Do you have a new neighbor this summer or know a friend moving soon? Maybe your friend is hosting a house warming party. Or maybe, YOU made the big move this summer. Regardless, neighbors are a big part of our ‘home sweet home.’
House warming gifts can be one of the most difficult things to purchase but can mean so much to someone. My husband and I recently listened to a podcast titled “Love Where You Live.” This podcast talked about recent research in which people over the age of 30 and also under the age of 30 were asked the question, “How would you describe a good neighbor?”
People 30+ said things like…
“Come over to dinner sometimes”
“Our kids to play together”
“They offer food when we are sick”
“Give us a cup of sugar when we need it”
On the other hand, the people under the age of 30 said…
“No loud animals”
“Doesn’t park close to my house”
“Their dog doesn’t poop on my lawn”
When I heard this, I was honestly disappointed in my millennial generation, but I know that this mentality is true. When my grandparents talk about their neighbors growing up, the reminisce on fond memories like game nights, family get togethers and lifelong friendships. Now, a lot of people don’t even know their neighbors’ names, including myself unfortunately.
However, after listening to this podcast, I want to become a better neighbor. I want to give something to my neighbors and introduce myself. But, what do you buy someone that you don’t even know? How do you know what they like or what they need? Good thing we have Google and Pinterest, right?
If you’re anything like me – wanting to get to know my neighbors more and spread love in the neighborhood — here is my top 10 list of house warming, hostess, and ‘hi, I’m your new neighbor’ gifts:
Food is universal. A good cake, pie, or banana bread will always make your neighbor happy. Need some inspiration?
If you love wine, this could be a great way to connect with a neighbor who also loves wine.
What to carry your wine in? dashiell & daughter sells the cutest wine bags for just $2. Stop by our store at 183 Dunbar Street Spartanburg, SC to pick up your wine bag!
3. An Adorable Tea Towel
You can never have to many cute dish towels. It is one of my favorite kitchen accessories!
4. Movie Night Basket
Who doesn’t love a good movie night? Put a $5 movie, popcorn, candy, and coke in a basket or gift bag, and you’re good to go! Maybe your neighbor will even invite you over to enjoy the fun!
5. Local gifts
If you don’t know your neighbor well, there is always one thing you have in common – where you live! Pick up a few local treats to shower your neighbor with some hellos and welcomes. This could include gift cards to your favorite local restaurant, a bag of coffee from a local coffee shop, or a jar of honey from the local farmers market.
6. Your Favorite Candle
Another easy, fun gift! I always have a candle burning in my home. It just makes things so cozy. Visit your local gift shop and pick up a candle you love. This will share some of your style and personality with your neighbor!
7. Nice (and stylish) Hand soap
Since my husband and I moved into our new home, I have been shopping around for nice hand soaps to offer in my guest bathrooms. While there’s nothing wrong with a little Softsoap, I think the extra touch of having great (and stylish) hand soap can really spruce up a bathroom. One of the best places to look for hand soap is actually TJ Maxx, surprisingly. The price is right, too!
8. Cute Welcome Mat
Nothing says ‘come on in’ like a good welcome mat on the front porch. A lot of people may already have a favorite welcome mat, but if your neighbors are just moving in, they may have donated their old one after some wear and tear. Try to steal a glance at their front porch before you purchase this gift!
This is kind of my go-to gift for everything. I love trying new recipes! Many people tell me I can just look it up on my phone, but there is just something a little more fun and exciting about having a cookbook in hand! Oftentimes, you can find a local cookbook put together by citizens in your community. We suggest looking online or at a local gift shop! Here’s a link to a Spartanburg cookbook we love!
10. Comfy Throw Blanket
Like dish towels, you can never have too many throw blankets! This would be a perfect gift if your neighbors are moving in around Fall/Winter. Good places to look? Again, we think TJ Maxx and Home Goods have wonderful options, but you may also be able to find some cost-friendly blankets at your local interiors & home shop.
These gifts are so small and so easy to get, but could really make a person’s day. Let’s be better neighbors like our parents and grandparents before us, and always keep a cup a sugar available in case our neighbor needs it.