One idea that I love is the 12 Days of Christmas. It takes a bit of preparation, but it’s worth it (especially if your guy’s love language is “gifts”).
The “Twelve Days of Christmas” are the twelve days between Christmas Day and Epiphany, December 25th through January 6th (though many people celebrate it non-traditionally leading up to Christmas – December 14th through the 25th). These days are celebrated by gift giving each day. A creative twist is giving one gift on the first day, two on the second, three on the third, and so forth. Here are a few ideas for creating your own “Twelve Days of Christmas” fun.
Day 1 – something unique and individual – a Christmas ornament, a collectible, a nice wallet, or a framed photo.
Day 2 – anything that comes in pairs – mittens, socks, bookends, cuff links, or tickets to an event.
Day 3-6 – small gift sets, different kinds of mustard, chocolates in a sampler box, a few fishing lures, gardening tools, sticky note pads (there are some fun shapes and colors), or balloons.
Days 5-12 – This gets more challenging as the number goes up. Look for things that are packaged in multiples and consider the small items that your husband uses frequently. Wander through his favorite stores and look for lots of little things.
Some ideas: batteries, burnable CD’s, his favorite candies, markers, postage stamps (especially if he is a collector), coupons good for services, book plates, small tool kit with (however many) tools, cookies, or office supplies.
On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me a partridge in a pear tree. from a Christmas carol, author unknown
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