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Paper Plate Christmas GiftWe 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!), buChristmas Dishes Gift Tagt 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. 🙂Candy Santa Sleigh

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!

 

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