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My husband, Tim, doesn’t need a whole lot this Christmas and he really enjoys practical gifts, so other than a few items that I know will get lots of use, the majority of his Twelve Days of Christmas gifts are consumable treats.
Here’s my plan for this year.
First Day (Dec. 13th): I usually look for clothes for Tim when he tells me he needs them, but since he told me about needing a pair of smaller jeans only a few weeks before our Twelve Days of Christmas begins I decided to save them for the first day. These will be wrapped and waiting in Tim’s drawer.
I got these at Target. I paid $3 out of pocket and used a gift card from something I returned after Christmas last year. Yes, I am a gift card hoarder…not convinced? You will be in a minute!
Second Day (Dec. 14th): Two pairs of Merino Wool socks (Tim’s favorite). I found these at Marshall and used a gift card from some clothes I returned when Jonathan was born. Yes, I’ve had that gift card for over 4 YEARS. I told you, I have serious gift card issues.
As a side note, the $25-$50 I receive for my birthday each December also lasts the entire year. In fact, that’s what I used to purchase some of Tim’s Twelve Days gifts this year, and I still have a tiny bit left over!
Third Day (Dec. 15th): Three white chocolate candies. I purchased a bag of Ghirardelli chocolate squares for an upcoming Christmas party and picked out the three white chocolate (the only type of chocolate Tim can eat) Eggnog squares to place in Tim’s lunch box since he’s working 7 am-7:30 pm.
Fourth Day (Dec. 16th): Four photos of our kids. I’ve had the frames for months, but this is a great reason for me to get photos in them and get the frames hung on the wall. The kids will have Tim close his eyes as they lead him into the room to see the new pictures hanging on the wall.
Fifth Day (Dec. 17th): A five blade razor from my CVS stash. Simple, free, and will definitely be used a lot! I’ll tie a ribbon around it and leave it on the bathroom counter.
Sixth Day (Dec. 18th): Six white hot chocolate packets. Tim really likes having a few of these on hand during the winter. I’ll place them in one of our large mugs and tie the whole thing with a ribbon.
Seventh Day (Dec. 19th): Seven B Vitamins. Our family enjoys Emergen-C every winter to chase away colds and help keep us healthy. I bought Tim his own package to keep in his work bag. These are great when you’re feeling a cold coming on or if you’re like my husband and work around sick people every day.
Eighth Day (Dec. 20th): Eight cups of eggnog. Tim really likes eggnog so I’m getting him his own carton. It has 8 servings. This will be waiting in the fridge with a bow and Itty Bitty card attached.
Ninth Day (Dec. 21th): Nine Candy Cane Kisses. These are another of Tim’s favorite holiday treats. These are also included in the candy I had to buy for a Christmas party, so one bag of candy did double duty for me. These will be added to Tim’s lunch box for a little treat at work.
Tenth Day (Dec. 22nd): Ten Things I love about Tim. I’m making this on wallet-sized cardstock, laminating it and placing it his wallet. I’ll probably leave a Post-It clue telling him to look inside his wallet.
Eleventh Day (Dec. 23rd): Eleven peanut butter cookies (Tim’s favorite). I’m making a full recipe of these for a Christmas Eve party, but I’ll hold back 11 for Tim to have all to himself.
Twelfth Day (Dec. 24th): Twelve white chocolate Reese’s Christmas Trees in Tim’s lunch box to eat (and hopefully share) while he works 7 am-7:30 pm on Christmas Eve.
All of the food gifts were purchased at Wal-mart with another gift card from things I returned after Christmas last year. Yes, I am a shameless gift returner. Our family (especially our kids) tends to get overwhelmed with gifts at Christmas…and did I mention there are 6 of us living in 1000 square feet…so gifts that can’t be used are generally returned, given away, or donated.
All in all, I spent $10 out of pocket this year, thanks to all the gift cards I used. That’s even less than last year’s Twelve Days of Christmas.