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7 Welcome to the Neighborhood Gifts to Make Them Feel at Home

Date 8.10.2022 Donna Emperador Donna Emperador

Remember when you moved into your new home? You were filled with excitement and a little apprehension. After all, moving is a big change. Will the people next door be friendly, or will you want to run back inside every time you hear their screen door open?

When we first moved into our house, our neighbors invited us over to their family BBQ and introduced us to all their relatives. We felt right at home and have been friends ever since.

Those neighbors recently moved away. Now it was our turn to welcome the new neighbors. We invited them for a BBQ. That became the start of a reciprocal exchange of home cooked meals and baked goods. These welcome to the neighborhood gifts will help make your new neighbors’ transition to their new environment smooth. Who knows? You might even make some life long friends.

1. Home Cooked Dinner

Best gift for new neighbors

Home Cooked Dinner – Best gift for new neighbors

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Can you think of a better way to welcome your new neighbors than with a home cooked meal? They probably don’t know where they packed their kitchen stuff. And they don’t know where to get the best take out, if they are new to the area. But they did work up an appetite moving all those boxes. So get a casserole cookbook for yourself. Shop for ingredients. And mix up a one pan meal to bring over welcoming them to the neighborhood.

Pick up some heavy duty disposable casserole pans with lids. This way they won’t feel rushed to return your pan. The last thing you want is to give them extra work.

Then give them some eco-friendly compostable plates and utensils. This way they don’t have to wash the dishes, while still being environmentally friendly.

2. Welcome Journal

Welcome basket for new neighbors

Welcome Journal – Welcome basket for new neighbors

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Make a welcome gift basket by starting with a journal. This can be a neighborhood effort. Fill pages with recommendations for plumbers, electricians, day care, etc. Each neighbor can write a welcome message and contact info if they want. Include any tips or important things to know that will help them adjust to their new home.

You will need a basket. Some baskets come as a kit that include wrapping materials. Place the journal in it along with gift cards or coupons for local places. Throw in some emergency supplies like a roll of toilet paper and a pack of toothbrushes with toothpaste already on them.

3. Succulent Gift Box

Thoughtful welcome to the neighborhood gifts

Succulent Gift Box – Thoughtful welcome to the neighborhood gifts

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Plants always give a homey feeling. Succulents are easy to care for even for those without a green thumb.

If you are a DIY person, you can make your own welcome gift. Get a flower pot in the size you want. Then get some acrylic paints and brushes to create a one of a kind gift. Add some dirt and a plant. I like to grow herbs, aloe, and spider plants, so I often take cuttings from these to share as gifts.

4. Meals in Jars

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Meals in Jars – New neighbor gift ideas

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It’s their first week in their house. They started unpacking the kitchen and bathroom but have not even thought about going to the grocery store yet. Give them a few meals in jars that require minimal preparation. Use one of these books for recipes.

Then stock up on jars. You may already have a lot of the ingredients you need in your pantry. If not, add them to your grocery list. Then mix up some meals to drop off. This will get them by until they make it to the store. Get some decorative ribbon to add extra pizazz to the jars.

5. Charcuterie Board

Traditional new neighbor gifts for entertaining

Charcuterie Board – Traditional new neighbor gifts for entertaining

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Our new neighbors entertain a lot now that they have a house of their own. A charcuterie board makes a great housewarming gift to serve snacks on. Many of these even come with their own utensils.

A wine opener will also come in handy when celebrating with friends.

Or give them a decorative glass cutting board. Because these are ornamental, they can be left out when not in use. They help protect the counter, but can also be used to serve snacks when having guests.

6. Gardening Tool Set

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Gardening Tool Set – New neighbor gift for the yard

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If they just moved from an apartment, they probably don’t have any outdoor tools. A cool gardening set will help them settle into domesticity.

If you don’t want them constantly borrowing yours, you can get them a shovel or a set of hedge trimmers.

7. Infused Oils & Vinegar

Welcome gifts for new neighbors

Infused Oils Vinegar – Welcome gifts for new neighbors

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Homemade gifts are usually inexpensive, while still showing you care. If you grow your own herbs you can infuse olive oil and vinegar with rosemary, oregano, or even garlic. A handy book will show you all you need to know to accomplish this.

Or mix up your favorite rub for grilling meats, cinnamon sugar, or any other favorite spice mix.

All you need are some spice jars  and vinegar bottles.

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Donna Emperador
Donna Emperador

I am an experienced freelance writer and travel blogger who loves discovering new and interesting things. During holidays, I love searching out perfect gifts for friends and family members, and I am happy that now I get to share my findings with you as well!

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