Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Tough Cookies

One of the hardest parts of gift giving is the "neighbor" gift. You don't know these people well enough to pick out something individually (nor do you want to) but you do appreciate them more than not doing anything. So, what do you do? No literally. What do you do for your neighbors at Christmas time? Or conversely, what have they done for you that you liked? I'll be sharing mine soon!


rubberbandgrl said...

You are forcing Christmas on me as I cannot NOT check your blog.
I'm usually full of good intentions with neighbor gifts, but admit I usually fail and never quite get through all the projects.
When I make my mom's homemade caramel recipe though I do well and it's just a matter of packaging and getting them out.
Now I'm drooling.
I always want goodies. I want the homemade stuff. I like trying everything that everyone else makes with love. I'm not too keen on thematic gifts or ones that are based on some little happy/silly poem. I don't think it's needed. The thought really does count.

jamerlou said...

Once I got a free rental coupon for the local video store and a microwave popcorn single. The card said something about renting a movie and enjoying some time together and forgetting about the craziness of Christmas. Another good one was a bag with 2 cinnamon sticks, 1/4 cup whole cloves, an orange, a lemon and a bay leaf. The bags, which were actually home sewn of Christmas print cloth, which added a nice, homey feel because the top wasn't hemmed or anything; just tied with a ribbon, although any Christmasy bag would do if you're not feeling up to making them. Instructions were to quarter the orange and lemon and put everything in a pot and cover with water. Simmer to fill home with Christmas love. I liked it very much! I'll be checking back to get ideas for my neighbor gifts! *wink*

MissGlimpseBlogSpot said...

My sister had some darling ideas on her blog from last year. You can get to it from mine, hers is called Oh Scrap. Can't wait to see what you choose:)

rubberbandgrl said...

"Good or bad thing?"

Well, neither EXACTLY, but let's just say that I never let my kids get 'holiday' books unless it's the month that holiday is in. Halloween books in April? No WAY!
I honestly just got over winter.
Good luck with your gifting plan. I'm hoping to be done with all that stuff by November as Dane has the entire month of December off of school.

The Chamberlain Family said...

Neighborhood gifts.. well, when I actually get them done, I have done three things that I have really liked. I made sugar cookies which are always a hit! I did rice crispy treats once, but instead of doing them as squares, I made balls and drizzled them with white chocolate and then found a little poem about snow balls and put that with them. And last year thanks to my mother in law, I handed out hand made candy! Yummy and even better I didn't have to make them! I think this year, I'm going to do something a little more personalized, but I haven't gotten that far yet! have fun!