'12 Days of Christmas' Gifts Will Cost You $97K
Gold prices push the cost of 5 rings to $650
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 29, 2010 6:53 AM CST
A partridge in a pear tree.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – If your true love gives you everything from 12 drummers drumming to a partridge in a pear tree this year, he or she will have shelled out $96,824. That’s up 10.8% from last year, the AP reports. High gold prices pushed the cost of five gold rings up 30% to $649.95; nine ladies dancing now costs $6,294.03, up 15%; the price of feed and availability led to a 78.6% jump in the price of two turtle doves, to $100.

When you count each repetition in the song, your lover will have bought you 364 gifts. Looking for a less plentiful route? Rather than getting, say, 3 French hens 10 times (on the third through 12th days of Christmas), perhaps your true love should opt for one set of each, and pay a mere $23,000—9.2% higher than last year. Click here for the complete price chart.