How to Welcome Someone to the Neighborhood

by Emma W.R. on February 25, 2015

In today’s world, we lock our doors and hide in a digital media world without actually meeting people. We peek through windows to scope out the potential neighbor’s moving in next door. Instead of wondering who these new people are and what they are about, why don’t you go say hello? Here are a few ways of breaking the ice with a new neighbor.


Give them a few days to settle in then drop off a little gift…
• Home made cookies are an age old welcome offering.
• A small portion of a cooked dinner meal. They have probably been living off microwave dinners for the last few days.
• A plant in a decorated pot. Either for indoors or to brighten up their new set of stairs outside.
• A gift basket for the home. Fill a pail with household items like nails, a light bulb, plug adaptor and a hammer. We all know during a move we can misplace simple items we’ll need.
• A gift basket of food. Take a strainer and add a box of pasta and sauce. Include disposable bowls, plastic utensils and some seasoning for a quick meal.
• A pail of candy. Fill a small bucket with assorted candy to keep your neighbor’s energy going.

Be sure to leave a welcome card as well with your phone number. Let them know if they need anything to just call and ask. You may also include a few take out menus if they are new to the area. Give people their space and leave it up to them to feel a level of comfort. A brief hello and a warm gesture can go a long way. Who knows, a cup of coffee and a chat could lead to a great new friend just next door!

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Sammie May 8, 2018 at 12:26 pm

Moving into a new neighborhood next month. I’m curious to see if any of the neighbors go out of their way to really welcome us.


Robert Guilliman October 12, 2016 at 4:16 pm

I just moved and am on good footing with most of my neighbors but there is one house that is pretty much shut-ins…we rarely see them at all. If I have a BBQ should I invite the whole block?


Shelly September 22, 2016 at 12:40 pm

I think a cordial welcome to the neighborhood greeting is fine. People have different personalities. It is best to learn more about them beforehand. Also people come from different cultures and Religion. What might be conceived as a welcome to you might be offensive to them.


gb September 25, 2015 at 4:19 pm

I lived in my building for over 10 years and have watched neighbors come and go. I really don’t socialize with my neighbors on a personal level but I do speak to them and is very cordial. Every once in awhile I will have a conversation with them but I try not to get to attached. I only know a handful of my neighbors names. I still however speak to everyone in my building complex even if its just a Good Morning, Good Afternoon, or Good Evening. I’m more or less known as the girl who always smiles and always pleasant.


Judy April 22, 2015 at 4:16 pm

I just moved into a new development and was pleasantly surprised at how friendly everyone is.
It’s nice to see people wave at you then stop and ask if you need anything. I will have to bake some cookies as my way of saying “Thank You”


Brenda March 27, 2015 at 10:12 am

I think bringing over take out menus for local restaurants is a great idea! When I moved to my new place, the neighbors brought me the community newsletter which had important phone numbers for the town and also any events taking place. I thought that was very nice!


Catherine August 27, 2015 at 5:02 pm

I love this idea! I just did this for my new neighbors and I think they really appreciated it.


Margie March 25, 2015 at 4:16 pm

We just had someone new move in next door. I went over a few days after they were settled with a little gift basket with homemade cookies and basic household supplies. They couldn’t have been more excited. It made me feel like I did my good deed for the month.


Rose March 25, 2015 at 11:47 am

These are all wonderful ideas! I was the new person in the neighborhood at one point and one of my neighbors brought me a small basket that included some goodies and menus to the local take-out spots.


Dan March 24, 2015 at 3:41 pm

Thanks for the tips! I just moved into a new development and I will have plenty of new neighbors in the coming months. I think I’ll be trying out some of your ideas very soon!


Jean J March 20, 2015 at 9:52 am

I was taught that you shouldn’t return a dish empty. When we moved into our home years ago the people next door dropped off a hot dinner in a pretty casserole. Once we were settled in I returned their dish with my own home-cooked meal in it as a thank you 🙂


Jasmine March 10, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Okay, I’m totally guilty of being un-neighborly. I don’t even know my neighbor’s names! I think I’m going to implement some of your tips soon to get to know them. We even have kids that are in the same school and grade. There will be plenty for us to talk about!


Rachel February 26, 2015 at 3:59 pm

I remember being little and having people move into our neighborhood. At first you were kind of hesitant on who these people were but then you really got to know them and they were great! My parents along with other neighbors would always plan on bringing over some baked goods once they were all settled in. So I think its a great idea to come up with different ideas to welcome new people to the neighborhood.


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