Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Neighbor Gifts

Neighbor gifts are a Utah thing.  Sure lots of people put together homemade goodies for their friends & family, but they are not necessarily passing them out to all their neighbors.  Here, neighbor gifts are for your actual neighbors.  Which for us, just happens to include some of our closest friends! Each year I look forward to the knocks on the door in the early evening, or coming home to some goodies left on our porch.  The last week of December is filled with visits from neighbors.  Christmas cards are exchanged, gifts are given, and everyone is full of cheer!  Sometimes a cocktail may even be tossed back if everyone is feeling particularly festive!

The last two Christmases we have made a couple batches of my Grandma's fudge recipe; however, there is another neighbor who does fudge each year as well.  And while my fudge is obviously best (pats self on back), I wanted to do something more unique this year.  Most of the gifts given contain some type of sweet or treat, which I obviously love, but sometimes it's nice to have a little wild card thrown into the neighbor gift mix!  We have been doing lots of home brewing lately, so we decided to bottle up our ginger beer!  Cocktail mixers for all! Cheers!!!



Since we constantly have fresh ginger beer in our house, we have been drinking Dark & Stormys as well as Moscow Mules on the regular.  I'm hoping all our neighbors enjoy some tasty libations over the holidays as well.  The red & white topped glass bottles were perfect for a Christmas gift.  The thought is that they just might be returned to us in hopes of some refills.  Keenan's Pub may be an operating speakeasy soon, ha!  I found the tags at Papersource, which added the perfect little touch!  Plus, I love any reason to use some fancy baker's twine.  I'm so pleased with how these turned out!

Merry Christmas!  And cheers!
with love,
The Keenan Family

20 comments :

  1. I LOVE this idea!!! I wish we knew our neighbors more, but maybe that's just townhouse living. Or maybe people aren't very friendly in CA like they are elsewhere. Clearly I don't belong!
    I love that you changed it up a little and did something different! Your neighbors are going to love it! And those bottles are perfect and so so cute!

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  2. Best neighbor gift, ever! The presentation is the cutest, and I'd certainly be back for refills!

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  3. We just moved to our house in the middle of July & we had still to meet all of your neighbors in our cul-de-sac. Cash & I {Wyatt, too} made snowman soup {hot cocoa mix, marshmallows & a candy cane} to our neighbors & introduced ourselves to those that were home. Last night we actually got a Christmas card & a popcorn tin from a neighbor, too. It was so unexpected!

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  4. I love the idea of neighbor gifts! I really should be nicer and bring something over to the ones we know at least! And I love the idea of gifting your ginger beer! How funny to be running a speakeasy in Utah of all places!

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  5. What a great idea!! Everyone brings fudge and other sweets so this seems to be the next logical choice :) P.S. Love the packaging!

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  6. THE cutest!!! Can I be considered a neighbor over here in Michigan?!? Haha love this! Merry Christmas to your family! :)

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  7. Can we be neighbors? Because I'd kill for some of that ginger beer...

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  8. Super cute! And I wish we were neighbours! I'd love to try your ginger beer!!!

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  9. I love the idea for a neighbours gift, I usually give some type of homemade cookie or another sweet treat but giving some type of alcohol or beer sounds like a much better option ha! Merry Christmas :)

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  10. Mmm, send some of that to the east coast! I give our neighbors who we are friendly with some cookies.

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  11. I wish I was your neighbor! That looks delicious! YUM!

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  12. OMG, are you serious?!! I want to be your neighbor!! For so many reasons besides the ginger beer, but that certainly doesn't hurt. How awesome!

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  13. Love it!!! Such a unique, thoughtful, & festive gift!!!! Love that ya'll have close neighbors as well!!!

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  14. I love having a reason to come up with a fun, creative yet useful gift for neighbors or friends! Love this idea, every detail is perfect! Xo, Stephanie

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  15. I love that you exchange gifts with your neighbors! So fun. And the bottled ginger beer came out great. Those bottles are fabulous!!

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  16. I love the idea of giving neighbors gifts. I always wanted to do it in our old neighborhood, but most of our neighbors weren't very friendly. We were in a rental this year and I did something for one of the neighbors who was really helpful to us. I am already in love with our new neighborhood and the people across the street. I will be doing gifts next year. :)

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  17. I want to be your neighbor!

    Also, lol at being a speakeasy. That's super awesome.

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  18. We don't have this in our neighborhood, but this is such a great idea and such a great way to get to know your neighbors better.

    liz @ sundays with sophie

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  19. So festive and thoughtful. Presented in those bottles make it even better!! :)

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