Surprise Your Neighbor with These 12 Days of Christmas Gifts
"The 12 Days Of Christmas" is a holiday song that most people know by heart. If you have been considering giving a gift for every verse of the song, you may be wondering where you should begin. After all, not all of the verses are easy to give gifts based on them. For example, how do you give nine ladies dancing on the ninth day of Christmas? Or what about ten lords a leaping on the tenth day of Christmas? Thankfully, there are many ideas that are creative and useful. Today, let's take a look at these 12 days of Christmas gifts that will surely be treasured by the person who receives the gift.
12 Days of Christmas Gifts
On the First Day of Christmas: A Partridge in a Pear Tree
First, let's go over what a partridge in a pear tree really is. A partridge is a short-tailed game bird with mainly brown plumage. Partridge looks a lot like quail. Some people give a piece of art that shows a partridge in a pear tree for the first day of Christmas. However, there are many other gift ideas for the first day of Christmas. One gift idea that most people do is to give food that contains pears in it. Pear cobbler, pear tart, or even just a basket full of pears will work.
On the Second Day of Christmas: Two Turtledoves
Before you start thinking of a way to give your neighbor a dove, you must first know that there are many other ideas that are based on this verse. One idea is to give turtle candies. Turtle candies are very popular, and can easily be made at home. If baking is just not your thing, consider giving a bag of Dove's chocolate. If your friend doesn't like chocolate, consider giving Dove bath products or jewelry that has a dove on it.
On the Third Day of Christmas: Three French Hens
Unless your neighbor lives on a farm, you most likely won't be able to give three hens. But that's ok. There are many other creative ideas. Homemade chicken noodle soup is one option. If you wanted, you could combine all of the dry ingredients inside a mason jar and then tie a bow around it. That way, your friend can cook it whenever he or she wants to. If your friend likes to make his or her own meals, consider giving a cookbook filled with recipes from France. Samples of French perfume is another option that would make the perfect gift.
On the Fourth Day of Christmas: Four Calling Birds
This next verse is a hard one because there aren't many alternatives for four calling birds. That is why some people give cellphone cases and notebooks since the word "calling" is in this verse. Others decide to give gifts that are based on birds, such as a bird feeder or a book on birds. Decide what your neighbor would like the best.
On the Fifth Day of Christmas: Five Golden Rings
Giving a golden ring to someone is an option, but there are many other creative ideas as well. One such idea is to give golden napkin rings to someone who hosts parties often. You can easily make your own gold napkin rings using cardboard and golden-colored tape. For someone who would appreciate food more than gold napkin rings, consider giving pineapple upside down cake with five pineapple rings on top. Ring pops are another idea that will surely satisfy any sweet tooth.
On the Sixth Day of Christmas: Six Geese a Laying
Most people decide to give chocolate eggs on the sixth day of Christmas. Because chocolate eggs are usually popular around Easter, you may not be able to find them at stores around Christmas. You can make your own chocolate eggs that look exactly like real eggs with yellow inside that looks like a yolk. A platter of deviled eggs is another great gift option for the sixth day of Christmas.
On the Seventh Day of Christmas: Seven Swans a Swimming
You probably won't want to purchase seven swans, so consider giving a spa gift basket that resembles a swan's peaceful personality. Don't forget to include lotions, sponges, towels, washcloths, bars of soap, and essential oils in the spa gift basket. Other 12 days of Christmas gift ideas to give on this date include an inflatable swan for the pool or a children's book on swans such as "The Ugly Duckling".
On the Eighth Day of Christmas: Eight Maids a Milking
This verse may be a little confusing for some. One gift idea that you can give is a jar full of milk bath. A milk bath is a bath taken in milk instead of water. Often other scents such as rose, lavender, honey, and essential oils are added. Another gift idea is a mason jar filled with hot chocolate ingredients.
On the Ninth Day of Christmas: Nine Ladies Dancing
A smart speaker that plays dance music is a great gift idea for the ninth day of Christmas. If a device like that costs too much, consider getting something more simple such as an iPod or even a CD. If the person who is receiving this gift loves to dance, consider giving a certificate for dance lessons.
On the Tenth Day of Christmas: Ten Lords a Leaping
For this Christmas gift, you'll want to give anything that has to do with lords, crowns, or royalty. However, you could also give a gift that has to do with leaping, such as a jump rope. 10 lords a leaping mugs are becoming very popular, which makes them a good option as well.
On the Eleventh Day of Christmas: Eleven Pipers Piping
For the eleventh day of Christmas, consider buying a flute or a CD that plays bagpipe music. You could also give a home decor item made from pipe or a tea set with a card saying "piping hot tea". Other options include a piper ornament or a mug that says "11 pipers piping".
On the Twelfth Day of Christmas: Twelve Drummers Drumming
For the last day of Christmas, give anything that resembles a drum. A homemade drum, a cookie tin decorated like a drum, drumsticks, or drumstick ice cream cones are all great 12 days of Christmas gifts. You could also give a CD that has the song "Little Drummer Boy" on it.
When Does the 12 Days of Christmas Start?
Surprisingly, the 12 days of Christmas don't start until December 25th. That means that the first gift is given on Christmas day, and you continue giving gifts until January 5th. Of course, if you wanted to, you could start giving gifts 12 days before Christmas.
How to Wrap Your Gifts
Once you have purchased or made your 12 days of Christmas gifts, it is time to wrap them. There are so many creative ways to wrap a present these days. Here are the steps for wrapping your 12 days of Christmas gifts.
Place the Gift in a Box
Place your gift inside a box. Boxes make wrapping presents so much easier. If the gift didn't come with a box, purchase a box that the gift will fit inside of.
Measure the Gift
Next, you'll need to measure the gift and the amount of wrapping paper that you will need. To do this, place the gift on a large sheet of wrapping paper. Cut enough paper so that each side, when brought around the box, reaches slightly more than halfway across it.
Wrap the Gift
Start on the bottom of the gift and secure the wrapping paper with tape before you wrap. Bring the paper around the box and overlap the edges 1 inch to cover the piece already taped. Next, fold in the ends of the paper by laying the gift on its side. Starting at one end, fold a short side toward the center of the box, creating a crisp, pointed end at the corner of each long end of the paper. Repeat this step for the remaining short ends on each side of the gift. Fold the bottom flap up on each side and secure with double-sided tape. Then fold the top flaps down, securing again with double-sided tape.
Add bows and gift tags to your Christmas gifts. The new modern way to decorate a Christmas present is to add pine sprig to it. Simply slide the pine sprig underneath the bow or maybe tape it in place.
I hope this article has given you ideas for the 12 days of Christmas gifts. As you can see, there are many 12 days of Christmas gift ideas to consider trying. Some of them are easier than others, but all of them will definitely be a big hit for your friend, spouse, or co-worker. Once you get your gift, it is important that you wrap it neatly. The easiest way to wrap a gift is to place it in a box first. That way, it keeps a neat shape. After you have wrapped your Christmas present, don't forget to add some decorations to it. Have fun shopping or making 12 days of Christmas gifts. For some more simple homemade holiday gift ideas, click here.