Has a new family recently moved into the neighborhood? Helping them feel welcome is an easy way to pay it forward!
From new neighbor gift ideas to etiquette for introducing yourself, there are countless ways to help them feel at home in their new area code.
Check out our list below for easy ideas that say “Welcome to the neighborhood!”
1. Say Hello
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If you see them on moving day, stop by to say a quick hello! Because they’re busy moving, make sure to keep it brief, but let them know you’d love to get to know them better once they’re settled. Practice new neighbor etiquette by being friendly yet respectful of their time and space.
2. Offer to Help Them Unload
Everyone knows how stressful moving can be, but lots of hands can make it a breeze! If you have the time, consider offering to help unload boxes when you make your initial introduction. While your new neighbors may not want to accept your help just yet, the gesture alone will mean a lot to them.
3. Set Up a Playdate
Does the moving family have kids that are similar in age to your own? Another great way to help your neighbors feel welcome is to offer to let their kids play at your house while they finish moving. If your kids walk home from school or ride the bus together, be sure to also share this information with the new family.
4. Leave a Card
Does talking to new people make you nervous? Let a card make the initial introduction for your family and say welcome to the neighborhood! It doesn’t have to be intricate. Just let them know that you’re excited to get to know them more. Cards for new neighbors are an especially a good idea if you’ve noticed the newcomers are regularly bombarded by other neighbors.
5. Stop by with a Group
Maybe you missed them on moving day, but have noticed a new family living down the block? Try to organize a time for a group to stop by and say hello. Rounding up neighbors along the street will make getting to know the new family easier. It also decreases the amount of times their doorbell gets rung in the first few weeks, which is a relief for quieter neighbors.
6. Bring Baked Goods
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Stopping by with something sweet isn’t just for June Cleaver! Bringing over cookies or a cake is an easy way to say welcome to the neighborhood! Be mindful of food allergies where you can, and consider listing ingredients on your dessert just in case.
7. Drop Off a Resource Letter
If you’re part of a tight-knit community, consider putting together a welcome letter to new neighbors. You can include everything from when trash days are and the name of everyone’s favorite plumber to where the closest grocery store is and who’s the best babysitter on the block. A letter full of helpful tips will be valuable for newcomers and is easy to reuse!
8. Invite Them to the Neighborhood Association
Share the details of neighborhood associations or neighborhood watch groups in the area. Making sure your neighbors have this information not only helps them feel included, but also demonstrates that your neighborhood is safe and connected!
9. Connect Through Social Media
Is your neighborhood part of NextDoor? Does your cul-de-sac have a Facebook group? Help the new family feel welcome by getting them quickly added to important neighborhood groups on social media.
10. Make a Gift Basket
Giving a gift basket is a classic housewarming gift idea for new neighbors! This idea is equally perfect for those who love to craft and want to put together a DIY basket or for people who would rather purchase a pre-made basket.
11. Assist with Yard Care
Since they just moved, your neighbors might not have a lawnmower or snow blower just yet. If you see that their grass is getting long or their sidewalks aren’t scooped, consider taking the extra time to do their lawn or driveway in addition to your own!
12. Give a Local Gift
Finding a way to localize your new neighbor gift can add sentimental value and meaning to a present. Many neighborhoods have signature art, decor, or food nearby. Since you’re the expert on your neighborhood, consider getting a welcome gift that helps show your neighbor just what makes their new home so special!
13. Host a Welcome Party
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Once you’ve given them time to get settled, consider coordinating a welcome dinner or party. The only way to really get to know your new neighbor is to spend some time with them! Coordinate with your other neighbors to host a gathering where everyone can become better acquainted.
14. Reconnect in a Month
Your neighbors might be initially bombarded with attention when they first move in. Stopping by a month or so later to see how they’re settling in is a great way to help your new neighbors feel welcome. This lets them know that you care to get to know them more and want them to feel included, even after the newness has worn off!
There are many ways to welcome new neighbors! Whether you’d rather stop by with a bottle of wine or leave a thoughtful card, doing these little things could make their day. Moving can be a scary and stressful time.
Simply saying hello with a warm smile could be the random act of kindness your new neighbor needs to feel at home!