May Day is around the corner and here are some adorable ideas for gifts for your neighbors.
May Day Flower Baskets
Originally May Day was celebrated by small neighborhood festivals where neighbors got to rekindle their friendships. Little children would dance around the May pole while the adults drank wine, ate good food, and talked. But it all started in the wee hours of early morning with children leaving May baskets on their neighbors’ doors. If you don’t know how to make a May basket, here are simple instructions from Martha Stewart. Tradition says to place the basket on the door, ring the doorbell, then hide so they don’t know the giver. 🙂
May Pole Dancing
You can easily erect a May Pole on a tree, post, or other standing object. The idea of a May Pole dance is to go halfway around the circle and “greet” your neighbors, then turn around and go halfway around the circle in the opposite direction doing the same. In this way, you greet all of your neighbors (think it through). Here’s the best example of a traditional May Pole dance.
The Plait is a better May Pole dance for small children. You just go around and around until the ribbons get tight, then go the opposite direction to unwind. It’s really very simple and a lot of fun. 🙂
May Day Tootsie Roll Bouquets
These are fun and the perfect gift for little ones next door.
May Day Flower Crowns and Necklaces
These are fun to make and extremely inexpensive. All you need is some florists wire, florists tape, pruning shears or scissors that can cut through wire, and fresh flowers or greenery. All of these can be found at your local craft store.
- Measure your head or neck for sizing and cut the wire to the right length. It works best if you double up the wire, so cut twice as long as you need.
- Tape around the wire so you’ve established your “crown” or “necklace”.
- Add one flower or stem of greenery at a time by wrapping florists tape around the bottom and attached it to the crown or necklace.
- Repeat step 3 with each new flower until you’re done.
Don’t forget to wear it!
May Day Gifts in a Jar
If you haven’t tried making any of our gifts in a jar, try those. They make great gifts for neighbors and friends.
There you have it, our favorite May Day gifts! Happy May Day!