25 Days of Christmas for your Husband

So Jason and I don’t really do Christmas gifts for one another. It’s just what we have found works for us. We don’t really have a hard and fast rule on this… typically we may buy each other one small gift, or we skip gifts entirely. We just buy what we want and need throughout the year, and we choose to put the focus on our kids at Christmas time.

However, I always like to do something special for him. I’ve done a few creative advent type countdown ideas over the years, and I thought I would share what I put together for him last year in case this is something you’d like to attempt this holiday season!

The basic idea is that we had an advent style countdown, and he got one gift or activity per day. It would be so easy to customize this to fit any budget, and you could honestly make this completely free by using things you have on hand, free community events, baking treats, doing chores he dreads, etc.

Here’s what I included:

  1. I re-started the Sirius XM subscription in his car. It had lapsed, and it was one of those things he said we didn’t really need to worry about, but he did enjoy listening to a certain station every morning on the way to work. The note on the back of the countdown led him to turn on his car radio, where he discovered I had renewed his service. // This first gift is for your ears, listen well and news you’ll hear.
  2. Build a fort in the living room and watch a Christmas movie. I had popcorn and candy on hand for snacks. // Let’s cozy up this Christmas night. Popcorn, candy, blankets tight.
  3. I gave him a $10 iTunes card to buy some new music or games. // New tunes are what you need to hear. Use this card and get some cheer.
  4. Movie – you could buy a DVD or just rent a movie on Amazon. // This movie was once a favorite sight. Sit down tonight and watch it with some tasty bites. 
  5. Bubble bath – my husband rarely takes bath, but on this night I set up a bath with candles and fancy bubble bath. // Bubbles, salts, lotion oh my. A bubble bath ends your day on a high.
  6. Scavenger hunt – I set up a scavenger hunt throughout the house for him to do with the kids. Each stop had a piece of candy. // Our elves have set up a little hunt. Go find you some candy. Don’t eat it for lunch!
  7. Conversation starters, which we talked about while we enjoyed a glass of wine. // Grab a glass and pour you some wine. Let’s have a chat and a really good time.
  8. On this day, I sent him one text each hour, with things I loved about him. // Today you’ll hear from me, once every hour.
  9. Snack box – I filled a large box with all his favorite snacks and had it ready to go to work with him. // These are a few of your favorite things.
  10. $10 Starbucks card for a coffee date // Let’s use this card to go on a date. Some coffee and chatter; please don’t be late.
  11. We were planning on going to the zoo to walk and see Christmas lights, so this day was gloves and a hat. // You’ll need these to stay warm tonight!
  12. This day was a coupon to make his favorite meal. // Bring your appetite!
  13. Smore night! I had graham crackers, marshmallows, and tons of different chocolates. // Gooey and ooey and delicious and warm. Let’s make a fire and have us some smores!
  14. He needed a warmer jacket, so that was delivered this day. // The high of today is 45. This gift will keep you warm inside.
  15. I made hot chocolate and we drove around and looked at Christmas lights. // An annual tradition we just can’t miss. Let’s make some cocoa and look at some lights!
  16. New PJ pants and a Christmas shirt – we had a movie date after the kids went to bed. // Cuddle, cuddle, toil, no trouble – meet me at 8 for movies and snacks.
  17. Breakfast in bed // Get back in bed. No work for you! You breakfast, dear sir, is coming soon.
  18. Game night // After work you are due some fun. Let’s play board games hun!
  19. CD // Check your passenger side seat for today’s surprise.
  20. New dress socks // These are part of your daily uniform. They aren’t very sexy but they sure are warm!
  21. I made his favorite cookies. // This is a coupon for your favorite treat. Text me your preference and they will be waiting when you get home!
  22. Santa underwear // I think y’all can probably just make your own version of what this clue would be. LOL.
  23. I had the kids use index cards to make him a coupon book. // The kids have been working, working hard. These coupons are meant to do all your jobs.
  24. An ornament for the Christmas tree // Look on the tree and a new ornament you’ll see.
  25. His Christmas stocking, which was filled with some of his favorite candy, snacks, and a Yeti cup

I never once claimed to be good at rhymes. Ha!

I began planning this out in early November. I looked at our calendar and planned gifts or activities around things we already had scheduled. For activities, I just made sure we had what we needed on hand (for example, if I was making homemade hot chocolate, I put the ingredients on the grocery list for that week). I went ahead and ordered any presents/gifts. For the gifts, I made a notations on the card itself that it was a present, and the present was kept under the Christmas tree in our room.

For the actual physical countdown, I saw these card stock Christmas trees at Hobby Lobby. They came in packs of 10, I believe, so I picked up a few. The day numbers were written on the front with a metallic Sharpie, and on the back I typed up the clues, printed them on computer paper, and glued them on. I used twine which I anchored to the wall with push pins, and clipped the stockings and trees on with mini clothespins. I ended up putting this in our bathroom, over our bathtub, because that was the place our kids were least likely to mess with it. Ha!

Jason really loved this – he said it made him feel special and gave him something to look forward to each day.

Here are a few other ideas you could include:

  • Community activities: tree lighting ceremonies, church musicals, the Nutcracker performance, etc. Facebook is a great resource for community events!
  • Do some chores that your husband doesn’t like to do or doesn’t always have time to do: clean the garage, get his oil changed, detail his car, organize your filing system, go buy presents for his staff or family, etc.
  • Make some of his favorite things: cookies, meal, cake, snack food, etc.
  • Give him time to do something he loves, uninterrupted. Take the kids somewhere while he watches football. Let him go hunting and don’t complain about how long he is gone. Send him to the bookstore with instructions to buy a new book.
  • Talk to his mom and find out what some of their family favorites and traditions were. Recreate them! Did they get new pajamas each Christmas? Did they have a night of stringing popcorn for the tree?
  • Go old school. Play his favorite card game or board game.

I’ve also done this before, but for a shorter duration. I’ve done the 12 Days of Christmas, and just do 12 gifts or 12 activities.

Please let me know if you decide to do this! I’d love to compare notes!

Comments

  1. Tiffany Honeycutt says:

    Love this blog post! Such great ideas for this time of year and very practical. Thanks for posting this today.

  2. My husband always needs a little pick-me-up around the holiday chaos…I’m going to try this!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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