10 Cheap Gifts To Make for Neighbors!


Frugal Christmas gift ideas to make for neighbors that are cheap and easy!   These fun things to make are pictured tutorials for creamy fudge, hot cocoa mix, homemade vanilla, pancake mix, hand warmers, wine sleeves and ornaments.

As always, the Tip Junkie Homemade Gifts site has hundreds of pictured tutorials with free patterns for Homemade Gifts for Neighbors so you can always search there if you’re looking for something specific. {wink}

Frugal Things to Make

Frugal Things to Make

1.  Foolproof Holiday Fudge ~ This old fashioned fudge not only looks pretty in the package, but absolutely delicious!  The cream and butter are heated with marshmallows to form a sweet and smooth foundation. Everyone will beg for this year after year.

Hazelnut Hot Cocoa

2.  Hazelnut Hot Cocoa with Printable Tag – Baby it’s cold outside!  Warm up with this hot treat.  Perfect quick gift for teachers, friends, neighbors, co-workers and coaches.  The list is endless.

Neighbor Gift
3.  Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn ~ This Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn is one of the easiest and cheapest gifts to make.  The only items you will need to purchase are the popcorn kernels and containers.  You could also recycle your pasta sauce jars for containers.  Print the free label and the recipe card.  Voila!  And, it’s so much better than microwave popcorn.

Frugal Gifts to Make
4.  Homemade Vanilla Extract {recipe} ~ If you’re looking for an easy, affordable and rewarding homemade holiday gift for friends, family or co-workers, whipping up a batch of your own vanilla extract is the perfect solution! After all, with lots of holiday baking on the horizon, vanilla extract will be a welcome (and delicious) homemade gift.

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5.  Homemade Pancake Mix {Homemade Gifts} ~ Make yummy homemade pancakes in less time by making the pancake mix ahead of time.  Keep in in an airtight container in your pantry or jar it up and give it as a gift.

What Gift to Give Neighbors

What Gift to Give Neighbors

6.  Cozy Hand Warmers ~ These hand warmers not only make a terrific gift, but are very practical!  Use your fabric scraps to make the square pouches and fill with rice.

7.  Retro Christmas Dishtowel ~ They are decorated with fun retro fabrics and ruffles and ric rac.  I just love them!  They would be great for hostess gifts, or to take to a teacher or neighbor with a plate of cookies!

Wine bottle packaging

8.  Felt Wine Sleeve {free pattern} ~ How to make this easy wine felt gift bag tutorial and free pattern with pictured instructions.  You could always substitute wine for sparkling cider.  {wink}

Gifts to Make

9.  Waterless Snowglobe Tutorial {Christmas Decorations} ~ Create cute and inexpensive waterless snowglobes as part of your Christmas centerpiece or homemade ornaments for your Christmas tree.

Gifts to Make for Neighbors
10.  Tiny House Ornament {Easy Sewing Project}These precious tiny house ornaments are an easy sewing project to give as gifts this holiday season. Hang them on your tree as an ornament or on a doorknob to decorate a room. Tiny House Ornaments would also make a nice housewarming gift for new neighbors.

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  1. Recycling bottles is ingenious and can help also help our environment from using bottles from pizza sauce.

  2. My neighbours are a bunch of students from my university and they’ll love the pancake present! Really cool ideas, thank you!

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