We are starting our series of Christmas gift guides with this one for “neighbours, colleagues and acquaintances”. It is probably fair to say that these are people who you need/want to give Christmas presents to, while at the same time you don’t want to spend TOO much money on.
We’re thinking here of gifts for people like your neighbours (especially if they’re collecting your mail or feeding your cat over the holidays), your boss or co-workers, your customers or business acquaintances, and your children’s’ teachers, doctor or nurse etc. etc…
Some general gift buying tips:
- Because these are people that you may not know very well personally, it is probably best to choose gifts that are fairly generic and non-personal (a good rule of thumb is that the less personal the relationship you have with somebody, the more generic the gift should be)
- A good price range for these types of gifts would be around the $5.00 – $30.00 mark
- You really want to avoid anything that has religious overtones, is tasteless or trashy or, worst of all, comes within the “humorous rude” category (especially for gifts that people have to open in front of others!)
- And, as with all gifts (but especially inexpensive gifts), presentation is everything.
So, on with the gift suggestions. Firstly we will feature some suitable gifts we have available at The Paper Package, then we’ll go on to some other great gift ideas that you can put together yourself.
Gifts from The Paper Package:
We have a number of products available in the gifts under $30.00 price range that we particularly like as Christmas presents for your neighbours, colleagues or acquaintances.
1. Little Bottle of Gift Tags – Nature ($16.95 including GST, delivery & gift wrapping)
A cute little bottle of woodland/nature themed gift tags – perfect for Christmas-time gift giving.
2. Banks & Co. Body Bar ($24.00 including GST, delivery & gift wrapping)
A lovely, luxurious gift for women, prettily wrapped up for Christmas…
3. Gardener’s Hand Cream ($29.90 including GST, delivery & gift wrapping)
A very popular hand cream for men and women, gardeners and anybody working outdoors…
4. Italian Leather Notebook ($29.00 including GST, delivery & gift wrapping)
Handmade in Florence, this is a high quality, stylish gift for under $30.00
5. Butterfly Notebook ($29.90 including GST, delivery & gift wrapping)
This is just the most adorable Christmas gift… a gorgeous purse sized notebook from Cavallini & Co.
and last but not least, a gift that will probably suit everybody…
6. Merry Christmas Paper Package ($29.00 including GST, delivery & gift wrapping)
A cheery little gift box of Christmas treats!
There are plenty more Christmas gift boxes and gifts under $30.00 to check out on our website, but for now we’ll move on to some fabulous, inexpensive gifts that you could put together yourself…
Food items make an ideal little gift for Christmas, especially when they’re presented creatively…
Homemade Biscuit Dough Roll
This is a great idea for an inexpensive Christmas gift from Southern Living… your favourite biscuit dough in a roll, wrapped in a printout of the recipe/baking instructions (note: this does have to be kept in the fridge – but wouldn’t it be a great Christmas gift for your neighbours?!)
Cupcakes might be so last year, but how could you not love these!
Hot Chocolate Cupcakes from Frog Prince Paperie
And how cute are these…
North Pole Cupcakes from Kara’s Party Ideas
Or, moving on from cupcakes, what about a plate of these fun melting snowman biscuits from Crazy Domestic? Love them!
No-Cook Food Gifts
But if home baking is not your thing, there’s this idea for a hot chocolate mix in a jar (I know these ideas aren’t the most seasonally appropriate for a summer Christmas… but they all look so great!)
Peppermint Stick Cocoa from myrecipes.com
And a couple of other non-cook food related gift ideas that we’ve come across:
- a pretty old teacup & saucer from a second-hand shop filled with an assortment of herbal teas
- custom spice blends or bbq rubs in jars with recipes to accompany
Gifts in Jars
Talking about jars… turns out just about everything can look better in a jar!
Like mini marshmallows (from delia creates – a lovely blog that has some great ideas for neighbourly Christmas gifts)
Or bath salts…
[Click through the image to the recipe for these homemade bath salts, or there is another great tutorial here]
Or some gorgeous-looking homemade vanilla extract…
This beautiful DIY project from Style Me Pretty involves vodka, vanilla pods and 2 months infusing… so just a heads-up that if you’re interested in making it for Christmas gifts you will need to start it within the next couple of weeks 🙂
Other things that look good in jars…
Gift Cards!! (when they look like snow globes that is!)
Such a clever idea to make gift cards more fun from One Charming Party
And moving on from jars… a lovely fresh herb plant also makes a festive & inexpensive Christmas gift
And finally, here’s one to appeal to the guys… reindeer beer! An inspired idea from Life of a Modern Mom
So that’s about it for our Christmas gift guide for neighbours, colleagues and acquaintances. Hopefully you’ve found something to inspire your Christmas giving… and remember to keep checking The Paper Package website for other great gift ideas (we’re busy adding new products all the time) ♥