30 Frugal Christmas Gift Ideas for Neighbors
I love giving simple gifts to my neighbors and friends on my street during the holidays, usually a delicious treat of some sort. It is nice to do something small to show you are thinking of them and you can get the kids involved to help teach the joy of giving!
To help give you some ideas, we’ve curated 30 of our favorite gift ideas for neighbors, including homemade options, food options, and even some easy store-bought ideas for when you’re in a pinch.
You can find cute packaging options at lots of stores right now, like Walmart, Target, or a dollar store. Think ribbon, twine, bows, gift tags, treat boxes, tins and cellophane bags. You might even be able to find some on clearance during the week of Christmas (or it will all be sold out!). If you do find clearance prices, stock up on some for next year!
Top 10 Homemade Gift Ideas for Neighbors (Non-Edible)
You might want to give this one to your neighbors a bit early so they can use it, but that’s up to you! This is a great gift idea for any family with children.
2. Snowman Soap
This one is a really easy gift idea. All you need is a bottle of white soap (here are some options from Amazon) and then some puff paint and a few other materials to create the snowman.
This idea is similar to the countdown plaque above, but chalkboard style. Your neighbors will be able to use it to count down to all sorts of different events!
4. DIY Pine Scented Candle
This striped candle looks really nice and the pine scent is perfect for Christmas time! Wrap a gift tag around it and voila. Get the full tutorial at Sugar and Charm.
5. Homemade Ornaments
There are a ton of great Christmas tree ornaments you can make by hand. The kids can help too! Check out these homemade ornament ideas.
6. Homemade Holiday Potpourri
Holiday potpourri looks extremely nice and can be either kept on a shelf or simmered on a stovetop for a great aroma. See the full tutorial at Tidbits.
The DIY blue tint on these mason jars gives them great style. Fill a few with candy or candles for your nieghbors!
8. Christmas Tea Tree
I love how creative yet simple this idea is. If you know your neighbor is a tea lover, this is such a wonderful idea! Get the full tutorial at Thirsty For Tea.
This is a very simple DIY gift that’s still thoughtful. Your neighbor can use the frame to display a family photo, or they can leave it as is for Christmas time.
10. DIY Coasters
Almost everyone uses coasters so you can’t really go wrong here! Plus, there are some really cool homemade coasters to choose from.
15 Edible Homemade Christmas Gifts for Neighbors
Homemade food wrapped up nicely as a gift is one of the most thoughtful presents you can receive. Here are some of our favorite ideas…
1. Homemade Jam
Pour some of your favorite homemade jam into a small mason jar with a bow on it! Love homemade jam!
Here are a couple of homemade jam recipes you can try:
2. Reindeer Mason Jars
If you’re looking for something fun and easy, it doesn’t get much easier than these reindeer mason jars! See the full project on Polkadot Chair.
These hot chocolate spoons add a little something special to any regular cup of hot chocolate! Pair them with a custom mug or a pack of hot chocolate for an easy gift idea.
4. Candy Santa Hat Sleighs
This is a really festive treat gift idea that the kids can help you make! See the full project on Life With My Littles.
Hot chocolate is a great homemade gift idea on its own, but these hot chocolate Santas add a bit of character!
Caramel sauce goes great with some homemade shortbread cookies! Pour some into a small mason jar with a bow on it!
Who wouldn’t appreciate some homemade cookie dough as a gift? Package it in an airtight container, then place it in a cute bag, tin, or treat box with instructions!
8. Homemade BBQ Sauce
9. SOS Mix
Our homemade cream of chicken soup recipe is a great SOS mix and can be used in tons of different recipes. Package it in a mason jar with a gift tag for your neighbors!
10. Homemade Apple Pie Filling
This is one of the easier homemade gift ideas for your neighbors as you can make multiple jars of apple pie filling at once! It doesn’t take too long either (just over an hour).
Check out our DIY apple pie filling recipe with free printable labels for everything you need! (You’ll need some mason jars and twine too, of course.)
11. DIY Brownie Mix
12. Treat Plate
Here are some of our favorite holiday treat recipes:
- Peppermint Bark
- S’mores Bark
- Snickers Fudge
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge
- Chocolate Mint Coconut Macaroons
- Chocolate Coconut Drops
- Microwave Peanut Brittle
- White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies
- Nutella Fudge
- Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
- Creamy Fudge
- Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark
- Peppermint Muddie Buddies
- Caramel Dipped Pretzels
- Confetti Crisps
- Holiday Pretzel Treats
- Peppermint Kiss Cookies
- White Chocolate Peppermint Chex
- Easy Chocolate Truffles
- Gingerbread Men
- Sour Cream Sugar Twists
- Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
Here are some of our favorite popcorn recipes:
- Quick and Easy Caramel Popcorn
- Oreo Popcorn
- Gooey Popcorn
- Pumpkin Spice Popcorn
- White Chocolate Popcorn
- Cinnamon Bun Popcorn
- Marshmallow Caramel Corn
14. Candied Nuts
15. Homemade Bread
Bake bread in mini loaf size, if possible. (It is especially cute if you use a decorative little paper liner or tray, like these.) Wrap with cellophane or cover with plastic and tie a ribbon around or put a bow on it with a gift tag.
Here are some of our favorite bread recipes:
- Cinnamon Swirl Bread
- Zucchini Lemon Poppy Seed Bread
- Chocolate Zucchini Bread
- Snickerdoodle Bread
- Buttermilk Oatmeal Bread
- Cake Mix Banana Bread
- Cranberry Bread
- Whole Wheat Bread
- No-Knead Bread
- Pumpkin Pound Cake Loaf
- Healthier Banana Bread
- Orange Zest Zucchini Bread
- Easy Lemon Blueberry Quick Bread
5 Easy Gift Ideas That Aren’t Homemade
If you’re really in a pinch and you don’t have time to make something from scratch, don’t fret! We’ve got some easy ideas that take almost no time to prepare, but they’re still useful gifts.
Having extra batteries on Christmas is a must with all the new toys that will be opened. Just wrap the batteries with a ribbon and cute gift tag for a nice easy gift. Find online battery deals here.
2. Bubble Bath
After all the holiday stress, everyone could use a bit of relaxation time. Gift your neighbors a nice bottle of bubble bath! Tie a ribbon around the bottle to spruce it up. Find bubble bath deals here.
3. Neighbor Mug
There are a ton of funny neighbor mugs on Amazon that can be found for quite cheap. Check out the options here.
Ornaments are always a fun gift to receive and there are so many different ones you can choose from. Plus, they’re typically only $10-$20. Check out ornament deals here.
5. Hand Soap
We already showed you the DIY snowman soap above, but if you want to go an even simpler route, just get the hand soap and package it up nicely! You could even find some nice Christmas scented soaps, like these.
Hope you enjoyed all of these ideas! Coming up with gift ideas for neighbors can be tough at first but once you give it some thought, there are tons of options to choose from!
If you’re looking for some frugal ways to wrap your gifts, check out these frugal and creative gift wrapping ideas.
Or, if you want even more ideas, check out these posts:
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