Friday, November 22, 2013

Simple Christmas Gift Ideas for Family, Friends, and Neighbors + Free Printable Tags

It's that time of year to go shopping!  I just love Christmas shopping!!!  I love picking out gifts or making gifts to give.  It's such a fun time of year.

Giving a meaningful and thoughtful gift doesn't have to be extravagant or cost a lot of money.  Below I've compiled several ideas for simple gifts that can be given to family, friends, and neighbors.

First, is a framed Christmas printable.  There are so many beautiful printable out there.  Print them off on your printer at home or send them to your favorite print shop.  Frames can sometimes be expensive but I've found beautiful frames at the dollar store on multiple occasions and Ikea has nice frames too that don't cost a lot of money.  Below are some of my favorite Christmas printables:

1. Oh Holy Night - AKA Design
2. And suddenly there was with the angel - Auntie Lolo Crafts
3. Fun unto us a child is born - Pea Bee Designs
4. Simply Christmas - Ladybird Ln
5. The best way to spread Christmas cheer - Becoming Martha
6. For unto us a child is born - Serving Pink Lemonade

What friend doesn't need a roll of wrapping paper at Christmas time???  I think this is a gift that everyone can use.  My favorite place to buy Christmas wrap is Hobby-Lobby.  They have so many pretty prints, it always seems to be 50% off, you get a ton of paper on the roll, and it's a thick quality paper.  Marshall's and Home Goods are two other places where I love to buy wrapping paper--great prices and beautiful prints to choose from.  Add one of the printable tags below to a roll of wrapping paper and you're good to go.

Tags inspired by Sara and Tami
(To print: Click on tag to enlarge.  Right click and copy.  Paste into a word document and print)

Here's another take on the wrapping paper idea.  This one includes tape.  Thanks Krista for the idea!

Who doesn't need an extra blanket once the weather turns cold?  It seems like we have a million but it's never enough.  I can't tell you how much I look forward to the spring each year and putting all those blankets away.  They seem to be everywhere.
For this gift make a homemade blanket or pick one up at the store.  Ikea has fleece blankets for only $4 a piece!  Bundle it with ribbon and add a cute tag to dress it up.  I've created three for you to choose from.

(To print: Click on tag to enlarge.  Right click and copy.  Paste into a word document and print)

Who isn't busy this time of year?  And who wouldn't like a night off from doing the dishes???  This gift is perfect for your ultra busy friends or that person who already has everything.  Tie together a set of paper plates, cups, napkins, and flatware, add a sweet tag and you'll have one happy friend.
Inspired by Shelley
(To print: Click on tag to enlarge.  Right click and copy.  Paste into a word document and print)

How about a lovely warm candle to brighten the cold dreary winter.  I love to burn beeswax candles in my home. (See this article to find out why I avoid paraffin candles.)  Tie around this little tag and you've got a simple warming gift.
(To print: Click on tag to enlarge.  Right click and copy.  Paste into a word document and print)

For your friends with small children a gingerbread house kit would bring so much fun.  I know my kids love making one each year.  Print off the label below to add to a gift bag.

Then fill the bag with graham crackers, frosting, and goodies to decorate with.
(To print: Click on tag to enlarge.  Right click and copy.  Paste into a word document and print)

Last but not least, hot chocolate!  We go through boxes and boxes of this stuff every winter.  Wrap a box up with a pretty bow and cute gift tag and I don't know who wouldn't enjoy an extra box of hot chocolate once the weather turns cold.
Find the printable tag over at Capital B.

What are your favorite simple gifts to give?


  1. oh my goodness, CUTE! Thanks for the free printables! So very cute & creative!!!! Found you at Child at Heart Blog! -Rhonda @

  2. Love-love-love all of these gift ideas! Thanks so much for the free printables too!

    I found you at Funky Polka Dot Giraffe. ;)

    Ashley @ 3littlegreenwoods

  3. Oh man, I really love these ideas and the tags! Thank you so very much for sharing these!

  4. FYI--on one of your wrapping paper tags, "Christmas" is misspelled.

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    2. Brook- Thanks so much for pointing that out to me! I've fixed it. I guess that's what happens when your program doesn't have spell check.

  5. I absolutely love seeing other people use something they found on my blog- thank you so much for sharing my cocoa tags and especially for posting the simple way you used it- looks beautiful! Great post!