Our neighbors are special people, who we share parts of our lives and welcome into our homes. Neighbors look out for each us and celebrate with us. Giving them a nice holiday gift is the least we can do. If you are struggling to find some unique gift ideas for your friendly neighbor, check these out:
Lighten the Load
Who wouldn’t love to have some chores taken off their hands? Well, you can provide this to your favorite neighbors with gift cards and subscriptions for cleaning, yard work and other home projects. Sites like Care.com and Angie’s List can be a good place to start when searching for people or businesses that can offer these services.
Think long and hard about what services your neighbor might need or want. Maybe they are getting older and need some help shoveling the driveway? Or work long hours at work and need someone to walk their dog during that time? Get creative and think of a gap in coverage of something they need but cannot do themselves.
One of the best gifts one neighbor can get for another is a well thought out gift for their home. Stores like TJMaxx and Homegoods are a great place to start with this endeavor! Local craft fairs and artisans can be another good source for special or personalized gifts that your neighbors will love.
From the Heart
Some of the best gifts are often the simplest. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend or simply know that your neighbor would appreciate something simple, then get crafty. Amber from Crazy Little Projects has a bunch of easy and neat ideas that can help get you started!
If crafts aren’t your thing, consider cooking your neighbor a home cooked meal and dropping it off on their front porch right before Christmas. Having a meal delivered is another great option! Or you can get a combination of the two and order them a kit or two of meal delivery services like Hello Fresh or Blue Apron.
Gifts to Stay Home or Don’t
In the year of the pandemic, we’ve all had to stay home and lean more on those close by than ever before. An easy gift idea to thank your neighbors for the kindness they’ve shown you this year, give them the gift of great TV via subscriptions to Hulu or Netflix. Other fun ideas for them to do when they have to stay home are board games, video games and crafts kits (candle making, bracelet making, etc). Some of these things you can even offer to do with them via video chat or social distancing.
Other ideas would be to get them something for when the world goes back to normal again. Some ideas include movie tickets, restaurants gift cards or museum passes.