This Twelve Days of Christmas gift idea is easy to put together with free printable stories, a printable poem and printable numbered gift tags. Each day leading up to Christmas, read a heartwarming story and open the coordinating wrapped treat.
If you’re looking for a great way to add some meaning back into your Christmas season, or if you need a care package to mail to someone far away, this Twelve Days of Christmas Stories is the perfect gift idea! Basically, you print out a bunch of Christmas stories and buy little goodies that go along with each story. Each treat is individually wrapped and labeled and then each day during the twelve days before Christmas, you open one treat and eat it while you read the story! Fun, right?
Here are all of the stories and the coordinating treats: (affiliate links)
Day 1: A Christmas Family (red envelope filled with chocolate coins)
Day 2: Rudolph—That Amazing Reindeer (reindeer marshmallows or “muddy reindeer”)
Day 3: An Older Brother’s Gift (candy book)
Day 4: The Other Wise Man (candy ring “jewels”)
Day 5: Christmas Day In The Morning (cow tales)
Day 6: In Shepherd’s Field (pooping sheep)
Day 7: The Christmas Orange (chocolate orange)
Day 8: A Christmas Gift For Jesus (chocolate dollars)
Day 9: Why Christmas Trees Aren’t Perfect (Peep Christmas trees)
Day 10: Christmas On The Rhine (gingerbread men or gingerbread Peeps)
Day 11: A Brother Like That (race car candies or Hot Wheels fruit snacks)
Day 12: The Legend of the Candy Cane (candy canes)
Extra Story: The Legend of the First Christmas Bell (chocolate bell candies)
I searched all around town to find coordinating candies. I had the best luck at places like Rite-Aid, Shopko, Dollar Tree, and local grocery stores. Big stores like Wal-Mart just don’t carry as many unique candies. I’ve linked to each of the treats on Amazon so you can see what the packages look like, but their prices seemed a little high to me. I’d suggest buying them locally.
I wrapped each candy individually, rolled up the story for that day and attached a tag that says what day it is supposed to be opened.
There are also matching numbered tags to tie to each present so it’s easy to tell which present goes with which story.
Note: Most school districts and many employers block access to Google Drive, so if the files won’t open for you, this might be why. Try downloading them again at home.