I was raised in a house and a time where “running some over to the neighbor” was a common occurrence. Whether soup because someone was sick, a pie because it was just as easy to make two, or a batch of cookies as a holiday hello, letting the neighbors know they were appreciated with our handmade efforts was part of life. As busy as we all are these days, sometimes we don’t even know our neighbor’s names! Here’s 5 gifts that are easy to whip up, easy to give, and easy to run the results over to the neighbor who you appreciate or have been meaning to introduce yourself to.
1. What could be quicker than dipping pretzels in melted white chocolate then rolling in the decoration of your choice or drizzling with colored white chocolate? Present on a holiday paper plate, stand up in a canning jar with a bow around the neck, or wrap the bottom half in tissue paper and belt with a bow for a pretzel bouquet!
2. Cookie mix in a jar. Any recipe can be used for this by layering the dry ingredients (mixing the salt and baking soda in with the flour), but Google “cookie mix in a jar” and it will take you longer to look through the options than to put it together if you’re looking for new ideas! Change up the color scheme (pink’s not my thing, but I know I have some pink-loving friend’s out there!) to match the holiday you’re celebrating and change up the name to personalize for your recipient. [Click the picture for the Cowgirl Cookie Mix tutorial]
3. Cinnamon Hot Chocolate. This simple mix uses ingredients that many already have on hand. Wrap the mix in a decorative plastic bag and stash in a festive mug for personal portions with a tag that says Just add milk and heat! [Click on picture for this Taste of Home recipe]
4.Cappuccino Mix. If you went for the hot chocolate, you already have the non-dairy powdered milk and cinnamon. Add some coffee powder and nutmeg and you have the makings for a more sophisticated drink. Jar it up and tie on a little coffee scoop and mix directions for a a budget-friendly holiday gift that is sure to receive a welcome as warm as the beverage! [Click picture for recipe]
5. Coasters. For a non-food quick gift, modify this idea from Better Homes and Gardens. Get linen fabric that has the holiday or color scheme of your choice, cut squares to 5×5, and pull threads along all four sides until the fringe is the length you want it. If you want the coasters to have a little more heft to them, you can stack and glue two or more together. Stuff into a clear jar and tie the neck with a ribbon for a colorful gift that doesn’t need wrapping!
DO YOU HAVE A GOOD IDEA FOR A QUICK NEIGHBOR GIFT OR BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ONE? TELL US ABOUT IT!