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No one neighbor is the same, but so often they become integral parts of our community. So this holiday season, find the perfect neighbor Christmas gift that your friends on the block deserve. But what gifts exactly? Read on for a look at some of the best we've found.
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We did the research and found gifts that brim with sincerity and taste, gifts that pull legs and go for the gags and gifts that facilitate some good old-fashioned hangs. All of the gifts on this list have price tags under $30, with many around $15. From a Parks Project recycled frisbee for $15 to a rubber chicken Christmas ornament for $15, we've got the neighborhood covered.
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Homemade Gift Ideas
Whether a hand knitted scarf, fairy lights for a DIY wreath or a batch of sweets in a classic mason jar, homemade gifts are often the ones they'll best remember. We looked for homemade gift kits and supplies to get you everything you'll need to get started.
1. For the crafty ones: BlueMoonWreaths LED String Lights
Wreath making is a fun activity that connects families. Gift these LED String Lights from BlueMoonWreaths and set your neighbors up for some stellar Christmas wreathes and Christmas displays. Available in sizes ranging from seven feet to 66, and in white, multicolor, red, blue and green, these fairy lights come with a multitude of options. Note that the lights are waterproof with a waterproof battery pack except for the seven foot strand, whos battery pack is not waterproof.
2. For the bakers: 2 Pack Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix In A Jar
Gift a journey into baking with this 2 pack of chocolate chip cookie mix. Hosted in a holiday mason jar, this cookie mix is perfectly festive, with ribbon and Christmas cloth bib. Available as a pint or quart, each jar of mix makes one or two dozen cookies respectively.
3. For the crafty families: AshbysCrafts DIY Christmas Ornament Kits
When you're looking for a gift for a family with kids, we think there's no gift better than one with a built-in activity included. That's why we like the AshbysCrafts DIY Christmas Ornament Kits so much. These reclaimed wood ornaments each come with multiple layers of wood that are meant to be painted and connected to create a layered Christmas scene with depth.
4. For the nature lovers: NaturelyBox DIY Wreath Kit
NaturelyBox's DIY Wreath Kit gives them the tools to decorate their home just as they want to, with a custom wreath kit that includes mosses, fern and flowers as well as a tree branch wreath to affix them to. Make sure they have a hot glue gun to use to assemble the wreath, and if not Naturelybox offers to add one for $4.99.
5. For the one's who deserve a wreath: BlueMoonWreaths 4"-14" Grapevine Wreaths
A grapevine wreath makes a wonderful gift. These vine wreaths make for a beautiful brown wreath in their own right, while making a perfect base for someone who wants a framework to build onto with bits of holly and evergreen. BlueMoonWreaths offers a wide size variety, from small 4 inch wreaths that fit in the palm of a hand, or larger 14 inchers.
6. For the DIY gifters: Wide Mouth Mason Jars 16 oz
Great DIY gifts so often start with mason jars, whether you're looking for a container for a batch of chocolate kissy cookies or peppermint chews, a solid mason jar is the pick. Nab this 5-pack of Ball wide mouth mason jars and start your homemade gifts for the entire block.
7. For the gifts that need tags: Merry Christmas Gift Tag Printable
Printable gift tags make all your gifts come to life. These cute printable gift tags from BeingHappyPrints come as a digital download and allow you to customize the type to your needs. Featuring reindeers, gingerbread and old Saint Nick himself, they'll appeal to all. Printed on thick paper they'll add a personal pop of Christmas cheer to all your gifts.
8. For decorating gifts: VATIN Christmas Ribbon
When you're making DIY gifts for the neighborhood, presentation is so often part and parcel. Excellent Christmas ribbons are one of the best ways to make your holiday gifts special. These VATIN ribbons look marvelous and push your presentation to the max. With six matching patterns included, there's something for every gift.
9. For those who like to knit: Sparkle Worsted Weight Silk Yarn
A hand knit scarf always brings a smile. Whether you're after a restock for your personal homemade scarf factory or you've got a friend in the neighborhood who's always giving out scarves, this sparkly Worsted Weight Silk Yarn from Darn Good Yarn is a great DIY minded gift.
10. For the Christmas memories: Holiday Photo Holiday Card Template from MintyPaperieShop
Season's greetings start with Christmas cards. The MintyPaperieShop Holiday Card Template is an easy-as-pecan-pie Christmas card that's easy to customize to fit you and your loved ones. Purchase this template and receive an email with everything you need to access and customize your card... and don't worry it's never too late, since it arrives digitally you won't need to worry about your order getting held up in the mail.
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11. For the pet lovers: 299 Cats & a Dog Puzzle
For either the feline obsessed or the puzzle prodigy, the 299 Cats & a Dog Puzzle from Uncommon Goods is a great gift. Bright and poppy with novel shapes and surprising colors, this circular pet puzzle contains 299 individual cats and one pooch. Designed in France, each cat (or dog) is its own unique piece that fits into a special place in the kitty-verse.
12. For the hoots: Tree Buddees Funny Rubber Chicken Christmas ornament
There's nothing that announces that Christmas has come to the neighborhood like a rubber chicken. This Rubber Chicken Christmas Ornament can signify your appreciation for your neighbor's collection of cockerels, inspire their children with glee or simply act as a token of gratitude for neighborly deeds done (or not done). However you gift it, this chicken will be a hit.
13. For the disc lover: Parks Project Frisbee from REI
Throw a disk with the buds. The REI National Parks Froggy Frisbee is a classic frisbee that celebrates America's parkland. Gift it and start a game of Ultimate. It's made of recycled PET too, so you get to turn would be trash into fun.
14. For the chocolate lover: Mini Exotic chocolate bar library from Vosges
Tastes vary, but you won't miss their flavor palette when you gift a whole library-set. The Mini Exotic Chocolate Bar Library from Vosges is a holiday-ready sample pack that makes chocolate exciting, with dark and light chocolates that include some real novelties, like chanterelle mushrooms, turmeric, ginger and banana.
15. For neighborhood families: Original Stomp Rocket
Stomp Rockets are certified fun, and when you're looking for a great gift for the neighbor's family, get everyone playing with the Original Stomp Rocket. Set the launcher and air compressor up in a field and watch as the neighborhood kids launch rockets into the sky. Just make sure someone has space, because these rockets go high.
16. For the chili-master: Gourmet hot sauce trophy case
Inspire a neighborhood chili cook-off when you gift this hot sauce four pack from Etsy. The Gourmet Hot Sauce Trophy Case comes with Strabacado, Broja, Habacado and Purple Blaze. Hot sauce lovers will drool.
17. For the coffee lover: La Golondrina Colombian 12 oz bag from Counter Culture
Happen to share a driveway with a coffee master? This organic Colombian coffee is a Counter Culture classic and comes from a cooperative in Cauca, Colombia. With milk chocolate and nut notes, La Golondrina is special enough for enthusiasts and balanced enough to appeal to all.
18. For the homemaker: Moonbow candles from Etsy
Candles make the home feel warm and inviting, and because of this, they consistently make for a wonderful gift. If you're looking to find inexpensive gifts under $15, then look to Moonbow on Etsy. Moonbow's handmade candles come in rich colors, from Egyptian purple to banana cream, and feature a hollow ribbed taper. Made of beeswax, they smell of a warm honey scent.
19. For the sweet-toothed: Chocolate Confetti cookie tin
Sugar is forever. Gift the Sweet Chocolate Confetti Cookie Tin from Milk Bar and get your neighbor's mouth watering. If you're gifting these to a house with kids, just make sure to warn them to keep these cookies under lock and key, because they do have a way of disappearing.
20. For the birder: Fowl Language mug from Uncommon Goods
If your neighbor's crazier than a coot when it comes to birds, then this birder mug will be right up their alley. The Fowl Language Mug is all about birds... definitely no subtext here.
21. For the kids who like pictures: Dinotopia by James Gurney
"Dinotopia" is a children's book classic. Full of lavish illustrations of a mythical utopian world where humans and dinosaurs live in a symbiotic relationship, this book captures children's minds and teaches children about community. Gift it to families with kids who like picture books.
22. For the game master: Dominoes set for adults
There are few things more neighborly than a card table on the street and a game of dominoes. Gift this Dominoes set for adults and co-conspire to engage the neighborhood in a dominoes championship. Great for kids, adults and the elderly, dominoes is as competitive as you make it and fun for all.
23. For the ones with the tree in the window: Personalized Wood Ornament
Want to spruce up your neighbor's Christmas tree with a personalized gift? Snag a personalized wood ornament from Personalization Mall and engrave your name and your neighbors' name on the two house featured on the decoration. This personalized present is available for just $9—as it has a $9 discount right now.
24. For the snack fanatics: Gourmet snack box from Harry & David
If you aren't exactly sure which snacks your neighbors enjoy, Harry & David has a gourmet snack box with tons of options. Gift your friends on the block a snack box with crackers, cheddar, popcorn, mixed nuts and even wine (but that'll be at least $20 extra).
25. For the close neighbors: Personalized Christmas tea towel
If you want to gift something a little more personal to your favorite neighbor, score this personalized tea towel for just $12—which is $8 down from its original $20 price. You ca have each of your neighbors' names displayed on the towel, as there's enough room to fit in their sons, daughters, grandparents and even pets!
26. For the baking lovers: Christmas Neighbor oven mitt
There's lots to love at Etsy, and you can spread the holiday cheer with these Christmas oven mitts. If your neighbors plan on baking for the holidays, they'll love these decorated oven mitts for just $8 each (3 for $24).
27. For the hot chocolatiers: Hot chocolate kit from Macy's
As the weather grows colder, everyone could use a nice cup of hot chocolate this holiday season. So why not warm up your neighbor's day with a hot chocolate kit from Macy's? It's only $22 and comes equipped with mini marshmallows, candy canes, chocolate chip cookies, crushed peppermint and more!
28. For those who like it savory: Mississippi Cheese Straw Factory Traditional Cheddar Cheese Straws
Cheese straws are a classic on the Christmas snacking menu. With a bright cheddar flavor, these traditional Southern cheese straws form Mississippi Cheese make a nice savory snack to break up bouts of cookies and cider. These classic snacks are a great gift for the whole block, and right now Belk is offering free shipping on orders over $35 and a 50% off promotion until Sunday December 18, making these straws an affordable snack for every home on your list.
29. For the coco obsessed: Hot Chocolate Spoons by Chocolate Works
Take care of all the kids in the neighborhood with hot chocolate spoons. Chocolate Works spoons are covered in 3 delicious Belgian chocolates: dark chocolate, millk chocolate with marshmallows and dark chocolate with peppermint. Simply heat a cup of hot milk and stir it with the chocolate covered tip of this spoon to create a delicious cup of hot cacao. This pack of 12 is all individually wrapped; split it up and gift two spoons to six different neighbors.
30. For the cat lovers: A Gift for Mouse Holiday Cards
So often the most meaningful gift is a handwritten letter, and there are few cuter hosts to a Christmas message than this card from RachelCanadaArtist. A Gift for Mouse Holiday Cards depict a classic house cat sketched out in graphite, delivering a gift to it's mousey friend. A beautiful card with a classic Christmas message, this gift card is a perfect pick for your season's greetings.
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