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Gift Ideas for a Neighbor's Birthday

by Natasha Lawrence

Give your neighbor a birthday gift that shows you care. Living next door in a friendly relationship has revealed your neighbors interests, likes and dislikes. Other things to consider when choosing a gift might include whether the birthday falls near a holiday or during a changing season, your neighbors profession or his simple needs.

Gift Baskets

Give your neighbor a special "basket of cheer" with an assortment of treats. These can include coupons for movie rentals, fruit, gourmet foods, a potted plant, stationery and notes, cookies and chocolates. Place the basket into a cellophane bag, attach a few balloons and a satin bow with a tag that reads, "Happy Birthday to a wonderful neighbor." Other items that can be included in a gift basket are books by authors or subjects the neighbor likes or a collection of imported bath products.

A Gift of Time

Give your neighbor a special gift of your time. Depending on his interests, an outing for the day that includes lunch at a favorite restaurant and a tour through an art gallery, museum or historic home. A trip to the beach (if it's not far and a nice day) or a few hours of shopping. If you're not sure what would work best, create a coupon for an outing of his choice and place it in a birthday card. An example of a coupon can say, "This coupon good for a day trip and lunch of your choice." This kind of gift is often appreciated by someone who lives alone.

Personalized Gifts

Give your neighbor an engraved item for his desk or personal use with his name on it. A rosary case, pen set, a door mat, pendant, photo album, key chain, memory or trinket box are a few ideas that make very nice personalized gifts. Other options include embroidered T-shirts, beach towels or napkins.

About the Author

For over 25 years, Natasha Lawrence has written for publications from "Alaska Business Monthly" to "Savannah Magazine" and provided destination content as Florida city editor for Wcities. Her expertise in arts and crafts includes calligraphy, painting, mosaics, jewelry making, paper crafts and home decor, often offering workshops in museums and art centers.