Spreading Some Holiday Cheer

by , posted on November 28th, 2012 in Features

Neighbor gifts. Let’s discuss…

Do you give them out around the holidays? Some years I have and some years I haven’t. It usually depends on how much money we have in the bank account that Christmas. Because when you have a lot of neighbors like I do, even cookies start to add up. Have you seen the price of butter lately?

So this year, I’m handing out a bag of spices for neighbors to make mulled cider or wine (thanks to my sister in law Amanda for the idea!). I bought the muslin and spices, so there’s no turning back now. I figured it’s something I can do in bulk and is just a little treat. I have a recipe here if you want to check it out.

There are two things I worry about with gifting neighbors: 1. I don’t want people to feel awkward by going too overboard. That’s why I thought the spices would be good—something small and because I bought in bulk, inexpensive. And 2. I definitely don’t want people to feel obligated to gift back.

What about you? Any tips or ideas for making neighborly gifting easy?

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4 Responses to “Spreading Some Holiday Cheer”

  1. Carla Says:

    November 28th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Not only is butter super pricey, sometimes baking tons of cookies that time of year feels more like a chore and less like fun! This year I collected all of the walnuts from our tree and I plan to give them in a cute bag. Perhaps muslin :)

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    That’s a great idea. I definitely feel the chore thing when it comes to baking. Perhaps because I’m not the best baker in the world. But I LOVE when I’m gifted baked goods.

    I’m a better eater than a baker.

  2. sara @ making life Says:

    December 3rd, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I love this idea! We are giving jars of our homemade granola this year. My husband came up with the idea, after I had a meltdown trying to figure out what kind of awesome crafty gifts we could make for people. I love to give handmade gifts, but have a tendency to underestimate how much work it is in the midst of holiday busyness! I think edible gifts are perfect.

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    “I love to give handmade gifts, but have a tendency to underestimate how much work it is in the midst of holiday busyness!”

    That fits me to a T as well. Homemade granola is genius!

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