six neighborhood gift ideas from a non-baker

Here are some awesome, thoughtful gifts

Just in case you haven’t noticed, the holidays are upon us. I mean according to Walmart and Hobby Lobby, Christmas was just around the corner as soon as the “back to school” sales were over. LOL! But all of a sudden, here we are in November, and it’s time to buckle down and get some stuff done.

My neighborhood is a pretty close group, and my family usually ends up with two or three plates of cookies, some chocolate pretzels, cocoa mix in a mason jar, and a loaf of pumpkin or banana bread. These are awesome, thoughtful gifts, and my taste buds are appreciative; however, my waistline is not. If you aren’t a baker or you don’t want to contribute to your neighbor’s expanding waistline, here are some gifts that fit the bill.

Personalized Coasters

You can buy cork coasters from a craft store and decorate them with a paint pen. A single initial, polka dots, or funny sayings are easy and fun. Tie them together with a red ribbon and a sprig of greenery or a cinnamon stick for attractive packaging.

Cozy Hand Warmers

You need some basic sewing skills for this gift, but they are super easy to master. Find some fabric appropriate for the neighbor you are gifting and sew a small square, four inches by four inches. Fill the little pillow case with uncooked rice and sew up the hole. These little jewels can be microwaved for a minute to heat them up and then placed under feet or in hands for some instant and reusable warmth.

Sugar Scrub

We all know that wintertime leaves our skin a bit dry and scaly, so a scrub you whip up and put in a perfect jar is a huge hit. Use a cup of sugar, 4 tablespoons of coconut oil, and 15 drops of your favorite essential oil. You will need to melt the oil in the microwave and then pour into the sugar. Add the scent and Voila! you are done.

Sugar Scrub

Ornament of the Year

You can start a tradition and make an engaging ornament that represents the year. Maybe this was the year your neighbors moved in, or had a new baby, or became empty nesters. You can easily personalize an ornament with a paint pen or some markers.


These sweet, little, low-maintenance plants are great for green and not-so-green thumbs. Place one in a winning container with some directions on how often to water. Tie a fancy ribbon around the container and attach a card.

Door Sign

I don’t know about you, but I’m invited to crafting opportunities fairly often. It’s always a great time to paint clever signs and have some wine with the girls, but how many signs do I need for my front door? This might just be a great opportunity to think about your neighbor and make one for them instead.

The best and least expensive way to celebrate your neighbors is just to say hello and ask how they are. Even the grumpiest of neighbors feels better when they know that someone cares about them. Also, return any tools you borrowed this year!