Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Twelve Days Of Christmas

I read a good idea the other day from the Generous Wife.  This plan was intended for a wife to do for her husband.  I think it could be used for any family member or friend and improvise the gift ideas accordingly.

This is an early Christmas tip, but if you are going to pull it off you'll need some time to plan for it.
The "Twelve Days of Christmas" are the twelve days between Christmas Day and Epiphany. In the past, these days were celebrated by gift giving. Many people enjoy reviving this tradition by giving gifts for twelve days either following Christmas Day (traditionally December 25th through January 5th) or leading up to Christmas Day (non-traditional December 14th through 25th). A creative twist is giving one gift on the first day, two on the second, three on the third, and so forth. Here are a few ideas for creating your own "Twelve Days of Christmas" fun.

Day 1 - something unique and individual - a Christmas ornament, a collectible, a nice wallet, or a framed photo.
Day 2 - anything that comes in pairs - mittens, socks, bookends, cuff links, or tickets to an event.
Day 3-6 - small gift sets, different kinds of mustards, chocolates in a sampler box, a few fishing lures, gardening tools, sticky note pads (there are some fun shapes and colors), or balloons.
Days 5-12 - This gets more challenging as the number goes up. Look for things that are packaged in multiples and consider the small items that your husband uses frequently. Wander through his favorite stores and look for lots of little things.

Some ideas: batteries, burnable CD's, his favorite candies, markers, postage stamps (especially if he is a collector), coupons good for services, book plates, small tool kit with (however many) tools, cookies, or office supplies.

I love the Christmas-tide, and yet,
I notice this, each year I live;
I always like the gifts I get,
But how I love the gifts I give!
Carolyn Wells
Be generous! Lori <><

Using her ideas, I think you could do it without spending too much money.

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