Whether or not you love your neighbors, it’s always a good idea to be on good terms with them. How to do that? One great way is to treat them to a special holiday gift you create yourself. The 3 gift ideas we’ve come up with won’t take long to make or cost too much, so you can make them for the whole block if you really want to spread the joy of the season.

1)  Instant Chai Tea Latte Powder

Have you and your neighbors bonded over a cup of coffee or tea? Perhaps they will enjoy sipping on this hot and tasty option in between snow-shoveling sessions this winter? It will likely last through the spring thaw (unless they really, really like it)… at which point it will be a soothing respite while gardening. Get the details on foodretro.com.

chai tea powder

You will need:

2 cups instant tea powder – 1-3/4-cup granulated sugar – 2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon – 1 tsp ground cloves – 1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp nutmeg – 1 tsp allspice

2) Hand-Painted Doorstop

Do you dabble in folk art? What could be more fun for your neighbor than to come home to a miniature, and yet very practical, version of their humble abode? A charming little doorstop you create for them may be just the thing they didn’t realize their home was missing to add a little cheer. There’s no tutorial for this one, but we think you’re clever enough to figure it out!


You will need:

Brick – Acrylic Paint – Clear Coat – Slip-Resistant Fabric

3) Salted Caramel Sauce in a Jar

Delcious? Check. Healthy? Check. Easy to make and assemble? Double-check. Ingredients you probably already have in your cooking and baking arsenal are all you need to create this sweet concoction. Add a couple of fresh, shiny apples… a simple wrap, and your neighborly gift-giving is done! Sally’s Baking Addition has the recipe.

You will need:

1 cup granulated sugar – 6 Tbsp salted butter
1/2-cup heavy cream – 1 tsp salt

What special DIY gifts have your neighbors given you? Let us know by commenting below.

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