loved ones enjoy coffee, you can also get them a milk frother or coffee creamer. Additionally, milk goes into making most chocolates and cheese, so you can get your family members food-based Christmas gifts.

Nine Ladies Dancing

The ninth day of Christmas is about ladies dancing. An easy gift idea is to book your loved one a few dance lessons tickets that you can attend together. However, there are other ideas revolving around dancing if lessons aren’t for you.

If you like thoughtful gifts, you can make a playlist with hand-picked songs as a gift to your lover. You can make all the music picks Christmas-themed to live and enjoy that Christmas spirit. On the other hand, you can pick love songs or family songs, depending on who you’re gifting that Christmas.

Ten Lords a Leaping

Ten Lords a Leaping is the theme of the tenth day of Christmas gift-giving. Of course, you can get a jump rope or trampoline as a gift if you want to stick to the “leaping” part. However, you can create a Lord of the Rings movies marathon that the whole family can appreciate if you want a less traditional gift.

Eleven Pipers Piping

On the eleventh day of Christmas, your gift must follow the Pipers Piping theme. For example, you can make a piping hot tea or coffee and bring it to your loved ones when they least expect it. On the other hand, you can decorate cakes together using piping bags kits.

You can also get a tea kettle or a coffee maker if you prefer physical gifts for Christmas.

Twelve Drummers Drumming

On the Twelfth day, which is the last day of 12 Days of Christmas, the gift should revolve around drummers drumming. Cute little drum ornaments are hard to resist, and they’re easy to get. Also, you can get music-themed Christmas gifts like tickets for a concert or some sort of headphones or music player. 

Lastly, you can opt for drumstick chicken for a nice family meal or drumstick ice cream.

Final Words

12 Days of Christmas gift ideas are considered a tradition that should never be broken. While Christmas ideas for gifts can be difficult, we hope this article has helped you get a clear plan for the 12 Days of Christmas tradition.

You can always make any gift more personalized by writing a little poem along with the gift. Whether you’re the secret Santa or you’re getting gifts for a special someone, we’re sure you can come up with other ideas and get inspiration from the ones we provided as well.

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