12 Days of Christmas Verses and Gifts

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    Enjoy These Fun 12 Days of Christmas Verses and Gifts

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    Take a fun spin on the classic "12 Days of Christmas" song with gifts you can make and give to your true love to go along with each verse. You can deliver one each day or make a pile to open during your holiday celebration.

    The "12 Days of Christmas" would have cost you approximately $34,558.65 in 2017, according to The PNC Financial Services Group, which shares the PNC Christmas Price Index every year. Your homemade substitutes will cost far less and they won't require space for birds and livestock.

    This is what the traditional "12 Days of Christmas" items will cost you:

    • 1 Partridge in a pear tree: $219.95
    • 2 Turtledoves: $375.00
    • 3 French hens: $181.50
    • 4 Calling birds: $599.96
    • 5 Golden rings: $825.00
    • 6 Geese a laying: $360.00
    • 7 Swans a swimming: $13,125.00
    • 8 Maids a milking: $58.00
    • 9 Ladies dancing: $7,552.84
    • 10 Lords a leaping: $5,618.90
    • 11 Pipers piping: $2,708.40
    • 12 Drummers drumming: $2,934.10
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    On the First Day of Christmas

    On The First Day of Christmas
    On The First Day of Christmas.

    "On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—a partridge in a pear tree."

    Partridges are hard to come by, but pears are plentiful and you can make delightful gifts with them. You can make a pear pie or pear tart and print out the recipe to give along with it. Use a printable tag to personalize it and include some fresh or canned pears. Leave as a surprise gift for your recipient to find.

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    On the Second Day of Christmas

    On The Second Day of Christmas
    On The Second Day of Christmas. Photo © Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com

    "On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—two turtledoves..."

    Turtledoves are also hard to come by, but you could make a gift basket with a box of homemade turtle candy or a turtle cake and a bar of Dove soap. That's liable to get a chuckle as a surprise gift. If you'd rather not give food, how about a fun CD turtle craft animal?

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    On the Third Day of Christmas

    On The Third Day of Christmas
    On The Third Day of Christmas. Photo © Diana Rattray, licensed to About.com

    "On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—three French hens..."

    The French hens require a coop and that may be more than your gift recipient can accommodate. How about some chicken noodle soup (or its recipe plus the canned or dried ingredients). You can also give a gift of hens and chicks plants.

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    On the Fourth Day of Christmas

    On The Fourth Day of Christmas
    On The Fourth Day of Christmas.

    "On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—four calling birds..."

    Rather than give calling birds, make some crafts to help your gift receiver take and receive messages. You can make a homemade message board, an upcycled paper bag notepad cover, or a fabric covered notebook.

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    On the Fifth Day of Christmas

    On The Fifth Day of Christmas
    On The Fifth Day of Christmas.

    "On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—five golden rings..."

    Five real gold rings are expensive, but you can get creative with golden pineapple rings. Give a classic ​pineapple upside down cake and its recipe. The pineapple is a traditional symbol of holiday hospitality.

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    On the Sixth Day of Christmas

    On The Sixth Day of Christmas
    On The Sixth Day of Christmas. Barry Wong/Getty Images

    "On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—six geese a laying..."

    You don't really want messy geese in the house or yard, do you? Celebrate the eggs they are laying with decorated eggs with Christmas colors and themes. You could use the plastic eggs from the Easter egg hunt and include a little trinket or toy in each. Or, make a roasted goose for an elegant dinner with your gift recipient.

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    On the Seventh Day of Christmas

    On The Seventh Day of Christmas
    On The Seventh Day of Christmas.

    "On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—seven swans a swimming..."

    All of the swans have flown south for the winter, but you might base your gift on the bubbles they created while they were swimming. You can make your own bubble blowing mixture to add fun to the celebration for all ages. Or, make a fizzy bath bomb for a bit of spa elegance and a gift basket with spa items.

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    On the Eighth Day of Christmas

    On The Eighth Day of Christmas
    On The Eighth Day of Christmas.

    "On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—eight maids a milking..."

    The maids might have been milking some brown cows. Make a gift of hot chocolate in a jar to warm those cold winter nights. A gift basket with hot chocolate mix, peppermint candy, marshmallows, and holiday or winter themed mugs will always be welcomed.

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    On the Ninth Day of Christmas

    On The Ninth Day of Christmas
    On The Ninth Day of Christmas.

    "On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—nine ladies dancing..."

    You can make classic sugarplums that danced in their heads. Or, a fun take on it was the ladies danced so much they needed canes to help them get home. Make a candy cane wreath or shape candy canes into letters to spell out your gift receiver's name or a holiday greeting. You could also make candy cane cookies.

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    On the Tenth Day of Christmas

    On The Tenth Day of Christmas
    On The Tenth Day of Christmas.

    "On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—10 lords a-leapin'..."

    If your true love is up for it, how about a gift basket with a jump rope and a print out of classic jump rope rhymes? After the lords get done leapin', they could use some homemade bath salts to soothe their aching muscles.

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    On the Eleventh Day of Christmas

    On The Eleventh Day of Christmas
    On The Eleventh Day of Christmas.

    "On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—11 pipers piping..."

    You can make many holiday crafts with pipe cleaners, including candy cane reindeer. You can make a craft kit with colored pipe cleaners and instructions. Or, have fun by giving toy flutes or even kazoos.

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    On the Twelfth Day of Christmas

    On The Twelfth Day of Christmas
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    "On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—12 drummers drumming, 11 pipers piping, 10 lords a-leapin', nine ladies dancing, eight maids a milking, seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree."

    It's too expensive to hire drummers. You can make a homemade drum or bongo for an impromptu drum party. But you might drum up a treat and decorate a big coffee can as a large cookie container and fill it with some homemade cookies or other treats.

    Have fun with your unique 12 days of Christmas.