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Be prepared for the unexpected this Christmas with easy neighbor gifts you can grab while grocery shopping for under $5. Attach free festive gift tags and check another thing off your list!
I’m Do (pronounced doe) from Piggy Bank Parties where I share simple and affordable ideas to help you make CENTS (sense) of entertaining. I’m honored to be invited back for Design Dazzle‘s Christmas Wonderful series again this year.
Unexpected Neighbor Gifts
Has this ever happened to you?
You’re dancing around the living room with the Christmas music volume cranked up when suddenly there’s a knock at your door. You instantly freeze because if you don’t move, no one will ever see or hear you—until you realize the music is still blaring in the background.
When you’re finally brave enough to tip-toe to the door and peer through the peephole, you see your neighbor standing there holding an unexpected Christmas gift.
Panic washes over you as you scan the room for anything you can grab and stick a bow on quickly.
A pile of freshly folded Christmas socks, no.
A stocking full of dog toys and treats. Do they even have a dog?
The Kenny G Christmas album your spouse loves, maybe. No, you would never hear the end of it!
The sheer panic of an unexpected Christmas gift can steal the joy right out of the holidays, but it doesn’t have to. Adding a few inexpensive items to your next grocery cart and downloading the free festive gift tags will keep your holiday season jolly and your gift budget in check.
These quick and easy neighbor gifts all come in under $5. But, if you watch for sales, you can often snag them for $2 or less.
Neighbors Love Easy Chex Mix Gifts
Traditional Chex Mix is always a big hit with friends and neighbors. Or grab two flavors like Bold and Honey Nut—one for naughty and one for nice.
Sweet and Savory Popcorn Neighbor Gifts
Pick up bags of pre-popped popcorn in your favorite flavor or let your neighbors DIY the popcorn with kernels, microwave bags, or the nostalgic Jiffy Pop. Who doesn’t love watching that swirly silver foil expand into an enormous bubble of buttery goodness?
If you like sweeter popcorn, opt for kettle corn, caramel corn, or fluffy puffs of finger-licking chocolate-drizzled popcorn. When it comes to popcorn, the POP-sibilities are endless!
Brownie Mix Gift Idea for Funny Neighbors
While in the baking aisle, add a few boxes of your most loved brownie mix to your shopping cart. Or buy a standard mix and attach a card with brownie topping ideas like pretzels, crushed candy canes, or a swirl of ooey-gooey caramel.
Now, the next time a neighbor knocks on your door with an unexpected Christmas gift, you won’t panic because you’ll be ready with one of these easy, affordable, and thoughtful gifts under the tree.
Do Driver is half of the creative duo behind Piggy Bank Parties—a digital party goods company. This Midwestern girl shares her uncomplicated, accessible, and affordable approach to entertaining on the Piggy Bank Parties blog where you’ll find unique free downloads hand illustrated by her hilariously adorable husband.
We are so thankful to Do for joining our 11th annual Christmas Wonderful!