This time of year, an intangible thing starts to creep into the corners of your mind and it won’t leave until nearly a month later: Christmas music. What feels fresh and festive around December 5th starts to feel saccharine and unbearable by the time the 24th rolls around. The only classic song I never tire of is “The 12 Days of Christmas,” also known as Twelvetide. The lyrics always delight my imagination – Leaping lords! Milk maids! And let’s not forget the idyllic images of a partridge in a pear tree, turtle doves, and drummers drumming. Recently, I was in a gift buying rut, stuck in a huge, overheated, overcrowded store and staring at the never ending shelves of stuff when Twelvetide came over the speakers. It lifted my spirits instantly and I realized that the song’s lyrics are the perfect inspiration for a foodie-friendly Christmas gift guide. For example…
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: a partridge in a pear tree.
If you’ve ever made your own pie, you know that the process is a delicate dance. What would help to ensure your pie crust and filling turn out just right? This pear-green Le Creuset pie bird will help to steam vent your pie. A pie bird is the perfect gift for someone who loves to bake pies and increases the chances that you’ll be eating more delicious pies year round – win-win!
On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: two turtle doves.
Doves are absolutely lovely symbols of peace but nearly impossible to find in a kitchen, let alone adorning a kitchen implement. So instead, here is a practical and pretty dish towel with two birds that absolutely could be brown doves, if you squint.
On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: three French hens.
Since the backyard chicken coop sold out at Anthropologie and our hopes of raising French hens have been dashed, we’ve had to come up with the second best: very spicy Sriracha earrings featuring their famous rooster logo.
On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: four calling birds.
Gift this set of bird mugs (I’m now realizing this song has lots of bird imagery) to your friend with the chaotic cabinet of mismatched, chipped and coffee-stained mugs. Perhaps it’s time to reevaluate the situation in your own cabinets as well?
On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: five golden rings.
Gone are the days of serving dinner to friends with paper towels as napkins with these golden napkin rings.
On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: six geese a laying.
Goose eggs are things found in idyllic inns on British moors, not tiny apartment/studio sized kitchens, so let’s simplify this lyric a little bit to be just plain eggs, shall we? And since we’re impatient, what is the most delicious, yet impossibly complicated way to eat an egg? Poached! Gift the latest in poaching technology for fluffy, runny eggs.
On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: seven swans a swimming.
Swans, usually found in ponds or small lakes, can now swim comfortably on the surface of your tea cup with this swan tea filter.
On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: eight maids a milking.
Let’s take the maids out of this all together and focus on the milk. This adorable cow creamer will make your Moo-orning routine much happier.
On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: nine ladies dancing.
You’d need a fairly large industrial kitchen to fit nine ladies dancing so how about something much smaller. These extremely delicate and beautiful “dancing” tea buds flower in hot water as the leaves expand.
On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: ten lords a leaping.
Let’s stretch this traditional Christian song cross it with a pagan fairy tale: The Lord of the Rings. For the LOTR-lover in your life, gift this incredible hand-carved middle earth cutting board.
On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: eleven pipers piping.
You don’t have to play an instrument to be a piper, all you have to do is ice a cake or make very fancy deviled eggs with this starter piping set.
On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: twelve drummers drumming.
Finally, we’ve made it through the song. How about the best gift yet: useful but fun kitchen spoons that double as drumsticks?