Social The Neighborly Things to Give
- Give your new neighbors maps of local parks and hiking trails. Put these, along with plastic dishes, sparkling juice and some nice picnic foods inside a small picnic basket.
- Make an activity box for the children. Include things such as crayons, markers, coloring books, puzzles and juice boxes. These items will keep them busy while the parents unpack.
- Make a list with all of the neighbors' addresses and phone numbers and put it in a three-ring binder for the new folks on the block to use as a reference.
- You could also make a similar binder that lists important local phone numbers such as civic agencies, municipal, schools and healthcare facilities, for example.
- Make a binder for the children with pictures, names and ages of all of the other neighborhood kids. Include a calendar for setting up play dates.
- Make your new neighbors a coupon for a tour of the neighborhood that can be redeemed at their convenience.
- Put together a packet of takeout menus, local club information, library locations, community education booklet, garbage and recycling information, etc.
- Bake a casserole that can easily be frozen or refrigerated for dinner that night or next week. Put it in a disposable aluminum tray so they don't have to worry about returning your dish. Or you could include a new dish as a housewarming gift.
- Let them know resources for neighborhood snow removal, leaf removal and local babysitters. Glue a magnet onto the back of this information so that they can place it on the refrigerator.
- Other possible gifts include a welcome mat or new house numbers for their mailbox.