Neighbor Gifts

I'm aware of some neighborhoods that do a Charity Drive to discourage the
practice of "Neighbor Gifts".

My own neighborhood is one of them!

But, I choose to continue giving gifts to my immediate neighbors at least. 
Most of my neighbors do the same! So much for the discouragement! haha. 
The charity gift still happens, but I think for the most part people really want to 
acknowledge their individual neighbors with a little treat of some kind.

So, today I presented a segment on my local News Morning Show
for easy, last-minute and inexpensive "Neighbor Gifts"!
This was a last minute request from the reported I hosted in my home,
so I really was forced to make sure that the items I presented were fast and easy to do!
In all, I gave 6 ideas and suggestions.

I'll highlight each of them here, 
and then provide the links for the Printables and the Recipes.

(you can see my fun Woodland Tree behind the table, and part of my vintage collection to the side,
with my village just barely visible in the background!)

The photo above was the first set up for my segment this morning.  
We filmed it in my kitchen with the table in front of my island. You can see my cute Kitchen Christmas tree and vignettes behind the table! You can also see my oven which needed a 
good cleaning and didn't get it. Please don't look too closely! ;) 

Shown here are all of the gifts I created...
Epsom Salt Mason Jar Candle Holders,
Bread Pudding Ornament Tin, 
Vintage Santa Christmas Oranges,
Gingerbread House Kit,
Berry Basket Cookie Holder,
and Homemade Jingle Bell Ornaments.

Here's a closeup of the Vintage Santa Oranges printable and bags,

This is the Bread Pudding Ornament Tin. 
and the printable is here if you want to use this one that I designed on PicMonkey.
I used a hole punch to make a hole to thread the silver pipe cleaner through at the top,
and then I tied a simple bow to the top. Though you're not really going to be hanging this,
it gives a fun look to the whole presentation.

These are the Epsom Salt Mason Jar Candle Holders. These require just a couple of items:
Jar of choice,
Epsom Salt,
Mod Podge,
Accessories and Embellishments 

Simply apply the Mod Podge where you want the Epsom Salt to be, and then sprinkle or roll it on.
It could not be easier! Let them sit for 3 hours before touching, and then embellish
to your liking. I even glued a candlestick from the Dollar Store onto the base of 
one of the jars using E-6000. Super cute and easy.
You can add more Epsom Salt inside the jar for more snow effect.
In the jar with the ribbon and the acorn, there are 5 little real acorns nestled on top of the snow. CUTE!

This is the printable that I created (go HERE for the link) for the
"Build your own Gingerbread House" Kit.
I made the house shapes (walls, etc), and included a packet of Meringue Powder in the bag.
It's pretty self-explanatory to put together a Gingerbread House, right?

I also created quick little cookie holders out of Red Paper Berry Baskets that
I found at Michaels. On the front I used a kraft paper doily and wrapped it with Bakers twine,
and then I attached some cute tags, one from a paper stack, and another
that I created with our family name on PicMonkey. I filled them both with Gourmet Cookies,
which I BOUGHT (gasp!), and they look darling! Sometimes, in the interest of time, you just
have to rely on the goods at your favorite specialty stores.
In my case, that would be HomeGoods and Big Lots.

And finally, the last item I shared for an easy gift is a handmade ornament.
I happen to have a gazillion Christmas ornaments in my stash (I'm literally not kidding)
and some of them are just perfect for dressing up to create a whole new look.
That's what I showed in my segment...a sweet little rustic Jingle Bell that I
dressed up with some greenery, holly leaves and a candy-cane striped yarn bow.

So there are my Quick and Easy, AND Inexpensive, Neighbor Gift Ideas.
Of course, any of them would also work for friend gifts.
Hope you enjoy creating your own!

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