30+ Christmas Gift Ideas for Friends and Neighbors

Dec 5th, 2013

For the next few days, I am sharing a few fun and inexpensive gifts for friends and neighbors! {Thank you to my own friends, family, and neighbors for helping me compile this fun list of gifts!} If you have any questions about any of the items, feel free to ask me in the comments and I will do my best to answer it quickly. Some of the items on the list will be store bought and some will be homemade. After all,  it is STILL a thoughtful gift if it is store bought. I’ll be breaking up the gifts into several days. So, don’t forget to check back!

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1. Homemade Lip Balm {Recipe found HERE}. My friend Dani made this for us last year, and it’s AMAZE-ING. We got the cute dotted box from Target and the baker’s twine was from Homegoods and the cute berry twig is from my Christmas decorations. I just cut off a small part of some garland. Shhhh don’t tell anyone. Smile


2. Grab a six pack of IBC Root Beer with a cute note that says “We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy ROOT BEER!”


3. Who doesn’t love a little licorice every now and again right? The tag could say, “Twis the Season.”


4. I LOVE these notebooks from Homegoods. They are only $3.99, and your note could say, “Take NOTE, have a Merry Christmas.” I got the cute gold pen at Target in the dollar section.  Friend-gift-ideas-for-christmas

5. Jam and a cute Butter Spreader. I am so proud of myself for making Strawberry Peach Jam this year all by myself! Your note can say, “Spread a Berry Merry Christmas.” P.S. This picture does not do this spreader justice. It is from Target and it’s absolutely DARLING! It’s grey chevron if you cannot tell! {Plus it came in a 4 pack and they are all super cute for only around $10.00. gift-ideas-for-friends-and-neighbors

6. Handmade all-natural SOAP! AND guess what!?!? You don’t even have to make it yourself! My friend Erin from right here in St. George makes it and it is awesome. My two favorites are the peppermint and lemongrass scents. You can check out her shop at Arbor Farms.


Check out DAY 2 of this fun series HERE. 


UPDATE! I have made a FREE printable for everyone of these gift ideas! Check them out HERE!



  1. These are such cute ideas and the presentation is wonderful. I’m going to do the root beer for my son. He’s 24 but still loves it.

  2. Love these ideas! Am always looking for things like this, my husbands side of the fam always want to exchange gifts with EVERYONE at the family get together. They have to be cheap and simple so I dont get all grinchy about the cost;). Cant wait for the rest!

  3. This reminds me… I need to get my butt in gear! Thanks for the cute ideas!

  4. This is exactly something I was looking for. Clever and cheap but thoughtful. Thanks girl!

  5. These are sooo cute! Just love the ideas! Where did you get the lip balm round tins?

  6. I must have come across at least half a dozen homemade lip balm recipes this week and they are all consistently easy to make. This one is going on my New Years gift list. Perfect for cold weather chapped lips, methinks!

  7. “Your gift ideas are organic and creative. I like to get those natural soap. I seldom get an organic product here in my area. I’ll check your other stuff. Also, I have my techie list as well. If you have any interest with my cool stuff, feel free to visit my list: http://www.1stwebdesigner.com/design/gifts-for-web-designers/
    You might find something useful in there. :) Happy holidays. “

  8. Just bought Twizzlers for all the neighbors. Thanks for the great idea!

  9. Justi Lundeberg says:

    Hey Darlin’! Love these ideas. Did you make your own Merry Christmas labels for the root beer? Please tell me I can buy or download them somewhere.

    • Justi my long lost friend!! Guess what!?! It’s from TARGET!! I got it in a 6 pack of labels! Good luck! Love you!!

      • Justi Lundeberg says:

        Hooray for Target! Thanks so much. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE your site. I’m kind of social media stalker when it comes to All Things Thrifty; love your site, Facebook posts, Pinterest pins…seriously, you are so amazing, Brookie. I’m so proud to know you and Dan. You guys have done some incredible things with this company and I find myself being inspired by your ideas constantly. Congrats on all your success! Love you dear friend.

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