This Twelve Days of Christmas gift idea is easy to put together with printable stories, a printable poem and 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, if you need a care package to mail to someone far away, or if you want to be a secret santa to a family and leave goodies on their porch, this Twelve Days of Christmas Stories is the perfect gift idea!
I have gathered twelve heartwarming Christmas stories and thought of treats to coordinate with something from the story. Each treat and story 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?
I have done this with my family and given it away to other families for more than ten years now and it is such a great way to feel the Christmas spirit. The stories are so sweet and focus on themes like service and giving. They will warm your heart.
Here is an overview of all the stories and the coordinating treats: (affiliate links)
Day 1 – December 13th
Story- A Christmas Family
Treat Idea Theme- Chocolate Coins
- Red envelope filled with chocolate coins
- Learn how to make an envelope out of a piece of paper here.
Day 2 – December 14th
Story- Rudolph—That Amazing Reindeer
Treat Idea Theme- Reindeer
- Reindeer Peeps
- Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Reindeer
- Reindeer Tin
- Reindeer Crispy Chocolate Candies
- Reindeer Pez Dispenser
- Large Chocolate Reindeer
Day 3 – December 15th
Story- An Older Brother’s Gift
Treat Idea Theme- Books or Bicycles
Day 4 – December 16th
Story- The Other Wise Man
Treat Idea Theme- Jewels or Treasure
Day 5 – December 17th
Story- Christmas Day In The Morning
Treat Idea Theme- Cows
Day 6 – December 18th
Story- The Necklace
Treat Idea Theme- Candy Necklace
Day 7 – December 19th
Story- The Christmas Orange
Treat Idea Theme- Oranges
Day 8 – December 20th
Story- A Christmas Gift for Jesus
Treat Idea Theme- Dollar Bill
Day 9 – December 21st
Story- Why Christmas Trees Aren’t Perfect
Treat Idea Theme- Christmas Trees
Day 10 – December 22nd
Story- Christmas on the Rhine
Treat Idea Theme- Gingerbread
- Gummy Gingerbread Men
- Gingerbread Peeps
- Little Debbie Gingerbread Cookies
- Gingerbread House Kit
- Gingerbread Cookies
Day 11 – December 23rd
Story- The Legend of the First Christmas Bell
Treat Idea Theme- Bells
Day 12 – December 24th
Story- The Legend of the Candy Cane
Treat Idea Theme- Candy Canes
Sometimes you just can’t find one of the items for the stories above, so I’ve included a bonus story so you can swap it out with one from above.
Story- A Brother Like That
Treat Idea Theme- Cars
Story- In Shepherd’s Field
Treat Idea Theme- Sheep
I’ve linked to as many treats as I could find online, but there are probably more options at in-person stores if you can’t find or don’t like one of the items. I had the best luck at places like Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Shopko, Dollar Tree, and local grocery stores.
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.
To make it even easier for you to put this gift together, I’ve created some free printables to go along with the stories.
There’s a poem to explain the gift to the person you are sending it to.
The poem reads:
Twelve days left ’til Christmas.
Let’s savor each one.
We hope that this gift
will bring lots of fun.
Each day there’s a story,
they’re all really sweet.
Along with each story
is a special treat.
These tales remind us
that Christ is the reason
we give love and kindness
each Holiday season.
There are also matching numbered tags to tie to each present so it’s easy to tell which present goes with which story.
Our family has done this activity together each Christmas season and my children look forward to opening the wrapped treat and then cuddling up together to hear the story. We absolutely love this tradition! I hope your family will grow to love it too.
Note: If you are having trouble accessing the files, your school or employer may be blocking access to Google Drive. Try downloading them again on an unrestricted computer. I CANNOT email these stories individually as I just get way too many requests to keep up with. Thanks for understanding.
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