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More Twelve Days Gift Ideas - on the Feminine Side


On Monday I posted some of the gifts that the men in our family have received in their Twelve Days boxes over the past couple of years.  Today I will be sharing with you some of the gifts that us women have received and enjoyed. 

  • Small figurines - if someone on your list has a penchant for a certain animal, say horses, you can look at a couple thrift shops, antique stores, or online (ebay and etsy) to see if you can find a tiny version of their beloved animal, like this one:

 

  • Puzzles - girls and women like puzzles too! Its all about the subject matter. I have given some cute small magnetic puzzles in the past that easily fit in a Twelve Days Box.
  • Small stained glass - when we were in the UK a couple of years ago it seemed like every gift shop had these adorable, tiny stained glass pieces that were designed to hang in a window - and they fit in Twelve Days Boxes perfectly!

  • Tea lights and holders - there are no shortage of cute tea light holders on the market today. A cute little tea light holder and a tea light candle make a great Twelve Days gift!

  • Magnets - I have given these beatiful Tiffany-inspired magnets, as well as some fun faux-jewel magnets in the past. There are also sets of Scrabble pieces that are magnetized, or fridge-poetry sets that can make a great gift for the more literary/game minded person.

  • Hand cremes - I always find myself reaching for more hand creme this time of year, so I think a nice little tube or pot of hand creme makes a great Twelve Days gift. 

  • Small scented candles - another idea for a candle lover in your life is a small scented candle. You can even buy a little set of different scents and put one in a couple boxes. The mini-tins at illume candles fit in a Twelve Days Box perfectly, and come in a lot of great fragrances.
  • Jewelry - there are no shortage of pretty little things like earrings, necklaces, rings and brooches that will fit in a Twelve Days Box. People always say "the best things come in small boxes"!
  • Candy - just like for the men, women love candy too! Anything from hard candies to truffles will fit in a Twelve Days Box!
  • Coin purse - lots of little boutiques sell cute coin purses. If you are feeling extra-gifty you could even put a little note or gift card in the coin purse!

  • Pill box - I like to have a little box in my purse with a couple of aspirin, and maybe an allergy pill or two, just in case. So why not have those pills in a cute little pill box? It may sound old fashioned, but being a woman who is prepared is never a bad idea. Especially if the pill box is blinged out like these:

  • Small books - if you look in antique stores and book stores you can find "TIny Tomes" and other miniature versions of popular books. One of the best Twelve Days gifts I think I ever gave was a tiny version of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" - how appropriate!
  • Bath bombs/bath salts - we all know the holidays can be stressful, so why not encourage a little relaxation with a little package of bath salts or dissolving bath bombs?
  • Paper weight - A nice paperweight is a welcome addition to any organized desk. 

  • Keychains - a fun personalized keychain can make a great Twelve Days gift.
  • Reusable grocery/tote bag - these bags are really popular now, and they do squish down small enough to fit in a Twelve Days Box, so why not put a bag in a box? They come in lots of cute designs now, too!

  • Tea/tea ball - for the tea drinker in your life, why not put a few nice tea bags in a box, or a small packet of loose-leaf tea and a nice tea ball? 
  • Small picture frame - a tiny picture frame (with a tiny personalized picture or message in it) is a great Twelve Days gift!

 

Just like the ideas for the guys, a lot of these ideas would be great for anyone! Once you get your creative juices flowing you can think of lots of great, thoughtful gifts that easily fit in a Twelve Days Box.  Happy gifting!


5 Days Until Christmas - A Nice Clean Christmas


Gift idea: Soap 

Makes a good gift for: Anyone – stocking stuffers, Twelve Days of Christmas gifts

Soap might sound like a crappy Christmas present – akin to getting socks from your grandma (although, for the record, I love getting socks and my mom usually gets me some every year). But soap is one of those things that comes in all shapes and scents, and if you look hard enough (I don’t think I need to plug Etsy again, but if I do, then there you go) you can find soap that is somehow personal for almost anyone. And I doubt I am speaking for myself alone when I say that I don’t buy nice soap for myself – just my standard Dove bar soap for the shower.

Below are some nice soaps I found online, but you by no means have to stick to the internet for soap – check out your local drugstore, Target or even the mall for stores like L’Occitaine, The Body Shop, etc.

Small cherry-blossom scented soap:

Fun Christmas coal-shaped soap:
Coal-shaped soap on Etsy - two for $7.50



10 Days Until Christmas - Candles to Light the Long Nights


Gift idea: Small Candles 

Makes a good gift for: Adults, Teens, Stocking Stuffers 

I love candles, especially well-scented candles (candles that don’t make you gag, but have a nice scent). Candles can make a nice gift on their own, or as part of a self-care package with some bubble bath and nice lotion. All of these little candles have the added bonus of being small enough to fit in a Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Box!

How cute are these small beeswax pinecone candles:
On Etsy - $3.00 each

These small votive candles would be perfect for someone who loves flowers or gardening:
On Etsy - set of eight for $12.00

These mirrored votive candles would look great on a dining-table or a mantel-piece:
National Geographic Store - set of four for $26.00

Big Dipper Wax Works has some of the best beeswax candles, and some of the best scented candles I have found, and this collection of their different scents would make a great gift:
Big Dipper Wax Works - set of nine for $40.00


Twelve Days of Fun for Everyone


Our Shop features a couple of fun pre-made sets for different tastes and ages, but there are lots of other things you can put in Twelve Days Boxes, and lots of other fun sets you can make for someone on your Christmas list. Here are some other ideas:



Twelve Days of Classic Toys - think of all the fun toys that don't need batteries! Here are some ideas: 
  • Bouncy balls
  • Wind-up toys
  • Small Slinky
  • Tops
  • Small Lego sets
  • Marbles
  • Jacks
  • Small stuffed-animal
  • Hacky-sack
  • Small jigsaw puzzles
  • Small brain-teaser puzzles
  • Finger-puppets
  • Small noise-makers (whistle, harmonica)
Twelve Days of Toys for Boys (or Tomboys, as I once was):
  • Army men
  • Matchbox cars
  • Squishy bugs (like these)
  • Small action figures
  • Parachute men
Twelve Days of Beauty for Girls*:
  • Lip gloss/chapstick (there are lots of cute ones out there now)
  • Small nail polish set (lots of drug stores sell sets of small bottles - you could put a couple bottles in a couple different boxes)
  • Hair clips/ties/headbands
  • Jewelry
  • Compact mirror
  • Candy necklace
*This set could be made more appropriate for a tween, teen or young woman just based on the quality of the gifts chosen!

Twelve Days of Growing for Gardeners:
  • Seeds
  • Seed-bombs
  • Plant-markers (there are tons of cute ones on Etsy, just make sure based on their measurements that they will fit in the box)
  • Nice hand-soap and/or lotion (or a lotion bar)
  • Nail scrub-brush 
  • An I.O.U. for some time weeding in the garden!
Twelve Days for the Fisherman/Outdoorsy Person:
  • A fishing license
  • Fishing lures
  • An I.O.U. for some bait (no one wants worms in their Twelve Days Boxes!)
  • A planned itinerary for a day on the lake or the river
  • Waterproof matches
  • Sunglasses-cord
  • Small flashlight
  • Hand-warmers
Twelve Days for the Tech-lover:
  • Phone back-up charger
  • Phone accessories - there are tons and tons of these out there depending on the phone and the recipient
  • Giftcard for phone applications
  • Phone or MP3-player mini-speaker
  • Headphones
Twelve Days of Fun for the Office:
  • Fun pushpins
  • Paperclips in fun shapes
  • Erasers in all sizes and shapes
  • Cute sticky-notes
Twelve Days for the Kitchen:
  • Beer-stoppers
  • Wine-stoppers
  • Beer/wine markers/tags
  • Small salt and pepper shakers
  • Small sets of spices/salts/peppers

And don't forget to look back at these blog posts for other ideas on gifts that will fit in Twelve Days Boxes!

Twelve Days is also on Pinterest, where we have lots of boards with Twelve Days gift ideas.

Twelve Days Gift Ideas for Men and Women


There are lots of ideas for adults that will fit in Twelve Days of Christmas Boxes that are perfect for the special man or woman in your life. You know your recipient best, but here are a couple ideas for adults to get your creative juices flowing:

For Men:

- Cologne (like the ones featured in this blog post
- Ties 
- Cuff links 
- Money clip
- Golf balls/ golf tees
- Tickets to sporting events 
- His favorite candy
- Favorite child hood toys

For Women:


Our Twelve Days of Romance for Her gift set is currently sold out, but you can stil get inspiration from the set for gift ideas for the lady love of your life.

- Bath balls 
- Makeup 
- Perfume (like the ones featured in this blog post)
- Underwear 
- Jewelry
- Tickets to a performance or event
- Favorite candy
- Candles
- A meaningful and/or romantic ornament  


Twelve Days Gift Ideas for Anyone


Once you get your Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Box Set the fun part begins - filling your boxes with twelve fun, thoughtful gifts that your recipient will love. I have found that once you get in the Twelve Days mindset, you can think of lots of gift ideas, and you will find great gifts all over the place - everywhere from the drug store to a cute boutique shop.

To get your creative engines going, here is a list of some great ideas that will brighten the Twelve Days of Christmas for all ages! Tomorrow I will post some ideas more suited for adults. You can also follow Twelve Days on Pinterest to get more great ideas for gifts that will fit in a Twelve Days Box.


Toys for all ages:

- Legos
- Puzzles (wooden or metal “brain-teaser” type puzzles as well as small jig-saw puzzles)
- Bouncy balls
- Jacks
- Wind up toys
- Silly putty
- Yo-yos
- Keychain games
- Tabletop games

Candy

- Hard candies
- Truffles
- Gum
- Mints

Ideas for Girls:  

- Coin purse
- Lipgloss/chapstick
- Hairclips/ties
- Nail polish
- Jewelry
- Compact mirror

Ideas for Boys:

- Army men
- Matchbox cars

Other fun ideas:

- Music box
- Keychains
- Tiny books
- Bookmarks
- Figurines
- Musical instruments (kazoo, harmonica)
- Seeds
- Colorful shoelaces
- Magnets
- Paperweights
- Ornaments
- Picture frames
- Gift cards
- Movie tickets
- Concert/sporting event tickets
- Make your own gift-certificates or I.O.U.s for a homemade treat or meal

Next week I will be posting more gift ideas for adults, kids and some specialty interests, so stay tuned!



 





 


33 Days Until Christmas - a pedestal for for holiday goodies


Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! 

Gift idea: Cake stand 

Makes a good gift for: The baker in your life (or the host or hostess in your life who might want to dress up a store-bought cake!) 

Cake stands seem to be somewhat popular these days – I see them in antique stores and in boutiques, and in lots of home stores. A cake stand would make a great gift for the baker or hostess in your life, and if you are looking to make the stand extra special, you could always present it with a cake already on it! For my birthday this past September, my soon to be mother-in-law baked me a delicious German chocolate cake, and found a box big enough to put the cake on a cake stand, and presented me with a delicious and functional gift! 

So, here are a couple cute cake stands in a range of prices: 






36 Days Until Christmas - a place for all the holiday treats!


Gift idea: Cake stand 

Makes a good gift for: The baker in your life (or the host or hostess in your life who might want to dress up a store-bought cake!)

I love housewares. I also love cake stands (oh, and I love to bake). Anyway, cake stands seem to be somewhat popular these days – I see them in antique stores and in boutiques, and in lots of home stores. A cake stand would make a great gift for the baker or hostess in your life, and if you are looking to make the stand extra special, you could always present it with a cake already on it! For my birthday this past September, my soon to be mother-in-law baked me a delicious German chocolate cake, and found a box big enough to put the cake on a cake stand, and presented me with a delicious and functional gift!

So, here are a couple cute cake stands in a range of prices:

This is the one I got for my birthday:

Lenox Butterfly Meadow Pedestal Cakestand - $49.95

A clear-glass cake stand is very classic, it can be part of an everyday kitchen, and also part of an elaborate holiday spread: 


This white enamel cake stand is very simple and elegant, and just a bit retro: 


This stoneware cake stand is nice to look at, and would be at home in most kitchens: 
 

43 Days Until Christmas - make the holidays smell better


Gift idea: Perfume or cologne 

Makes a good gift for: Anyone – men, women, teens

Some people, like my mom, have a certain perfume or cologne that they have used for ever, and will never change. My mom has hers, and my Grampa was definitely an Old Spice man. But not everyone is like that. Some people like to experiment, or like certain types of scents. These little gift-sets would make a great gift for someone who likes to try new things, or is undecided in the scent department.

For the gents:


Sephora Favorites for Men - $42.00

For the ladies:




A solid perfume is also a nice gift for ladies – much easier to carry in a purse than liquid perfume!

Another plus is that these smaller-sized bottles will fit in Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Boxes – to make the Twelve Days of Christmas smell great!

46 Days Until Christmas - entertainment to last the whole year


Gift idea: At home entertainment 

This week's gift theme: Gifts for him.

For the next seven days I will post ideas for gifts that should please the man or men in your life. 

Makes a good gift for: Dad, husband, teen, tv-lovers, techies

In a stroke of what I thought was genius, I decided to get Jonathon a Wii for Christmas a couple years ago. He ended up exchanging the Wii for a Play Station 3, and that PS3 has turned in to a glorified Netflix-watching machine. If only I had known that the video-game loving kid in him had grown up, I would have just gotten him an Apple TV or a Roku Box.

Apple TV

$49.00 - $99.00


You could also pair one of these tv-boxes with a subscription to Netflix or Hulu Plus. Both systems sync with both Netflix and Hulu Plus.


Netflix - $7.99 for one month - $95.88 for one year 


Hulu Plus - $7.99 for one month - $95.88 for one year 




47 Days Until Christmas - a classic tote for her


Gift idea: L.L. Bean Boat and Tote Bag 

Makes a good gift for: Her

My mom got me one of these Boat and Tote bags when I was in college, and I still use it all the time. These bags are well made and timelessly-stylish, which makes these bags appropriate for teens and women alike.

The classic Boat and Tote comes in lots of colors and four sizes:
L.L. Bean Boat and Tote Bag - $20.95 - $38.95

For something a little more personal, you can also have the bag customized with the recipients initials or monogram:
Custom Boat and Tote - $37.95 - $57.95



48 Days Until Christmas - one cute little purse


Gift idea: Coin-purse style purse 

Makes a good gift for: Mom, grandma, wife, girlfriend, teen, girl

Lately I have been sporting a smaller purse, in a never-ending effort to carry less stuff with me. My purse is not quite this small, but a very efficient woman (or girl who has not much to carry) could carry this purse as her everyday purse, and any woman could use it as a purse for going out on the town. This purse would also be cute for a teen or younger girl.



49 Days Until Christmas - take a look!


7 More Weeks!

Gift idea: Hand mirror

Makes a good gift for: mom, grandma, wife, girlfriend, teens, girls

From old-fashioned to modern, there is a hand mirror for every lady out there, and I think every lady should have a hand mirror. What a unique, feminine gift for a special lady or teen in your life. Here are some unique ones I have found:

This crystal mirror from Z Gallery is really modern yet still classic:

Z Gallery - $19.95

This faux-antique mermaid mirror available on Amazon is nautical yet feminine:

This butterfly mirror, also available on Amazon looks straight out of a fairy tale:
From Amazon.com - $24.45

And this laser cut mirror from Etsy is not only unique, but edgy and feminine at the same time:
Etsy - $30.00


50 Days Until Christmas - pack it up in a train case


Gift idea: Train case (makeup case) 

Makes a good gift for: Women and young women

I got a train case for Christmas when I was a teen, and I loved having a grown-up looking container to put all my makeup in. I think any teen or woman who has a collection of makeup would enjoy having either a vintage train case, or a more modern one to store their makeup in and/or to use when travelling. 

You could even put some eyeshadows, nail-polish, lipstick or lipgloss in Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Boxes to tie-in with this gift. 

Etsy has a great selection of vintage cases like this one: 

Or this one:

Other stores and websites sell more modern cases too: 


51 Days Until Christmas - keeping track of time


Gift idea: Ribbon Necklace Watch 

Makes a good gift for: Mom, grandma, young woman

I came across this watch on a ribbon, and I just thought it was really cute and different (but different in a good way). Wrist-watches can be a difficult gift to buy for someone, but I think this ribbon-watch would be a real crowd pleaser with mom, grandma, or a teenage girl. I think it would work in a casual or a professional setting. 

This gift would also fit in a Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Box:

This is also a friendly reminder to move your clocks back one hour - don't forget to fall back!







52 Days Until Christmas - vases she will love


Gift idea: Flower vase

Makes a good gift for: Mom, sister, girlfriend, wife, flower-enthusiast or wannabe home decorator

I think most homes probably have a cupboard full of vases from flower deliveries somewhere – you know the kind: plain glass, usually pretty large and really not interesting to look at. So if you know someone who loves flowers, why not give the gift of a vase that is also an interesting piece of art – something that would look good with or without flowers in it?

For the gardener in your life, it would be cute to include some flower seeds with the vase so once spring comes the recipient can grow their own flowers for the vase! Seeds or seed-bombs will fit in a Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Box too! 

These two are fun trophy-shaped vases from Target: 
Target Trophy Vase - $14.99-$17.99 
If you are feeling crafty, you could emblazon them with some kind of award, like “Best Gardener” or “Best Mom.” I think they are also really nice just as they are. 

These Hive Vases from West Elm are very hubba-hubba in my opinion:
West Elm Hive Vases - $24.00-$34.00
They would look great with flowers in them, or branches, or just on their own on a mantle or shelf. 

These glass vases are also very attractive, and would look wonderful in a window, with or without flowers: 
West Elm Flared Glass Vases - $19.00-$24.00



53 Days Until Christmas - light up her life


This week's gift theme: Gift ideas for her.

Over the next week I will be presenting to you seven gift ideas for the grandmother, mother, wife, girlfriend, teenage girl or other female (or person with more feminine tastes) on your Christmas list.
Gift idea: Nice candles and candle holders

Makes a good gift for: Mom, Grandma, or even a teenager. A nice candle also makes a good backup gift or hostess gift.

There is probably someone out there who does not like candles, but I have not met that person yet. When the days are short and its cold outside, what is nicer than lighting a few candles while you share a meal or even watch a movie? From big to small, there are candles and candle-holders for every budget and taste.

You could give one or a set of two of these unique hurricane-style candle-holders:

Uncommon Goods Hurricane Candle Holders - $35.00 to $40.00

or a grouping of several smaller votive-size holders with a nice set of candles:

West Elm Colored Glass Candleholders - $10.00 each

There are even some fun candles out there, like these which are shaped like wine corks and can be put in an empty wine bottle:

Uncommon Goods Wine Cork Candles - set of twelve for $24.00

This candle is fun too, with a chalkboard outside, and it even comes with chalk:

Urban Outfitters Chalkboard Candle - $24.00

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