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There’s family — and then there are those people you consider family even if they aren’t related to you.
You have the friends who are always there for you (in good times and bad) and the neighbors who have become part of the fabric of your daily life.
These are the special people you want to remember this holiday season with a gift that shows how much you appreciate and care about them.
If you haven’t drawn up your “friends and neighbors” gifts list yet, our specially-curated gift guide will give you plenty of ideas.
25 Christmas Gift Ideas for Friends and Neighbors
Christmas Gift Ideas for Friends
Does your friend enjoy Truth or Dare? If yes, he’ll definitely enjoy the Hot Seat Card Game.
It works like the classic party game except the questions are definitely not for people under the age of 18.
Also, there are 200 questions, and the game can be played by four to ten people at a time.
You’ll hardly find a better game for those who love to dig up salacious secrets.
Your friend might be the type who always misplaces her rings and other jewelry.
She might appreciate a dish that’s specially made for earrings, bracelets and even coins.
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Not only will the dish keep her valuables safe, but also it will serve as a daily reminder of the meaning of friendship, as the words “A true friendship is a journey without end” is printed on it.
You can also pick dishes with quotes that might be more in line with your friend’s personality, such as “You’re my favorite b*tch.”
For those who love camping, a mug that keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold can be a lifesaver.
This YETI mug comes in 13 colors — at least one of which will appeal to happy campers of either gender.
Because the cup has a no-sweat design, your friend can hold the mug with bare hands and not worry about damp or frostbitten fingers. Oh, and did we mention the mug is dishwasher-safe?
Every woman needs a decent set of tools, and your friend will definitely dig this pink-themed toolset.
It has everything she needs to make small repairs around the house. Also, every tool is heat-treated and chrome-plated, which means it will last for a pretty long time.
In case your intended recipient is a man, no worries: There’s a blue version of the kit too.
Do you have a friend who enjoys wine? Enhance his or her wine tasting experience with this beautiful gift set.
The corkscrew opener can open a bottle of wine in seven seconds, and the vacuum wine stopper pumps the air out of bottles to keep leftover wine fresh.
The set also includes a charger, a foil cutter, and a pourer.
If your friend likes to cook out, let him know how much you love his cooking with the perfect stainless steel, rust-proof tools to prepare more of those juicy, savory and mouth-watering grilled meats and veggies.
The set comes with a basting brush, spatula, tongs, corn holders, skewers, swiss knife and cleaning brush all packed in a heavy-duty aluminum case.
This is definitely not a gift for the lactose intolerant. For the friend who can whip up culinary masterpieces from the toughest cheeses though, a cheese board can be a godsend.
Bambusi’s cheese board, in particular, is designed such that unpleasant odors are kept to a minimum, and any liquids from the cheese-slicing process stay inside the board. Plus, there’s a drawer to store the cheese knives, ensuring that they stay well away from children’s wandering hands.
Want to remind your friend how much she means to you? A throw pillow with a thoughtful message might be just the thing.
This pillow cover reads: “A friend is one of the nicest things you can have and one of the nicest things you can be. Our friendship is a true blessing to me.”
It’s made from a soft, linen material and is 18 x 18 inches, the perfect fit for an 18 x 18 or 20 x 20 pillow insert.
For the cold winter months, few holiday gifts are more practical than a furry throw blanket.
Chanasya’s line of throw blankets come in 18 colors — perfect for friends of both genders who want nothing more than to curl up on the couch during the winter.
This blanket is 65″x50″ inches and made of washable microfiber polyester.
During the holiday season, there’s no better time to cultivate a practice of gratitude, and this journal will help your friends transform themselves in 90 days of journaling.
Practicing gratitude has been proven to increase happiness, health, and general well-being.
This is a gift that continues to give for a lifetime, teaching journal-writers to be more appreciative and present every day.
Give your friend the gift of relaxation with this beautiful, waterproof bathtub tray made of bamboo.
This two-sided tray works for one or two bathers and includes space for a book or table, wine glasses, and bath accessories.
It’s adjustable to fit most bathtubs.
If you’re looking for something simple yet meaningful, you can’t go wrong with this friendship keychain that reads, “True friendship knows no distance.”
It’s small, decorative, and can be hung on almost anything — handbags, purses, keys, rearview mirrors, etc.
The keychain is made of stainless steel, ensuring that it’s as strong and durable as what you have with your BFF.
This square, hand-painted resin box created by artist Susan Lordi has a bas-relief carving on the lid of two friends sitting face-to-face.
Inside the box is a sentiment that reads, “Forever true, forever friends.”
Your friend can use this unique box to store trinkets, notes, and even small souvenirs from her travels.
Christmas Gift Ideas for Neighbors
When choosing neighbor gifts, you can’t go wrong with something that blends function and style. Wind chimes are exactly that.
They look nice, they sound nice, and they can be a soothing background noise that brings you back to the present moment.
You can give this on any occasion: Christmas, birthdays, housewarming, or as a simple thank-you gift
Most people can use an upgrade to there kitchen utensils. Even if they’re not culinarily inclined, having a nice utensil set might inspire your neighbors to cook more.
And if they are already masters in the kitchen, they’ll surely be over the moon with a set that consists of 23 cooking utensils.
Does your neighbor love wine — especially sipping it outside on the deck or at a picnic?
Vivocci’s unbreakable wine glasses are the perfect addition for those who love to enjoy wine where glass doesn’t make sense.
This particular type of wine glass is constructed in a way that makes it difficult, if not impossible, to break. The material feels and looks like glass but it’s far more durable.
And the glasses are 100% dishwasher safe.
Chocolate cookies are awesome — and you know what’s even more awesome? A whole box of them.
The best part about giving cookies in a box is that you can offer a variety of flavors, just like a box of candy.
These 12 delicious gourmet chocolate-covered sandwich cookies come in 12 decadent flavors with unique toppings for each cookie.
Unless your neighbor has a nut allergy, a gift basket of nuts is a good alternative (or even partner) to a chocolate cookie box.
And nuts are a heart-healthy snack that your neighbors can enjoy for themselves or to offer to guests during the holiday season.
Your neighbor can pick between honey-glazed peanuts, honey-glazed pecans, cashews, pistachios, roasted salted almonds, raw walnuts and hot cajun mix.
Snowflakes have always been timeless symbols of the winter season.
These beautiful wood coasters shaped like snowflakes (complete with complex geometric patterns) are both a thoughtful and practical gift.
Each set contains six individually-crafted wood coasters, so your neighbor has plenty available for holiday parties and dinners.
Nothing is more lovely and relaxing than watching native birds feeding in the winter.
Whether or not your neighbor is a serious bird-watcher, this bird feeder is gift that will bring so much enjoyment.
A transparent, acrylic window bird feeder, like the one from Nature’s Hangout, will allow your neighbor to easily observe birds as they fly right up to the window to feed.
Olive oil is one of the healthiest and best-tasting types of oil for cooking and enhancing food.
Your neighbor will love this set of olive oils mixed with garlic, basil, truffle and tuscan herbs to use for pastas, bread, veggies, and on anything calls for a little oil.
Mantova’s olive oils don’t have any artificial preservatives or additives and are infused with genuine, organic ingredients.
A Christmas tree ornament is a gift that is always appreciated, especially for a neighbor who collects unique ornaments.
And what better way to express your friendship as neighbors than with this little angel of friendship.
This hand-painted resin ornament created by artist Susan Lordi is a keepsake gift that your neighbor will appreciate year after year.
There’s nothing worse than a warm cup of coffee growing tepid on a cold winter day.
With a mug warmer, your neighbor can enjoy the taste of hot coffee no matter how long it’s been left sitting out.
Maybe add a gift pack selection of coffee to complete this thoughtful gift for a special friend who lives nearby
Ice is cool, but spherical ice is even cooler.
Compared to their cube-shaped counterparts, spherical ice fits most glasses better, takes longer to melt, and keeps your drinks tasting great for just as long.
The water used to form the ice is funneled through a small opening at the top of the mold, reducing the chances of spillage.
It creates four 2.5 inch ice balls at a time that have a variety of uses.
They are great for cocktails, popsicles, iced coffee, infused fruit, infused mint for Mojitos, or frozen lemonade. Herb or fruit filled ice balls can also be added to a punch bowl
You can let your neighbors know just how much they mean to you with this ceramic giving plate.
It reads, “This special plate is yours today. Its purpose is very clear: It comes to tell you that you’re loved and someone holds you dear! Savor all the plate contains and fill it full again. Then send it on renewed with love to family and friends.”
If that doesn’t touch your neighbor’s heart, we don’t know what will.
Did you find the perfect Christmas gift ideas for friends and neighbors?
The holiday season is an obvious time for gift-giving, and we hope you found the perfect gifts for your friends and neighbors in our hand-curated selection.
But these gift ideas are also suitable for many other special occasions.
You can give one of these gifts for an upcoming birthday, a wedding, an anniversary, or as a “welcome to the neighborhood” present for the family who just moved in next door.
Whatever the occasion, think carefully about the recipient and what they might enjoy.
Pay attention to how they spend their time, what their interests are, and how you can best express your care for them.
With a little extra thought, you’ll find a gift that’s ideal for everyone on your list.