I have lots of childhood memories of Christmas deliveries to neighbors and friends. My mom would load all of us kids in the old wood paneled station wagon. Then we would start oozing out from all sides of the car with small tokens in hand, ready to wish someone a “Merry Christmas.”
I love Christmas neighbor gifts. I have a neighbor that brings me beautiful Christmas wrapping paper – way nicer than any paper I buy. Another neighbor has brought us paper plates and cups for those busy December nights when you know you can’t face washing another dirty dish. I truly appreciate the gift of just a hand-written personal message on a Christmas card.
So let’s not add to the holiday craziness! Here are four simple gift ideas:
FATBOY ICE CREAM SANDWICHES. A dear friend dropped by a box of Fat Boys with a cute card attached two years ago, “I hope the fat boy is good to you this Christmas!” We loved it!! And it’s as simple as it gets. Buy the box, and print the tag here!
PEPPERMINT/ORANGE BATH SALTS: Who doesn’t love a little soak in the tub! Especially with the holiday stress and the cooler temps. So simple and great for sore muscles. You can find the tag here.
In a glass bowl mix 1 cup of Epsom salts with 1/2 cup baking soda. Add 5 drops each of peppermint and orange essential oils. Mix well then place in a small Mason jar with this cute gift tag. To use: Add 1/2 cup of scented salts while running your bath, then sit back and relax!
FLEECE NAVIDAD! Everyone could use an extra fleece blanket for the car or to cuddle up with a great book. Add this fun tag.
HOLIDAY STOVEPOT POTPOURRI. This is another one that we’ve received (and completely loved!) from a neighbor. It seriously makes the whole house smell like Christmas!
In a plastic bag place:
- one whole orange
- 1/2 cup cranberries
- 1 Tbsp. whole cloves (it is cheaper to buy bulk cloves and cinnamon sticks through Amazon)
- 3 sticks of cinnamon
- a bit of grated nutmeg
- a lemon or lime (if on sale)
Tie with ribbon and add gift tag with instructions found here.
To use: Quarter the orange and lemon/lime if you are adding them. Put all the ingredients into a saucepan. Fill pan with water. Place on the stove on the smallest burner, on the lowest setting. Refill water as needed.
So there you have it. Four simple but lovely neighbor gifts. You can download the tags and have them printed at Walmart. We used the 4×4 size they offer. Happy gifting!