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!

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Give a complete set of 12 Days of Christmas ornaments all at once, or give one each night leading up to Christmas.

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

  • Crossfit training jump rope
  • Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance  DVD  
  • Beard oil, brush and accessories

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

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