It’s that time of year again. The weather is getting colder, sales are getting bolder, and your neighbor may already be starting to hang up the Christmas lights. Yes, it is the holiday season. Your to-do list is long, your holiday gift shopping list is even longer, and you still don’t know the best holiday gifts for your neighbors. Don’t panic: we’re here to help.
We’ve put together a list of gift ideas for neighbors that are fun, practical, seasonal, edible, and heartfelt…and we think we’ve done a decent job, if we do say so ourselves. Whether you’ve got someone for your neighborhood secret Santa that’s really hard to buy for, or you want to win the planned White Elephant at the holiday party, there’s something for everyone on our list. Yes, even that kind of annoying guy who always issues “friendly reminders” about the HOA Christmas decorating rules. (Property prices aren’t going down because the Richardsons put multicolored lights in their house instead of white, Barry. Calm down.)
The holidays can be stressful, but it’s also a great time to appreciate your community and the people who make all of your days merry and bright. Or at least the people who water your plants and feed your pets when you go on vacation.
News of comfort (eating) and joy
The holidays are a time when we all accept the fact that we’re going to be a little indulgent, and when it comes to indulgence, you can’t beat Magnolia Bakery. This display of their beloved cupcakes and banana pudding comes in two sizes. The smallest size includes two puddings and two cupcakes, and the largest size includes four puddings and six cupcakes.
The only shaker you’ll ever need
This double-insulated stainless steel cocktail shaker isn’t just leak-proof (and trust me: I’ve
tried to drip), but the lid includes measurements in both milliliters and ounces, so you don’t need a separate measure to pour your ingredients. Bottom up, because this is hands down our favorite shaker.
A blanket big enough for everyone.
When we say “big blanket”
to mean “big blanket” This bad boy goes to a staggering ten feet by ten feet. That’s big enough to snuggle up with his partners and even kids with room to spare. Bonus: he’s the best blanket fort ever, so his neighbor’s kids will love him for this one, too.
Delicious snacks (organic)
This gift set comes with a reusable, collapsible popcorn popper that holds up to ten cups of fresh popcorn and 12 servings of popcorn in four flavors: Lightly Salted, like Buddahh, Salted Caramel, and Vanilla Vanilla. We love that it avoids all the waste of microwave popcorn packages, without having to pop the corn to make a big production that requires stovetops or clunky electric popcorn machines. Simply place the beans of your choice (you can use whatever you like) in the Opopop bowl, put the lid on, microwave, and enjoy!
Truffles are magical, infusing everything they touch with a rich, earthy deliciousness. So, we love this set of truffle-infused oils and hot sauces from Truff and your neighbors will love it too. The entire product line is amazing and this trio is a great foray into the wonderful world of truffle infused cuisine! It is a perfect Christmas gift for the neighbors because they will wear it
Gaffed charcuterie board
Who among us does not love a good delicatessen? Heaping plates of meat and cheese have always been adored, but they really seem to be having a cultural moment these days—even butter boards will never top them. This beautiful board comes with a handy space for a variety of crackers and a drawer for cheese knives.
happy holidays mass
Flamingos are usually associated with summer, but who’s to say these little birds don’t want to partake in the holiday cheer just like their penguin brethren? This cheeky doormat makes a nice white elephant gift or just a way to make your neighbor laugh.
a sweet vacation
This set includes an assortment of 3-ounce jars of honey in a cute book display that’s perfect for gift giving. Gourmands and “new bees” alike (get the idea?) will enjoy trying out the difference a small thing like pollen type can make.
I scream, you scream…
Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but come on, do you ever
No Craving ice cream? This easy-to-use device makes up to two quarts of ice cream, frozen yogurt, or sherbet in as little as 25 minutes. Your neighbors will love experimenting with new flavors and toppings, and there’s even a recipe guide to get them started.
Winter may be beautiful, but it’s not so great for your skin, sinuses, and your body’s overall hydration goals. This rechargeable cordless humidifier is the perfect size for nightstands and offices to keep your neighbors well hydrated throughout the day.
Rockin’ around the Christmas tree
Everything old is new again and we love this favorite from the past. This suitcase-style turntable has awesome speakers, so your neighbors can get the most out of their old vinyl (or the vinyl they’ve recently started collecting), and Bluetooth capability so they can stream their favorite digital tunes, too.
Christmas is for the birds.
We don’t have scientific proof, but we strongly suspect that non-migratory birds that stick around in the colder winter months love the holidays. So why not buy them a Christmas tree of their own (which also keeps them fed when it starts to snow)? We love it as a Christmas present for the neighbors because we know they’ll love it and you’ll still be able to see it in their yard!
picnic in style
Depending on where you live, the idea of going on a picnic might seem like a summertime pipedream, but we love it as a holiday gift to the neighbors that promises warmer weather will eventually arrive. The insulated basket has enough space for all your groceries and contains a separate compartment for plates, utensils and stemware, because “dining al fresco” doesn’t mean you have to lower your standards.
A fun mystery game to solve together
This unique game is somewhere between “choose your own adventure” and an escape room. Solve 10 mysterious cases by interviewing suspects, searching the newspapers and scouting London for clues, all from the comfort of your own home. Once you think you know who did it, compare his detective skills to Holmes’ own. This game can be played alone or with friends, for example, your favorite neighbors.
The latest from Smitten Kitchen
kitchen in love it’s where we get some of our favorite recipes. Author Deb Perelman has already prepared meals that have become our dinner rotation, and we hope the delights in her latest book continue that trend for her neighbors.
a cup of joy
We are obsessed with this unique glass teapot. So delicate, yet strong enough to withstand the microwave, dishwasher, and even the stovetop. The set includes the teapot, four mugs, and an infuser for your neighbor’s favorite blends.
A bit of nostalgic decoration.
“I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It’s not bad at all, really. Maybe he just needs a little love!” Yes, the iconic tree from that Christmas classic.
merry christmas charlie brown now it can be from your neighbors, complete with a single ornament and Linus’s favorite security blanket.
Are we forgetting something?
The perfect addition to any holiday décor, this banner, adorned with the face of Kate McCallister, is the perfect way to capture the chaos, nostalgia and fun of the holidays.
just like grandma used to do
Some of our favorite holiday traditions are all the foods we make, and we’re willing to bet your neighbor is no exception. This is a convenient and cute way to bring all your family recipes together in one place.
For the neighbor you really adore
The perfect holiday gift for neighbors whose love language is “words of affirmation.” You can show your neighbors you love them, or you can tell them directly with this set of two extremely explicit mugs.
Now that we’ve given you some ideas, go out and be the best neighbor you can be with these perfect holiday gifts for neighbors.
What Parents Are Talking About – Straight to Your Inbox