Visiting a New Neighbor: Gift Ideas!

Visiting a New Neighbor: Gift Ideas!When you get a new neighbor, welcome them in a neighborly way. Whether they are right next door or down the street, be sure to put your best foot forward. After all, neighbors are people you will be in close contact with for the long term.

Since neighbors are new it is best to give the kind of gift that anyone would like. One of the best and in fact the standard way to welcome a new neighbor is with a home cooked treat. Baked goods are customarily used to celebrate these new arrivals. If you are a chef in your own home then get baking! If not you can always send them a gift basket filled with cookies.

A neighborly gift is an impressive way to make a fantastic first impression. Sometimes the best way to help someone is to think of what they would want and give it to them, without them having to tell you what it is they want. When you moved into your home, what was your biggest gripe?

Coffee Cake with ApplesFor many people it is having to cook. Having to cook in a new kitchen can be difficult, and without having all your utensils, pans, pots, and so forth, unpacked it can become a real pain! Take care of that for your neighbors by baking up some sustenance for them – maybe a box with scones, coffee, tea, and a jam assortment for breakfast, or bake them a casserole for dinner.

Even if you cannot put a whole meal together, a few simple snacks are a great ‘welcome to our neighborhood’ treat. These kinds of gifts are especially useful for new neighbors with kids. Add juice boxes, cookies, fresh fruit, and other treats, to a festive box or other container. Paper goods are great too – who wants to do dishes while they are still unpacking?

If you are not one to put things together yourself then a gift card for a local restaurant is a great way to feed them and introduce them to their new town. In fact, continuing with that thought, why not show your neighbors the highlights of your town? Give them snacks from your favorite cafes, restaurants, and stores. Simple gift cards for grocery stores are wonderful, too. Let your neighbors benefit from your local wisdom – it is an excellent way to welcome them.

No matter which way you choose be sure it is one full of warmth and camaraderie. Neighbors will be part of the community where you live, so ensure that your first impression is a good one!

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10 Responses to “Visiting a New Neighbor: Gift Ideas!”

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  • Denty:

    Good surprise for neighbors. Glad that my cousin will live near me in a few months!! Will send her a gift. Sure, she will be taken aback, lol

    • vooq:

      Hope your cousin was pleased with surprise ;)

      • Denty:

        next weekend will be housewarming. hope the basket will arrive on time.

  • Louis:

    Some times ago our new neighbors give us a basket with cookies and fresh fruit from Europe. I was impressed with the taste, the best tasting pears i ever had. We have good neighbors, what a score!

  • Caramel:

    You know, in Japan towels are often used as gifts for a bit more of an everyday occasion such as greetings when moving in to the neighborhood or as gifts in return.

  • Cindy:

    the perfect gift should be “a small piece of you”, a small present that talks about you.

    • Lenora:

      good neighbors will be thrilled you thought of them

  • Lissa:

    It shouldn’t be an expensive item purchased because it’s flashy or glamourous, or “popular right now”

    • Raphael Copra:

      Spoiling a neighbor beyond your means is a dead end, but marking specific event with a gift that show your gesture, I don’t see anything against.

  • Silas:

    champagne with a cake or candies

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