The neighbor gift: The sometimes problematic but good-spirited gesture of neighborly affection. Even when neighborhoods agree to put an end to the round-robin of gift-giving and invest in a charity instead, a knick-knack or fruitcake is sure to arrive on the doorstep—and we don’t mean your crazy uncle.
If you’re still scouting out or trying to brew up the perfect token of appreciation, you could just try any of these five things, sure to brighten any holidayscape or warm the belly.
- We’re conjuring up memories of sharing a sliced “Apple Pie” caramel apple with friends and family. A sweet experience you can pass on. (Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, 602 E. 500 South, $4.50)
- A peppermint candy that chews and melts in the mouth, complete with a vintage-inspired, reusable tin. (Chewy Peps at Hip & Humble, 1045 E. 900 South, $15)
- We love Utah’s-own Stephen’s Hot Chocolate, especially in French Vanilla and Chocolate Mint Truffle. The gift of hot beverage gives the recipient a sweet treat they can turn around and share with others on cold nights … or hoard for themselves. (At local grocery stores, around $4.99 for one-pound can.)
- Tried and true, the pretty ornament is an old reliable. A safe but sparkly variety should blend in nicely with any holiday theme, be it Candyland or White Christmas. (Walls, 1465 S. 700 East, $4.50)
- A cookie cutter as pretty as Mrs. Pots? Yes, please. (Sur La Table, 10 N. Rio Grande St., $4.95)
- There is such a thing as too much FM 100. And there’s nothing quite like hearing your favorite artist cover Wham’s “Last Christmas.” The Christmas mix never gets old. Check out songs featured on Woxy’s Holiday Mixer. (Thanks, Lacey).