We all get so busy, running here and there, especially during the holidays. For the last couple of years, I’ve wanted to give Christmas gifts to a few of our closest neighbors. And I just didn’t get it done. I was determined to not disappoint myself again this year, and put our neighbors on my Christmas gift list.
Ok, it’s on the list…now what to give them. I didn’t want to spend too much. Our budget was small, and I didn’t want to make it awkward by handing out pricey stuff. I’m a fan of Christmas “junk” — all the homemade sweet and yummy and unhealthy cookies, fudge, etc. that make the rounds this time of year. But I also didn’t want to give out food because everyone, including the “junk” lovers, are getting overwhelmed with it right now.
So, I went to Pinterest, of course, to get “neighbor gift ideas.” There were several ideas that I liked, but one grabbed my attention. It was food related (Yay!), but not actual food. I found a pin for article by Kristen Duke at Capturing Joy where she had bundled paper plates, napkins, cups, plastic forks, and straws with a ribbon and a cute gift tag. The tag had a cute poem about a “gift of dishes” that she was also kind enough to provide as a free printable download. Perfect! Who wouldn’t love the idea of a couple of days of not having to wash dishes?!
I changed up the contents and just put a complete package of paper plates and napkins. Since they were already in wrappers from the store, all I had to do was tie them up with inexpensive ribbon and add the downloaded gift tag.
The packages were nice, but sort of plain, and needed a little something. So, I resorted to chocolate. But, I used wrapped chocolates that could be held for a few days or weeks until all the good homemade stuff is gone. A friend had shown me a picture of sleigh made with candy, which looked simple to assemble. So, several candy canes, Kit-Kats, Hershey miniatures & kisses, chocolate Santas, and some hot glue later, I added a little Santa sleighs to the tops of the packages. Now the gifts were complete. And the neighbors were getting Christmas sweets after all. 🙂
My son and I have delivered two of the four sets we made to give out. Both neighbors were delighted to receive their gift! It’s fun to be a giver, especially at Christmas!