Quick and Easy Neighbor gift ideas

I have to tell you a secret.. my husband has forbidden me from baking for our friends/neighbors for Christmas gifts…. Apparently I’m not in the best “mood” when I make hundreds of gingerbread men or loads of peppermint bark!  So the last couple of years, I’ve been trying to come up with other “non-baking” things for our friends for Christmas, and leave the baking for my family.
I shared this before, but thought it would be worth a 2nd mention.. Last year, I gave out popcorn buckets filled with candy.

last second photo, snapped before the delivery (bad photo sorry :-))
I ordered online a bunch of popcorn buckets (just google popcorn buckets, you’ll get alot of choices). Then filled them with candy bars (bulk at Costco), popcorn kernels in a bag tied with bow (with directions to pop them) cheddar popcorn seasoning (that I put in a shaker), and a note… It said something like:
“During this busy Christmas season, take some time to pop some popcorn, put on a movie and have a relaxing night with your family”

For the kids bus driver and teachers, I added a gift card to the bucket.
I also ordered a stamp last year from expressionery.com that said “Just for you, love the Mortenson’s”  I used it on the tags, and I tell you that stamp has come in handy this year!!

I have NO idea what I’m doing this year, I actually have 4 or 5 ideas, but have yet to settle on one… (good plan huh! Need to get cracking on that one!)

Also, check out this SUPER CLEVER idea from  from Angela, of Moda Home Mom.  Wouldn’t this be awesome for a teacher or neighbor gift???? Visit her blog for the tutorial.

As I come across other ideas online, I’ll be sharing them with you!   If you have any ideas for me (either for neighbor gifts, or managing the Christmas season), SHARE THEM PLEASE!, leave a comment and I’ll compile them into a blog post.. I don’t manage stress well during the Holidays, so any “tips” you have for me would be greatly appreciated!
Melissa Mortenson is the author of the Polka Dot Chair blog which is in its 7th year of sharing fresh and creative ideas with readers. She is the author of “Project Teen, Handmade Gifts your Teen will Actually Love”. Her first fabric line “Derby Style” debuted in January 2015 through Riley Blake Designs. A mom of 3, she considers herself lucky to be living in Kentucky.


  1. says

    I have some similar ideas…although I am going to get a big bowl so they can keep it instead of the one you can purchase that you have to throw away.

    Great ideas! I’ll come back when I get some more actually panned out!

  2. says

    Love that idea. Easy and cute! I’m still in the “thinking” stage of trying to come up with gifts, but i had better get crackin’, since my time machine broke and I can’t stop time anymore :)

  3. says

    Blockbuster sells popcorn buckets that have the popcorn unpopped in the bottom of it and then you microwave it. I have used them and filled it with a candy, drinks and video rental gift card for Christmas gifts!

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