Simple Neighbor Gift Idea

I’m over at UCreate today sharing this neighbor gift idea.

Don’t forget about the Nativity Parade I’m hosting beginning TUESDAY!


I don’t know about you all, but the sheer number of neighbor gifts we give out every year (35 or so Surprised smile) forces me to keep it really simple and cheap. I also like to keep it low calorie. And, the punny-er the better.

The gift in all of this is quite simply the soap. What makes it fun is the packaging! You could use dollar store soap or WalMart soap or make your own from the milk of the goats you keep in your backyard…just get some soap! For illustration purposes, I’ll be using Twisted Peppermint from Bath & Body Works. I love that place. The year that we actually did this for neighbors, I stacked enough coupon codes to get the soaps for around $1.72 each, so keep your eyes open for deals!


Papers for the tag
Glue stick
Distress Ink (optional)
Hole punch
Sharpie, pen, marker…something to write with
Adhesive roller (optional)

You’re going to make a tag that says “Wishing you a holiday full of peace, joy, and hope!” You can make this however you want. I used the print and cut feature on my Silhouette for the first time ever and I’m in love. I then cut a slightly larger background paper (again with my Silhouette).


Take your Distress Ink and ink up the edges, if you want. I wanted.

(Note: This is the same piece of cardstock. I just decided I liked the pattern on the back better half way through.)

Glue your text piece to your background paper with your glue stick and punch a hole in the top.


Brace yourselves because here’s the part where we get CRAZY:

Take your Sharpie and cross out the word hope.


Just do it.

Now write the word “soap” in its place.


See? Punny!

This next part is a little trick I use pretty much any time I need to tie a ribbon to something and don’t want it slipping or turning.

Take your adhesive roller and roll some right down the center of the middle section of your ribbon (the part that will be wrapped around the soap bottle).


Stick the ribbon on your bottle.

Repeat with other colors of ribbon, if you’re using them.


See how those ribbons just stick there nicely? You won’t need a buddy to come put their finger in the knot!

Tie it up and attach the tag and then trim the ribbons as desired.


And you’re done!


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  1. CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Very cute! Boy, I'd sure love to get B&BW soap that cheap! Nice.

  3. House of Smiths says:

    Ooo! Be my neighbor!!!!? I LOVE B&BW soap! yum!!!
    CUTE idea, girl!

  4. the thrifty ba says:

    hysterical! i love it!

  5. Dixie Mom says:

    Way cute!

  6. that's cute. I love "punny" things too!

  7. SO STINKIN' CUTE!! Love it!! I featured it on my little blog


  8. haha, that's adorable!

  9. Cute, doable, useful, inexpensive–you nailed it (again)!

  10. That's quite a lot of pressure you put on yourself! You know how many neighbors read your blog!? I'll be looking for mine! ;)

  11. caffeinatedblessings says:

    Cute idea! I want to know where you got the coupon codes to get the soap that cheap! What an awesome deal!

  12. Awesome! This will go perfectly with the embellished soap bottle that I just posted on my blog. Apparently we both like soap! :)

  13. Molly @ Me and Madeline says:

    THIRTY-FIVE?! Whoa. This is awesome. I'm all about packaging, and this looks so cool. Maybe Santa will bring me a Silhouette for Christmas…

  14. Real Life Reslers says:

    I'm supposed to give my neighbors gifts? oops…LoL!!!
    I think this is an adorable idea! I only have about 8 neighbors so I could probably pull this off! :)

  15. What a cute gift idea, and great gift tag! I'm always amazed at what people can do with scrapbook paper. I featured you today on my gift wrap roundup :)

  16. staci @ lizard n ladybug says:

    I so love this idea!!! Super cute (and simple)

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  18. Belinda Strauch says:

    What Font did you use on your cardstock?

  19. Belinda Strauch says:

    No, thats not the font. Can you check and let me know? Thanks!
    I like the way some of the letters are at and angle.

  20. ok, thanks! What length of ribbon did you use?

  21. Love these! Can I sell them in my craft fairs using the B&BW soaps? I mean, is that ok to do?

  22. Hi
    Ur ideas are amazinggg…can u suggest some ideas/ways in which we can gift 5 face wash tubes ?

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