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Make the Season More Meaningful with 12 Days of Christmas Gifting

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One of the best ways to change how you celebrate the Holidays can be borrowed from timeless songs.  Haven’t we all dreamed of getting presents every day? They don’t have to be the most expensive gifts or anything crazy.  They can be simple treats, meet basic needs, or just little bits of love to carry throughout the day.

Be creative and let this guide help you come up with some thoughtful gifts to bestow on your loved ones and give them a different Holiday or a new tradition to cherish.  You can make a game of it, for DIY advent calendars, or create a scavenger hunt with it.  It may not even be about the gifts but more about how you connect to each other and spend time together.  

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Guess what? You will also find 12 days of Christmas activities or gifts to make because we do not always have to spend money on things! We can use our hands and spend time creatively to make good, comforting, lasting memories. We can also put lots of things we already have to good purposeful re-use.

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Remember, not to get hung up on the numbers either, it doesn’t have to be “2 turtle doves” exactly.  Use each day to find symbolic meaning in your gift. Let it guide your efforts towards things that will have specific and deeper meaning to both you and the recipient.

12 Days of Christmas gifts doesn’t always have to be a gift you give but it can also mean time spent together making a project and sharing a themed treat while you do it.  For instance, you can plan to make felt ornaments together while sipping pear green tea or the pear mulled wine.

You don’t even have to celebrate Christmas to use this time as a way to connect and show each other more love near the end of the year.  That means you could even use this as a basis for winding the year down, starting on December 20th.  

Talk about creating a cherished new tradition?! I think I might like this even more than the traditional idea. So, let’s just call it 12 Days of Gifting.

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Day 1: A Partridge in a Pear Tree

Whether you want to focus on the partridge, the pear, or all of it, here’s some examples of small gifts you could use.

Under $5 – Asian Pear Harmony GreenTea from Stash Tea (18 tea bags)

Under $15 – Up With Paper Pop-Up Sight ‘N Sound Greeting Card – Partridge In A Pear Tree

Under $20 – A Solid Gourmet Chocolate Partridge and a Pear Tree from HeavenlyFruits on Etsy.

Under $40 – Harry & David Royal Riviera Gold Pear Gift

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Day 2: Two Turtle Doves

Under $5 – Two Turtle Doves Sticker (great for personalizing an item you already own).

Under $10 – HOME ALONE 2 DOVES AUTHENTIC & GENUINE made in the USA direct from artist John Perry.

Dove Exfoliating Body Polish Body Scrub, Pomegranate and Shea, 10.5 Ounce

Under $25 Sterling Silver Dove Filigree Necklace

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Day 3: Three French Hens

Under $10 – Embroidered Christmas Tea Towel

Under $15 – Holiday Chickens Christmas French Hens Carry-All Pouch

Beautifully crafted wool felt ornaments.

Under $20 – Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food You Can Make Cookbook

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Day 4: Four Calling Birds

Under $15 – Build a Bird Bungalow Kit

Under $20 – Hummingbird Color Changing Solar Lights Windchime

Birdsongs Hardcover Picture Book

Under $40 – Colorful Birds Jigsaw Puzzle

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Day 5: Five Golden Rings

Under $10 – Ring Shaped Silicone Mold for Chocolate, Ice Cubes, or Candy Favors.

 Wired Band Gemstone Ring

Thin 14K Gold Filled Stack RIng

Under $15 – Regal Napkin Rings (Set of 6)

Under $25 – Stainless Steel Gold-tone Ring set with colorful stones.

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Day 6: Six Geese A-Laying

Under $10 – Plush Audubon Canada Goose with Authentic Sound

Under $20 – Classic Collection of Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes (Hardcover) or FREE with Kindle Unlimited.

Under $25 – Sky with Geese Framed Mini Art Print


Under $40 – Metal Wall Art

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Day 7: Seven Swans A-Swimming

Under $15 –  Swans Wall Art

2 Swans Hand Towels

Under $20 – Swan Color-changing Night Light

Umbra Origami Swan Ringholder

Sterling Silver Tiny Swan Ring

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Day 8: Eight Maids A-Milking

Under $10 – Milk Carton Water Bottle

Under $15 – Get Milk or Cry Tryin Baby Onesie

Giant Milk Chocolate Hershey’s Kiss

White SPILT MILK Splash Cereal Bowl

Under $20 – Instant Boba Brown Sugar Bubble Pearl Milk Tea Kit

Skulls of My Enemies Lotion Bars Goat’s Milk Soap

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Day 9: Nine Ladies Dancing

Under $10 – Dance in the Rain Classic Box Sign

Under $15 – Ballerina Jewelry Stand

Never Miss a Chance to Dance Inspirational Bracelet

Fun ballet graphic socks

Dancer T-Shirt

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Day 10: Ten Lords A-Leaping

Under $5 – Ten Lords a Leaping –greeting card of a book sculpture

Under $10 – Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh – The Gifts of the Magi

Lord of The Rings – The One Ring Key Chain

Under $15 – The Lord of The Rings Movie Theme Music Box

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Day 11: Eleven Pipers Piping

Under $10 – Piper Piping PDF pattern for a hand sewn wool felt ornament

50Pcs Russian Piping Tips Set-Cake Decorating

Under $15 – 6 Pieces Reusable Silicone Pastry Piping Bags

$15 – Piper Ornatum Plants

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Day 12: Twelve Drummers Drumming

Under $10 – Rock Drum Necklace for Men

Under $15 – Music Lover Socks

3D Metal Earth Drum Set Model Kit

Dibs On The Drummer T-Shirt

Under $25 – Engraved Custom Drum Sticks,

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12 Days of Christmas fun or 12 Days of Gifting, enjoy it however you like!

All images are courtesy of Etsy, Amazon, or Society 6.

For featured items and more visit 12 Days of Christmas on Etsy & 12 Days of Christmas on Amazon.

Happy Wandering the Holidays!

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