The Ultimate
12 Days of Christmas
Gift Idea List






Most people nowadays celebrate the twelve days of Christmas starting on the 13th or 14th of December (depending on whether they want to deliver the last gift on Christmas Eve or Christmas day). Historically, the 12 Days of Christmas actually start with Christmas Day and finish with the eve of Epiphany on January 5. 


I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that people are  probably going to like getting gifts no matter when they come!





The 12 Day Christmas Gift Idea List




Day 1: A Partridge in a Pear Tree


  • box of fancy pears
  • sparkling pear cider
  • single pear with A Partridge Family Christmas CD
  • Family Tree display
  • Pairs in Pears game
  • Pear soaps or candles
  • dwarf pear tree in a pot, to be planted in the spring





Day 2: Two Turtle Doves

  • Turtle candies and Dove chocolates
  • pair of champagne flutes for you and your turtle dove...






Day 3: Three French Hens

  • french press coffemaker
  • gift certificate to KFC or another chicken restaurant
  • homemade chicken dinner with french bread
  • a book in french or a book about learning french
  • Julie and Julia movie or a cookbook by Julia Child





Day 4: Four Calling Birds

  • cell phone case
  • CD of bird call identification
  • songbird feeder
  • bird calls
  • 4 angry birds launchers
  • portable cell phone battery backup





Day 5: Five Golden Rings



  • donut maker and recipe book
  • gold napkin rings with nice cloth napkins
  • butterscotch lifesavers
  • gift certificate for onion rings

And of course, you can't go wrong with an actual gold ring or gold coin...











Day 6: Six Geese A-Laying



  • plastic eggs filled with tiny surprises 
  • chocolate cream-filled eggs 
  • six eggs in a basket plus ingredients for omelets 
  • a quiche in a pretty dish 
  • a goose-down comforter, throw, featherbed or pillows







Day 7: Seven Swans A-Swimming



  • Origami swans 
  • swan soaps 
  • Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake CD
  • bubble bath and a rubber duckie 
  • white chocolate swans
  • giant swan pool float







Day 8: Eight Maids A-Milking

  • Merry Maids gift certificate for housecleaning
  • Milkmaids Caramels 
  • milk frother  
  • hot chocolate mix 
  • bath milk bubble bath





Day 9: Nine Ladies Dancing

  • nine pairs of socks for their tired feet 
  • Nutcracker book or video 
  • Pirouette wafer cookies 
  • a pair of dance shoes and a gift certificate for dance lessons 
  • tickets to see a dance performance 
  • White Christmas-the timeless holiday movie 





Day 10: Ten Lords A-Leaping


  • Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance CD or DVD 
  • jar of hoppin' John soup mix 
  • kangaroo shoes





Day 11: Eleven Pipers Piping


  • James Galway Flute CD 
  • cake decorating piping bag and tips 
  • bagpipe music





Day 12: Twelve Drummers Drumming

  • Package of Ice cream Drumsticks 
  • drum of popcorn 
  • drum ornament 
  • CD of carribbean steel drum band music







See 12 Days of Christmas Gifts for Kids

12 Days of Christmas Themes for Gifts

12 Days of Christmas Games for Family Fun



Twelve Days of Christmas Gifts for Hunters

From Emily in Indiana:  One year for Christmas I followed the twelve days of Christmas for my husband, who is an avid hunter. I had seen a list online somewhere and modified it a little. Here is what I got him:

Day 1: Cartridges under our Pine Tree - Rifle Ammo hidden outside
Day 2: Two Snow Gloves
Day 3: Three Cornish Game Hens, roasted
Day 4: A bird call - You could also do four cold beers if this is not a bird hunter
Day 5: Ring made from a bullet casing
Day 6 : Gray Goose vodka w/ six shot glasses
Day 7: Seven hunting decoys
Day 8: Unscented, odor-neutralizing goat milk soap

Day 9: Warm socks
Day 10: A nice pair of insulated rain boots
Day 11: Tobacco for his once-in-awhile pipe
Day 12: A calendar with pictures of our family hunting


Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4



Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8



Day 9

Day 10

Day 11

Day 12




12 Days of Christmas Candy

12 Days of Books for Kids

12 Days of Family Game Nights

what to get your boss for Christmas


find a teen Christmas gift 

return home from The Ultimate 12 Day Christmas Gift Idea List