Even if you aren’t particularly close, there’s comfort in knowing that your neighbors are always there if you need them — and we’re sure they’d say the same. Maybe you’ve asked them to keep a watchful eye on your house while you were away. Or perhaps, you’ve called them after realizing that you were fresh out of eggs … halfway through a recipe. For all of these reasons and more, make sure to wish them a very merry Christmas with one of these thoughtful gifts for neighbors.
There’s a range of unique Christmas gifts on this list, perfect for neighbors of all kinds: the one flying solo, the lovely couple next door or the family who adds excitement to your block. And while you can always take the more universal route with cute kitchenware or a festive food gift that everyone can enjoy, go for a personalized gift if you consider your neighbors to be some of your closest friends. No matter what you pick, most of the gift ideas on this list skew toward the smaller side of things (all $30 and under, too), giving you the option to tack on another small gift (gifts under $5, FTW) if your budget allows. Whether you leave ’em as-is or assemble a gift basket of sorts, don’t forget to include a card!
Add Heart to Their Christmas Tree
Personalized Neighbor Ornament
Sure, distance makes the heart grow fonder, but not when it comes to you two. Capture your closeness with this heartfelt ornament, etched with your last names.
If They’re New to the Neighborhood
Oven Mitt Gift
Leave the oven mitts as-is or fill ’em with a packet of dough and festive cookie cutters. Or if you have time on your side, make a batch of homemade cookies and place them inside.
Something the Whole Family Can Enjoy
100 Movies Scratch Off Poster
Take them beyond their Netflix queue with this scratch-and-reveal poster, which includes of 100 of Hollywood’s most beloved comedies, dramas and thrillers. As they go along, they can scratch off the appropriate gold square to see their hard work in clear view.
Bring Warmth to Their Holiday
Perfectly packaged and ready to gift, this tea sampler comes with a seasonal assortment of soul-warming offerings, like winter chai and spiced ginger plum.
Personalized With Their Last Name
Personalized Christmas Cookie Stamp
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Feels & Festivity Hand Cream Trio
Bring kindness, love, joy and hydration to their holiday. This entire trio is scented with quintessential seasonal flavors, like sugar plums and fresh pears.
Personalized Family Name Pillow Cover
Put all of their favorite people in one place — kind off. Send the first names of their family members to this Etsy maker and then pick up an 18″ x 18″ throw pillow, so you can complete the gift upon arrival.
Green thumb or not, they’ll have no problem keeping this soy bloom alive … until it burns all the way down, of course. Pick from a pink poppy that smells like jasmine and sweet tea or a green cactus trio made to smell like vanilla and pine (a great holiday scent!).
Christmas Stovetop Potpourri
Stick this potpourri on the stovetop to take in the scents of the season. The blend emits a spicy and sweet aroma for multiple days — just continue to add water to keep it going.
Personalized Wooden Spoon
Without fail, you always catch your neighbor in the kitchen. So, it’s only fitting that they have their very own wooden spoon, engraved with their first name.
1000 Piece Puzzle
Puzzles are a great way for young and old to pass the time until Santa comes to town. But if you really want to get ’em in the spirit, go with this 1,000-piece puzzle to put them right in the center of the Dresden Christmas Market.
Winter Forest Kitchen Essentials Kit
A trip to the Christmas tree farm always gives them the warm and fuzzies. With this pine-scented hand soap, countertop spray and dish soap, they’ll get that same experience each and every time they step foot in their kitchen.
Hot Cocoa Bombs
Hot cocoa bombs went viral last year — and we’re predicting that they’ll be just as popular this winter. Drop one of these four Santa-approved treats in hot milk or water and watch as they fill a mug with creamy chocolatey goodness.
Mason Jar Indoor Herb Garden
Just because they’re short on space doesn’t mean they can’t make their herb garden dreams come true. Pick up one of these mason jars and tell them to place it in a sunny spot to reap the benefits a.k.a. fresh parsley, rosemary, mint and other cooking go-tos.
Popcorn Kernel Variety Set
The fun starts before they press play: Choose from six different kernel colors, then mix in Buttersalt to taste just like the popcorn served at the movies.
Personalized Address Cutting Board
You may not know a lot about them just yet, but you do know one very important detail: where they live. Add their address and move-in date to this walnut, cherry, mahogany or bamboo cutting board as a sweet welcome to the neighborhood.
Craft Cocktail Syrup Set
The next time they invite you over for cocktails, they can bust out these three flavored syrups to turn basic mixes into delicious drinks. Each bottle makes two cocktails — one Moscow mule for them, one for you.
Ode to Home State Dish Towel
Their state pride is off the charts (and if it’s not, it’s about to be). Each side of the towel celebrates what they love most about their home — one is captured through colorful illustrations, the other with poetry.
Reed Diffuser Set
As much as they like candles, they’re weary to light them because their pets or kids (or both!). All hope is not lost: This stylish reed diffuser emits a calming lavender scent for at least three months straight — no flames in sight.
Bread Warming Blanket
Even store-bought rolls will get that fresh-out-of-the-oven taste when they wrap them in this heated pouch. To keep everything nice and toasty for the entire meal, stick the removable pack in the microwave right before guests arrive and then keep it closed until it’s time to break bread.
Bundled Up Monogram Mug
Because a cup of cheer goes a long way. Pack it with everything they need to cheers to the season — hot cocoa mix, marshmallows, tea bags, you name it — and tie a gift tag to its handle for easy gifting.
Handmade Heart-Shaped Balm with Dish
Their hands are the first to show the wear and tear of winter, so give them something to soothe their dry, irritated skin. This moisturizing balm fits perfectly inside a ceramic heart dish and each color aligns with a certain scent — a purple dish with lavender-scented balm, for example.
Signature Jam Set
One stunning gift set, six mouthwatering flavors: Inside, they’ll find a tangy or sweet jam to bring sweetness to their cheese platter, breakfast spread and everything in between.
Plaid Ceramic Catchall
Plaid and the holiday season go hand-in-hand. Embrace all that the season brings with this catch-all, available in blue (shown here) or green plaid. Add her initial for an additional $12.50.
Raspberry Galette Cookies
Try as you might, you’ll never be the person to show up to your neighbor’s house with a plate full of freshly-baked cookies. Luckily, this box of 14 raspberry-filled shortbread cookies tastes even better than homemade (it’s possible) and will arrive at their door within days of ordering.
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