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15 Fun & Unique Christmas Gift Ideas for Neighbors

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Christmas time is the best time of the year! There’s no doubt about that. However, it can also be the most stressful and expensive time of the year. It can be a little easier to shop for the people in your home because you know them so well. But it can be a lot more challenging to shop for people you don’t know as well, such as your neighbors! So we made a list of Christmas gift ideas for neighbors! 

There are tons of ideas out there for Christmas gifts that will fit your budget, as well as be a good fit for your neighbors! This list is a great place to start! 

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15 Perfect Christmas Gifts for Neighbors

1. Free Movie Rental

Something cool that Redbox does is it allows you to prepay for a movie and then gives you a code to use when you go get a rental movie.

A cute gift idea is to get someone a bag of popcorn or some hot cocoa and attach a little note or card with the code for a free movie! 

2. Lotion

Maybe this one is a bit more feminine, but lotion is still a really great gift! Everyone needs lotion at some point, especially if you live somewhere that’s a little dry or gets some cold weather.

3. Cute ornament

People have gotten so creative with making ornaments. You would not believe the incredible ornaments people have created. 

There are some generic Christmas ones, animal ones, some for people’s pets. Some out of glass, plastic, and even wood! There are even glass ornaments that have the ingredients to make hot cocoa INSIDE of them that you dump out to make. It’s crazy. Etsy is probably the best place to look for some cool ornaments. 

4. Hand sanitizer

Hand sanitizer has always been a great little gift, but it’s even more exciting to get it now, especially if it’s the good stuff! Since the recent pandemic, most of the hand sanitizer out there smells awful and is the consistency of water. It’s the worst when you go to use a hand sanitizer, and it squirts out way past your hand and onto your shirt or the floor. 

It’s all so gross. At the time we should be using it the most, we want to use it even less. So make sure you get some good quality stuff. Go with germX! 

5. Cute calendar

There are a lot of creative and good-looking ways to display a calendar now. And with Christmas being in December, it’s the perfect time to get a new calendar for the new year!

You can either get a basic calendar that fits everyone or get a little more creative and make it more personal for your neighbors! 

A few calendar ideas:

  • Paper
  • Cubed 
  • Dry erase board

6. Succulent

Plants are the new thing now, and especially succulents! They are cute, small, and low maintenance. And there are tons of different kinds that come in all different sizes. There are even some that are actually fake, just for decoration. You can also make your own cute little succulent plant

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7. Creative treats and/or homemade treats

Okay, they don’t HAVE to be creative, but they are so much fun when they are! You can go about dolling up your treats yourself, finding some ideas on Pinterest maybe, or you can buy some cute treats that are already put together! Or, you could just simply bake some cookies or brownies. Everyone loves homemade baked goods! Pinterest will give you tons of ideas!

Creative treats to give as gifts:

  • Jar gifts – full of goodies!
  • Hot cocoa kit
  • Popcorn
  • A kitchen tool to get creative with (Example: A whisk will chocolate kisses… “We Whisk You A Merry Kissmas”)

8. Cute wrapping paper

I don’t know when this started, but I’ve noticed that a roll of cute wrapping paper has become a popular neighbor gift. It’s a great, practical gift.

However, you’d have to give it to them a little sooner than Christmas day to give them a chance to actually use it! 

9. DIY kits & goodies

These are so popular now! DIY kits make it so easy to do something creative and fun. When you buy these, you really have two options for how you want to gift them.

You can use the kit to make the gift yourself and then give it to someone. Or, you can gift the kit as it is and give them the chance to build whatever it is that the kit is designed for. 

Here are a few popular DIY kits:

10. Flipbook calendars/ motivational quotes

These little flipbooks are so popular now! And they’re super cute. There are so many different kinds of these books now that you can always find one that fits everyone. Most double as calendars, but you can choose the theme, such as motivational quotes, humor, affirmations, etc.

Here are a few great flipbook ideas

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11. Throw blanket

I personally believe that you can’t have too many throw blankets. One in every room and 15 backups in the closet is just fine. So it’s an easy gift that you can’t really go wrong with.

And depending on how many neighbors you’re getting gifts for, or how much you like them, you can find some pretty cheap and simple ones or some nice, high-quality ones. Maybe a larger one for a family or a couple, or a smaller one for just one person. 

12. Candle

This is probably a more feminine gift, but most women enjoy candles. Especially yummy Christmas scented ones! And you can get a good candle pretty cheap!

Bath and Body Works candles are amazing, but they can be pretty pricey. But there’s always a sale around Christmas time. And you can also usually find coupons. If you sign up for their mailing list, you will get a ton of coupons! 

13. Cup of choice

There is a vast variety of different cups out there. So you can pick one that fits the people you want to get a gift for. If you know they drink coffee, maybe a mug or a thermos. If you know they like to infuse their water, maybe a water bottle with the infuser in the middle. A tumbler is also always a safe bet! If your neighbors are a couple, maybe a cute mug set! 

Here are a few different types of cups that make good gifts:

  • Mug
  • Cup with straw
  • Tumbler
  • Thermal

14. Fun socks

Everyone deserves a pair of fun socks, everyone! And there are thousands out there to choose from! So you can try to find some for your neighbors that fit their individual personalities, or you can just get a good pair that will suit everyone. 

It would also be cute to buy a matching pair for couples or families! 

15. Gag gift

Gag gifts are always a hit. Especially when it’s funny AND still useful. It’s a nice, lighthearted way to give your neighbor a gift. These are also perfect for white elephant gifts or other Christmas party games! Of course, these are probably better for neighbors you’re decently close with! 

Check out these gag gifts on Etsy!

So what do you think? Pretty good list of Christmas gift ideas for neighbors, right?

What would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments! And please share this article on social media so others can get some fun ideas too! 

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Kayla is the content creator over at She is a wife and mother who loves to share all of the tips, tricks, and life lessons that she has learned over the years with all of her readers. Her primary focus is on children’s education, motherhood, and healthy family relationships!

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