holiday gifts for the neighbors.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE all of the sweet eats during the holidays (and any time!). I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the goodies that have been left on our front stoop from neighbors. But to mix it up, I wanted to try and do something festive and Christmasy that wasn’t centered around food. Okay, so this is still technically food, but for smelling purposes, not eating. 🙂 If you’ve been following Life in Yellow on Instagram or on Twitter, you may have already seen some photo sneak peeks of this project. Today’s post has all of the details and a printable for you to make your own!

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We live in a great neighborhood with fabulous neighbors. When we moved in this time last year, it wasn’t long before people stopped by to introduce themselves, and quickly, I learned that it’s a ‘hood thing to exchange little tokens of neighborly joy during the holidays.

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Ours this year was to dry some apples, oranges, and lemons, add bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and allspice to them, and make little packets of delicious-smelling goodness to simmer on the stove. Via several tutorials on Pinterest, I learned that you don’t need a food dehydrator for projects like this one. Just popping the slices in my oven at 200 degrees for several hours did the trick. (If you’re wondering about quantity of ingredients, there are twenty houses on our street, and I found that about three of each fruit was enough to divide up between all of the bags. I also bought one small jar each of the spices and a Costco sized container of cinnamon sticks was the most economical way to go.)

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I added a line to personalize ours with our name and house number, but if you want to use this treat bag topper for your own treats, help yourself by clicking the link below for a version you can sign with your own names! I didn’t add printable crop marks, so that you can trim to a size that fits whatever size of bag you want to use (I found mine at Hobby Lobby).

Click to download –> NeighborCards2UP

As for the artwork, I am struggling to find the vector art I found free for use (the starburst and the squiggly line) – they are part of a package called “Hand Drawn Elements” but I can’t find the original source to link to…if you happen to know, please relay and I will be happy to post credit!

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Off to make some deliveries. 🙂

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