Needless to say I LOVE Christmas and one of my favorite things is finding new ways to surprise people with gifts or a clever way to gift them. One of my favorites was the year I enlisted the help of a friend of both my mother’s and mine to hide a huge standing jewelry box in her garage, sneaking it in the house on Christmas Eve and wrapping it so it looked like Santa had just delivered it that night. My mother was so surprised and delighted by the gift. She was so shocked because she hadn’t a clue how I was able to keep it all from her. And our friend had a blast helping me on the project.
Another, and what this blog post is about, was the year I surprised my husband with the 12 Days of Christmas.
The 12 Days of Christmas are 12 individual gifts. There are a couple of ways to give the recipient them. The classic way is on December 14 to give them the first gift, the 2nd on the 15th and so on until December 25, you give them the 12th gift. I know people have a lot of fun with this one. I have known several people who start out by putting the 1st gift on the pillow, the next in the car, the next at the breakfast table, and so on. By about the 3rd gift the recipient has figured out there are 12 gifts and is getting excited about where the next one will show up.
Another way is to give all 12 the day of Christmas. This is actually what I did. I inherited from a friend this really cool stacking box set the had the traditional 12 Days of Christmas displayed on the outside of each box and the top read, “On the (insert number of the day) my true love gave to me”. I stacked all 12 up in a corner. Then each time around the gift opening circle that it was his turn, I handed him a box in numerical order. I had him read the top and on the tag was written a sentence that described what was in the box.
For example: “On the First Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me… a Big Bauble for the Tree.” He could guess if he wanted to or he could just open it but all the tags were a cryptic give away as to what was in the box. In this case, I gave a hippo shaped Christmas ornament. Big as it was a hippo and Bauble as it was an ornament and for the tree as you would hang it on the tree. He had so much fun trying to guess what they were.
To do your own, first decide who you want to give the 12 Days to. Then, make your list of 15 to 20 inexpensive and varied sized little gifts that they would like. You can by tower boxes or just do 12 individually wrapped gifts. The most important part in my mind is creating your 12 days is the labels. They should be creative in describing what is in the box as not to give it a way but easy enough that when a person is done opening the gift, they can clearly see where you were going with your tag. It was just as much fun see him try to figure out what the gift was as the surprise when he actually opened the gift.
You can print these tags on blank business card paper that you can buy at an office supply store and can design them using stock Christmas graphics from your program such as Word. Then, its just a matter of attaching the tags.
The 12 Days of Christmas can be done for anyone you love. It’s all in the labels and what you put in the boxes. For a girl, it might be “Two kissable lips” for a lip balm or gloss. For a young boy, “some real dough” for a play dough set.
I hope you try gifting a 12 Days at least once in your life. Its as much fin for the gifter as for the giftee.