12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas for the Whole Family

Updated: December 20, 2019
Want to recreate the gifts from the classic Christmas carol, The 12 Days of Christmas? Here are our top budget-friendly gift ideas for adults and kids that don't involve ten lords a leaping, or a partridge in a pear tree.
12 mini Christmas gifts boxes labelled 1 through 12

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No matter the culture, the Christmas spirit permeates our thoughts and motives during the holidays. Even if you’re a humbug, it can be positively contagious. In whatever way you choose to celebrate Christmas, having at least one tradition is an important part of building heartfelt memories for your family. 

Heather Wallace, FamilyEducation’s positive parenting expert and facilitator of Empowered Parenting, agrees, “Adding traditions to your family culture can be an invaluable experience that can lead to a greater connection.” 

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One thoughtful approach to getting your family in the holiday spirit is with gifts relating to one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time, 12 Days of Christmas. In this article, you’ll find well over 12 clever ideas that will help you or someone you know, build a Christmas tradition that could last a lifetime.

On the First Day of Christmas…

A partridge in a pear tree brings to mind the juicy taste and uplifting aroma of pears. Consider gifting a box of Golden State quality pears. 

Other ideas: 

Dried fruits on a Wooden, Pear-Shaped Tray

Pear-scented Candle

For the kids: Pear-flavored jelly beans

Teach your kids about the history of The 12 Days of Christmas with this free printable lyrics worksheet

Twelve Days of Christmas Printable Worksheet

On the Second Day of Christmas…

Two turtle doves are a symbol of love, friendship, and devotion. There are many ways to express these feelings to friends and family, and turtle dove ornaments are one of them.

Other ideas:

12 Days of Christmas Family Card Game

Chocolate-covered Caramel and Pecan Turtles

For the kids: The Turtle Dove’s Journey book

On the Third Day of Christmas…

Not everyone can have three french hens running around their yards, but we can always replicate their meaning of faith, hope, and love through gifts. Or maybe you just really like chickens? If so, why not grab a pair of chicken socks for the whole family? 

Other ideas:

50 Shades of Chicken Cookbook

Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 Tales of Holiday Love and Wonder

For the kids: LEGO Minecraft The Chicken Coop

On the Fourth Day of Christmas…

Four calling birds can call in the holiday spirit in so many clever ways, including with a birdhouse or a bird feeder. 

Other ideas:

Kintrot Traditional Cuckoo Clock

Red Cardinal Pop-Up Card

For the kids: Woodstock and Snoopy Pajamas

On the Fifth Day of Christmas…

You don’t have to purchase five gold rings for this Christmas tradition. Summon your inner Christmas magician with these Magic Makers Linking Rings.

Other ideas:

Ringer Hook and Ring Toss Game

Lord of the Rings: The Card Game

For the kids: LED Light Up Rings

On the Sixth Day of Christmas…

Who says the humans get to have all of the Christmas fun? Six geese-a-laying will gladly pass along some tasty egg nog made specifically for dogs and cats. 

Other ideas:

Tyler Candle Company Eggnog Candle

Goose Down Outdoor Blanket

For the kids: Christmas Egg Nog Mugs with Santa

On the Seventh Day of Christmas…

Your true love sent you seven swans a-swimming but in the form of a tiny music box that plays Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. 

Other ideas:

Inflatable Swan Pool Float

Miniature Terrarium Swans

For the kids: Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

On the Eighth Day of Christmas...

The eight maids a-milking will love to pour their fresh drinks from a Christmas-inspired pitcher and mugs, like this vintage-style Tinsel Town winking Santa set.

Other ideas: 

Godiva Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa

Medela Harmony Breast Pump

For the kids: Horizon Chocolate Milk Boxes

On the Ninth Day of Christmas…

When we see nine ladies dancing, we’ll know they got these gifts. A good place to start would be the Echo Dot Smart Speaker.

Other ideas:

Just Dance 2020 for Playstation4

Disco Ball Lights (Remote-controlled)

For the kids: Dancing Ballerina Jewelry Box

On the Tenth Day of Christmas…

Ten lords a-leaping are also a-lording over their lands in Catan, an award-winning, civilization-building board game that’s sure to bring out your most competitive, holiday spirit!

Other ideas:

Fitness Speed Jump Rope

Pearl Jam’s Ten album

For the kids: Catan, Junior

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas…

Eleven pipers piping can have a holiday break when you make desserts with these piping tips from Cakebe.

Other ideas:

Havasu Wind Chimes

16 Pipes Eco-friendly Pan Flute

For the kids: Acerich Pipe Cleaner Animal Kit

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas…

The 12 drummers drumming most likely needed a bit of a holiday caffeine kick. This 12 days of Christmas Gourmet Coffee set will help keep you going throughout the busy Christmas season.

Other ideas:

The Little Drummer Boy Ornament

Nutcracker with Drum

For the kids: Momma Bear Drum with Mallet

The 12 days of Christmas have never been more fun with these clever ideas that will get you and your family in the holiday spirit. And remember, it doesn’t always have to be about gifts. 

As Wallace suggests, “Inspired by the ‘five gold rings’, a fun idea would be to have donuts as a family. A tradition of eating a tasty treat together around the breakfast table can kindle many family memories.”  

Looking for more holiday tradition ideas? Check out these Traditions inspired by ALL of the Winter Holidays.

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