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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!


It's That Time of Year Again!


The Turkey has been cooked, and the leftovers enjoyed (or, if your house is anything like mine, the leftovers are still being enjoyed), and now it is time to unabashedly start getting ready for Christmas. It's time to pull out the ladder, get the lights down from the attic and up on the house. And while I have been trying to chip away at my Christmas list slowly for a while now, its time to kick it into high gear!

 

Celebrating The Twelve Days of Christmas is an important part of my family's holiday season. That means picking out fun little trinkets and goodies throughout the year to fill the boxes for our family members to open from December 26 through January 6. To give you a jump-start on shopping for The Twelve Days of Christmas this week I am going to share with you some of the toys and trinkets that we have given to our family (and received ourselves) over the past couple of years. Today I will share with you some of the goodies that have been found inside the male family member's boxes. Later this week I will share some of the goodies that the ladies have gotten. None of the things on this list are very masculine, so most of these ideas could go for either gender and any age.

  • Wall Walker

These are fun little toys. They are a bit sticky, but harmless. You throw them against a wall or window and they walk their way down. Fun for adults and kids.

  • Cube Robot

These are fun toys to position and play with. They start out as a cube and then transform into a robot. We have two - the smallest one which will fit in a Twelve Days box, and the next size up. Both robots like to hang out in various places around our house. One is hanging out on our wine rack right now.

  • Pencil sharpener/eraser - for the artist or doodler in your life, a fun pencil sharpener and eraser combo makes a good Twelve Days gift. There are lots of cute shapes out there now.
  • Puzzles - these are a yearly occurence in our Twelve Days box. From small jig-saw puzzles to brain-teaser puzzles, they are always a crowd pleaser.
  • Robot pinball

I put one of these in one of my husband's boxes last year. They are a bit hard to play with adult sized fingers, but still fun. And cheap.

  • Chapstick - my father-in-law loves chapstick, as do I. There are so many varieties out there today - from your standard Chapstick brand to Burts Bees to all kinds of other brands with a wide variet of flavors from sweet to minty.
  • Cork animal

 

These are fun little gifts - especially if you know someone who enjoys wine. Most of us have a couple corks lurking around in a drawer somewhere, so why not dress them up? These "Corkers" come in lots of different sets.

  • Metal bookmark - the kind you can clip on the top or side of a page
  • mini 8-ball - you remember the Magic 8-Ball, right? Well in some party stores and toy stores they sell miniature versions for party-favor bags.
  • geode - I loved geodes when I was a kid. In some toy stores you can find geodes now where you can crack your own. It just looks like a rock from the outside, but if you split it open with a hammer you might find a beautiful geode inside!
  • nose flute

 

These are fun for kids of all ages. You stick it in your nose and hum, and somewhat like a kazoo it makes noise.

  • chocolate elves - lots of candy stores sell fun little chocolates in all sorts of shapes this time of year. Cost Plus World Market is a good place to look.
  • movie ticket gift cards - we don't go to the movies very often, but at Costco you can usually get movie ticket gift cards that cut the cost down by a couple dollars per ticket, so they make a nice gift for a night out after the holidays are over.
  • Fishing IOU - my husband made a little gift-certificate for his dad that was an I.O.U. for a fishing trip. There are lots of fun things you can make an I.O.U. for - a massage, homemade dinner, free babysitting, etc.
  • Finger monsters

I remember these from when I was a kid, maybe you do too?

  • Light keychain - I like to have a little light on my keychain, for when it is dark and I need to see something (whether it be the keyhole on the front door or to find something in my purse). A little light keychain makes a great Twelve Days gift.
  • Wine aerator - there are quite a few wine-related things that will fit in a Twelve Days Box.
  • Gift cards 
  • Gift subscriptions - you can make your own little coupon to put in a Twelve Days box for any kind of non-tangible gift.
  • Small toys - yo-yos, silly putty, etc.
  • Ornaments
  • Keychains

The list goes on and on. Get creative!

 

 


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



6 Days Until Christmas - Fun Phone Accesories


Gift idea: iPhone/smart phone Accessories 

Makes a good gift for: Techies/ Stocking Stuffers/ Twelve Days Gifts

It seems like just about everyone these days (kids and myself included) has an iPhone or some kind of smart phone. Chances are if you appreciate the features of a smart phone, you will also appreciate some of these fun accessories:

Keychain light:
Micro Light Smartphone Pack - comes with two microtools and a stand for smartphones - $5.99

Jelly lens for mobile phone camera:
Jelly Lens - Wide Angle - for phone cameras - $7.50

Macro lens-band for mobile phone camera:

Higher end specialty lens for mobile phone camera:

Mini-microphone speaker: 

Joystick for iPhone:







7 Days Until Christmas - Personalized Keychains


One More Week Until Christmas!

Gift idea: Key chains 

Makes a good gift for: Anyone/ Stocking Stuffers/ Twelve Days Gifts

We all have keys. Kids, adults and everywhere in between. And there is a keychain out there for every interest.

Like puzzles? How about this Rubik’s Cube flashlight keychain:

Or for the photographer in your life, this cute little camera keychain (with working flash and shutter sound-effect) might be perfect:

For the Starwars fan in your life, how about this Lego Yoda flashlight keychain:

Or, for the Lego purist, this simple personalized Lego block might be just the thing:

Last, but not least, for the dog lover, this artist will create a custom dog-keychain that looks like your pooch:







8 Days Until Christmas - Toys for the Brain


Gift idea: Brain teaser puzzles 

Makes a good gift for: Stocking Stuffers/ Twelve Days Gifts

Recipients of all ages and abilities can enjoy one of these brain teaser puzzles. If the particular puzzle is too easy, it quickly becomes a competition to see who else can do it. If the puzzles is challenging, then the opportunity for team work opens up. Lots of toy stores carry these puzzles, and I bought some last Christmas at an office store. Keep your eyes open and you can find neat stuff in lots of stores!


Mini Bamboo Puzzles - set of six for $23.94

Mind Twisters - $7.98/set


11 Days Until Christmas - Mini Classic Toys


This Week's Gift Theme: Stocking Stuffers

Gift Idea: Classic Toys and Miniature Classic Toys

Makes a good gift for: Anyone/ Stocking Stuffers/ Twelve Days Gifts

Kids and kids at heart alike can appreciate find a fun little toy or two (or three or four) in their christmas stocking or in their Twelve Days Boxes. The idea here is to spend just a couple bucks on toys that still require some good old fashioned imagination. Most chain toy stores still carry some of these toys – think silly putty, bouncy balls, wind-up toys. And a small mom-and-pop type toy store would probably have an even better selection of classic toys and other small goodies.

You can also find a good selection online:

Silly Putty

From Amazon - $3.99

Parachute men
From Amazon - $9.03

Wind-up toys
From Amazon - $1.99 each

Chinese jump rope
From Amazon - $5.49

Jacks
From Amazon - $7.79




These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things


No, I am not talking about raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens (although I do enjoy both of those things, and the song, for that matter). But seriously, these are a few of our favorite things that we have gotten in Twelve Days Boxes.

I have only had the pleasure of having my own set of twelve gifts to open during the Twelve Days of Christmas for the past four or five years, but I certainly have favorite things that I have received in my boxes over the years. I would have to say that my number one favorite thing that I ever got in a Twelve Days box: a small Monet “trinket box” that I use every night to put my rings in before I go to bed. The one that Mary Ellen found for me is similar to this one: 

except mine has a dragonfly on it, since I love dragonflies.

I also love to get candy, and jewelry - what can I say, I am easy to please!

Jonathon has opened almost 400 Twelve Days boxes since he was a little boy, (twelve boxes a year for over thirty years) and his favorite things to get are still little Lego sets like these:


and puzzles like these:

(even though he can pretty much solve any puzzle at this point).

After all the hub-bub and hustle of Christmas is over, it is really nice to have just one little gift to look forward to each day. Whether you open it in the morning, or wait until the evening it is a wonderful way to extend the Christmas spirit for twelve more days. Jonathon and I enjoy opening our boxes, and then calling our parents to find out what they got that day. We hope that you enjoy this tradition as much as we do!

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.

Where to shop for Twelve Days of Christmas Gifts


I keep an eye out year-round for Twelve Days gifts. Some people are easier to shop for than others, but once you get in to the groove there are lots of places to shop, both on-line and in person where you can find things that will fit in Twelve Days boxes. Don’t forget that there are lots of things you can make yourself that will fit in a Twelve Days box! 

When shopping in a store for Twelve Days gifts, it can be handy to either have a Twelve Days Box with you, to make sure things will fit, or to bring the size-guide card that is included in the Gift-Giver's Guide.

Brick and mortar stores:

The best way to find Twelve Days gifts is in person, because then you can look at the item and decide if it will fit in a box.

Chain stores: 

Sephora – makeup, perfume, small beauty tools

Walgreens/Rite Aid/ Target – makeup, perfume, hair accessories, small toys, candy

REI/outdoor store – small flashlights, key chains, gear-ties, utility-knives

Sur La Table/Williams Sonoma – candles, small sets of spices, salts and peppers, wine stoppers and wine-gadgets

Fry’s Electronics/Best Buy – good for small gadgets, phone accessories, ear-buds

Museum shops - most museums will let you in to the gift shop for free, and we always have good luck finding fun puzzles and other unique gifts at museum shops

Cost Plus – great for unique candy, small toys and homewares/kitchen stuff 

Boutiques/local stores: 

Living in the San Francisco Bay Area I know lots of little boutiques and shops to stop in and browse at to find Twelve Days gifts. But most towns will have fun little boutiques, toy stores and candy stores where many a Twelve Days box can be filled.

Websites:

Etsy! I love Etsy! You can seriously find anything and everything on this site. And browsing can be a little dangerous to the pocket book. Anything from vintage toys and housewares, jewelry, bath and beauty products and small pieces of art can be found on Etsy.

Amazon is obviously another place you can shop on-line for almost anything, but it’s a hard website to just browse, so amazon is probably a better bet if you have something specific in mind.

Sephora - makeup, perfume etc.

REI - small flashlights, key chains, gear-ties, utility-knives

Williams-Sonoma - candles, small sets of spices, salts and peppers, wine stoppers and wine-gadgets

Target - makeup, perfume, hair accessories, small toys, candy

Uncommon Goods - fun toys, keychains, candles

Kikkerland - cute, unique toys

Perpetual Kid - unique toys

Do it yourself:

Not everything that goes in a Twelve Days box has to cost money! We like to do little homemade gift cards or gift certificates for a special dinner or activity.

Twelve Days Gift Ideas for Specialty-Interests


In addition to kids and adults, there are lots of other speciality-type ideas. Here are a couple ideas for babies (or, probably more-so for parents of new babies), foodies/wine lovers and technology lovers:

Babies: 


- Pacifiers
- Socks 
- Rattles 
- Wash cloths 
- Bath toys 
- Bibs 
- “Babies first” ornament 

Food/wine Related:

- Salt cellar
- Salt and Pepper shakers 
- Wine stopper/wine spout 
- Wine-glass markers (check out this blog post)
- Fancy salt, pepper or spices (check out this blog post)
- Tea-ball or tea bags

Technology Ideas:

- iPod nano 
- Earbud-type headphones 
- iPhone/iPod speakers
- USB storage devices

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!



 





 


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