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24 Brilliant Gift Ideas to Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas

The 12 Days of Christmas is the period of time in Christian theology that marks the time between the birth of Jesus and the arrival of the three wise men. This time period begins on Christmas day (December 25th) and runs until the Epiphany or Three Kings’ Day (January 6th.) Many families enjoy celebrating this period of time by exchanging special gifts for each of the twelve days. Some families enjoy sharing gifts based on the iconic Christmas song as well.

While this is certainly a fun and reflective time for those who celebrate Christmas, finding the right twelve gifts can be a bit tricky. Luckily, we found a ton of great ideas to suit your 12 days of Christmas celebrations.

Whether you want to create cute crafts with Merry Christmas quotes or purchase thoughtful gifts, our guide can help you find the perfect 12 days of Christmas gifts for your loved ones. Check out the awesome gifts we found!

Funny 12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas

If you have a friend or family member that appreciates a little bit of holiday humor, these 12 days of Christmas gifts could be an excellent choice.

Grow a Boyfriend

This cheeky, inexpensive gift idea is a good “10 lords a-leaping” gift idea for that friend who has a goofy sense of humor. If you’re not trying to go overboard in terms of gift budgets, this little guy is a great choice.

    Forum Novelties Grow a Boyfriend Novelty

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    Add water, grows to 6-times original size, from 2-inches to approximately 12-inches. Begins to grow in 2 hours, reaches full size in 72 hours. Dry him out; use him again! It's not pretend when you grow the perfect friend.

Drinking with Chickens Calendar

2020 was definitely not the year to gift a calendar or planner, but (hopefully) 2021 will be more eventful. This Drinking with Chickens wall calendar is a cheeky little gift to give on the “three french hens” day.

    Drinking with Chickens Wall Calendar 2021

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    Drinking with Chickens is a silly and utterly winning new calendar based on the Instagram sensation. The author is a lifestyle influencer who loves to make cocktails in her garden, where she grows the ingredients—and where chickens happen to roam about.

Goat Yoga

Do you have a friend or family member that loves yoga and also enjoys cheesy gifts? This gift for “8 maids a-milking” is a great choice– and also a fun party game for Christmas Day.

    Kikkerland Goat Yoga Party Game

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    Players perform real yoga poses while completing ridiculous challenges with an inflatable goat. Hilarious party game Positive vibes and laugh-out-loud fun!

Secret Santa 12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas

Secret Santa gift exchanges can be fun, but they can also be a bit difficult to figure out. This is especially so if you get a friend, family member, or coworker who is a brick wall when it comes to the gifts they enjoy. These gift ideas are great, fairly general presents that fit in well with the 12 days of Christmas theme.

Digital Concert Tickets

Many people like giving out physical gifts, but why not give the gift of an experience? You can easily purchase tickets for digital performances from the Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert hall for that one person in your life who loves music. An excellent “11 pipers piping” gift.

    Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall

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    The great conductors and soloists of our time. More than 40 live broadcasts in up to 4K UHD every season. Hundreds of archive concerts covering six decades. Free interviews and concert introductions. Exciting documentaries and artist portraits. Free Education Programme concerts for the whole family.

Golden (Napkin) Rings

For “5 golden rings,” you can get creative with this unique yet generally useful little gifts from Pottery Barn. Since napkin rings can be used by anyone, this is a great gift for a Secret Santa acquaintance.

    Roman Numeral Napkin Rings, Set of 4

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    Hand crafted of 100% copper with an antique gold finish. Features 0.25 high Roman numerals; M C M L X X X I X. BPA, phthalate and lead free. Set of 4.

Gold Swan Basket

This sweet “7 swans a-swimming” gift would be an excellent choice for your Secret Santa gift recipient who has kids or enjoys home decor. Again, it’s just general enough that virtually any Secret Santa recipient would find use for it.

    Natural and Gold Swan Basket

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    A charming storage piece for neutral nurseries and kids rooms, our Natural and Gold Swan Basket has a design to adore. It features an elegantly curved neck and perky tail. Offering a subtle contrast, the swan's wing has a golden tint. Use this roomy, handwoven rattan basket to store it all, from blankets and books to stray toys.

Creative 12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas

Do something a little different with these awesome creative Christmas gift ideas!

Six Geese a-Laying

If you love to sew, this collection of flying geese quilt patterns would be a very appropriate gift to make for “6 geese a-laying.” It’s also quite beginner-friendly as well.

    Love Flying Geese: 27 Modern Quilt Projects from Love

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    From the editors of Love Patchwork & Quilting comes this collection of bright, bold projects that show off the ever-popular Flying Geese block in ways both expected and innovative, resulting in wonderful array of motifs and looks.

Seven Swans a-Swimming

In need of an easy craft gift idea? These paper swans are so easy to make and would be excellent for family craft time. Get creative and encourage your children to use their imagination with different colors!

DIY Christmas Birdhouse Craft

Do you want to show your kids how to make 12 days of Christmas gifts? For “4 calling birds”, why not get the family together and make some lovely Christmas-themed birdhouses? Not only can your family have some creative bonding time, but now you have some cute gifts to exchange.

Food-Focused 12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas

Who doesn’t love getting food as a present? These gift ideas and recipes are sure to please.

“Partridge in a Pear Tree” Preserves

For “partridge in a pear tree”, you could whip up a pear-based non-perishable foodie gift for 12 days of Christmas. This recipe for pear preserves is not only easy, but a relevant and tasty gift that goes well with many different foods.

pear preserves recipe
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“Two Turtle Dove” Nests

It would make sense to make something chocolate for “two turtle doves,” especially if you want to get creative with baking. These little nests are quite simple to make and would be perfect for the chocolate-lover in your life.

Turtle Dove Nests
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Eight Maids Oat-Milking

It’s the “8 maids a-milking” day for your 12 days of Christmas exchange, and you want to make something tasty. However, your gift recipient is vegan. Don’t worry! Making vegan cheese is easy and fun as well. These vegan cheese recipes from ChooseVeg are tried and true!

Cashew-less Vegan Queso
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12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas For Him

Got a guy in your life that can be picky when it comes to gifts? These 12 days of Christmas gifts could be perfect.

Ten Lords a-Leaping

With a ticket to Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, your gift recipient will see a lot more than just 10 lords a-leaping this holiday season. Think “renaissance fair” meets a fancy dinner date. Kids love it as well!

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Electric Milk Frother

For “8 maids a-milking,” you don’t have to be super literal in terms of finding a milk-related gift. That said, everyone loves a good latte, and it’s hard to argue that a good latte can be made without a milk frother. This particular model has thousands of 4- and 5-star reviews, is priced affordably, and has a sleek design that will look great in any kitchen.

    Miroco Stainless Steel Electric Milk Steamer

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    Milk frother heats up to 240ml (8.1 oz) milk for delicious lattes or flat whites, also this foam maker froths 115ml (3.9 oz) for luscious cappuccinos or macchiato


12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas For Her

These more feminine 12 days of Christmas gift ideas could be perfect for your special lady friend.

Nine Ladies Dancing

For “9 ladies dancing,” why not give the gift of dance to your special lady? These online dances classes from Steezy are 100% remote, safe, and tons of fun.

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12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas For Staff

If you don’t know your staff well or have a specific coworker that you can’t figure out, these 12 days of Christmas gift ideas are just unique and general enough to please.

Three French Hens? How About Hen & Chicks

hens and chicks 12 days gift

Got a staff member who loves to garden or farm? A cute “three french hens” gift could be some hen and chicks seeds, or possibly a live cutting. These succulent plants are so easy to care for and require little in the way of water.

Four Calling Birds

A somewhat literal but very unique staff gift for “4 calling birds” could be a handcrafted bird calling whistle. If your staff member loves bird watching or your work in an industry that involves birds, one of these collectible, high-quality bird whistles could make the perfect gift.

    Western American Birds Birdcalls Collection

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    For ages 6 and above. Nontoxic stains and natural wood. Conforms to the stringent European and American toy safety laws.

Easy Autumn Spice Pear Cobbler

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We mentioned earlier that food is, obviously, the go-to for the “partridge in a pear tree” gift day. If you’re not a fan of canning, you could also simply bake a delicious pear-based dish for your staff member. This autumn spice pear cobbler is not only delicious but quite appropriate for the holiday season.

12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas For Kids

Kids can enjoy 12 days of Christmas gifts too! These gift ideas focus mostly on experiences and comfort, rather than physical toys.

Eleven Pipers Piping

11 pipers piping flautist flute player

For “11 pipers piping,” you can give that special kiddo in your life the gift of knowledge and music. Take Lessons is a great platform for finding remote, video-based flute lessons for children and adults alike. Just as well, you can find lessons for pretty much any instrument, woodwinds included.

Twelve Drummers Drumming

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If your child loves drumming but has not been able to take lessons this year, you’re in luck! School of Rock offers online drum lessons complete with a free trial, so you can decide for yourself if lessons are a good fit for your little one.

Goose Warming Pillow

Need a gift for a baby or toddler? This soft, adorable organic gray goose warming pillow would make a perfect gift for “6 geese a-laying.” This stuffed animal features an insertable spelt pad that can be warmed via an oven to provide a great snuggly gift for teething or sleepless babies.

    Organic Gray Goose Warming Pillow

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    Our Gray Goose Warming Pillows are covered with soft organic cotton and designed to comfort children of all ages. Handcrafted in Germany, this adorable and floppy goose comes in two sizes and is vegan-friendly.

12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas For Friends

Show your friend how much they mean to you with these excellent 12 days of Christmas gift ideas for BFFs.

Friendship Dove Ornaments

Buying gifts for friends can be tough. But for “two turtle doves,” you can give your best friend a gift that is symbolic of how much you care for them. These beautiful resin friendship dove ornaments are appropriate for Christmas, but also a perfect gift for your closest friend.

    Kurt Adler 4.5 Resin Friendship Dove Ornament Set of 2

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    Celebrate the holidays with a friend with this 4.5 Resin Friendship Dove Ornament Set of 2 from Kurt Adler. Keep one dove, and give the other dove to a special friend -- each dove will be a sweet reminder of your friendship at Christmastime.

Milk & Honey Gift Set

Like we mentioned earlier, “8 maids a-milking” doesn’t need to be taken literally. If you want to give your friend a non-food gift, this Milk & Honey Deluxe Boxed Gift Set from Farmhouse Fresh Goods is sure to please. This kit comes with a moisturizing serum, brush, and lotion.

    Milk & Honey Deluxe Boxed Gift Set

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    Gift your friends and family with full-size favorites of our O-List Honey Heel Glaze® moisturizer and customer-favorite Sweet Cream Body Milk Lotion. This deluxe boxed set is perfect for hydrating body and feet.

Goose Socks

If you have a friend who loves Untitled Goose Game (we all went a little nuts for that one when it came out, no shame), these adorable goose socks are a great gift for this “6 geese a-laying” gifting day. Even if your friend isn’t a gamer, these goose-themed socks are still a cute gift idea.

    Cosweet 3 Pairs Goose Head Socks

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    These socks are innovative goose head socks, which is lovely and special, making your feet look like the head of goose. What an interesting design!

Bottom Line

As you can see, 12 Days of Christmas gifts can be literal, handmade, punny, masculine, office-appropriate and fun. What do you think of these awesome 12 days of Christmas gift ideas? Drop us a comment below to let us know which gift idea you plan on using for Christmas this year!