Everyone knows the 12 Days of Christmas song. In fact, by the time New Year's rolls around, you've probably heard it so many times that you have all 12 days memorized. So why not incorporate this classic carol into this year's gift-giving? Anyone on your list with a love for vintage holiday charm would be enchanted by 12 days of gifts themed around one of the most iconic Christmas songs of all time, and it will likely turn into a much-anticipated annual holiday tradition.
The only problem? Most of the gifts given in the song are birds. Lots and lots of birds. That's why we're helping you out by hand-selecting 12 gift ideas that are inspired by each verse without being too literal. Start scrolling to discover our gifts for the 12 days of Christmas.
Oh, and don't worry; there are no live birds on this list.
"On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me a partridge in a pear tree."
Let's start off with a classic Christmas gift that fits the theme perfectly: This Partridge in A Pear glass-blown ornament. The hand-crafted construction makes it an heirloom piece that will be passed down from generation to generation, and the glittering accents catch the lights on the tree beautifully for a truly enchanting effect.
"On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me two turtle doves."
The idea of "two turtle doves" made us instantly think of earrings, and these sterling silver studs are a versatile addition to your giftee's jewelry collection. They're hand-crafted from 100% recycled sterling silver, are hypoallergenic and nickel-free, and come pre-packed in a chic jewelry bag for easy gifting.
"On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me three French hens."
Unless your giftee lives on a farm in the French countryside, they probably don't want a French hen for Christmas. But what about this French cookbook? It contains over 75 recipes crafted for beginner chefs looking to try their hand at French cuisine. The comprehensive guide was created by Chef François de Mélogue, who wanted to make French cooking more accessible to home chefs with limited experience. It's loaded with full-color photographs that bring each recipe to life.
"On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me four calling birds."
With a minimalistic design, sleek metal construction, and an easy-to-hang design, this set of four bird wall art is a non-Christmasy way to celebrate the season all year round. The 1/8" black steel wire is so durable that it could even be hung outdoors, and the understated style won't overpower other home decor elements.
"On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me five golden rings."
Okay, so these five 14K gold-plated bracelets aren’t exactly “rings,” but they are ring-shaped, and your giftee will love their versatile design that can be worn together or individually. Each set of five includes a love knot cuff bracelet, a gold bangle bracelet, a chunky paperclip bracelet, a Cuban link chain bracelet, and a gold beaded bracelet.
"On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love brought to me six geese a-laying."
If your geese are a-laying, you need a DASH rapid egg cooker. It cooks up to six eggs at once, and you can make hard-boiled eggs, soft-boiled eggs, poached eggs, scrambled eggs, individual omelets, and more. There's a reason this kitchen gadget has received more than 90,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.
"On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me seven swans a-swimming."
Your giftee should be fine with just one swan a-swimming, and this solar-powered swan pool float is perfect for nighttime pool parties. Not only does the solar-powered design brighten up your pool, but the light also changes color every 15 seconds, creating an impressive light show that transforms an ordinary pool into something spectacular.
"On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me eight maids a-milking."
How cute is this cow-shaped cream pitcher? It features a drip-free spout, a comfort-grip handle, an interior and exterior glaze that keeps the ceramic from absorbing moisture, and a 40-milliliter capacity that makes it perfect for holding creamer, maple syrup, and a variety of sauces.
"On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me nine ladies dancing."
At first glance, this looks like a pretty but simple stainless steel beaded bracelet. But once you read more about it, you discover that it features a hidden message written in Morse code: Just Dance. This hand-made bracelet has an adjustable lobster claw closure and comes in a beautiful gift box complete with a yellow ribbon.
"On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me ten lords a-leaping."
Your giftee will be a-leaping for joy with this digital jump rope. The built-in calorie counter helps them track their workout and keep an eye on their progress. The high-performance ball bearing design ensures smooth rotation, and the sold-core PVC rope construction keeps it looking like new workout after workout.
"On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me eleven pipers piping."
Sure, you could give a set of bagpipes on the 11th day, but why not think a bit outside the box and go with this hot chocolate mix set instead? It includes six scrumptious varieties of hot cocoa, including double chocolate, French vanilla, peppermint, salted caramel, toasted marshmallow, and caramel. Your giftee can enjoy a piping hot cup of deliciousness just by adding hot water or milk. (Get it? Piping?)
"On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me twelve drummers drumming."
Congrats! You made it to the 12th day of Christmas, so let's go out with a bang. No, we don't recommend giving someone an actual drum (unless they're a drummer, of course), but this wooden drum kit 3D puzzle is a fun gift that still fits the theme. The kit includes 246 pieces that fit together perfectly to form a tiny drum set that even non-puzzle fanatics could put together.