12 days of Christmas gifts ideas for family, friends, and teachers. Giving the 12 days of Christmas gifts with your kids can be the highlight of your holiday! Here are some fabulous ideas!
Would you like an exciting, different and entertaining Christmas idea you and your kids will love giving to others and the recipient will have a ball receiving?
Warning: It’s not for the faint of heart! But I promise everyone will love this gift idea!
Celebrating 12 Days of Christmas by Giving to Others
We choose a handful of people to give 12 Days of Christmas gifts to the days leading up to Christmas. The way in which we present the gifts is always different. Depending on who they are it may be anonymous or they may or may not know who we are. That’s all part of the fun.
I completely involve my children in this gift-giving process. As they get older, it’s becoming more of their gift to give.
Giving the 12 days of Christmas gifts to others has become my children’s favorite part of the holiday. Each year they ask who we will give to and when we can begin.
12 Days of Christmas Gifts Ideas
Idea 1: Gifts that match up with the song “Twelve Days of Christmas”
Matchup gifts that go along with the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. You can easily buy all these gifts from the dollar store.
For inspiration, print out this poem I pieced together. It has ideas on what to buy for each stanza of the song.
Our first year of giving the 12 Days of Christmas gifts, we gave this to our next-door neighbor. This was perfect for the kids. It was right next door so I wasn’t worried about them going outside in the dark. I’m pretty sure our neighbor knew it was us but my children had a ball.
These ornaments are a cute idea. You could wrap one up for each day leading up to Christmas and surprise your friend each day.
Idea 2: Give Teachers school supplies
I like to give teachers useful gifts. You can start with one of something then work your way up to 12 dry-erase markers, for example. Most teachers have a wish list of items they are wanting for their classroom. It’s also fun to sneak in a $10 gift card to Starbucks or Sonic for Day 10.
Here are some ideas, but swap out whatever makes sense. One idea is to buy extra at the beginning of the school year when the lists come out and hold on to it for just a couple months!
- Kleenex boxes
- packs of pencils
- packs of markers
- pack of Clorox wipes
- dry erase markers
- file folders
- blue pens
- Dollar Starbucks card
- red pens
Idea 3: Collect Small Gifts for Family Members or Someone who Needs a Brighter Holiday
I collect small items I think my kids’ Great-grandma will like all year long. You don’t need a cutesy poem that coincides with the famous song.
Just wrap them up and put a 2 on one present and give it on the 2nd day. By the 4th day, your recipient will know exactly what’s going on!
Idea 4: Make a Gift of Month
Twelve gifts can also mean one for each month next year. For example, give your loved one 12 books marked January through February. Or 12 Bible devotions. For more ideas, check out how to make your own subscription boxes.
How to Present the 12 Days of Christmas Gifts?
- For my Grandmother, we drive one by her house each night right after it gets dark. The first year we did this she had no idea! She was asking neighbors and other family members if it was them. On Christmas Eve my children rang the bell and waited for her to come to the door. She was shocked and said it was the nicest thing anyone had ever done for her in her 80 years.
- For my children’s teachers, we count out how many days before 12 days left before Christmas break and bring gifts to school this way. The kids last about two days before they have to tell the teacher it’s them!
- If you have a family member far away you would like to do this for, you can send them all 12 gifts at once and number the gifts with instructions on which to open when.
- Sometimes we have to drop off all the presents at once and put a tag numbered 1-12 on all of them.
Preparing for the 12 Days of Christmas Gifts Ideas
Here’s how crazy our table looks in preparation for the 12 Days of Christmas gifts while I try out different ideas.
This year we have planned for 4 sets of gifts. I painted 4 sets of chipboard numbers 1 through 12 red and blue (should be green but I ran out!)
Then the kids and I laid all the gifts out in order. It looks like a mess but actually each day the kids would grab the “1” and either take it to school or in the evening we would make a run and drop it off “anonymously.”
We’ve been doing this for so long, it’s not really a secret anymore to our recipients. But the kids still love it so we all keep it up.
I challenge you to try this for one person who could use a lift this Christmas season! Involve your kids. I have found that celebrating others actually blesses you!