>> Sunday, October 30, 2011
Lesley and I both posted some great food ideas for neighbor (or friend gifts) here and here earlier this week. But most of the ideas were food gifts. If you are looking for some ideas that don't involve food, here are some ideas for you. I tend to gravitate more towards the "winter" ideas because if you give the gift sometime the week before Christmas, they will be able to keep it out longer if it is snowmen or winter rather than Christmas.
Idea #1 - Snowman Doorstop - These are adorable! My mom made these one Christmas about 5 years ago and I still love putting it out each year! I put mine in our front porch each year. She used some clay (that you bake to harden) in orange for the carrot nose and in black for the eyes and buttons. I really like the idea of using real buttons, though.
Idea #2 - A Snowman Kit - Another cute idea. The carrot is purchased, but the hat and the scarf are homemade, so it makes it budget friendly!
Idea #3 - Sock Snowmen - How cute are these snowmen?! And they are made from a tube sock and a decorative sock found at Target for $1! These are cute and easy!
Idea #4 - Hand Soap - Something everyone uses, and it's fun to have some festive soap for the season! I like the cute saying she came up with for it, and she includes the file to download so all you have to do is print, cut it out and attach it to the soap!
Idea #5 - Christmas Printable - I just love all the printable files floating around on the internet and I think it would make a great gift! I recommend sending the file online to a photo printing place (like Walgreens, CVS or similar) so you have a good quality 8x10 print. Find some inexpensive frames to put them in. A little more on the pricey side if you have a lot of gifts to give, but it's really easy and doesn't require any "Martha Stewart-type skills" :) There are tons of free options online (search for subway art), but here are two that I really liked.
The best part about making a non-edible gift is that you can do it now and not have to scramble at the last minute trying to get everything done in the craziness of the holiday rush. Hope these ideas help give you some inspiration for the holidays!