25 $1 Neighbor gift Ideas! (Cheap, Easy, Last-Minute!)

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If your neighborhood is anything like mine, you all love giving small little gifts to each other as a way to show your love and appreciation. And if you're anything like me, you might need some neighbor gift ideas once in a while! I thought I'd share quickly what I'm doing for my neighbor gifts this year, as well as 25 fabulous $1 ideas that your neighbors are bound to love!

If you remember from my Today Show segment, I bought around 50 Betty Crocker spatulas after Christmas last year.

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(Watch the segment online or click and watch below)

I saw them at the Dollar Store and snatched them up! I recognized the Betty Crocker brand, and new I had seen them for sale for much more than $1 in certain places, like Amazon:

$1 neighbor gift ideas! So cute and clever! From FunCheapOrFree.com

I figure they ended up at the Dollar Store because maybe they had surplus at the end of the season, or because some of them were put in the package upside down:

25 easy $1 neighbor gift ideas! So cute and clever! From FunCheapOrFree.com

Either way, I bought 50 of them and stuck them in a closet until Christmas time!

To spruce them up slightly I made a little tag and tied the tag to the package with ribbon:

25 easy $1 neighbor gift ideas! So cute and clever! From FunCheapOrFree.com

And I deliver them along with our Christmas card.

It was so easy! I turned on the Amazing Race finale and Bubba and I tied them all together in no time. If I had thought ahead I would have also bought cookies or a treat to go with them as well. But this year I was so busy with my last-minute Good Morning America segment I had to simplify the holiday considerably!

All things being considered, I think they turned out pretty darn cute! And for $1 they get a gift valued at $3-$5 that they can use all year long.

25 easy $1 neighbor gift ideas! So cute and clever! From FunCheapOrFree.com

Here are additional $1 neighbor gift ideas:

 

25 easy $1 neighbor gift ideas! So cute and clever! From FunCheapOrFree.com

Travel Farkle game

25 easy $1 neighbor gift ideas! So cute and clever! From FunCheapOrFree.com

Two years ago, you might remember, I came up with the DIY Farkle Game, and last year I did Yahtzee the same way.

Ready-to-go Santa Goodie Plates

25 easy $1 neighbor gift ideas! So cute and clever! From FunCheapOrFree.com

I made these last year. They ended up costing a little more than $1 each, but if you did just the plates, you'd fall within the $1 mark.

We “cereal”sly love your family:

25 easy $1 neighbor gift ideas! So cute and clever! From FunCheapOrFree.com

Stock up on cereal when you can price-match them (or use a coupon to get them) for $1, or buy boxes from the Dollar Store!

We were soapin'…

25 easy $1 neighbor gift ideas! So cute and clever! From FunCheapOrFree.com

You can get cute soaps for $1 from Bed Bath and Beyond (use a coupon!), and even craft stores like Michaels. Just keep your eyes peeled and STOCK UP when you see them for $1!

Baby it's cold outside…

25 easy $1 neighbor gift ideas! So cute and clever! From FunCheapOrFree.com

Buy hot chocolate from your bulk section at the grocery store or buy the biggest containers you can find and put them in baggies or jars.

Fancy bread:

25 easy $1 neighbor gift ideas! So cute and clever! From FunCheapOrFree.com

I doubt you'd be able to buy bakery bread for $1, but I know you can get it 1/2 price if you go at closing time often times. Otherwise, bake full-sized or mini sized loafs of bread (or muffins!) to give neighbors.

Endless “Pasta-Bilities”

25 easy $1 neighbor gift ideas! So cute and clever! From FunCheapOrFree.com

I forgot to take a picture, but one of my neighbors gave everyone a box of pasta with “We hope this new year is filled with endless PASTAbilities!” and I thought it was so cute! You can pretty much always find pasta for $1, but you can price-match it for as low as $0.75/box or less so keep your eyes peeled!

Gum ball Christmas tree:

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Buy gumballs from a grocery supply store like Orson Gygi if you're in Utah, a party supply store, or from the bulk section at your grocery store.

Popcorn bag:

25 easy $1 neighbor gift ideas! So cute and clever! From FunCheapOrFree.com

This is the Chicago Mix from Costco – you can get a large bag for just a few dollars. Divide it up into cute baggies. You can get packs of adorable Christmas-themed goodie bags from the dollar store. Or make a big batch of this easy and famous caramel corn!

Fresh Salsa

25 easy $1 neighbor gift ideas! So cute and clever! From FunCheapOrFree.com

Make a huge batch of fresh salsa (or my super easy pico salsa!). You can even freeze it in jars and give it to people as freezer salsa so it doesn't spoil quickly.

“Reindeer Food” oatmeal packets:

25 easy $1 neighbor gift ideas! So cute and clever! From FunCheapOrFree.com

Get large containers of oatmeal, or buy it in bulk, put it in baggies, and voila! Reindeer food.

Candle:

25 easy $1 neighbor gift ideas! So cute and clever! From FunCheapOrFree.com

This is specifically a 100-hr emergency candle which costs more than $1 but is SUCH a great gift idea! To bring the cost down just buy a large pack of candles from Walmart or Target, or buy cute candles from the Dollar Store and wrap them up nicely to give to people.

Make your season “bright”…

25 easy $1 neighbor gift ideas! So cute and clever! From FunCheapOrFree.com

This is a $1 extension cord with Hershey's kisses (which, HUGE bags are on sale at Costco this month, one pack would go pretty darn far!). After Christmas, go stock up on extension cords when they are all 50% off or more and use them for next year!

“7-up”lifting scriptures:

25 easy $1 neighbor gift ideas! So cute and clever! From FunCheapOrFree.com

You can get 2-liters for $1 easily, but you can price-match them for as low as $0.50 each around the Holidays! Keep your eyes peeled for a sale and stock up!

You “geyser” awesome:

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A 2-liter of soda and mentos for a fun “blast”.

“Wash” you a Merry Christmas:

Hand soap or even dish soap would be a great gift to give.

Aren't my neighbors ridiculously creative??

Here are some favorites from my Christmas Pinterest board.

Pretty much all of these can be bought for $1 at the Dollar Store, online, or you can buy bulk packages and divide them up!

Redbox Movie Gift

25 easy $1 neighbor gift ideas! So cute and clever! From FunCheapOrFree.com

From Over the Big Moon

Hershey Nugget Trays

25 easy $1 neighbor gift ideas! So cute and clever! From FunCheapOrFree.comFrom Stuck on Stampin

Mason Jar Christmas Gift 

25 easy $1 neighbor gift ideas! So cute and clever! From FunCheapOrFree.com

From Polka Dot Chair

Paper Towel Roll with Saying

25 easy $1 neighbor gift ideas! So cute and clever! From FunCheapOrFree.com

From Crafts reDesigned

Wrapping Paper and Tape

25 easy $1 neighbor gift ideas! So cute and clever! From FunCheapOrFree.com

From It's Always Craft Time

We “Whisk” you a Merry Christmas

25 easy $1 neighbor gift ideas! So cute and clever! From FunCheapOrFree.com

From Silver Trumpets

Clorox Wipes Gift

25 easy $1 neighbor gift ideas! So cute and clever! From FunCheapOrFree.com

From Free Time Frolics

Flashlight

25 easy $1 neighbor gift ideas! So cute and clever! From FunCheapOrFree.com

From A Thrifter in Disguise

Christmas Potpourri

25 easy $1 neighbor gift ideas! So cute and clever! From FunCheapOrFree.com

From Yellow Bliss Road

Paper Goods

25 easy $1 neighbor gift ideas! So cute and clever! From FunCheapOrFree.com

From Cinnaberry Suite

 

25 easy $1 neighbor gift ideas! So cute and clever! From FunCheapOrFree.com

Want to know how we budget for Christmas? Check out my 3-part Christmas Series “How Much to Spend on Christmas“! 

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, and have a Merry Christmas!

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Comments

  1. I love these ideas. It’s hard to think about Christmas for the following year right after it hits, but that is definitely the best time to stock up on something good like the spatulas that won’t spoil. Plus, Pinterest is the greatest for creative gift ideas!
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  2. I love a cheap gift that’s also practical! I got pampered chef wooden spoons for$3 (ordered 15 from their clearance a while back) and gave them to neighbors and teachers this year 🙂

  3. Maybe I’m just a grinch, but I think neighbor gifts are pointless. Really, I don’t want a papertowel roll or a dollar store spatula from my neighbor. A card with a message or even nothing at all seems like a better idea to me. All the cutesy sayings, etc are just (in my opinion) a waste of my time and paper.

  4. Thanks for this great idea! I am putting one of these on a container of home baked cookies! I am teaching my kids that Christmas is more about giving than receiving and we are having so much fun investing in others!

  5. This last Christmas we did “We whisk you a Kiss-mas” with a wire whisk full of Hershey kisses 🙂 I love all these ideas!

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