I’m going to just go ahead and pretend that I haven’t not blogged since Elijah was born and carry on with my life.
Christmas is coming! It’s October! That means it’s almost Christmas!
Once again, if you want to do a super fun Christmas gift for someone, I TOTALLY recommend doing the 12 Days of Christmas gifts. If you want to do it this year, DEFINITELY start thinking about it now, otherwise you’ll be stressed when December hits and it won’t be as fun. Also, last year I did a friend version of this for my wonderful, wonderful friend B. I’ll share that post SOON. (And I know I’ll actually do it soon because it’s already started, ha!)
Also, this year I was SUPER PREPARED and had a little photo shoot for the gifts. Well, most of the gifts…
So! With that, here is Peter’s 12 Days of Christmas Gifts 2016.
Day ONE (December 14)
ONE new travel scarf
Christmas is my favorite time of year,
So I couldn’t help but spread the holiday cheer.
I said I wouldn’t, but it’s so much fun!
12 days of Christmas are better than one!
One travel scarf for when you fly;
I’m sorry I ruined yours from Dubai…
This one is foreign, from far away.
It’s from the Amazon! (.com… what can I say?)
So, funny story. A while ago, Peter told me that he really wanted a travel scarf. I was super confused. A travel scarf? Is that actually a thing? And I did some Google research, and sure enough, it is a thing. Anyways, I was not about to buy a travel scarf for Peter because I knew he had a specific vision of what he wanted.
Then, Peter came back from a trip to Dubai and brought home a black and white travel scarf that he got there. He loved that scarf.
Too bad he never got to wear it… Because of me.
I was doing laundry one day and thought I’d be a nice wife and wash his travel scarf before his next trip. Guys, what I’m about to share had NEVER happened before and it has NEVER happened again, but I put the scarf in with towels. And there was a red towel in there… And when I took the towels out of the washing machine the scarf was now… Pink and black.
I STARTED TO CRY because I felt SO BAD. And when I told Peter about it, he was like “OMG Sara, stop crying.” And I was all, “BUT I FEEL SO BAD.” And he was just like, “It’s not a big deal.”
Fast forward to Christmas last year, and I bought him a new travel scarf off of Amazon, that is actually a piece of crap, and I just recently threw it away this summer because I was too depressed looking at it in the closet.
Needless to say, I’m not buying Peter any more scarves anytime soon.
Day TWO (December 15)
A shoe horn
One morning as you
Were leaving for work
I noticed you needed this –
Your two feet get a perk.
I ordered this shoe horn after getting tired of watching Peter struggle to put on his damn shoes in the morning. He still uses it! Daniel also uses it, and it’s EFFING ADORABLE.
Day THREE (December 16)
Three ounces of Downy spray
Sometimes when you’re gone,
I worry you’re a wrinkly mess.
Three ounces of wrinkle spray
To keep you looking your best.
So this was the original day three gift that I got for Peter, and then like two days before day three, I found out that he was going to play hooky from work and go see the new Star Wars movie with some of his buds. I WAS going to buy him his ticket, but learned from one of the people going to see the movie that they pre-bought tickets. So instead I got Pete a gift card for snacks to enjoy while he was at the movie. Of course I didn’t take a picture. I did, however, find the rhyme I came up with by searching my Gmail inbox because I KNEW that I told Jenna what I was getting him. Oversharing for the WIN!
The three of you
Are playing hooky.
Have some snacks
While watching the Wookie.
Side note: I’ll bet you thought for a minute when you started seeing the photos of this post “Wow! Sara had it SO together last year!” Well, the jig is up. Further down the line of days you’ll see that I didn’t take pictures of the things. BUT you WILL see when I post my friend edition that I was SUPER put together for that one! (Mostly because I had to get it in the mail in time for B to get it, but I’ll save that for the friend edition post!)
Day FOUR (December 17)
Family of four Christmas ornament
Our family is growing
From three to four.
We love Daniel so much
We had to have one more!
I LOVE this gift. We didn’t know Elijah’s gender yet, but I thought it was just splendid to add this ornament to the tree because it was exactly what our family looked like in 2016.
Day FIVE (December 18)
Aaaaaaaaaaand here is where I start not having pictures.
In the song they sing
“Five Golden Rings”
But I know donuts are
Some of your favorite things!
I mean, who doesn’t love donuts??
Day SIX (December 19)
Six pack of Mountain Dew
An annual tradition,
The six pack of Mountain Dew.
Drink one up and become
A more energized you!
I still never buy Mountain Dew for the man, so this is still a wonderful treat!
Day SEVEN (December 20)
A comb from Chicago Comb Company
On your list was
A “non-plastic comb.”
Seven days a week
You need to style your dome.
When I asked Peter what he wanted for Christmas, one of the things he told me “a non-plastic comb” (hence the rhyme) and I was kind of confused. Like, who cares, right? And then I remembered that his coworker got her boyfriend a comb from Chicago Comb Company, and Peter thought it was THE COOLEST THING. So this was actually SO PERFECT.
Day EIGHT (December 21)
Where to Eat Pizza book
You’ve traveled the world –
Eight countries this year!
Now you know where to find
The best pizza and beer!
It’s no secret that Peter LOVES pizza. Frozen, fresh, anything. He loves it. It’s a real drag for him when I’m pregnant and that is one of the only smells that make me feel very, very nauseous. You guys, this book is SO COOL. So many pizza places all over the world! There actually is a series of these books; I got my girlfriend this one for Christmas last year.
Day NINE (December 22)
Surprise! No picture of this one either!
This month has been crazy,
You have a sore back.
I hope ninety minutes
Will help you relax!
When Peter and I went on our honeymoon, we got a gift certificate to use at the resort’s spa. I was all about getting a couple’s massage. Peter was having NONE OF IT. So I went by myself. Super romantic, right?
Then in 2015, Peter had his first massage, and he was like “Wow, I am VERY RELAXED after that.” With all of his plane time, I figured a massage would be good for him. Fun fact: It is now October and I am going to tell Peter that if he doesn’t schedule this massage and use the certificate, I am going to use it. Because that is disgraceful, letting such a wonderful thing go to waste!
Day TEN (December 23)
10 Sharpie pens
You recently discovered
The Sharpie pen.
A little elf helped me –
Here are ten!
One day Peter came home from work and he was like, “SARA. THESE PENS. LIFE CHANGING.” Easy gift, right?!
Also, the note on these is inaccurate. As you know, I like to have everything wrapped and under the tree on day one. I was going to drop these pens off with Pete’s coworker to put on his desk, but then he decided earlier in the week to take the 23rd off so we could drive down to Lake Geneva for Christmas. I had already written everything out, so I just was like “Yeah, Bobbie was supposed to help me… But you ruined it.” Merry Christmas!
Day ELEVEN (December 24)
$11 Kwik Trip card
Ok but seriously, gift cards are hard to take pretty pictures of.
One of your favorite places
To go for lunch
Here’s eleven dollars
To grab something to munch!
If there is one thing Peter loves more than his family, it is Kwik Trip. When we drive down to Lake Geneva, we do our very best to stop only at Kwik Trips. I mean, they do have very nice bathrooms and a whole bunch of good food choices. Peter often gets lunch there, just a sandwich or something. I don’t even think they’re that good, but man, does he love Kwik Trip.
Also, I feel like I need to point out that this year’s gift card experience went MUCH better than last year’s, where I never delivered on the gift card… Whoops! (I SWEAR that I actually bought the gift card, despite the lack of photo evidence.)
Day TWELVE (December 25)
Star Wars one-a-day desk calendar
Well I REALLY dropped the ball on this one. No photo and no rhyme ☹️ I had everything saved in a Google doc so I could access it anytime I had a Christmas inspiration. I had the rhymes in there and everything, and this is all there is for the calendar:
Star Wars facts for
Twelve months of the year.
I mean, I CERTAINLY had something clever written. The world will never know!
So! There you have it! Another year of 12 days of Christmas gifts and TONS OF FUN. If you decide to do it for something this year TELL ME because I LOVE hearing ideas and creativity!
Need more ideas? Here you go!