The classic holiday song, “12 Days of Christmas” can serve as inspiration to shower your loved one with gifts this holiday season, just like the man in the song gives his true love twelve gifts. However, if you were to actually follow the lyrics of the song, your loved one would end up with 23 birds, eight cows, and a whole lot of people to feed. Instead, here’s how to gift twelve great gifts inspired by the song that she actually wants.
How to Choose 12 Days of Christmas Gifts
If you’re attempting to give your loved one a gift based on every verse of the famous song, you know that some verses are a whole lot harder than others. While it might be easy to find five gold rings (though expensive), it’s a lot easier than leaping lords or drummers drumming. And what exactly is a partridge?
Instead of sticking to each verse in its entirety, it’s perfectly okay to pick a key phrase and run with it. For example, if you’re not sure what to get for two turtle doves, you can pick out the word “turtle” and gift your loved ones some turtle candy or an assortment of chocolates including nutty clusters, chewy caramels, and more. Opt for a gift basket filled with a box of assorted caramels, one chocolate covered Peanut Butter Bucket™, and a delicious chocolate Pecan Bear™. Or, choose something that’s more in line with the dove theme, like a beautiful fruit arrangement featuring white chocolate covered dove-shaped pineapples.
Likewise, don’t think you have to take each verse literally and it’s always better to get your loved one a gift she’ll actually like as opposed to something that’s more in keeping with the original meaning of the song. For example, instead of gifting your loved one a flute that she might never touch for eleven pipers piping, you can opt for shelves with industrial piping or even a cake decorating kit that teaches her how to pipe buttercream. Or, consider a chocolate strawberry dipping kit so she can make her own delectable gourmet chocolate dipped strawberry creations. The more creative you can be with each verse, the better — especially when it includes something your loved one is already interested in.
For more fabulous 12 days of Christmas gift ideas your friends and family will absolutely love, we put out a call for ideas and curated responses below. (Note: Edible Arrangements® is not endorsing any of the companies or ideas discussed below, but we asked for suggestions to get some different perspectives.) Keep reading to find out what the contributors who responded to our query had to say about their favorite 12 days of Christmas gift ideas.
Reuben Yonatan is the Founder and CEO of GetVoIP.
“My favorite 12 days of Christmas gift idea is an Airbnb gift card. People travel a lot during the Christmas season, and an Airbnb gift card will help offset accommodation costs. Since accommodation is one of the most expensive aspects of travel, it is both a useful and thoughtful gift.”
Ian Kelly is the VP of Operations for NuLeaf Naturals. He’s helped launch two major cannabis brands in both Colorado and Massachusetts and has consulted for many firms across the country. NuLeaf was ranked #11 overall, #4 for Health companies, and #1 for Hemp companies, as the fastest-growing in America by Inc. 5000.
“For the 12 Days of Christmas, you can take loose inspiration from the lyrics to come up with a creative gift, such as turtle chocolates for two turtledoves, or a partridge in a pear tree-themed gift including pear scented soaps and this lovely pearwood soap dish that is as eco-friendly as it is beautiful.”
Jamie Bacharach is a Licensed Medical Acupuncturist and Health Coach in Jerusalem, Israel, as well as the Head of Practice at Acupuncture Jerusalem. Jamie’s travels have taken her across the world as she has learned to synthesize the best of Western and Eastern medicine to the benefit of her patients.
“Instead of rings to represent the 5 golden rings, go for a fashionable set of gold-colored, ring-shaped bracelets! While rings or napkin holders are the more cliché and common choice for this 12 Days of Christmas classic, bracelets put a fun and new twist on things which still keeping the tradition alive. A set of bracelets also represents a fun and trendy fashion choice that many people won’t necessarily expect.”
Jennifer is an Editor at Etia.com, where they educate the travel community with the latest information on Etias and other travel-related education.
“Here are some of the best gift ideas related to the 12 Days of Christmas.
The first one would be Christmas Charm Bracelet. This beautiful 12 Days of Christmas Toggle Charm Bracelet contains figurine charms inspired by the famous carol. The bracelet is richly detailed and layered in sterling silver.
12 Days Of Christmas Themed Dispenser Ornaments are numbered and correspond to a gift in the 12 Days of Christmas. The ornaments are 2 3/4 inches high and feature either a red or green base. It includes 12 packs of sugar cookie flavored candy, which makes a fun holiday gift for a Pez collector.
The Advent Calendar for Alcohol & Adults is a simple, yet clever fillable design that allows you to easily customize the unique gift surprises. This calendar will make it easy to ditch the chocolate and candy for some bourbon, whiskey, tequila, vodka, etc.”
Zachary Weiner is the Owner and CEO of Restaurant Accounting.
“I recommend gifting a bird feeder for the 4th day, referring to the four calling birds. Bird watching is a fascinating stress-relieving activity that couples can enjoy together. The main idea of the 12 Days of Christmas song is to show your significant other your love by giving them material things. However, presents are not the only gifts you can give to your loved one.
By gifting a bird feeder, you are also giving a portion of your time you can spend bird watching together. As such, a bird feeder is a more meaningful gift that lets couples bond together.”
Tal is a realtor and the co-founder of Condo Wizard.
“Here are my top picks for easy, functional, and thoughtful 12 Days of Christmas gift ideas:
- Day 1 – a pear-scented candle
- Day 2 – personalized phone case with turtle-dove design
- Day 3 – your home-cooked chicken meal
- Day 4 – bird aesthetic painting
- Day 5 – golden steel straw
- Day 6 – goose down pillow
- Day 7 – pairing swan socks
- Day 8 – milk tea gift certificate
- Day 9 – nice pair of sneakers
- Day 10 – yoga mat
- Day 11 – pipers piping mouse pad
- Day 12 – 12 polaroid pictures of your memory with him/her”
Darren is a writer and the founder at BBQHost.com. While he loves all delicious barbecue, what he loves the most is getting to share it with his friends and family. Nothing is better than getting to see the faces of people who are totally enjoying their barbecue, whether a classic burger or a five-star perfectly-pulled pork sandwich.
“As a barbecue aficionado, and unlike most people, I don’t just grill from summer to summer. For me, BBQ is a lifestyle. So, if you have someone like me in your family, I think the best 12 Days of Christmas gift would be one of the items below:
- Grill mats
- A solid grilling plank (preferably, oak or sugar maple)
- A barbecue grill light
- Gloves for winter BBQ (I told you I grill all year round)”
Alex Membrillo is the CEO of Cardinal Digital Marketing Agency.
“To celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas, I like to do unique edible gifts the family can enjoy each day. It’s a fun way to celebrate the season of Christmas.
For example, on the 1st day of Christmas, the themed ‘partridge in a pear tree’ gift could be a pear tart or cobbler.
For the 5th day of Christmas, I recommend thinking outside the box, the donut box. Colorfully glazed donuts are a fun way to symbolize the ‘5 golden rings.’
For 8 maids a milking, opt for some milk chocolate with a cold glass of milk on the side.
Piping or ‘swizzle’ on chocolate dipped strawberries is a great way to celebrate ’11 pipers piping.’
A drum of popcorn is the perfect way to close out the season on the 12th day of Christmas, with ’12 drummers drumming.'”
Bryan Stoddard currently runs a website called Homewares Insider. Homewares Insider explores all things related to homes, interior design, maintenance, and gardening. He’s also a passionate home designer who loves to tinker with DIY, design, and gardening.
“When looking for the perfect gifts, I always try to have a few things in mind. First is that being creative is the best strategy towards choosing the exact gift that you know will cheer up the person you are aiming to surprise.
Also, when choosing a gift, there is a golden rule. Don’t overdo it with gifts. One solid gift will make the person happier than a bunch of gifts that they can buy at their local mall.
Lastly, the gift should be useful in some way. Having things that they cause, the persons receiving the gift will more likely be happier and more satisfied, as it will prove handy.
Having listed all of that, I think that the best 12 Days of Christmas gift you can give to someone, and also my favorite gift, is a gift card with a handcrafted greeting card.”
Samantha Moss is the Editor and Content Ambassador at Romantific.
“Some 12 Days of Christmas gift ideas are:
- 1st Day: You may consider gifting a box of pears or any pear-flavored food.
- 2nd Day: Some turtle candies or any accessory with a dove charm could work.
- 3rd Day: You can gift some hens and chicks succulents.
- 4th Day: You can gift any item with a bird design or any accessory with a bird charm.
- 5th Day: Giving some gold accessories is a good idea. But, giving some glazed donuts could work, too.
- 6th Day: You can give some sweet chocolate eggs or some delicious deviled eggs.
- 7th Day: You can give a copy of the book Swan Lake.
- 8th Day: A jar of milk bath could work.
- 9th Day: A speaker to play music to dance to is a good idea.
- 10th Day: You can give any item relating to lords or royalties.
- 11th Day: A champagne flute or some piping tips is a good idea.
- 12th Day: You can gift a The Little Drummer Boy ornament.”
Sonya Schwartz is the Founder of Her Norm.
“Some might not feel excited about the coming holiday season because of the pandemic, but that’s not me. I can barely contain myself. As a website owner and a mother, I am very excited to receive and give gifts this Christmas. Here are my favorites 12 Days of Christmas gifts:
- Delectable brownies
- Chocolate cream cake
- Beautiful matching China
- Any indoor plant
- A new office desk
- Table lamp
- An easy to assemble tent
- A silver necklace
- Korean Maifan Stone Barbecue Pan
- A day in a luxurious spa”
Lisa Huff is a cookbook author, recipe developer, food stylist, food photographer, and award-winning home chef. She lives in the NYC area with her husband and two teenagers.
“One of my favorite 12 Days of Christmas gift ideas is small bottles of fun flavored liqueurs (for those over 21). The small bottles are always well received when given as a gift to friends, family, or hostesses before the holidays. Wrap the bottles in cute paper and print out some recipe cards to go with each for a special touch. The liqueur has a long shelf life for later use, which is a nice bonus.
If alcohol isn’t suitable for your recipient, homemade spice mixes are a great gift idea for the 12 Days of Christmas. I love getting creative and putting the spices in nice glass jars and pairing them with recipe cards. It makes a great gift idea for friends, family, and anyone else who likes to cook.”
Eagan Heath is the Owner of Splendid Beast.
“A huge portion of our custom pet paintings at Splendid Beast are given as gifts. Sometimes people have a funny portrait painted for their loved one, and sometimes they just give a gift card to that person to pick out how they’d like their pet painted.”
Amy McWaters is the CEO at The Hamper Emporium.
“In a professional setting, buying a gift hamper would be the easiest and most cost-effective thing to do. Instead of gifting the whole box at once, you can gift one item each day. You can start with smaller items like cookies, and on Christmas, end with champagne or wine.
For family, always tailor the gifts to the person’s interest. For example, if someone is always interested in learning new things, buy them short courses online, and on Christmas, get them a Curiosity Stream subscription. For someone who loves goodies, make something new every day. For someone who is an artist, get rare brushes and palettes each day. The idea is to always stick to a theme so that it’s memorable.”
A lifelong theology lover, Mike is the proud owner of MythologySource.com, with guides covering everything from Zeus to Poseidon.
“One of my favorite beer makers, Brewdog, has recently released a ’12 Gins of Christmas’ calendar, and I think it’s a perfect gift. I know I’m not the only one with a dad who loves a gin & tonic. The ‘calendar’ is made up of a small collection of 50ml bottles, each with a different flavor to try. It’s perfect for any gin lover and incredibly unique, too!”
Daniel Carter is the founder of Zippy Electrics. He provides in-depth guides and reviews on a variety of electronic riding gadgets on his blog. He also enjoys his 25-minute morning commute aboard his own trusty electric scooter and shares his passion for cool rides with his two teenage sons and readers of his blog.
“Every year, I always give my kids and godchildren books. I think it is the best idea for the 12 Days of Christmas as it would help them learn values and new knowledge. With that, here are 12 books I would love to recommend:
- Charlotte’s Web
- The Cat in the Hat
- Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
- The Secret Garden
- The Little Prince
- Anne of Green Gables
- Green Eggs and Ham
- James and the Giant Peach
- Bridge to Terabithia
- The Borrowers
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory“
James Bullard is the founder of Sound Fro. He shares his love for music on his blog, covering a variety of topics that will strike a chord with music enthusiasts around the world. He offers information and advice, drawing from his own personal experience in learning to play different musical instruments successfully.
“Here are my favorite 12 days of Christmas gift ideas:
- A Partridge in a Pear Tree – A jar of pear jam
- Two Turtledoves – A dove necklace
- Three French Hens – The Little Red Hen book
- Four Calling Birds – Books about birds
- Five Golden Rings – Five glazed donuts
- Six Geese a Laying – An egg pie
- Seven Swans a Swimming – The Ugly Duckling book
- Eight Maids a Milking – Organic milk bath
- Nine Ladies Dancing – A Zumba class gift certificate
- Ten Lords a Leaping – Lord of The Rings DVD
- Eleven Pipers Piping – A piper Christmas ornament
- Twelve Drummers Drumming – A ticket to a band concert”
James Kilpatrick is the ‘top bean’ (founder) at Beanie Coffee. Years of working in cafes have led him to look beyond the percolated coffee of his youth to a world of specialty blends and cold brews. On this blog, James provides in-depth guides and reviews on all things coffee to help other coffee enthusiasts.
“Here are my favorite ideas for 12 days of Christmas gifts:
- A Partridge in a Pear Tree (First Day of Christmas) – Pear tarts
- Two Turtle Doves (Second Day of Christmas) – Dove branded chocolates
- Three French Hens (Third Day of Christmas) – French perfume
- Four Calling Birds (Fourth Day of Christmas) – A birdfeeder
- Five Golden Rings (Fifth Day of Christmas) – Freshly cooked onion rings
- Six Geese a Laying (Sixth Day of Christmas) – Six Kinderjoy chocolate eggs
- Seven Swans a Swimming (Seventh Day of Christmas) – Black Swan DVD
- Eight Maids a Milking (Eighth Day of Christmas) – Swiss Miss hot chocolate mix
- Nine Ladies Dancing (Ninth Day of Christmas) – Interactive video game related to dance
- Ten Lords a Leaping (Tenth Day of Christmas) – Lord of the Rings DVD
- Eleven Pipers Piping (Eleventh Day of Christmas) – Home decor made from pipe
- Twelve Drummers Drumming (Twelfth Day of Christmas) – A drum of popcorn”
Vinay Amin is the Health Expert and CEO at Eu Natural.
“For good reason, we’re all currently hyper-aware of our immune systems and health defenses. As such, a great gift is our Immunity Bundle. A set of entirely herbal, natural supplements, the Immunity Bundle helps boost the body’s natural immune system and protect against cases of flu and general maladies.”
Becky Beach is the owner of MomBeach.com, a blog for moms who stay at home with their kids and pets.
“I purchased gifts for our countdown to Christmas calendar which has 12 Days of Christmas. The calendar has small boxes, so I got candies like Ring Pops, fun-size candy bars, and more. I also got Christmas-themed socks, travel bottles of Bath and Body Works lotions, Matchbox cars, Lego sets, and a watch for my husband.”
God’sglory Oge is a Writer at WhattoGetMy.com.
“Here are my top recommendations for 12 Days of Christmas gift ideas:
A beautiful soap and glass dish set inspired by the Christmas carol and beautifully wrapped for Christmas gifting. It has a beautiful detail of a partridge on a pear tree, leaving no doubt that it is a Christmas gift. The soap is also pear-scented for a sweet and enjoyable bath experience for your loved one during the Christmas season.
This is a beautiful music box that would look regal on any surface where it is placed, and it plays calm, soothing music. While your loved ones may not have actual turtle doves, these come pretty close and will be a delightful 12 Days of Christmas gift to give.
These beautiful small-size handmade chandelier lampstands crafted in France will bring the three French hens to life in your loved one’s living room. The beauty of these as a gift is that they can continue being used after Christmas as a cute decorative piece for chandeliers or wall lights.
This is another beautiful gift that’s themed after 12 Days of Christmas but still functional and useful even after Christmas. It is a perfect size, and it’s ideal for any part of the house where your loved one fancies a foot mat. Having the four calling birds written on it keeps the fond memories of Christmas always present in the house.
Five real golden rings will be very expensive, but these come pretty close and will bring class and elegance to any part of the house where it is hung, both for the Christmas season and afterward.
For boiling the 6 eggs laid by the 6 geese, this egg cooker is a must-have for the 12 Days of Christmas.
This exquisite swan bronze holder will be perfect for holding the Christmas bottle of wine for Christmas lunch/dinner while 12 Days of Christmas plays in the background. It remains a beautiful decorative piece even after Christmas.
You may not be able to have eight milking maids on the eighth day of Christmas, but you can make better-frothed milk on the 8th day of Christmas with this cool milk frother, which is also a hot chocolate making machine.
With Alexa, everyone can be the nine ladies dancing to 12 Days of Christmas on Christmas day, with one voice prompt to Alexa. This Christmas gift will keep the music going on Christmas day and beyond.
This figurine of a lord in leaping mode is the perfect addition to 12 Days of Christmas collectibles, especially for collectors of 12 Days of Christmas memorabilia.
This beautiful stoneware mug with its beautiful etching of a Scottish piper is reminiscent of the 11 pipers piping in the 12 Days of Christmas. It’s a mug your loved one will enjoy using for piping hot beverages.
This final collector’s item will be loved by anyone collecting 12 Days of Christmas mementos to complete their set.
This figurine is both a decorative piece and a wine holder, and it’s a good alternative for someone who may not want the collector’s figurine but wants something themed to represent 12 drummers drumming in the 12 Days of Christmas carol.”
Jen McClary is the Founder/Owner of Grape Juice Mom LLC.
“I produce a customizable advent calendar specially designed to hold mini liquor bottles. However, the calendar is not decorated to indicate alcohol, so it can be filled with toys, chocolates, pet treats, or gift cards, making it versatile for many types of recipients.”
12 Amazing 12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas
Still looking for some inspiration to find amazing twelve days of Christmas gifts? We’ve rounded up 12 fabulous 12 Days of Christmas gift ideas below.
1. A Partridge in a Pear Tree: Holly Jolly Village
Though it might not be a pear tree, this arrangement is packed with wonderful Christmas tree shaped pineapple covered in semisweet chocolate and green drizzle. It’s also filled with reindeer shaped pineapple, pineapple stars, and a chocolate dipped wreath apple ring.
2. Two Turtle Doves: Peace & Doves Bouquet™
Perfect for a verse about doves, this delightful arrangement is packed with delectable white chocolate dipped dove shaped pineapple. Fresh and succulent cantaloupe, honeydew, grapes, and strawberries make the package complete.
3. Three French Hens: Succulent Garden
It might not be a French hen, but this succulent garden is full to the brim of hens and chicks. The white ceramic pot and beautiful foliage add some color to any surface — whether it’s a desk, windowsill, or table.
4. Four Calling Birds: Woodlink Blue Hopper Bird Feeder
This bird feeder will attract a whole lot more than four calling birds. It features two perches on either side of the feeder with room for plenty of feathered friends, plus a locking top and metal spring-activated perches that keeps squirrels away.
5. Five Golden Rings: 14K Gold 14mm Round Hoop Earrings
It might not be five golden rings, but we can guarantee she’ll be just as happy with this pair of golden ring earrings. They’re made with 14 karat gold with rhodium plating to enhance appearance and reduce tarnishing.
6. Six Geese a Laying: Chef’sChoice Egg Cooker
This gift might not be able to lay fresh eggs in the morning, but it does provide an easy way to cook them. It lets you cook your eggs exactly the way you want them, from soft-cooked to hard-boiled all in the same batch.
7. Seven Swans a Swimming: ‘Swan’ by Mark Adlington Painting Print on Canvas
Did you know that swans symbolize beauty, grace, love, and passion? This beautiful swan painting will look right at home on your loved one’s walls and will serve as a constant reminder for how much you love her.
8. Eight Maids a Milking: milk + honey Bath Soak No.08
Treat your loved one to a de-stressing bath filled with the relaxing scent of lavender. It’s made with real milk to sooth and calm the skin and requires a whole lot less upkeep than eight cows and their keepers.
9. Nine Ladies Dancing: Bose® – SoundLink® Micro Portable Bluetooth® Speaker
You won’t be able to keep from dancing with this portable speaker. It connects to your phone via Bluetooth to seamlessly stream your favorite tunes, and with six hours of playtime, you’ll be rocking out all night.
10. Ten Lords a Leaping: The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit Trilogy
Hunker down this winter with two classic trilogies in one: The Hobbit trilogy and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. While it might not be ten lords who love to jump, will provide far hours of entertainment for you and your loved one.
11. Eleven Pipers Piping: Rustic Industrial Floating Pipe Shelving
Made with rustic industrial piping and barnwood inspired distressed wood, these shelves lend a bit of farmhouse charm to any decor. Plus, they’re a lot more useful than eleven guys playing the flute.
12. Twelve Drummers Drumming: Silent Practice Drum Kit
Let your loved one learn the art of drumming without disturbing the neighbors. This silent drum kit will help her learn the basics until she’s ready to upgrade to a real drum set.
This year, shower your special person with twelve amazing gifts that will unwrap a little bit of Christmas joy each day.