Last year, I started a new holiday tradition for Chris: the twelve days of Christmas. The concept is simple and one I’m sure you’re familiar with. I counted back twelve days from December 25th, and I gave him a gift to correspond with the day number. So for example, on the fourth day, I gave him a four pack of razor blade refills.
The gifts can be as small or elaborate as you’d life; I like to do a mix of little things and pricier items.
The hardest part of doing something like this is coming up with enough ideas, especially for the “odd” days—you can’t find much that comes in a pack of seven, nine, or eleven!
If you’re interested in doing something similar for your spouse or significant other, I hope you’ll find the ideas below to be helpful. (You don’t have to kick things off until December 13th, so you’ve still got time to get things together!)
This is a good day to do a “big ticket” item since you only need one of something. “Big ticket” may mean something different to everyone, but last year I got Chris a sweatshirt representing his favorite college football team.
Two is still pretty easy—lots of things come in pairs! Shoes or slippers, gloves, a pair of tickets to a sporting event or concert, and Reese’s peanut butter cups are just a few ideas in varying price ranges.
It’s a good day to do something cheap! Gum and chapstick come in packs of three.
Days Four, Six, and Eight
For the majority of the “even days” you should be able to find some “guy essentials”—athletic socks, undershirts, boxers, etc.
Chris is a soda lover, so he’d consider a twelve pack of soda a great gift. (You could also do beer!) Last year, I gave Chris a 12-month subscription to Men’s Health.
“Odd Ball” and Larger Quantity Days (Five, Seven, Nine, Ten, Eleven)
You can purchase individual items to “fill in” for those more complicated days:
- Scratch-off lottery tickets
- Toiletry items
- Movie-sized boxes of candy
- A television series on DVD (ex: Season 5 = Day 5)
- Energy drinks (Chris loves these!)
- Gift card (ex: $10 to Starbucks/Dunkin’ Donuts/Subway/etc.)
- Guitar picks or strings (if your guy is a musician)
Do you have any fun holiday traditions?
Have you ever done the Twelve Days of Christmas?
Do you have any ideas to add? I still need some for this year!