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How to Gift the Twelve Days of Christmas to a Recipient

How to Gift the Twelve Days of Christmas to a Recipient When I was maybe six or seven, I remember my great grandfather saying that he had had the 12 Days of Christmas gifted to him anonymously. He spoke fondly of receiving a gift each day and trying to find out who the giver was (which he never did do). I was so grateful that someone out there was thinking of him as he lived alone and was quite elderly.

After this experience, my older siblings and I would often do the 12 Days of Christmas for someone who was in need, lonely, or having difficulties in life. It really made me happy.

When I became a teenager, I began doing the 12 Days of Christmas for others as well. My little sister would often join in too. We did it every year for many many years in a row and it became a highlight of Christmas for us.

There are many ways the 12 Day of Christmas can be done. Below are a few different ways:

Anonymously drop a gift at their residence each day.

Starting December 12th, I’d sneak a gift on their doorstep and ring the door bell or knock and run. Sometimes I’d drop the gifts early in the morning, mid-day or in the evening. Other times, if I thought they’d catch me, and if the gift could stay outside for a bit, I wouldn’t knock so I could escape unseen. The fun part is doing this anonymously.

On rare occasion if I had to miss a day, I’d leave two gifts at a time.

As a teenager I usually would give inexpensive gifts, food, and other trinkets I found at the grocery store, made at home, and/or bought at the Dollar Tree, Walmart, etc. But now we can afford more of a mixture of nice and simple gifts. Whatever your budget allows for, there are ideas (inexpensive and expensive) found here:

Days 1-3 Gift Ideas 

Days 4-6 Gift Ideas

Days 7-9 Gift Ideas

Days 10-12 Gift Ideas

Anonymously mail them gifts (one or multiple per package) every day or every few days.

Now, with online shopping and free shipping options, you could even arrange to gift one or a couple of things at a time on a regular intervals. Start on the 11th and go all the way up to December 23rd. Amazon Prime and other online retailers have very reliable shipping and tracking and will tell you before completing the order when it will arrive. Many have free shipping (Amazon Prime of course is known for that).

So by just staggering the orders and sending the gifts with the ‘gift’ options, you can do this from home as well. All of the gifts don’t have to arrive on the designated day. In fact, you could package a few gifts together and send a box every 3 or 4 days.

I am seriously considering doing the 12 Days of Christmas as gift options from Amazon (which is anonymous) and order 2 or 3 gifts at a time.

Mail them one package of twelve gifts to open each day.

When I was on my LDS mission serving in Germany, my mom sent both me and my roommate twelve gifts each. We had one to open each day. They were practical, thoughtful, and fun. We really looked forward to opening them, and that Christmas was so memorable!—Thanks Mom!

Put the gifts in a large gift basket and gift them to the recipient all at once.

You can simply put all 12 gifts in a large basket and deliver them at once. I saw large gift baskets the other day at a thrift store.

Create an Advent for the 12 Days of Christmas

Do an Advent type of an idea where the gifts are inside an advent type calendar and then open them one day at a time. The recipient will find a gift behind the door each day.

Send a letter each day.

You don’t have to give gifts. You could try sending a nice note each day through the mail or drop it off at the door as well.

Do you have any other ideas to celebrate and gift the 12 Days of Christmas? If so, please comment below as I’d love to add them to this article.

Whichever way you choose to do the 12 Days of Christmas, your recipient(s) are sure to be excited and remember it fondly.

Gift Ideas for the 12 Days can be found here:

 Days 1-3 Gift ideas

Days 4-6 Gift ideas

Days 7-9 Gift Ideas

Days 10-12 Gift Ideas

Merry Christmas!

The Twelve Days of Christmas Lyrics

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
A Partridge in a Pear TreeOn the second day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear TreeOn the third day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear TreeOn the fourth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear TreeOn the fifth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear TreeOn the sixth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear TreeOn the seventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear TreeOn the eighth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear TreeOn the ninth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
9 Ladies Dancing
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear TreeOn the tenth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
10 Lords a Leaping
9 Ladies Dancing
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear TreeOn the eleventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
11 Pipers Piping
10 Lords a Leaping
9 Ladies Dancing
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear TreeOn the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
12 Drummers Drumming
11 Pipers Piping
10 Lords a Leaping
9 Ladies Dancing
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

 

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9 Responses to How to Gift the Twelve Days of Christmas to a Recipient

  1. I love this so much! What a sweet, thoughtful, and kind way to serve others for Christmas! I definitely want to do this! I can’t wait to see your gift ideas!

  2. We did this a few times growing up. It’s such a wonderful way to share the spirit of Christmas with those who may be going through tough times. We even received the 12 days the first year we were married. It was totally unexpected, and each night we heard the knock at the door, my husband ran to open it so he could catch the people and find out who they were. We never did find out who did it!

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  5. Beth says:

    Someone is gifting my family and we don’t know who. They are leaving a card and gifts for myself, my son and my 6 grandchildren. We have had a very rough year, as we were homeless, then the oldest boy got very sick and had to be hospitalized after a life saving surgery. I have been sobbing with pure joy, as my son just brought in a second gift with a note that starts…”on the second day of Christmas” Whoever this Christmas Angel is, I wish they knew how happy (ecstatic) these thoughtful gifts and cards are to me and my beautiful babies!!! Thank you for being the Angel that you are!!! I found this site when looking to see if we’re supposed to open them everyday or wait until Christmas. I had to let you know just how incredibly special this is!!!!! God bless you!!! p.s. I think we’re going to save them for Christmas day :)

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