I was watching one of my favorite shows, Studio 5, the other day. They were saying that they did a poll and found out that most people say the gift they stress over the most is neighbor gifts. I thought that made sense, because it can be hard to come up with gifts that are inexpensive, but are also something that most people would love.
We hand out a plate of homemade goodies every year. I've tried to talk my family into trying another gift, but they always out-vote me. They like it when we hand out homemade treats. I love cooking, so I don't complain too much. I just make sure we hand ours out during the first or second week of December, before everyone is overwhelmed with goodies.
If you like cooking, homemade treats are always well received. If you are looking for some great recipe ideas, you can check out my Recipe Index. I will be sharing some great food gift ideas over the next week or so. I am even doing a cookie recipe swap next Wednesday. I hope a few of you join me.
If cooking is not your thing, I will be sharing some inexpensive gift ideas here that could be used for neighbors, friends, co-workers, or just about anyone. Are you ready for the first one?
Here is what I did and the cost breakdown:
1-Tray from dollar store: $1
2-Spray paint the tray with black spray paint I already had: free
3-Add half a bag of white rocks from the dollar store: 50¢
4-Add three tealight candles: I purchase a box from Walmart. I think they were about 50¢ each: $1.50
Total cost: $3
You could spray it any color you like, and use any type of filler. Those glass marbles would be pretty. I also think it would look great with some greenery, tiny pinecones, and berries. You can use your imagination, the possibilities are endless.