Great Housewarming Gifts to Get Your New Neighbors

One of the benefits of living in an apartment community is that you always have neighbors–and potential friends–just a few steps away. When somebody new moves in, however, it can sometimes be difficult to reach out to make a connection. Sure, a quick “hello” will often suffice, but if you really want to make a good first impression, you should go with the time-tested method for greeting your neighbors: the housewarming gift. Picking out a gift isn’t always easy, so here are a few ideas that will appeal to anyone.

Something to Welcome Them to the Neighborhood

Moving into a new neighborhood isn’t always easy. Not only do you have to deal with getting all your stuff into your new home, but you also have to acclimate to your new surroundings. While finding your new favorite restaurants and hangout spots can be pretty exciting, it’s also a bit exhausting when there’s so much else to focus on. With this in mind, consider getting your new neighbors a gift card to your favorite neighborhood spot. If you like, you can offer to go out with them and perhaps show them around town at the same time.

Something Delicious and Homemade

Who doesn’t love food, especially when it’s made with the best ingredient of all? A dish you’ve cooked or baked for the new neighbors is one of the most traditional housewarming gifts you can give. However, food can tread a very fine line – you have to remember that not everyone has the same tastes you do. So, keep your famous casserole at home and instead go for something a little more universal. Rather, go for a plate of chocolate chip cookies or a personally-crafted basket of fruit. Also, the next time you see them, don’t badger them about how they liked their treat. You don’t want to put them in an uncomfortable position if the dish wasn’t to their tastes.

Something Useful for the New Home

Your new neighbors will probably be moving in with many possessions from their previous home. Still, you could do worse than giving them something to make their day-to-day a little easier. “Bigger” gifts like a tool set or a dining set might seem like a great idea, but you run the risk of gifting your neighbors something they already have or won’t actually use. Even something to put on display, like a welcome mat or houseplant, might not fit their interests, leaving them conflicted about whether to actually use it. Instead, go for a collection of “boring” gifts that you’re sure will come in handy, such as soap, laundry detergent, or kitchen staples like sugar and flour. Sure, these gifts might not be flashy, but your neighbors will definitely put them to good use.

In the end, it doesn’t matter too much what housewarming gift you get. As they say, it’s the thought that counts. For your new neighbors who are excited and nervous about their new life, the real gift comes from you reaching out, offering a welcome hand, and making new friends.

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