It’s safe to say that many people are going through something that they don’t necessarily want to talk about, which gives you ample opportunities to bring a little extra joy into their life. Whether you know someone who is experiencing a tough time, loneliness, or you simply want to show a little kindness, keep in mind that the most thoughtful gifts are ones that come from the heart, a good listening ear, and don’t need to break the bank.
Oven Mitt Baking Gift Set
Fill the insert of an oven mitt with a pack of cookie or brownie mix, then wrap together with a bow for a little added touch in presenting a simply delicious gift. If you have extra time, bake a fresh batch of cookies to replace the store-bought mix.
Popcorn & Movie Night Kit
If you know the type of movies your neighbor enjoys, consider giving them a DVD with a bag of homemade popcorn mix. If you’re unsure of their movie genre favorites, then simply replace the DVD with an Amazon or Apple gift card to purchase their own movie.
Popcorn Mix Ideas:
- M&Ms, Pretzels, Dried Cranberries, and Honey Roasted Peanuts
- Almonds, Chili Powder, and Grated Parmesan Cheese
- Mini-Marshmallows, Semisweet Chocolate Chips, Graham Cracker Bites
- Toasted Coconut Flakes, Nutmeg, Dried Banana Chips, and a pinch of Salt
- Dried Cherries, Roasted Cashews, and Dark Chocolate Chips
Flowers with Encouraging Notes
As we approach the Spring season, give a gift that will continue to bloom along with a note with encouraging words, the story behind the first time you both met, or a few sentences showing how much you appreciate their friendship.
Homemade Hot Chocolate in a Mug
Try out this super easy-to-make hot chocolate mix that beats the store-bought any day! It’s creamy, rich, and sure to bring a smile to your neighbor’s face. Either store the homemade mix in a small sealable bag to be placed into a new coffee mug, or store in a glass Mason jar with lid for a simple gift that lasts 2-3 weeks in the pantry.
For the recipe, whisk together 2/3 cup dry nonfat or whole milk powder, 1/3 cup powdered sugar, 1/3 cup cocoa powder, 1/3 cup white chocolate chips (or finely chopped), and a pinch of salt. Working in batches, pulse the ingredients in a food processor until finely ground. Add mini-marshmallows for a little extra sweetness.
To make a single serving of hot chocolate, whisk together 1/3 cup mix with 1 cup hot milk.
A Brunch to Flip Over!
While you may not be able to invite your neighbors over for a homemade breakfast, you can give them a memorable meal with a DIY pancake gift set. Simply combine pancake mix, maple syrup, and a whisk together in a clear plastic bag or cellophane wrap, then finish with a ribbon.
Morning Coffee Gift
If you have a few extra moments, try bringing your neighbor a cup of warm coffee from a local coffee shop with a little baked treat, as you catch up for a bit. Otherwise, give them a gift that will keep them energized throughout the week, as you combine a bag of ground coffee, disposable coffee cups, chocolate Pirouline cookies, and a small jar of honey in a gift basket.
Your Favorite Local Products
Bring a smile to more than just your neighbor, as you shop from local businesses in your community. From freshly baked goods to takeout to skincare products, consider adding a little note with 1-2 sentences as to why you are filled with joy to share one of your favorite products with them.
From simple notes of encouragement to scrumptious DIY kits, remember that there is always an opportunity to make a positive impact in someone’s life.