It’s always so exciting when a new neighbor moves in. Of course, you want to set the right first impression, so they know how awesome you are! Here are some easy gift ideas for new neighbors.
I will never forget when we moved into my current home, an amazing friend brought over a homecooked meal with wine, solo cups, paper plates, and cutlery. We had been moving and unpacking boxes so we were completely exhausted. It was so nice to have a meal made for us.
I’ve stopped by to introduce myself to a new neighbor with a card that contains my name, address, and phone number – because who can remember names and crazy things like that when you are moving into a new home? I’ll also add our neighborhood Facebook groups so they can look them up and join if desired. If the timing is right, I’ll friend them on Facebook and add them to the group when we first meet to make life a little easier for them.
It is so challenging knowing what to bring to a new neighbor because you know absolutely nothing about them! One thing to remember is that if you bring a homemade treat, make sure it is on a disposable dish – don’t request that they return your plate. They have too much going on right now to worry about that.
These traditional housewarming gift basket ideas are unique for sure, check these ideas out and you might find some good ideas: https://www.wikihow.com/Present-Traditional-Housewarming-Gifts
Here are some more modern ideas to properly greet new neighbors and potentially meet your new best friends. Pick a few ideas an add them to a nice welcome gift basket:
#1. Gift card for a local restaurant
If you have a local favorite, this is a great time to support them! Plus, you’ll let your new neighbors know of potential favorite new spots.
Just think your favorite local coffee shop, donut shop, Italian/Mexican/Chinese restaurants that are some of our local favorites.
Don’t forget about pizza! I typically make up a basket with a few of the things on this list and include a small gift card with a list of local small businesses that they may enjoy.
#2. Coffee Mugs
I originally added wine or beer as one of the top 10 gifts for new neighbors, but it’s tough to be sure that the person drinks alcohol until you get to know them. A bottle of wine is a traditional housewarming gift, but you can replace that with a bottle of olive oil.
Maybe this is a personal preference because I love coffee mugs, probably a little too much. Coffee mugs make a perfect addition to the ‘welcome’ basket! You never know if they have unpacked all their dishes – maybe your new neighbor will enjoy brewing a cup of coffee in their new mug.
If you have a neighborhood logo or just create an image with your neighborhood’s name, you can create a custom coffee mug here: Zazzle coffee mugs.
If not, something sturdy like these would be a great addition to your welcome basket!.
It may be a little easier to pick a scent if your new neighbors are moving in closer to the Holidays.
Yankee Candle’s Balsam & Cedars scent tops the list for their #1 top scent, with Autumn Leaves, Lilac Blossom, Apple Pumpkin, and Pink Sands rounding out the top 5.
According to Amazon, Eucalyptus Mint is its #1 bestsellers, Tyler Diva scented candle ranks as their 2nd bestselling candle. The 3rd most popular candle on Amazon is creamy vanilla.
#4. Herb Garden kit
Starting a new herbal garden would be such a nice gift in their new home.
With this “Herbs in the Burbs” your new neighbors can grow Cilantro, English Thyme, Large Leaf Italian Parsley, and Genovese Basil seeds. This set contains a real wood grow box/gift box, shears, 4 burlap bags with waterproof lining, 4 bamboo plant markers, 4 potting soil discs.
Basically, you would be their favorite neighbors if you introduced yourself with this as your welcome basket.
#5. Throw Blanket
Who doesn’t love getting a throw blanket?!
I know you probably don’t “need” another one, but they make an excellent gift. It’s easy to find a simple pattern at Gifts for Good.
Plus, the great thing is that purchases made help support low-income artisans across the globe or children in need – you can shop by the cause you want to help with the most.
I love this “Friendly Vanilla Cotton Throw” that helps support an artist in Brazil for 9 hours! Plus, your neighbor will love this high-quality gift that helps others.
#6 “New Town” T-shirt
Hometown Apparel has apparel for almost every city in the United States. Take a look and search to see if they have your town.
It would be a fun gift to give your new neighbor a T-shirt with their new city or town on it.
Just be sure to pick up a Large or Xtra Large, these sizes would be a decent guess for most people.
#7. Recipe box
Your new neighbors may appreciate a new recipe box to hold recipes for their new kitchen.
This adorable recipe box comes with 24 cards and 12 dividers. It may be nice to make them your favorite meal and include the written recipe as one they can include in their new collection.
They are so easy to care for – these will look better than fake plants or fake succulents. Even if you have a black thumb, you can take care of succulents! These would make an amazing gift for a new neighbor.
Pick one up for them…and one for you…
#9. Breadbasket/warming tile or towel
What a perfect gift for new neighbors, this will definitely bless their new home. You can pick up a bred basket or a bread warming tile – something that will fill their home with love…and the smell of fresh bread.
#10. Fun Kitchen Towel
If you have an idea for a cute saying, you could easily make one with a flour sack.
If not, take a look at all the options for kitchen towels. They are well-made and so many cute and funny options available.
Bonus: Amazon Gift Card
They can grab whatever they would like that they may need for their new home.
Grab one for them, one for you. 🙂
Here are some baskets I made for a couple of new neighbors: