The New Neighbors Are Here

Everyone has heard horror stories about the new people moving into the neighborhood.  In the spirit of New Year’s Resolutions here are two ideas on how to welcome them. Remember, introductions go both ways.


Traditional housewarming gifts to give with meanings behind them all, are a very sincere and simple way to welcome someone to the neighborhood.

  • Broom: “May your house always be clean and free of evil spirits.”
  • Knife: “May your home always be protected from intruders.”
  • Salt: “May there always be flavor and spice in your life.”
  • Rice: “May the love in your home multiply.”
  • Bread: “May those in your home never go hungry.”
  • Wine: “May you always have joy and never go thirsty.”
  • Jar of Honey: “May you always enjoy the sweetness of life.”
  • Olive Oil: “May you be blessed with health and well-being.”
  • Some Change (Coins): “May you receive luck and good fortune.”
  • Wood: “May your home have stability, harmony, and peace.”
  • Candles: “May you always have light through the darkest times.”
  • A Plant: “May your home always have life.”


The “Essentials Bucket” has been significantly growing in popularity and it’s relatively easy. The gift is constructed of a bucket filled with household items they might need their first couple of nights and/or have overlooked. For example, a hammer, nails, scissors, plastic ware, paper plates, paper towel, Clorox Wipes, laundry detergent & fabric softener, light bulbs, trash bags, trash can, batteries, Febreeze, extension cord, etc.

The key is to remember that you are welcoming new neighbors and not harassing them; you can introduce yourselves, bring over a few homey and/or helpful items and maybe let them know you are available to help. After that is all said and done make sure to give them space because moving is taxing and everyone needs time to adjust and get settled.