The Real Cost of the 12 Days of Christmas

Which Sounds Better: More Than $32,000 Or Less Than $250?

The Real Cost of the 12 Days of Christmas
This mama swan and her six baby cygnets sure are adorable, but what would you do with them??
The Real Cost of the 12 Days of Christmas
For less than $250 and in fewer than 10 minutes, you can send The 12 Days of Christmas, perfectly suited to your recipient.
The Real Cost of the 12 Days of Christmas
79 out-of-control presents, or 12 tailored-to-your-recipient gifts?
The Real Cost of the 12 Days of Christmas
A shopping list a mile long and almost 15 hours later, you'll have your own 12 Days of Christmas Gifts package. Yikes!

Every year, financial services group PNC publishes its annual Christmas Price Index. The index compiles the current cost of each set of the items in “The 12 Days of Christmas” holiday song. (Find out about the origin of the song here.)

PNC began the Christmas Price Index in 1984, when the cost for everything (a partridge, a pear tree, two turtle doves, three French hens, four calling birds, five gold rings, six geese, seven swans, eight maids, nine dancing women, ten lords, 11 pipers, and 12 drummers—79 gifts in all) came in at just under $19,000. And in 2016, the cost has increased almost 72% to more than $32,000.

Wow! That’s a lotta money for a lotta gifts that your recipient would have no idea how to handle. Of course, the list is all in good fun and illustrates the rising costs of products and services. No one would truly try to send these gifts to anyone. However, many people would  like to send 12 gifts to a friend or loved one. And that’s where The Days of Gifts comes in.

For less than $250, including tax and shipping, we send a package of 12 gifts to your recipient. It’s a super simple process, and it’ll take you less than 10 minutes. Here’s how it goes:

  1. Choose either the 12 Days of Christmas gifts for him or her.
  2. Tell us about your recipient in a simple, checkbox questionnaire. You’ll tell us his or her age, personality traits, lifestyle, favorite color, and a few other items. And if you have additional details about your recipient that you think would be helpful to us but aren’t included in the questions, we offer a spot to fill in that information too.
  3. Add the item to your cart and go through the checkout process.
  4. Based on your provided information, we choose from our vast array of high-quality gifts that would best fit your recipient. Then we wrap and ribbon each gift in red and green as well as label it for each day the gift should be opened—Day 1, Day 2, etc.
  5. We ship one box with all the gifts to your recipient so that it arrives on or around December 23. The box is clearly marked to not open until December 25. A beautiful postcard inside explains the steps for your recipient.

Not only does The 12 Days of Christmas save you money from the items in the song (to the tune of about $32,000), but it saves you time. To that end, we’d like to introduce …

The Days of Gifts Christmas Time Index

Planning of gifts: 1–3 hours

Shopping for gifts: 2–3 hours (online) or 5–7 hours (driving to stores and shopping in person)

Wrapping gifts: 1–2 hours, assuming you have the wrapping supplies, like paper, tape, ribbon, and tags for labeling the gifts

Boxing all gifts: 30 minutes, but that’s only if you have a box that holds them all, stuffing to secure the gifts, and packaging tape to close the box

Shipping gifts: 30 minutes–2 hours, depending on how fast the postal workers or UPS store clerks are moving and the number of people in line

Grand Total: 5–10.5 hours if shopping online, and 8–14.5 hours if shopping at a retail store

Note that these time estimates are on the low end, because everything always takes longer than we think it will. So the question is, what is your time worth? Think of it this way: In the time it took you to read this article, you could have ordered The 12 Days of Christmas and been able to scratch at least one person off of your shopping list. What are you waiting for?

The Days of Gifts: Andi


Andi Lucas is the co-founder of The Days of Gifts. She loves to give the gift of time, especially by planning celebration getaways with groups of friends. Send Andi an email.

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