Your guide to gifting etiquette and the best Christmas gifts for your neighbors
It’s the holiday season! And in 2020, with traditions disrupted and festive gatherings suspended indefinitely, it’s more important than ever to find safe ways to spread holiday cheer.
Enter the art of gift giving—a no-fail way to spread joy to those who matter. And who better to start with than your neighbors? If you’re wondering how to navigate gifting etiquette when it comes to the good people next door, don’t worry, we’re here to help you avoid any uncomfortable situations and plan for a successful gifting season.
Should I give my neighbor a Christmas gift?
Let’s be honest. This year has been the Grinch of all years. With so many of us bunkered down at home unable to see friends and family, your neighbors have been your community more than ever (even if it’s yelling over a fence or waving across the street). So if you’re debating whether or not to give them a holiday gift, the answer is yes, go for it!
Whether they’re the type of neighbor you casually wave to as you leave your driveaway for work, or the ones you have over for wine night while the kiddos play, a small gesture goes a long way. And if not now during the season of giving, then when? Chances are, it’ll make you smile too. After all, they say that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes when he tried it.
Christmas gifts for neighbors don’t have to break the bank
Simple gifts that are meaningful and unique are usually the ones that matter the most. With a little creativity and thoughtfulness (as well as our guidance), you’ll be the talk of the block.
Let’s start with the basics.
Enter the edible gift (and no, we’re not talking about the unpalatable, disturbingly heavy loaf of fruitcake your great aunt sends you every year.) We’re talking about delicious treats that will make the jingle bells rock. The best part about giving your neighbors a gift they can eat, is that it won’t take up permanent storage space in their house, making it the perfect casual choice for someone you might not know super well. Plus, edible gifts are a little easier on the Earth. And we could all really benefit from a happy Earth in 2021. Eh?
Our go-to consumable gift for neighbors?
Beef jerky, of course. It’s delicious, thoughtful, easy, and unique! Not to mention, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg because we have smaller sampler bags at only $6 a piece. Bundle your favorite flavors with some holiday ribbon and a personalized gift tag and you’re all set! Yes, it’s really that easy.
When in doubt if you’re indecisive, you can’t go wrong with our best sellers like the Old Fashioned Original, Cowboy Peppered, and Limon Con Chile. Or if you really want to stay in the holiday lane, bundle 3 small bags of our popular seasonal favorite - Maple Brown Sugar! It’s thick and chewy with a rich maple syrup, spiced cinnamon, and sweet vanilla fusion. It’s basically the epitome of Christmas in every bite. Or so we’ve been told.
For those who think tying a ribbon around a jerky bag is too much work (no judgment, we know 2020 has taken a toll) you can also purchase an adorable pre-packaged jerky box filled with an assortment of flavors. They are convenient and full-proof and if you don’t want to hand deliver it yourself (thanks to Covid) you can ship it directly to your neighbor’s door! We have a diverse selection of themed boxes to fit everyone’s palette so shopping is painless for you.
Personalization of the neighbor holiday present is key.
As we mentioned before, dazzle those jerky bundles with festive ribbon and a gift tag to make it more personalized. But if you really want to ooh and ahh your neighbors, add a witty holiday card with a customized message for only $1! You can’t go wrong with Seasoned Greetings as it’s a crowd pleaser. But if you’re feeling feisty (and you know your neighbor will get a laugh) go with the cheeky Bite Me card (some things never go out of style).
Tip: We recommend giving the Bite Me card to people who have a sense of humor. In other words, hold off on giving one to Scrooge.
When should I deliver the gift to my neighbor?
We know this is a busy time for everyone. As a general rule of thumb, we recommend dropping your gift off three to five days before Christmas. It’s enough time for them to enjoy it before the craziness of the actual holiday.
With our upgraded shipping options for faster shipping, we still recommend getting your shopping done early! Unexpected shipping delays by carriers are not uncommon especially during this time…and if we’ve learned anything this year it’s to expect the unexpected.