Christmas Gifts for Neighbors

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Easy and fun Christmas Gifts for neighbors that are sure to spread some holiday cheer all around your neighborhood!

Here are a few more Christmas projects you might enjoy: Christmas Treat Bag Toppers, Christmas Candy Bar Wrappers, and Reindeer Headbands.

This darling “Christmas Treats in a Can” idea is a great way to get the family involved in a fun, new tradition!

Take a walk or drive around your neighborhood and vote for the house with the best Christmas decorations. You can choose your favorite 3, 5, 10… or just pick your absolute favorite house! Leave this fun little can of treats on their doorstep to let them know how much you love their decor!

So festive and thoughtful, right?

Here is how to make your own –

Treats in a Can Neighbor Gift


  • tin cans with pull tabs on the top
  • scrapbook paper or cardstock
  • embellishments – buttons, ribbon, glitter, etc.
  • glue or double-sided tape
  • scissors
  • markers
  • small candies


  1. Open the BOTTOM of the can with a can opener & empty the contents. Do not use the pull tab on the top!
  2. Wash the can really well and dry it completely.
  3. Fill the can with treats then seal it up by adding some hot glue to the rim of the can and placing the bottom lid back in place.
  4. Embellish it! Cover it with cute paper, and add some ribbon, buttons, etc. Include a short note of appreciation and a tag telling them to open it!
  5. Place it on a neighbor’s doorstep for a cute way to spread holiday cheer!

While it is fun to go around the neighborhood, choosing a decorated house that is your favorite, these could also be used to surprise a neighbor just for fun! Or put a few together in a basket with some other goodies for a handmade holiday gift!


can wrapped in christmas paper and filled with treats

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  1. That is great! I know that my hubby & kids always put a lot of work into decorating the outside of our home — lots of lights in the trees — and it’s great to get positive feedback. Last year, our next door neighbor called from her car in her driveway, crying, just to tell my hubby how beautiful it was. And the next day she brought us a ham. Very sweet!

  2. This is so clever and just so cute! We would love for you to share this at our Home for the Holidays link party!

  3. Cute idea!! This would make a cute and fun gift for your kids to exchange with their friends at school during
    Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc. Sounds simple to make.

  4. I really want to do one of these for my sons stocking I will do a different message ofcoarse LOL….But do you have to have an electric can opener? I tried to do it with a regular can opener and couldnt get it to work! I was trying to do it with a progresso soup can does that make a difference? Thank you!

    1. These would be cute stocking stuffers! And I just used a regular hand-held can opener, but you need to make sure your can has a big enough “lip” on the underside- some of them have a soft of rounded edge and I would imagine the can opener wouldn’t be able to grip this type of edge.

      1. Thank you so much for the quick response! I think so to my son is 16 months old and I want to start so many traditions I think this is going to be one! That makes perfect sense the bottom of my soup can was defiently rounded like you described…I was getting so frustrated I do not want an electric can opener lol I have made it this long without one 🙂 So glad I just had the wrong can.