12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Spouse (with Free Printables)

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Easy 12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas for Him

Make this Christmas extra special for your spouse with this adorable 12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas!

When I think of 12 days of Christmas gift ideas I always start singing that song. You know the one. “On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…” If you are stumped to find the perfect gift for your husband this year, I can say right along with you, “Me too!!” But then I thought that since “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is such a classic song, I wanted to put a fun spin on it to surprise my husband this season! And once I figured it out, then I thought I better share it with all of you! We have an adorable list of 12 days of Christmas gift ideas for him!

Doing the 12 Days Of Christmas for your spouse is so fun! I can't wait to use these 12 days of Christmas gift ideas for him! #12DaysofChristmas #ChristmasGiftsforHim

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Christmas is right around the corner and I always have the hardest time choosing the perfect gift for my husband! For a fun spin, I decided that this year that it would be SO EXCITING to have a 12 Days of Christmas countdown for my husband to get him in the Christmas spirit. Who wouldn’t want 12 days worth of Christmas gifts?!? (You could always do more romantic 12 days of Christmas ideas too, we have an adorable 12 Days of Sexy Christmas option!)

I partnered up with Diva Elizabeth to create these fun and fresh Christmas tags, cards, and poems. I just love the crisp Christmas colors and designs she created! YOU totally score on this too because we are giving you all of Elizabeth’s beautifully designed printables for FREE!! {squeal!} Get ready for the best 12 days of Christmas gifts for your husband!

12 days of Christmas present ideas for husbands.

Printable Christmas Ideas

I wanted this Christmas countdown to include lots of nice things, but not break the bank! Here’s a list of the 12 days of Christmas gifts ideas that I bought to give to my husband and match up with the rhymes. There is a gorgeous paper you can print out to keep in your purse to take to the store as you stock up on items to give your favorite fella 🙂

Day One: Massage Oil

Day Two: App credit, phone bling, or new picture for screen

Day Three: 3 pairs of socks, new shoes, or Slippers

Day Four: 4 Sports Items {golf balls, tennis racket, bike lock}

Day Five: 5 Of His Favorite things {gum, candy, snacks, books, magazines}

Day Six: 6 Pack Soda

Day Seven: 7 Hot Chocolate Items {mug, marshmallows, different flavors of hot chocolate, spoon, candy cane}

Day Eight: 8 Favorite Cookies

Day Nine:  9 songs on iTunes, or make a mix.

Day Ten: $10 Cold Stone {or other food} gift card

Day Eleven: 11 Small picture frames or wallet-sized pictures

Day Twelve: Jacket OR Gift inside his jacket {or coat closet}

First, be sure to have plenty of wrapping paper and ribbon. Not only did I want to wrap the presents, but I wanted my wrapping paper to compliment the gift tag colors. Luckily, I found some that matched perfectly at good old Walmart. I think that they turned out looking great! You could use any wrapping paper you have on hand, I think a simple brown or white craft paper could look nice too, although {in my opinion} the sparkles and ribbons made these 12 days of Christmas gifts for my husband really stand out 🙂

12 days of Christmas wrapping materials for romantic gifts for him.

12 Days of Christmas Card

This countdown starts with a fun card that you can leave out to surprise your husband the night before. We have two versions- one to give to a husband, and one to give to a wife 🙂 That’s right all you fellas reading right now, this Christmas Countdown is also something your wife would L.O.V.E.!! And all of the 12 Days of Christmas gift ideas can be used for husband or wife – they aren’t just 12 days of Christmas gift ideas for him.

12 days of Christmas cards for husband or wife.

My husband is getting all the gifts this year, but I think it would be a great idea if you both gave each other gifts! Romantic 12 days of Christmas ideas are appreciated even if you’ve seen them before! After all, it only means that they were thinking of you throughout the day, and what’s more romantic than that?!

12 days of christmas ideas for your sweetheart.

Gift Tags with Poems

Check out the gorgeous tags you can put on each present to really bump up the wow factor of these 12 days of Christmas ideas! This way your spouse will know exactly which present to open each day, and it makes a gorgeous display to see all 12 days of Christmas gifts for your husband set up at once. Just make sure they are up high if you’ve got sweet kiddos or energetic pets roaming around your home. {wink!}

12 days of Christmas countdown gift ideas.

Example Christmas Gift Ideas

Some of these 12 days of Christmas gifts for him are ‘just for fun,’ and others are more practical. 🙂 My husband has been needing new socks for a while now, so for Day 3 that’s what I thought of. I wrapped him up a set that he will be very happy to get. Is it one of my most romantic 12 days of Christmas ideas? Maybe not, but it shows that I’ve been listening to him, and that, my friends, is romantic.

12 days of Christmas gift ideas for husbands.

Day 5 is full of favorite snacks and treats, which are super easy to pick up on your next grocery store trip. My husband had tried some Jalapeno Beef Jerky on a golf trip that he was raving about. 3 stores later I finally found some at Target to surprise him with. Just for the record, it is REALLY good if you like just a bit of heat 🙂

12 days of christmas countdown day 6

The poem for Day 6 is ” Six geese a laying, oh my they are busy. For you though, my love, I picked something more fizzy!” Choose your spouse’s favorite soda pop and extend the gift a little by playing fun card games while you sip on them. This 12 days of Christmas gift for your husband is also a gift of time for you!

Day 7 includes all the fixings for delicious hot chocolate. Add a candy cane stir stick to give it a little Christmas flair!

12 days of christmas countdown day 2

Day 2 was a really simple 12 days of Christmas gift idea because it was a simple picture. I took a new pic of me and then made it his lock screen. I’m hoping it was a romantic 12 days of Christmas gift that was unexpected but sweet.

For Day 8 you may want to be a little bit creative. If your husband loves prepackaged cookies like Oreos, you are set. If he prefers something homemade you can make some, hide them in the freezer, and leave a note inside an empty wrapped box. The box shouldn’t be totally empty though – add a note to look in the freezer for his cookies. Or you could have the plan to make them fresh that day for him. Whatever works with your time schedule. I just like the idea that this 12 days of Christmas idea for him is specific to his taste and preference.

12 days of christmas countdown day 5

Day 10 is one of my favorites because it is a treat you BOTH can enjoy. Who doesn’t love a gift that gives right back! Coldstone is one of our favorite places to get a special treat, but you could really choose any food-related gift card.

12 days of christmas countdown day 12

Day 12 I reserved for my ‘BIG’ Christmas gift. The way I wrote the poem will make it easy for you to adapt and give your husband {or wife} what you’d like. You can give them a jacket, hide the gift in their jacket, or even hide the 12 days of Christmas gift idea in your coat closet. 🙂 I am not going to say what my husband will find on Day 12 this Christmas, just in case he reads this post before, but I think he is going to really, really like it!

Get started on this amazing gift today, and make your Christmas the best one yet! And if you are a big fan of 12 days of Christmas ideas, you will love our 12 Days of Christmas Ideas for Service (12 Days of Christmas for husband or neighbors!)

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  1. Love this idea, and so excited to do this for my husband!
    Just also noticed s type on the 12th day it says on the “6th” day instead of the “12th”, just thought I would put that out there, but thanks for the printable !

    1. Oh my goodness!! We are so glad that you are using this idea!! 🙂 And, thank you so much for catching that little mistake – we will get that fixed right away!! 🙂

  2. I’ve been thinking about doing a 12 days gift idea for the last few weeks and I’m so glad I found this template to work off of! One question, what is the best way you suggest to print. Thanks!

    1. Hi Michelle! So I have printed on some heavy cardstock and just fold and glue the prints together. It kind of gives it some bulk and a little frame.I hope that helps!

  3. I told love this and am so excited to use it for my husband, the only thing that would make it better is if you could print them double-sided but the way they’re arranged it’s not possible. Otherwise I totally love it and think my husband will to!

    1. Savannah, that is a great idea and we will definitely keep that in mind if we do a re-design! 🙂 So glad you like the idea! XO

  4. So my husband is a truck driver, so it’s always hard to figure out what to do for him. Last year I did a 365 day jar {mine ended up being a box cuz it was last minute & I couldn’t not do it!} but he absolutely loved it and enjoys being able to open a note every day at work. This year I wasn’t sure how I would top it! But I absolutely LOVE this idea because I can get it ready early and wrap everything and send everything with him to work so that on each day he can open his presents! Thank you for such a wonderful idea. My last day is actually going to be Christmas Eve which leads to his Christmas Eve Date Box. I’m putting a “year of dates” binder full of The Dating Divas dates for us & the kids in his box along with our first date which will be the Snowed In Intimate Date. I thought it would be perfect for Christmas! I LOVE LOVE LOVE The Dating Divas! Thanks for the amazing ideas!! We’ve really been slacking in our relationship lately on trying to do stuff together with his job but I feel like all of your wonderful ideas will really help bring us together and not be SO bored with the little time we do have together and hopefully spice things up for us!

    1. Jessica, SO glad you are enjoying our ideas! It really means a lot to us and we appreciate your kind words! Thanks for being a part of the Diva family and we are excited for you to share all those dates with your hubby this year! XO

    1. Louis, if you click the first pink download button you can download and view all of the countdown cards and sayings for free. 🙂 I hope that helps and that you are able to do this fun Christmas countdown.P.S we are also going to be doing a Valentine’s countdown so keep a look out for that! XO

  5. I know this post is from last year but I found it today & I’m so excited!! He is deploying soon. This is perfect to make his holiday a special one!! Thank you 🙂

    1. Hi Cheree! Oh wow, thank you SO much for your service… as a retired military wife myself, I have the upmost respect and appreciation for you and your family. We hope you love the printables and thank you for reading!! XOXO

  6. Just wanted to say thanks for posting these printables! I had the idea to do this for my husband this year and I googled the printables and your site came up. Love it! Glad I happened across you all.

    1. Hi Ginny! Aw yay! We’re so glad you found us, too!! We’ve got ALL sorts of gift ideas for your man… keep reading and enjoy! xoxo

  7. Hello,
    I absolutely love this idea and love the design of the cards, but i wanted to change a few things and can’t seem to figure out how! If anyone could help me out it would be greatly appreciated! Thank you and Merry Christmas!

    1. Hi Tyler! We are happy to hear that you love the printable! Unfortunately, the printables are not editable files. Sorry about that! If you want to order a custom set you can always contact the designer! Her info is linked up in the post. Hope that help!

  8. I can’t get the links to work. Is it because it’s from last year? I was wanting to use this for Christmas. Thank you.

    1. Hi Lourdes! The printable link is working fine on our end. Perhaps you need to clear your cache? It is a pdf and should open right up when you click on the link. Hope that helps!

  9. Thank you so much for this wonderful idea!! I’ve printed most of the cards, but there are a few that I’ll change because I have a different gift idea for certain days.Thanks! 🙂

  10. OHEMGEEE! This is too cute. I have to say THANK YOU for coming up with this and doing all the hard work for us! I truly appreciate it. Will absolutely be using this year.

    Merry Christmas!!!

  11. Love these!! I didn’t know what to get my hubby this year, and it’s our first Christmas as husband and wife, so this is perfect!!

  12. Love this!! I have had such a hard time deciding what to get for Christmas for my hubby, and it’s out first Christmas as husband and wife, that I wanted to make it special!! This works perfectly!!!

  13. Love this idea! Is there a way to change some of the things written on the cards by any chance? Ex. From Husband to Boyfriend .. not sure how to do that with the PDF version of the 12 cards.

  14. Hello! I love these cards but is there anyway you can make them editable so I can adjust a few? The PDF version won’t let me edit. 🙁

  15. I love these 12 days of Christmas cards. I definitely want to do this for my husband. Do you have a jpeg version? I would like to personalize the messages for him, but I couldn’t change the PDF version.


      1. Hi Jennifer,
        There is a link near the very bottom of my post that is titled “FREE CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN FOR YOUR SWEETHEART PRINTABLES HERE” it is pink and if you click on it, it should come right up:)

      2. Hi Jennifer,
        If you look at the bottom of the post there is a link “FREE CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN FOR YOUR SWEETHEART PRINTABLES HERE” click on it and it should come right up:)