Christmas Treats in a Can- A Neighbor Gift!

One of our readers left us a comment that inspired this darling “Christmas Treats in a Can” idea. She said:

Each year take a walk (or drive) around your neighborhood and vote for the house with the best Christmas decorations- choose a top 3 or 5 or 10 or just your absolute favorite. Then, leave treats on their doorstep telling them how much you appreciate their decorations!

I liked this idea so much, I decided it would become a new tradition for my family! It is simple, fun and thoughtful- I love it! This year my family will be dropping off these:

A decorated can filled with Christmas candies!

Making them is as easy as 1-2-3:

Purchase a can at your grocery store with a pop-top. Open the BOTTOM of the can with a can opener & empty the contents. Wash the can really good and dry it completely.

Fill the can with treats then seal it up by adding some hot glue to the rim.

Embellish the heck out of it! Cover it with cute paper, add some ribbon, buttons etc. Include a short note of appreciation and a tag telling them to open it.

And that’s it!

I hope you all have been justĀ  a bit more inspired to have a handmade holiday!

This post originally published in November 2011

Wife, mom of 5, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.
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  1. says

    That is great! I know that my hubby & kids always put a lot of work into decorating the outside of our home — lots of lights in the trees — and it’s great to get positive feedback. Last year, our next door neighbor called from her car in her driveway, crying, just to tell my hubby how beautiful it was. And the next day she brought us a ham. Very sweet!

  2. says

    What a cute idea! We love driving around and looking at the light displays. This would add such a nice touch to that tradition. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Cis says

    Cute idea!! This would make a cute and fun gift for your kids to exchange with their friends at school during
    Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc. Sounds simple to make.

  4. Cathy C. says

    I really want to do one of these for my sons stocking I will do a different message ofcoarse LOL….But do you have to have an electric can opener? I tried to do it with a regular can opener and couldnt get it to work! I was trying to do it with a progresso soup can does that make a difference? Thank you!

    • says

      These would be cute stocking stuffers! And I just used a regular hand-held can opener, but you need to make sure your can has a big enough “lip” on the underside- some of them have a soft of rounded edge and I would imagine the can opener wouldn’t be able to grip this type of edge.

      • Cathy C. says

        Thank you so much for the quick response! I think so to my son is 16 months old and I want to start so many traditions I think this is going to be one! That makes perfect sense the bottom of my soup can was defiently rounded like you described…I was getting so frustrated I do not want an electric can opener lol I have made it this long without one :) So glad I just had the wrong can.