Easy Christmas gift ideas for teachers or friends.
Christmas is coming, which is crazy to think about! With Christmas comes a lot of added expenses. With gifts and parties and food (oh how I love the food) the costs can add up quick. One of my biggest passions is to help people see that gifts do not have to cost a lot of money. A gift should come from the heart, not from a credit card. I would much rather have a friend give me a nice note than have them feel stressed about money but felt they needed to buy me something expensive. Here are 15 Cheap Christmas Gifts for Neighbors, Friends and Teachers.
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1. A Jar of Homemade Hot Cocoa
Most people love hot chocolate during the winter months. Why not gift your neighbors a batch of this homemade hot cocoa mix. Don’t forget to put it in a jar with a cute card and note. You could even attach a bag of marshmallows or box of candy canes.
2. Hand Soap
I always try to watch for sales on soap at Bed Bath and Beyond, or similar stores, and stock up when they are having a good deal. These soaps are saved in my closet until I can use them as gifts.
It’s a great gift idea for neighbors, friends and teachers because everyone can always use soap!!
3. Christmas Wrapping Paper
Buy a few rolls of wrapping paper from the Dollar Tree. Attach a big bow and a thoughtful note to it. I have had a few neighbors give me wrapping paper as a gift and loved it!!! Practical gifts are seriously my favorite! Everyone is always needing more wrapping paper during Christmas time!
Journals are so fun to give and receive. I love to use them for a “Gratitude Journal”, note taking and of course keeping a diary.
Consider giving your friend or teacher a pretty journal for Christmas this year. Give your friend a pretty journal. Make it even more special by writing a kind note on the front page, something they can look back on often. This one from Amazon is less than $10!
5. Soda Pop
If you are looking for something quick and easy to pass out to neighbors, try this 2 liter of soda pop idea. I made this free printable that you can print out to attach to the soda.
6. Nail Polish and Emery Board
Give the gift of pampering with a cute jar of nail polish and a emery board. This makes a really fun gift for a girl friend. You can get these both for fairly cheap at the Dollar Tree. Tie them up with ribbon (everything looks fancier with ribbon) and give them along with a kind card.
7. Homemade Candy
There is just something about Christmas and candy that goes together! I love giving this easy Christmas Candy away as gifts. It’s so easy to make and something different from the typical Christmas candies. Put it in a gift bag and tie it off with ribbon.
8. Bath Bombs
Who doesn’t love a good bath bomb??? They are my favorite way to turn bath time into spa time (for reals!). This bath bomb gift set is a great gift for your friends or teachers. You could make it even more frugal by putting each individual bath bomb in a cute gift bag with a ribbon attached, this would give you 6 gifts in one!
A few years ago we gave all of our neighbors a fresh pineapple with a tag attached that said, “Mele Kalikimaka.” This gift was so popular and loved! It also makes for a great gift for teachers.
10. Throw Blanket
What better way to enjoy the cold winter months than with a new throw blanket. You can find blankets for a fairly good price and great to give to your kids teachers and friends.
11. A Bag of Clementine’s
Another fun and cheap Christmas gifts for neighbors is a bag of clemintine’s. Be sure to put them in a cute bag with a tag attached that says, “Merry Christmas CUTIE.”
12. Box of Muffin Mix
A box of muffin mix is another simple, practical gift idea that I just love! This sound so simple, but I love it! Like I said before, practical gifts are my favorite gifts. Attach a note to the mix that says “You’re getting muffin for Christmas.” So cute right?!?!? I found a cute free printable here.
13. Homemade Bread
There is just something about a loaf of homemade bread that makes my heart happy. This banana bread recipe is quick easy and cheap. Make up a couple loaves for teachers or neighbors. They will love it!
14. A Cute Scarf
You can never have to many scarfs, at least that’s my opinion! They are practical, cute and trendy! Plus, they are affordable! This scarf from Amazon is less than $15! And it’s adorable!
15. Plate of Cookies
You can never go wrong by gifting an old fashioned plate of cookies! Try out this Christmas Tree Cookie Recipe for a fun cookie plate.
16. Growth Mindset Conversation Starters
This Conversation Starter Cards is a fun gift to give someone with a family. The set of cards is just under $15 and includes 52 cards each with a different question on it. These questions encourage conversation and are the perfect addition to family get together’s, long car trips or dinner conversation. My kids love when we pull these out and I love gifting them for other families to enjoy!
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