Oh the fudge, the wassail, the fruitcake! We all truly do enjoy the partaking of our fair share of Christmas goodies that have been gifted to us. Sometimes, though, we reach our limits even on delicious treats, and our sweet tooth starts to yell, “No more!” This is where these non-food neighbor gift ideas are helpful!

Our family has shifted our giving away from food and toward simple but non-edible gifts for our neighbors and friends. These neighbor gift ideas are inexpensive but personal and thoughtful that even the most discriminating neighbor will be glad you shared.

If you are looking for other gift ideas, here are 5 marble inspired DIY Christmas gift ideas.

7 Non-Food Neighbor Gift Ideas This Christmas

These non-food neighbor gift ideas are inexpensive but personal and thoughtful that even the most discriminating neighbor will be glad you shared.

Block Nativity

We actually gave this gift to give to the spouse’s co-workers one Christmas. Four years later, we are making them again for our neighbors. You can order them off of Etsy, but we were able to find the supplies at our local Habitat Restore as well as a crafting store, which cost much less than the kits, and make them ourselves. Here are instructions if you want to try it yourself. Honestly, I am not a crafty person, and this was easy. By far this is our favorite giftable we’ve made!

Birdseed Ornament

Here’s a great instructional for making birdseed Christmas ornaments. Or, if you want to go really simple, you can simply put peanut butter on pinecones, then sprinkle birdseed over the peanut butter. A nice set of six in a pretty tin would make for a great gift for the neighbor.

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Stovetop Potpourri

This link tells you exactly how to make your own stovetop potpourri. Just put the ingredients in a pretty plastic bag, tie a Christmas bow around it, and make sure you provide instructions. Just add water in a small pan and simmer on low. Smells just like Christmas!


‘Tis the season for colds, and nobody wants to share! Give your neighbors some “santa-tizer,” or hand sanitizer gel wrapped in a Santa outfit. Bath and Body Works (no affiliate marketing) sells some great-smelling small containers of hand sanitizers, or go to your local dollar store and grab up a few regular bottles.

DIY Fleece Throw   

Really, all you need is a 4’x4’ piece of fleece Christmas fabric from the fabric department at Wal-Mart. Cut 3-inch fringe all the way around, then roll up and place a pretty tag on it. This website offers a free tag you can download and print off to include with your throw. Or, if you want to make sure the edges don’t fray, follow this really easy diy video. It shows two pieces of fleece together, but you can do the same with only one piece of fleece.

7 Non-Food Neighbor Gift Ideas This Christmas

Redbox Video Rental

I really like this one—you can actually purchase gift certificates for the Redbox video rentals! Actually, Give your neighbors a certificate along with a bag of microwave popcorn, and it’s a gift!

Make Your Own Candles

Two Christmases ago, I found a Christmas candle I loved…but it was so expensive! So this year, I decided to make my own. The fragrance isn’t exactly like that first candle I purchased, but it’s close.

This task is a little time-consuming, but it’s so easy and inexpensive! If you’re on a tight budget like I am and live close to a craft store, print off their online coupon and use once a day until you have everything you need.

I also found my containers at Habitat Restore (I hang out there a lot!). I bought over a dozen little glass jars for only $.25 for each!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Tammy Tilley
Tammy Tilley
Tammy Tilley, mom of two adult children, cares deeply about parenting issues. Although she’s looking in the rearview mirror of her hands-on parenting days, once you’re a parent, you’re always a parent. She enjoys sharing a few memories and a touch of advice about spending energy on the things that matter. Tammy has a BA in English from Anderson University (IN) and a MS in Education from IUPUI.