Creating the Perfect Neighbor Gift Baskets for Christmas is one of our highlights every year! This post is sponsored by Oriental Trading, a great place to find basket packing items. All opinions and tutorial ideas are my own.
A few years ago, our family started a tradition of making gift baskets for the neighbors for Christmas. My daughter and I typically assemble them, and then the kids head out with my husband to distribute them. If it’s cold, they all pile in the truck for delivery. If we are having a warm southern winter, they load the baskets in their wagon. Either way, it’s a heart-warming experience that everyone enjoys. We have even become closer friends with neighbors whom we had never met through doing this.
Sometimes I do small tins of treats, but almost all of our neighbors have multiple living in their homes. I always try to be mindful of those who may have health or dietary restrictions (diabetes, etc.), and that is why I started creating small baskets of assorted items rather than just treats.
Gift basket ideas:
- Hard candy
- Homemade cookies
- Small ornaments
- Small nutcracker
- Coffee (bagged or pods)
- Glass bottled soda or root beer (if you know specifically that your neighbor enjoys it)
- Candy canes
- Hot chocolate mix
- Small household items such as towels, potholders, etc.
- Cookie mix
Since I make a minimum of six gift baskets, I prefer to buy items in bulk. Oriental Trading has a surprising variety of bulk items, including personalized ones. I ordered cute personalized popcorn. It arrived in wrapped packages and came with personalized stickers that my daughter and I adhered to the package.
I added basket filler to the cardboard basket. I filled it with the items, and then used the cellophane that came with the basket to wrap it all together.
What favorite giving back traditions does your family have?