Helpful Gifts For A New Neighbor In Your Neighborhood

Welcoming The Neighbors

Here on Hub pages, new hubers sometimes feel lost navigating their way around. It is hard not knowing the norms and how things are done. But thanks to a lot of hub elites like (J. S. Matthew) who take the time to show these new hubers the way around hub pages, making their debut on hub pages a lot less stressful.

Well, the experience of joining hubpages is somewhat similar to that of someone moving into a new neighborhood for the first time. They don't quite know their way around and may sometimes need a little help getting familiar with the environment. That's why I felt the need to put this hub out there for those who may find it useful in addressing what to do and how to welcome a neighbor into their neighborhood.

So what can you do to welcome your new neighbors to your neighborhood? Well, here are a few tips to help you:

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Give A Neighborhood Map

Neighborhood maps usually showcases all of the neighborhood's groceries and department stores, restaurants, schools, city hall and other main attractions. So a neighborhood map is a great gift that will help a new neighbor to quickly get acquainted and situated.

You can also give your new neighbor that extra copy of the yellow pages that you have sitting around in your living room or kitchen counter. These too are a great way to quickly find needed help for those unfortunate plumbing and electrical emergencies that often creeps up in new or old homes.

So put a package together that includes a neighborhood map, a copy of the surrounding area yellow pages, and, don't forget to include a list of your phone number and that of some of your other neighbors.

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Give A Food Basket

Giving a food basket is a great way to say 'Welcome to the neighborhood' to your new neighbors. Be sure to include baked good, such as, cookies, muffins, bread, and/or bagels. You can also add coffee and/or tea, sugar, and cream. This will help ease the initial worry of "what are we going to have for breakfast?' or "where are we going to have breakfast?" after an exhausting day(s) of driving or moving into their new home.

If your neighbors have kids, it will help if you can include those one serving boxes of cereals and a fresh gallon of milk and orange juice.

Give A Helping Hand

Believe it or not, your neighbor might actually need your help when it comes to moving stuff into and around the house, especially if they are elderly or single moms. So be sure to ask if they need your help. Most will be glad you asked and may actually take you up on it.

When we moved into out neighborhood a long time ago. One of my neighbors brought baked goods which I appreciated. But the one neighbor that left the most impression on my family was one that is now a very good friend of ours. He offered to help mow our lawn.

You see, we moved in from New York (no lawn to mow, so no lawn mower) to Georgia, with a front and back yard of overgrown lawn. Mow my lawn?, That was one gift I couldn't turn down, and that was really appreciated. So when we gave out our new riding mower after my husband decided to contract the mowing job out to a professional, guess who got the riding mower? Yes, you guessed right, our dear neighbor and friend. 'One good turn deserves another'.

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Give A Tour Of The Neighborhood

Yes, you can offer to give your new neighbor a tour of the neighborhood. It's really not uncommon to have one offer a new neighbor a tour of the neighborhood, and it's usually a welcomed gesture.Though this is widely practiced among college dorm mates/ neighbor, it can also be extended to anyone, say, a neighbor moving in from out of states or from another country.

For these types of neighbor, driving around becomes a totally different experience. Having a neighbor who is familiar with the neighborhood, driving and traffic rules will go a long way to help them transition easily.

Proceed With Caution. Some New Neighbors Really Don't Want To Be Bothered

It may sound strange, but I know this from experience that some new neighbors do not like to be bothered. My husband is usually the one that is forthcoming when it comes to welcoming new neighbors. I'm the shy one.

Over the course of the twelve years we've live in our house, we've seen neighbors come and go as we live next to an Air Force Base. We've had great neighbors, some very dear to our heart, and we've also seen some come and go. And sadly, we've had on occasion, neighbors who did not want to be bothered. So, usually, after several attempts of trying to be neighborly, we'll retract and stay away from such.

It's a small world out there. And we all know that what goes around, comes around. The story of 'The Good Samaritan' teaches us that it is good to always reach out and be a friend. So whether you buy a gift, offer a tour, or give a helping hand to a new neighbor, you will be doing a neighborly deed that will one day reap its own benefits.

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Author: Comfort Babatola - © 2013

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Justsilvie 5 years ago

Nice Hub! It reminds me of what life used to be like and maybe still is for some. When we actually knew our neighbors and looked out for each other. Will share this.


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vexez 5 years ago

Interesting hub! I'm new in Hubpages, where's my Food Basket? lol :)


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katyzzz 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Wonderful thoughts here, you sound like a lovely neighbour to have. I feel sure your very presence brings great comfot.


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ComfortB 5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA Author

Hello justsilvie, thanks so much for stopping by. I do have wonderful neighbors who welcomed my family heartily. Moved in over 10 years and still looking out for each other.

Vexez! I'm surprised you didn't get your food basket. Must have gotten lost in the mail.

I like your sense of humor. Must follow you. Thanks for stopping by.


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ComfortB 5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA Author

katyzzz, thank you for your kind words.

It's funny when I first moved here, people always ask if Comfort was my real name. and when I say yes, they'll say something like, "You'll fit right in. Here in Georgia, we're all about southern comfort".

I do strive to reflect the Spirit of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ every way I can. But sometimes I fall short.

"Not by power nor by might, but by my spirit, saith the Lord".

Thank you and be blessed.


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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean

This topic is touching. Neighbors need to be like family as they were in years gone by. Thanks for reminding us.


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ComfortB 5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA Author

Very true MsDora, neighbors need to be like family, but time are changing and more and more people treat their pets, and tech. gadgets better than they treat their neighbors. It's a shame.

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read and comment. Stay blessed!


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Pcunix 5 years ago from SE MA

We have private roads, so can drive golf carts. One couple here has a six seater and regularly takes newcomers out for a grand tour, commenting about people as they pass their houses - like "I know Jim has an opening in his poker game if you like" or "Brenda is such a great gardener - and always willing to help other gardeners".

It's nice.


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ComfortB 5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA Author

Hello Pcunix - Thank you for stopping by and commenting.


susanm23b 4 years ago

What a nice hub! Too often people live near others for years and barely know them. I know that I should make more of an effort in this area. Thanks for your encouraging hub :)


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ComfortB 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA Author

@susanm23b - You are welcome. I have built a near 12 years relationship with some of my neighbors, and it all started when one knocked on my door bearing a basket of goodies, neighborhood map and grocery coupons for the weekend we moved in.

Many of our neighbors have moved away, but my husband and I try to welcome new neighbors the same way, though we usually don't get the same positive response as expected, but we do it anyway.

I hope you'll have a more positive response as you make the effort. Thanks for your comment.


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