Welcome to the Neighborhood; Neighbor Gift

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I had the opportunity to guest post for Traci at Beneath My Heart last month while she was moving.  I thought you all might enjoy the Welcome to the Neighborhood idea and free printable!

A couple of years ago when someone was moving into our area I gave them a list of our favorites. They LOVED it!! Isn’t that one of the hardest things about moving to a new place? Not knowing which doctor is the best? Or a yummy restaurant to visit?
So I made a Welcome to the Neighborhood card and a Things We Love card. Write a little note on the welcome card. Fill out the things we love card. Attach it some treats. And you’re all set!

All printed out:

Make your favorite cookies. Our family really loves these homemade oreos.

I then put the cookies in a tin tie bag.
I used a hole punch and looped twine through
the cards and wrapped twine around the top.

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Download a Welcome to the Neighborhood PDF
For personal use only. Thanks!

A few other treats to drop off:

Bread in a can and         Frozen Cookie Dough

What do you do when new neighbors move in?

Welcome to the Neighborhood #Printable Kit + Homemade Oreo Cookie Recipe. Share your favorites with a new neighbor!


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  14. says

    What a cute idea to give that to your neighbors! In Germany you usually get salt and bread to wish you good luck in your new home, but this I’d prefer!

    • says

      Thanks Anja. I love learning about other countries and cultures. I didn’t know that in Germany you get salt and bread. Awesome! Thanks for the comment.

  15. Alicia says

    I have new next door neighbors, so I’m going to do this for them! I also am having trouble finding the pretty twine, though. Craft stores don’t carry it. I’ve seen it online, but I was hoping to find it in a store to have it sooner.

  16. Heather says

    When I was little I had a neighbor/babysitter that sort of did the opposite. When my father was transferred to a new military base and we had to move I was 8 and very upset. She put together a large bag of wrapped presents that I got to open up one per day. It was cheap little stuff – a bumper sticker from the local high school, a pack of matches from a local restaurant and a plastic snowglobe of our city. However, it made the transition to a new city so much easier as I had a little bit of home everyday. The last day was a dollar with orders to send her postcards of my new home and tell her all the things I liked about it. It’s been 20+ years, but I still remember how much that helped a little girl deal with a scary transition.

  17. Maria Fuamatu says

    Thank you so much for sharing your ideas I am in RElief Society and have been trying to figure out what I could make for new members moving into our Branch I love your idea thanks.

  18. Anne says

    As a military family, we move every few years & this will be a great little idea for not only our neighborhood but new military families in my husband’s group! Thanks for your GREAT ideas & for sharing them!!

  19. Leonor says

    I love, love, love this! I just moved into a new neighborhood and the final three houses just sold so I was looking for ideas to bring to them, this is perfect! I have a question though–where do you get that cute twine?? Michaels doesn’t seem to have it…Thanks!!

  20. Shalise says

    Well as someone who has moved a lot, this is a great idea! The only thing I would change is to put the area code before the numbers. (It is hard to remember what the new area code it at first). Idaho Falls was one of our stops for about a year, never got use to the none stop wind there. Thanks for the printable!

  21. says

    We have a new family moving in on Friday! We’re heading over at 1:00 to help them get moved in. I’d love to take them some treats with your adorable, helpful tag! Just have to replace my color ink cartridge first!!! LOL Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent.

  22. says

    We’ve had 3 new neighbours in the last year and all have been from within our city. I love your card though – I look forward to using it. I made a loaf or cookies and took over some fresh produce (when in season). We did up a card and included our last Christmas photo with our names and phone number. A little cheesy yes but I have such a hard time remembering names that I hope it helps someone else! Our whole family goes together to welcome them a week or so after they moved in.

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    Generally, it seems, I freak out our new neighbours. I take over some fresh produce/flowers from the garden, a home-baked loaf of bread and a little welcome note. After that I barely hear from them lol A sign of the times we live in I guess.
    Except for two lots of neighbours, that is. Those we would nod hello to and exchange small baked goods at Easter and Christmas but more often than not, kindness freaks people out. Sad huh.

  24. says

    Wow!!! I so wish I had thought of this a week ago when our new neighbors moved in!!! Will be doing this in the future!!! Thanks so much!!! Awesome project!!!

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  27. says

    What a wonderful idea!! I would have loved to get something like this when I moved into my neighborhood! I am visiting from Tatertots and Jello and I am a new follower! I would love love love if you would link this up to my Delicately Constructed linky party!
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  28. Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) says

    What a neat idea! I hope that someday, when I’m rooted in a community, I can do this for someone!

    • Mique says

      Hi- you just click on where it says “Welcome to the Neighborhood” pdf. Thanks!

  29. says

    When we sold our house to a family from out of state we left them an atlas of our area. Usually when people move in to our neighborhood I bring over either dinner or a dessert with my number.

    • Mique says

      That’s awesome that you left an atlas for the new owners. And I love that you bring new neighbors a dinner or desert- it seems like that doesn’t happen as much these days!

  30. says

    What great ideas—I’m totally going to use that cute PDF. It is MUCH better than the lame things I come up with for my new neighbors.

  31. says

    this is the best idea ever! I just moved to a new town this last month and it would have made my day if a neighbor had brought this over. I can’t wait to get to know my new town and then hopefully get a new neighbor soon so I can do this! I just love it! You are so creative and thoughtful!

    • Mique says

      Thanks Allison! It’s been awhile but I know how it feels to be new in a city. Hope you get to use it soon!

    • Mique says

      You’re welcome Erin! I bet the new neighbors that move in eventually will be thankful. ;)

  32. says

    Well I’m not a very good neighbor. I think about all the things I could do and end up doing nothing! You are brilliant! This is so fun and cute and I can’t wait to spend time in August with you. Can we please spend some time together this QBM?! Maybe the evening before!

    • Kim says


      So funny you said that because I am the same way! I think of some cute ideas and try to decide what to do, when, how and then I end up doing NOTHING. Sigh. Time to change that!