Does anyone anywhere really send their "true love" all the items from the song? And considering what would show up if you did--would your true love be happy about it?

When you take the time to think about it (which, unfortunately, I have), giving someone a bunch of musicians, milkmaids, dudes leaping about, jewelry, and assorted waterfowl would probably be mean rather than thoughtful. Gotta be a lot of messes to clean up.

Anyhoo, for our purposes here today, let's assume that you've got the type of connections to get it done. You're sending your significant other all the stuff from the 12 Days of Christmas.

Let's find out how big a dent in your bank account you'll be making.

For almost 40 years, the PNC Christmas Price Index has predicted the current cost for each of the gifts given in the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” This year, the yuletide numbers-crunchers say you would have to dole out a whopping $38,993.59 to fulfill the list.

Seems a bit pricey. And, that figure represents giving your true love the list only once, not repeating it like they do in the song.

If you did it like they do in the tune, repeating gifts through the entire 12 days, your price total goes way up to spending $170,298.03 for all 364 gifts.

Gift prices according to the PNC in 2019

  • A partridge in a pear tree – $210.17
  • Two turtle doves – $300.00
  • Three French hens – $181.50
  • Four calling birds – $599.96
  • Five golden rings – $825.00
  • Six geese-a-laying – $420.00
  • Seven swans-a-swimming – $13,125.00
  • Eight maids-a-milking – $58.00
  • Nine ladies dancing – $7,552.84
  • Ten lords-a-leaping – $10,000
  • Eleven pipers piping – $2,748.87
  • Twelve drummers drumming – $2,972.25