We all have them– co-workers, friends, neighbors, and family who we like to give gifts to but sometimes time and money end up stopping us. Here are simple and inexpensive gift ideas for the groups in your life. So simple and so inexpensive that it is borderline embarrassing for me to disclose how little I actually spent on the gifts! Here are some of my favorite Christmas gifts for groups.


1 :: Reindeer Noses. Add your favorite red and green candy (jelly beans, gum drops, Christmas sours, or M&M’s) to a glass jar, tie with a ribbon and add this tag I made and you are set! I used spice jars from Ikea (4 for $2.99) and peanut M&M’s.


2 :: Embellished Picture Frame. I found this brown corduroy frame at the dollar store Honk’s (does your Honk’s have 88Β’ Tuesdays?) and added some simple rolled flowers from my stash of fabric and a few berries. I digi scrapped the Joy and added it to the frame. I haven’t decided if my husband will be giving these to the ladies in his office or if they will be our neighbor gifts for the year.


3:: Wooden block Nativity Finally, a nativity they can touch! Last year we gave these wooden nativities to my son’s pre-school friends and they were a hit! It would make a great gift for any home with little hands or a primary class.Β  I measured how tall and wide each piece was and had wood cut to those dimensions. Then I just painted the front of the wood white, sanded the edges, and stained the entire block. I bought the Color Me Nativity and printed it on clear sticker paper. (It is a downloadable file that you can use over and over, but if you don’t have Photoshop you can use it in Microsoft Word). Put the sticker on the block and mod podged over the top to prevent smudging. The nativityΒ  comes with a lot more characters, but we decided to stick to the basics. You could skip the wood blocks and print the nativity on magnet paper for the little hands to play with too!

4 :: Personalized card holders also make great gifts for little hands.


5 :: Santa’s Magic Key Living in a house without a chimney, but with Believers we are often asked how Santa gets in the house. This little poem is the answer to that difficult question. Download the poem and the tag and all you’ll need to add is the key!

Do you have a great idea for a group gift? Either given or received.



  1. Loved all the ideas. Good to have some new inspiration that have not just been recycled.

  2. I love the reindeer noses idea! Very cute!

  3. love these ideas. the block nativity is great. bookmarked for next year!

  4. Hi! I liked the key idea and downloaded the template – there was a spelling mistake though on “wall” (first sentence).

  5. I llllooovvveee the nativity. What are the dimensions of the wood you used?
    Thanks for the ideas.

  6. Very very cute ideas, Nikkala!

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  8. Reindeer noses?! SUCH a clever idea!

  9. OMG! All of these ideas are fantastic! Love the wooden block nativity scene! Thanks for sharing!

  10. I love the wood blocks. What kind of wood did you use. MDF?

  11. I love the wood block nativity. I’m not too crafty. Do you mind if I ask some basic questions?

    1. I can only find clear sticker paper for an inkjet printer. Is that what you used? I just don’t want the glue to cause the ink to run. I imagine that this kind of label won’t work on a laser printer because of the heat, though.

    2. Do you use the Avery brand stickers, or another?

    3. Did you print them on your home printer?



    • Sunny-I used Avery’s inkjet clear sticker paper with an inkjet printer. I’m not sure how well a laser printer would work on them, but I have been known to send a lot of inkjet only material through our laserjet and nothing has been ruined yet πŸ™‚ Hope that helps!

      • Thanks! I guess my main concern is that I don’t have a very good printer. I often get graphics printed at Office Depot for a nominal fee, but they only have laser printers, and the transparent stickers and magnet paper are both for inkjet. I don’t want to risk waiting on the paper to come in the mail, then it not work.

        I supposed I could have called around to see if other places will print on an inkjet, but I’m out of time and want to get this part done today. So I just ordered the same graphics but on white stickers, which I know they print because I’ve done it before.

        Do you see any problem with this scenario? Any feedback welcome!

        Thanks for your response. I’ll try to remember to send pics when I’m finished with mine. πŸ™‚

  12. Okay that nativity is too dang cute!! I love it!! You have inspired me Nik!

  13. Betsy Dixon Says: December 9, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    I love the reindeer noses!! I tried to download the tags, so as not to recreate the wheel :), but it not very crisp. I will take the inspiration though!! Thanks for sharing all your talents!

  14. Tricia Driscoll Says: December 14, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I love the reindeer noses!! I tried to download the tags, but for some reason I can not get onto the 4 shared website. If possible, could you email me the tag? Thanks.

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  18. I have downloaded the reindeer tags and plan to have those as a gift at an upcoming kids party. Thanks so much for sharing!

  19. The nativity set is so adorable. We are traveling to Scotland for the birth of our first grandchild. The kids have little space for things, but I think this would be a phenominal gift for this. I am not a bit crafty, could I twist your arm and ask if I could commission one of these fantastic sets.

  20. I am trying to download the reindeer noses printable tag and I cannot. Can you help? I would LOVE to make this!

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  22. I am in LOVE with that nativity!!! Stupid question… but where do you suggest I get the wood blocks???? I want to make this for my mom! Thanks πŸ™‚

  23. Amy Zuelke Says: October 29, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I am looking for the nativity images , but cannot find the file. can you help ?? Would be great for our Advent Event at church. Thanks ! Amy

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  28. i love these ideas!

  29. I am trying to open the download for Santa’s magic key……no luck….would you repost or email to me ……. THANKS

    • I’ve double checked and it should be working now πŸ™‚

      • I guess it is not meant for me to get the Santa’s Magic Key printable. I have clicked different times on the photo as well as trying to click the link in the email you sent. I appreciate you trying and have a wonderful holiday season.

  30. Where in the world do I download the file? I would like to download the reindeer noses but all I see are photos and ads.

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