12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas for All Budgets

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Have you ever wondered how much it would cost to buy all of the items in the holiday song 'Twelve Days of Christmas'? The bad news is that you wouldn't get much change from $35,000. The good news is that you can still celebrate the season of giving without breaking the bank.

We've selected a range of gift ideas for each of the twelve days of Christmas at three different price points; frugal, impulsive and indulgent. So, whatever your budget, here are our top picks for gift ideas for each of the twelve days of Christmas that you can buy right now!

Day 1: A Partridge in a Pear Tree

Frugal spenders

Frugal spenders will love celebrating the first day of Christmas with a selection of nice pears, some pear soaps or some pear-scented candles. To really save your pennies, try a tin of pears or a printed pear-shaped card.

Impulsive spenders

If you're an impulsive spender, you'll likely be tempted by that bottle of sparkling pear cider you noticed at your local store. Alternatively, a box of luxury organic pears or a handmade pear pie may satisfy your spending instincts.

Indulgent spenders

Indulgent spenders should splash out on a potted dwarf pear tree. A luxury pear-themed quilt is another tempting option for the first day.

Day 2: Two Turtle Doves

Frugal spenders

If 'frugal' is your middle name, you could try a dove-shaped card or even a paper plate bird. There are dozens of art and craft ideas on Pinterest to try without having to spend a penny. Dove-shaped paperclips or safety pins are popular ideas for thrifty spenders.

Impulsive spenders

Impulsive spenders will have their work cut out avoiding dove-themed chocolates and other delicacies in the shops at this time of year. If you're in this category, you should go for dove or turtle shaped candies or chocolates to celebrate this day in the calendar.

Indulgent spenders

Indulgent spenders should choose a pair of champagne flutes. A beautiful jewelry gift would be a pair of interlocking dove necklaces; one for you and one for your true love.

Day 3: Three French Hens

Frugal spenders

The best things in life are free so why should Christmas be any different? Frugal spenders should be happy with a free three-French-hens card from the internet. You can paint or color and add the final flourishes yourself once it is printed.

Impulsive spenders

For impulsive spenders, it can be difficult to ignore all the cute French Hen gifts you see online and around the stores this time of year. Why not pick up three matching hen fridge magnets or a beautiful hen-inspired t-shirt? If the French theme takes your fancy, you can pick up a book in French or even a book about learning French.

Indulgent spenders

The third day of Christmas is perfect for high rollers who love to treat their other half. If you are an indulgent spender, you may be tempted with a French press coffeemaker, some delicious French cheese or even a few bottles of crisp French wine. For the ultimate indulgence, you can't beat a selection of vintage French wine and cheese in a stunning presentation box.

Day 4: Four Calling Birds

Frugal spenders

This day is easy for frugal spenders as there are plenty of creative ways to show your love that cost next to nothing. You can print out a stunning Christmas tag and write down four messages describing what a wonderful person your other half is.

Impulsive spenders

Impulsive spenders should buy four Angry bird mugs, t-shirts or other merchandise to celebrate the fourth day of Christmas in style. If you're an impulsive spender, you'll likely pick up four bird-themed Christmas tree ornaments to decorate your tree with.

Indulgent spenders

Indulgent spenders should pick up a set of four serving dishes or dessert dishes decorated with paintings of calling birds. Some intricate glass or crystal bird ornaments for your tree would fit in well.

Day 5: Five Golden Rings

Frugal spenders

Why not have a little fun on the fifth day and give a comedy gift? Instead of actual rings, you could give five onion rings, five donuts or even five pineapple rings!

Impulsive spenders

If you want to buy jewelry, there are many gold-themed options that won't break the bank. Try a set of five fashion gold rings on a necklace to show your true love how much you care.

Indulgent spenders

This is the easiest day for indulgent spenders; you can't go wrong with an actual gold ring! Alternative ideas would be ring-themed gold jewelry, gold earrings or even a gold coin.

Day 6: Six Geese A-Laying

Frugal spenders

Frugal spenders should surprise their love with a six-egg omelet for breakfast. If that doesn't tickle your fancy, try six plastic eggs filled with tiny candies or trinkets.

Impulsive spenders

Impulsive spenders won't be able to resist picking up six delicious chocolate eggs or a quiche in a goose-shaped dish. You can also show your love with some premium pillows or cushions filled with real goose-down.

Indulgent spenders

A musical goose egg would be an extravagant gift perfect for indulgent spenders. For the ultimate indulgence, ordering an extravagant dish such as steak tartare topped with a goose egg is sure to be appreciated by your true love.

Day 7: Seven Swans A-Swimming

Frugal spenders

If you like to scrimp and save, you'll likely give a swan-themed card or an origami swan. Similarly, a hand-drawn or painted picture of a swan would make a much-appreciated gift.

Impulsive spenders

Impulsive spenders should choose adorable swan-shaped soaps or a copy or download of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Nothing says 'I love you' quite like swan-shaped chocolates.

Indulgent spenders

If going cheap isn't an option, you'll be pleasantly surprised by how much hollow-chocolate swans cost from a boutique chocolate shop. A hollow swan filled with artisan chocolates will set you back a pretty penny. Alternatively, some glass or crystal swan-shaped ornaments for your home or tree will help you celebrate nicely.

Day 8: Eight Maids A-Milking

Frugal spenders

Any milk-based treat will help you buy a lovely gift even on the tightest of budgets. You should choose some milky hot chocolate mix, some Milkmaid caramels or even some milk if you are a frugal spender.

Impulsive spenders

If you love to shop, this is the perfect day to buy a battery-powered milk frother or some luxury organic hot chocolate mix.

Indulgent spenders

Indulgent spenders can show their other half how much they care by buying them a housecleaning certificate. You may not be able to hire eight actual milk maids to do the chores but it's the next best thing!

Day 9: Nine Ladies Dancing

Frugal spenders

This can be one of the most exciting days out of the twelve. Whether you dance at home or go out for a night on the tiles, this night almost begs you to show some style. If the thought of going out to dance is too expensive, why not put on some nice music and have a dance at home on this day?

Impulsive spenders

If you're an impulsive spender, you can splash out on a new pair of dancing shoes or some gift certificates for dance lessons. Similarly, a Nutcracker book would go down well for this day.

Indulgent spenders

If nothing but the best will do, some tickets to a dance performance are the best option for indulgent spenders. If money really is no limit, you could hire a troupe of nine dancers to perform at your home or a venue of your choice.

Day 10: Ten Lords A-Leaping

Frugal spenders

In the spirit of leaping, you could make some Hoppin John soup for your special someone on this day. This wholesome dish of cooked sausage, rice, black-eyed peas, tomatoes, broth, and water is perfect for beating those winter blues on a tight budget.

Impulsive spenders

If you're more of an impulsive spender, you'll know that for over two decades, Lord of the Dance has captivated audiences around the globe. Michael Flatley's Irish dance show on DVD or CD is the perfect gift for impulse spenders to snap up this year.

Indulgent spenders

Indulgent spenders should buy some beautiful hand painted plates or bowls featuring ten leaping Lords to celebrate this day.

Day 11: Eleven Pipers Piping

Frugal spenders

If you are trying to save your pennies, you could bake two plain sponge cakes and filling piping bags with various shades of icing cream. Giving your other half a master class in cake decoration will be a memorable way to spend the eleventh day for a frugal spender.

Impulsive spenders

If you are keen to shop and are more of an impulsive spender, a CD or download of beautiful flute music will make a great gift.

Indulgent spenders

For a truly unforgettable gift, hiring a bagpipe player to serenade you at home is a great idea for an extravagant spender. Better still, find a player who will give a quick bagpipe lesson.

Day 12: Twelve Drummers Drumming

Frugal spenders

Finally, we've reached the final day and there are ways to go out with a bang, whatever your budget. Frugal spenders should buy a drum of popcorn to close out the last day of giving. An even cheaper alternative would be to reuse an old popcorn bucket from the cinema and make your own popcorn to go inside.

Impulsive spenders

Impulsive spenders will find it hard to resist buying a drum ornament for this day. A CD or download of drum music, such as Caribbean steel drums, is another worthwhile option.

Indulgent spenders

Indulgent spenders should hire a drummer for a private performance.

What will you buy?

Hopefully, you've been able to pick out great gift ideas according to your budget. Christmas may be the season of giving but there are plenty of options to choose from for every budget.

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