'12 Days of Christmas' Gifts Will Set You Back $107K

Hey, swans-a-swimming aren't cheap
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2012 6:16 AM CST
Swans are the priciest item on the list.   (AP Photo/Dan Joling)

(Newser) – The perfect gift for that person who seems to have everything? How about 12 drummers drumming, 11 pipers piping, 10 lords a-leaping, and, well, you get the idea. This year, if you tried to buy all 364 items from the "12 Days of Christmas" song, including that partridge in a pear tree, it would set you back $107,300, according to PNC Wealth Management's annual Christmas Price Index. That's a 6.1% increase over last year, which was the first year the gifts topped $100,000.

"The rise is larger than expected considering the modest economic growth we've had," says a PNC exec. That's partially because last year's drought caused some bird prices to rise: geese are now 29.6% more expensive, and swans are 11% more, though a partridge—the cheapest item on the list—is still just $15. And, despite the fact that it is Cyber Monday, we don't recommend buying these gifts online. You'll pay quite a bit more, thanks to the cost of shipping live birds, the AP reports. Click to see a breakdown of the costs from each verse. (Read more Christmas stories.)

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