I decided to give Ryan 12 little gifts 12 days before Christmas. I made the decision the day before I would’ve started, so I wasn’t very prepared, but it worked and he was excited to see what treat he would get each day.
He received a gift that coordinated with that day. So whatever day it was (1st, 5th, 12th, etc..), he got a gift that had to do with that number. It didn’t always have to be that many items. I would love to do this again next year, and even for our kids when they’re older.
Here are the gifts I gave him each day!
|“On the 1st day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…ONE Sonic drink.”|
|“On the 2nd day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…TWO favorite candies.”|
|“On the 3rd day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…a THREE hole pencil bag.”
I had to stretch the “3” a bit…Ryan has tons of markers/pens because he grades with them and uses them for color coding our budget and his calendar, so this was to house them all.
|“On the 4th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…a FOUR featured spiral.”
Again, I stretched it a bit, but we were needing a new spiral for our budget. You could get a 4 Subject Spiral Notebook
|“On the 5th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…5 gum.”|
|“On the 6th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…SIX pack abs from home.”|
|“On the 7th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…SEVEN granola bars.”|
|“On the 8th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…8 Colored Pens.”|
|“On the 10th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…TEN Colored Markers.”
His old ones were fading and he uses these daily!
|“On the 11th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…$11.00 to Smoothie King.”
I know it says Smoothie Factory, but I wrote this before I went there and got it here instead.
|“On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…TWELVE reasons I love you.”
I didn’t end up doing 12 reasons from Beckham. I posted these reasons on my blog for him to read when he gets home.
It was fun giving him these presents, but next year I’ll have to think ahead and buy them in advance. These gifts ended on the 24th because I knew I wanted to get him an actual Christmas present on the 25th.
If you have any other suggestions for the days, please feel free to share below. I could use some more ideas.
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I love this idea, will definitely have to keep in mind for next Christmas!
Rachel P says
We did this last year for our kids…8 and 5. Started at 12 to work down to a big 1…12 candy canes, 11 things from PetSmart (things for a our new goldfish tank), 10 pieces of celery, 9 hugs from parents (not the biggest hit:), 8 Reese Trees, 7 Christmas Rice Crispy treats, 6 Christmas pencils, 5 packs of gum, 4 tubes of Chapstick, 3 trip to McDonalds, 2 slippers, and a trampoline for you to jump on. Very random things however they still talk about it today.
This is such a neat idea! I need to do it this year!
Thanks for the gift ideas! I have been doing this for my kids for the last 5 years and they absolutely LOVE it!!!
My sister and I did 24 gifts (Dec 1-24) for our mother for years. She would be so excited about picking a gift out of her box every morning, even after developing alzheimer’s her last 2 years of life which made her enjoyment even more special to us. This is a great idea for an elderly relative or special “shut in” to brighten their days!