A “For Rent” sign recently went up in the window of a nearby house. This means we’ll likely have new neighbors moving in soon.
I’ve noted previously that Americans have experienced a decline in their sense of connectedness with their neighbors. If we are to carry out the Biblical command to love our neighbors (Matthew 22:36-40), then we need to find ways to get to know those who live around us. Welcoming them to the neighborhood when they first move in is a great way to get started!
My first inclination is to take by a plate of cookies. This approach is simple, but can be effective. There are much more creative approaches that can be used, too. Check out these awesome ideas I’ve found (click on each image to view its original source).
Ideas for welcoming new neighbors
- Mique at Thirty Handmade Days created this printable where you can document your favorites (favorite restaurant, favorite park, etc.) to share with new neighbors. I love this idea because it is so useful!
- Sandy at Reluctant Entertainer featured a guest post that described how to make a DIY welcome map for new neighbors. This is a very creative way to share your local favorites with new neighbors.
- Jessica at Definitely. Maybe. created this little gift basket for her new neighbors. It contained sponges, a dishcloth, dish soap, a loaf of chocolate bread, and contact information for her household. I think this is a great idea because it contains items that are practical and something that is fun.
- Amy at Weiland Warriors shared the idea of giving tortilla chips and salsa to new neighbors. She placed a note on a salsa jar with this cute message: “Let us know if we can ‘chip’ in and help with anything. Welcome to the neighborhood!” This is such a great idea for those times when you don’t have time to bake or run around gathering supplies. Many of us have chips and salsa on hand or can easily grab some next time we are at the grocery store.
- Ashley at Simply Designing suggested giving your neighbors dinner in a basket. All it takes is a basket, some pasta, and some pasta sauce. This would be great for new neighbors who may not have had an opportunity to stock up on groceries yet.
- Julie at Like a Pretty Petunia gave her new neighbors supplies to make s’mores. This is another simple gift that can be assembled affordably. It’s especially nice for neighbors who move in during the summer months.
What ideas can you add? How do you like to welcome new neighbors?