Let's be honest…we're all busy, aren't we? But whether you like it or not, Christmas is about 2.3 seconds away. (Yay! Freaking out. Hooray! About to cry. Yippee! I think? I can't decide how to feel…)
Lucky for you I'm showing you a whole hoard of adorable, creative, cheap, easy, and simple LAST-MINUTE neighbor gift ideas. Not that any of us need them because we've all been done for weeks now right?…Of Course. Um, yeah…he'em…
Two years ago, you might remember, I came up with the DIY Farkle Game:
Last year I did Yahtzee (basically the same way as Farkle). This year?
Ready-to-go Santa Goodie Plates!
I'll show you exactly how I did it (by digging through my pantry), and have also rounded up tons of additional creative ideas from my Christmas Pinterest board to help inspire you even more. Hope you enjoy!
Here's how I did the goodie plates:
I was at Target several weeks ago and saw adorable stacks of Christmas appetizer plates in the dollar bins. They were $3 for a stack of 4. Needing them in my life, I grabbed as many as they had and went home smiling.
I also saw those adorable straws in the dollar bins and grabbed a few packs. Who can say no to cute straws??
This week I price-matched hot chocolate packets at $0.79 for 6 packets. While in the store I saw a huge packet of Walmart's version of knockoff Oreos. The idea dawned on me and voila! Santa Goodie Plate is born.
I came up with a little poem to tape to each plate (because I'm a nerd like that)…
…stacked the hot chocolate packets, cookies, and straw, then tied it all together with leftover scraps of ribbon that I saved from gifts given to us last year.
(tip: be sure to tie the straw into the bow so it doesn't fall off the plate)
I'll attach our family Christmas card and call it a day! For teachers and super close friends I included a bottle of Bath and Body Works lotion (in a Christmas scent, of course) that I stocked up on when it was on sale for $3 each.
Ta-da! done and done. Easy, cute, proud of myself.
As promised, I've rounded up tons of additional neighbor gift ideas.
I'll start with gifts given to our family from neighbors:
We “cereal”sly love your family:
We were soapin'…
Baby it's cold outside…
Artisan bread from a local bakery:
Gum ball Christmas tree:
(P.S this is the Chicago Mix from Costco – you can get a large bag for just a few dollars)
“Reindeer Food” oatmeal packets:
(My son actually made this in preschool but I thought it would be such a cute gift idea!)
A full ham!
One super nice neighbor gave us an entire Christmas ham!
Make your season “bright”…
(it's an extension cord and hershey's kisses)
Aren't my neighbors ridiculously creative??
Here are some favorites from my Christmas Pinterest board:
From Over the Big Moon
From Stuck on Stampin
From Polka Dot Chair
From Crafts reDesigned
From Silver Trumpets
From Free Time Frolics
From Yellow Bliss Road
From Cinnaberry Suite
Hopefully this sparked some ideas to get you going on your neighbor gifts this year. Don't forget to check out my Pinterest for more great ideas!