The Scary Mommy Gift Guide For Your Favorite Neighbor

by Rita Templeton
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Good neighbors can be hard to come by, so if you’re fortunate enough to share your ‘hood space with a great bunch of people, you’re gonna want to show your appreciation this holiday season. Our gift guide makes it a breeze to say, “Thanks for not sucking!”

What Do You Meme? Game

Liven up any neighborhood get-together with the hilarious “What Do You Meme.” It’s like the Internet, but in person, and you’ll be literally LOL’ing instead of just straight-faced typing it.

“Hooray” Note Cards

These glitzy cards are blank inside, so you can turn them into an IOU “voucher” for an act of neighborly service: a batch of cookies, an evening of babysitting, help pulling weeds, whatever.

Traveling Neighborhood Plate

Bake up some treats – or buy them, because no one will know (or care) when you deliver them on this cute plate. It’s meant to be filled up and passed on, and nothing builds community like collectively complaining about how all these treats are going to your thighs.

Personalized Doormat

Your neighbor’s door is always open, so the least you can do is wipe your nasty feet before you go in without knocking.

Mister Rogers “Hello Neighbor” Tee

If your street-mates are on the quirky side, nothing screams “neighborly” like the friendly face of Mr. Rogers. (Pair with a cardigan for best results.)

“Best Neighbor Ever” Coasters

Good neighbors use a coaster while visiting so they don’t mess up the furniture. Great neighbors give coasters.

Fondue Set

Fond of your neighbors? Then do put on some polyester and dip into the cheesiest craze of the ‘60s and ‘70s: the fondue party.

Noise-Isolating Earbuds

These earbuds are a great gift for the neighbor who likes to rock out while mowing the lawn or doing yardwork … and also for drowning out the sound of you yelling at your kids.

Cold-Weather Accessories

You may have a kind neighbor who shovels your walk or snow-blows your driveway when it’s cold as balls – so give them a hat, scarf, and glove combo that’s as warm as the coffee you’re sipping while you watch them shovel from inside your house.

Suction-Cup Wine Charms

If you love your neighbor, but not enough to want their lip cooties, these cute little wine charms eliminate the question that has plagued get-togethers since the beginning of time: “Is this my glass?”


Of course, if you’re getting together with the neighbors, you’ll want the kids out of your hair. Give them something disgusting to do and they’ll leave you in peace for hours!

Blowfish Hangover Remedy

Practical gifts are always welcome – especially if your neighborhood shindigs tend to get a little boozy.

Lawn Flamingo

Stealthily “gift” your neighbor’s yard with a lawn flamingo in the middle of the night. Don’t fess up. Hilarity ensues.

Gift Card

When all else fails, you can’t go wrong with a simple gift card. It’s the perfect way to say, “I appreciate you being such a good neighbor,” or “Buy some damn curtains, I’m tired of seeing you naked.”

Your neighbors are the people you can depend on to watch your house while you’re away, come through with a last-minute cup of sugar, and not gripe too much when your dog poops in their yard. You’re lucky to have them, and there’s no better time than the holiday season to let them know.

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