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Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Ideas

Updated on September 25, 2014

Looking for a novel idea for Christmas gift-giving?

How about a series of gifts on the theme of The Twelve Days of Christmas? I have selected some gift ideas for each day, based on the verses of the popular Christmas carol. The gifts range from silly to swanky, and everything in between.  Most of all, this is a really fun, original approach to Christmas gift giving!

photo by Matthew and used under a CC license

The Twelve Days of Christmas: the gift list

without all the repeating lines

Day one: A partridge in a pear tree

Day two: Two turtle doves

Day three: Three French hens

Day four: Four calling birds

Day five: Five golden rings

Day six: Six geese a-laying

Day seven: Seven swans a-swimming

Day eight: Eight maids a-milking

Day nine: Nine ladies dancing

Day ten: Ten lords a-leaping

Day eleven: Eleven pipers piping

Day twelve: Twelve drummers drumming

On the First day of Christmas: a Partridge ...

Partridges are small birds such as quail, which are cute AND delicious. You can go for the real thing and give a gift of gourmet partridge. Or perhaps you'd prefer to give a more cuddly version, with a singing plush partridge quail, or an ornamental partridge. Here are some ideas to get you started!

... in a Pear Tree

If you really wanted to, you could perch your partridge among the branches of a real pear tree. Or if you just want to give a nod to the pear tree, choose something smaller, like pear scented body lotion, or a pear gift basket.

Fruit Tree, PEAR TREE: 26H x 9"ROUNDX, GREEN
Fruit Tree, PEAR TREE: 26H x 9"ROUNDX, GREEN

This is not a real pear tree, but it's still very pretty.


On the Second day of Christmas: Two Turtle Doves

There is a wide variety of turtle dove gifts to choose from. Depending on your budget and sense of humor, you can go with the turtle dove decoys or the Swarovski turtle dove ornament. Perhaps a plush turtle dove? Or a beautiful turtle dove ornament for the tree? Here are some great turtle dove ideas for you to consider with your other Twelve Days of Christmas gifts.

Swarovski Crystal Silver Turtle Doves
Swarovski Crystal Silver Turtle Doves

A pair of decorative turtle doves.

Turtle Dove Decoys 12 - Pk.
Turtle Dove Decoys 12 - Pk.

A whole dozen of realistic turtle dove decoys.


On the Third Day of Christmas: Three French Hens

Three French Hens? Yes, here are some ideas for you. You might be wondering what French Hens taste like... (you know what's coming) Chicken, of course!

Toy chicken figurines would work for your three French hens. If you want to make them look more "French," you could draw little berets on their heads.

Want to tickle somebody's funny bone? Try three rubber chickens.

On the Fourth day of Christmas: Four Calling Birds

Well, as you can imagine, a set of four calling birds is hard to come by these days, but these items will work just as well, and they won't leave feathers and droppings all over your house!

You could get some singing plush birds, which are very chubby and cute. You could get bird call device, so you can do your own impression of a calling bird, or buy a recording of bird calls.

Channel Craft Birchwood and Pewter Audubon Bird Call
Channel Craft Birchwood and Pewter Audubon Bird Call

Get some of these bird calls and you can make your own singing flock!

Popular Backyard Birds Calls and Songs
Popular Backyard Birds Calls and Songs

Or play recorded some recorded bird calls.


On the Fifth day of Christmas: Five Gold Rings

Well, Five Gold Rings could really be a budget-buster, unless you're really going all-out to impress someone. Here are some suggestions for various spending levels. Fortunately, gold rings come in every design imaginable, from fine jewelry to funny costume pieces. You're sure to be able to find something suitable!

Free Range Goose -
Free Range Goose -

How about a real goose?


On the Sixth day of Christmas: Six Geese a-laying

All right, more birds... Unless you really want live geese -- and I'm guessing you don't -- we used to have geese when I was little, and they would chase and bite us. I had a friend who refused to get out of the car when her mom brought her over to play, until we chased the geese away. Geese can be scary! But I digress. There are some fine goose gifts that are guaranteed not to bite.

Not to mention the whole slew of real goose food products. From a whole roasted Christmas goose to goose liver pate or foie gras, if your gift recipient is a fan of fancy foods, you're in luck.

Lladró Elegant Swan Figurine
Lladró Elegant Swan Figurine

This little swan will fit on a shelf.


On the Seventh day of Christmas: Seven Swans a-swimming

There are more swan products than you'd think, so you have many to choose from. There are huge (larger than life-size) inflatable swan pool floats. Or you could go with a petite swan figurine.

For some reason, there are also plenty of kitchen-related swan products, such as pitchers, dishes, and aprons.

Inflatable Swan
Inflatable Swan

This is hilarious! What if you really inflated seven of these giant swans?! That would be awesome!


Milk Maids a-singing! That's almost like maids a-milking. This makes me laugh.


On the Eighth day of Christmas: Eight Maids a-milking

Now, I'm quite sure that it's illegal to buy and sell maids-a-milking. You'll have to use your imagination on this topic and go for something that is maid or milk related, or metaphorical, or just plain silly.

Another idea would be Milk-Maid Caramels.

On the Ninth day of Christmas: Nine Ladies Dancing

Keeping in mind that this is a G-rated page, here are some ideas for dancing lady gifts!

Ballet slippers, Dance Dance Revolution, Dance Central video game, or... the Rockettes! Of course, they are many more than 9 ladies dancing, but have you seen their high kicks? Amazing.

Michael Flatley - Lord of the Dance
Michael Flatley - Lord of the Dance

Get this Lord of the Dance video! Michael Flatley leaps like crazy!


On the Tenth day of Christmas: Ten Lords a-leaping

Oh, the hens and swans and geese were much easier to find than these Lords-a-Leaping. Don't these troublesome Lords have anything better to do? Anyway, here are some ideas!

Lord of the Rings books or movies, Lord of the Flies (not very Christmasy, but...), Lords-a-Leaping tree ornaments. But I think Michael Flatley's "Lord of the Dance" is the best!

Bagpipe, Black Rosewood, Black Cover
Bagpipe, Black Rosewood, Black Cover

Here is a lovely set of musical bag pipes.


On the Eleventh day of Christmas: Eleven Pipers Piping

This is going to be one rowdy gift exchange, what with all the milking and leaping and piping. Here are some Pipers Piping gift ideas!

Bagpipes. Real Bagpipes! Who hasn't wanted to try out a set of these honking pipes?

A recording of bagpipe music. This would be more affordble, and probably less annoying, than real bagpipes.

A batch of old timey corncob pipes.

LPM199-AW LPMC Mini Tunable Natural Wood Bongos
LPM199-AW LPMC Mini Tunable Natural Wood Bongos

Want to make some noise? Get these real bongo drums and bang away!


On the Twelfth day of Christmas: Twelve Drummers Drumming

Congratulations on making it all the way to the twelfth day of Christmas! Here are some ideas for drummers and drumming related gifts. A word of caution: never give drums to somebody else's children without permission, or you may find yourself on the receiving end of a vengeful government created killer nano-robot infection. You've been warned.

Drumline (Full Screen Edition)
Drumline (Full Screen Edition)

Or get this movie, which has at least 12 drummers drumming. And volume control.


Let me know about your favorite Christmas gifts and clever ideas!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Awesome!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: very cool. planning to use these ideas. thanks.

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      christmasgiftide 5 years ago

      very interesting list for 12 days gifts...

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      xtianfriborg13 5 years ago

      Good list!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      on the 13 th of dec we start the twelve days of christmas , my children gets a small gift that goes along with song ,it gets them excited for christmas, and it brings us closer together, my son is nine and my daughter is six and they both know the complete song, i think this year we are goin to pick one person and give to them this year ...

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      EpicWidth14 5 years ago

      Wow, such a wonderful ideas, thank you very much!!! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      this is what i did..1 was an inside joke.... two turtle doves- play turtles taped to 2 dove soap bars 3 french hens - 3 piece chicken minis from chick fil a. 4 calling birds - 4 pack of "peeps" candy. 5 golden rings - pineapple rings 6 geese a laying - 1/2 dozen eggs. 7 swans a swimming - 7 of those yellow plastic ducks. one of which was a college team christmas ornament. 8 maids a milking - 8 cow tails. 9 ladies dancing - pepperidge farms piuroette cookies. 10 lords a leaping - IDK!!!!! 11 pipers piping - christmas cookie decorating kit with icing bags to pipe icing on cookies. 12 drummers drumming - 12 pack of nestle drumstick icecreams.

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      tenoclock 5 years ago

      I love these ideas! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Such a wonderful lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: carton of milk with an apron around it

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You can get the 12 Days of Christmas Golf Balls at

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I want that gift for Christmas! What a great idea!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Milk made lotion. Its amazing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: If you're game you could wear a milkmaid costume (or a French maids costume for the French hens) and have a fun evening together. I bet that's a gift he wouldn't forget in a hurry, although it might set a precedent for sexually adventurous gifts in the future.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Last Year I gave my wife a month of Dinners. Some I cooked myself and some I took her out to eat. Either way she did nto need to plan or cook any dinners for a month. She loved it. I presented her a calendar with the complete list of what I was planning to serve on each day. She still has it posted in the Kitchen. Is she hoping for a replay. maybe. I called it Dinners by Dick

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      Canvas-Art-Shop 5 years ago

      What a brilliant lens, some great gift ideas! Thansk a lot

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm getting my husband, a milky way, milky bar, milk duds (milk bottle sweets), also you can get mini milks (the ice lollys - might be abit cold though) think i'll also get him his faviourate milkshake... its all i could think of for maids milking! Hope this helps! :-)

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      colleenw1 5 years ago

      a fun lens to peruse... Great job!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      try gisela graham xmas tree decs for ladies dancing and cherubs playing trumpets for pipers piping / i need help with maids a milking?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      gisela graham has a sort of ladies dancing decoration and cherubs playing a trumpet for pipers piping? maids a milking is my problem!

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      MEDerby 5 years ago

      So much fun. Congratulations on a great lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love the ideas. Thanks. Marilyn Burgess, Midland, Texas.

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      laptop 5 years ago

      A unique idea to build your lens on the Christmas carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas". I "liked" your lens.

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      Squidviews 5 years ago

      What a great idea for a lens. I love the air freshener for the pear tree and the rubber chicken for the hens. LOL


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      Heather Weaver 5 years ago from Colorado

      @favored: So glad you enjoyed it!! Merry Christmas! :-)

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      I love this, you have saved me so much time looking for things. Thanks.

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      latiptop 5 years ago

      This is a nice place to start getting ideas for our 12 Days of Christmas this year.:) Thanks! I will be sharing on my Christ-centered Christmas lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Already working on Christmas 2012 and this list was helpful. What happened to 11 Pipers Piping???

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      Your creativity shines in this lens. Wish I could afford all twelve, sadly with this years bills, only have enough left for the partridge and no tree. Merry Christmas.

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      Loveyourshoes 6 years ago

      Hi , great lens and I really like the layout, 3 days till Christmas!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Our family has been doing this anonymously for other families for a few years. We leave the gifts on their doorstep, mail them in packages, ask complete strangers to deliver them to their door, etc. On the last day we "reveal" ourselves. It has been a lot of fun and we look forward each year to the "selection process" for who will receive the gifts and what we will do for each day.

      We enjoyed looking at your ideas and I am sure we will use some of them! Additionally, we have used donuts and/or onion rings for "5 Golden RIngs" and all sorts of frog items for "10 Lords A'Leaping".

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      Coreena Jolene 6 years ago

      Great idea. Fun lens :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      the day three hens are way cuter in person and totally worth the price!

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      Edutopia 6 years ago

      Great lens, solid ideas. Its a little late for me to start this for this year but I'll remember it come next.

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      MCB2011 6 years ago

      This is so cute. I like this idea! Well done.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have done the 12 Days for my wife for the last 20+ years. The gifts are sometimes simple as you have shown (ie. 5 candy cane rings or an 8-pack of coke), but she always gets something special (ie. expensive perfume, jewely, etc...) She loves it and I enjoy doing it for her. Lots of "bonus" points! lol Merry Christmas & God Bless All.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great ideas! So clever!!!

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      iijuan12 6 years ago from Florida

      What a fun lens! Blessed and liked.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      This was fun seeing what you came up with for each part of the song. I can actually see someone getting each of these to give to a special person.

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      Cauger 7 years ago

      Great lens. I linked you to my Giving a Domain as a Gift Lens.

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      jackieb99 7 years ago

      Lots of good ideas, thank you

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      deyanis 7 years ago from Oz

      Great & unique ideas. Lenrolled it to my Kris Kringle Gift ideas.

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      mikerbowman 7 years ago

      Haha, the Michael Flatley bit got a loud laugh out of me! This is a fun and clever idea... great job!

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      gordon-bruce-art 7 years ago

      A lovely lens. A unique idea

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congrats on your Purple Star. Very unique ideas! It's so hard to find a unique gift. Happy Holidays!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      You did it and I bet a lot less expensive than those news reports, you used imagination and got something great!

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      pcgamehardware 7 years ago

      Great Idea for a Christmas lens, a Like, a Share and Roll with my Christmas Gift Ideas 2010 lens. Again thanks for such a cool lens.

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      dreameater 7 years ago

      perfect ideas! you have made a great lens here!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Everything is so beautiful.

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      SandyPeaks 7 years ago

      Very clever ideas!

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      AmbrosiaPopsicle 7 years ago

      Great gift ideas, and awesome lens. :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Awesome lens! Really enjoyed it!

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      RinchenChodron 7 years ago

      Very cleaver idea.

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      spritequeen lm 7 years ago

      Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Been looking for ideas; some of yours are great!

      It's a secret for someone special. Each day she will rec' that day's gift from a different direction. (co-workers, dtr, spiritual friend, door man, etc) No one is allowed to tell who actually sent them. Did it years ago. Was so much fun; doing it again to different dear friend.

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      Mojo1930 8 years ago

      I know it's a long ways till xmas, but these are some great ideas for gifts. I like to get all of my gifts early, so I plan on doing this for someone special. Very creative!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I have had fun doing this for my sister and for the final day found an old fashioned wind up teddy bear that drummed. He was a perfect finish to our fun.

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      Swagger1 8 years ago

      What a nice and cute lens!

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      clouda9 lm 8 years ago

      Fun! Cannot wait to give that set of drums to my first grandchild :>

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      webseitler 8 years ago

      Awesome lens! 5 stars for you. :)

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      creditcardstudent 8 years ago

      love your lens and the 12days gift list! Advance Merry Christmas to you! :)

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      Themiscorkscrew 8 years ago

      Great lens 5 stars love the song love the visuals!

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      JenniferAkers LM 8 years ago

      What a clever lens! Whether someone is on a budget or a splurge, your Twelve Days of Christmas gift ideas make a unique present.

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      lasertek lm 8 years ago

      Nice! Never really thought of giving the 12 days of Christmas gifts. But I do think it's a unique and cool idea. I might actually try doing this.

      Hope you could visit my lenses as well. Thanks

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      @anonymous: Something to do with drums, like a cd, or a tshirt of a rock band, or I did a pair of headphones

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      activ_x 9 years ago

      The days of bargain hunting are back...with all the 10 Top Christmas Gifts ideas on Squidoo, shoppers and bargain hunters alike have a mixed bag to choose from.

      You've given me gems of ideas for a niche website to create...


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      Lakota429 9 years ago

      Very cool lens!!!! 5 stars! Lots of great info. Well done! Annie~

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      [in reply to Katelynne] I am doing this for a friend and am on a budget:

      Day2=chocolate turtles(candy) Day3=french breads(I baked cresent rolls) Day4=bird ornaments Day6=those wind up toys that "poop" candy(I found a bird-i think its a turkey)

      I am going out to work on the rest today. Have fun with this-I know I am.

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      Number1Athlete 9 years ago

      So close to the big day!!!


      anyway, awesome lens,5 stars and i Hope everyone has a fantastic christmas :)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Ok, Im sorry but the 12 days of christmas ideas are a little unoriginal, and need help FAST! for day 1 i did a CD in a Christmas tree. i need days 2,3,4,6,9,10,11,12 because 5 is going to be 5 golden donut rings, 7 is 7 swan shaped soap bars, and 8 will be 8 bottles of assorted milk each with mini aprons- so does anyone have any ideas? and btw, im only 12 so it cant be french wine for day 3!

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      Heather Weaver 9 years ago from Colorado

      @Lori @Karen @Carrie: Those are fabulous ideas!! Very clever! :-)

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      Achim Thiemermann 9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      This day of Christmas you received a SquidAngel Blessing for your unique gift lens. I hope it doesn't taste like chicken... :) 5*s

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Our group at work have been thinking...sugar cookies in the shape of ballet slippers. Also, ladyfingers are the shape of ballet slippers and could be used in a dessert with fruit, too.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Heres what I'm doing for hubby this year -

      Day 1 - an "edible arrangements" fruit basket with choc covered pears, decorated with a partridge

      Day 2 - turtle and dove chocolates ( turtle doves)

      Day 3 - 3 french wines (instead of 3 french hens)

      DAy 4 - 4 bird ornaments (4 calling birds)

      Day 5 - 5 butterscotch round candies (life savers, Werthers) (golden rings)

      Day 6 - choc covered coffee beans (the layings of 6 geese)

      Day 7 - a swan ornament and mens bath stuff (swans a swimming)

      Day 8 - milk maid candy (maids a milking)

      Day 9 - still stumped on the ladies dancing!!

      Day 10 - A book called " 10 lords a leaping"

      Day 11 - coffee, a mug, and a warmer to make it "piping" hot

      Day 12 - tickets to stomp. (drummers drumming)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      IMy Husband has a birthday on Dec. 12th. I'm giving him twelve days of birthday gifts- but they are things that sound like the real things. Day one was a cartridge for his Camara. Day two was rwo thermal gloves(winter gloves) Day three three french toast for breakfast etc. We're having fun, He doesn't know what to expect!

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      adventuresinaut 9 years ago

      Very Cute Idea

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      thanks for the advice. I'll take note of this!

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      eBid-Squid 9 years ago

      Good info very helpful ...5 star


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      Patricia 9 years ago

      Cool lens!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Nice lens!

      As Christmas comes only once in a year, it has to be well celebrated and presenting gifts to our dear and near ones will be good. This lens has given good sort of useful info about Christmas gifts.

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      the-secret 10 years ago

      This is a great Christmas lens!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      This idea is wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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      Celtica 10 years ago

      Such a simple but ingenious idea for a great Christmas gifts lens! 5 stars - well done!

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      LisaDH 10 years ago

      Very clever! 5* and I've added you to the lensroll on my Alternative Gifts lens.

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      Lakota429 10 years ago

      Fantastic lens...terrific idea!!!!!! I loved it! 5 stars and a lesroll!!! Annie~

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      informationware 10 years ago

      Great lens and love the simple gift ideas

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      Heather Weaver 10 years ago from Colorado

      Thanks for your kind words Lisa-Marie-Mary! I giggled my way through making this lens. Glad you liked it!

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      Lisa-Marie-Mary 10 years ago

      What a fun lens! I had a smile on my face all the way from the top to the bottom! :)

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      connienjim 10 years ago

      Great range of original xmas gift ideas! 5 stars

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      Evelyn Saenz 10 years ago from Royalton

      I love your lists; especially the stuffed birds. These are just what I'd like to find under my Christmas Tree.

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      Aika 10 years ago

      well done lens and amazing gifts. Great Job! Happy Holidays!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      A really original idea for a lens. I've got a couple of children's gift lenses, but nothing this clever. I particularly like your ideas for eight maids a-milking. Very cute.

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      tonyab lm 10 years ago

      Hey lady, nice lens! Good job! Very nice ideas for gifts, thanks! 5 stars. :)

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      vinz07 10 years ago

      Awesome:) I have an idea of what gifts I will give to my nephews....

      Nice lens..

      Keep it up!!!

      5 stars for you