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Ideas for greeting new neighbours




The arrival of new neighbours should be a cause for celebration. Newcomers help build a vibrant community and can provide opportunities for new friendships to develop. It is the job of the established residents to make the new arrivals feel welcome, as they may feel reticent about imposing themselves.


greeting new neighbours 


Getting ready 

Find out who the new neighbours are before the property’s existing occupants leave. This information is useful for deciding how to welcome them. Buying a generic gift is far more difficult than finding something for people within a particular age bracket.

It’s also useful to know whether it’s a single person moving in or a couple/family. A single person will typically be more receptive to immediately meeting people than a couple or family will.


The day of arrival

Moving is hard work and very stressful. The last thing new arrivals will want are overly curious people asking them a thousand questions. What they will appreciate is a helping hand moving all of their stuff. At the very least, offer them a cold drink in the summer or a hot drink in the winter.

Alternatively, help them settle in by giving them a bottle of something. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic celebration-type beverages can be ordered online from sites such as



Ideas for greeting new neighbours



Battling bare cupboards 

The new neighbours will typically have been so busy moving their belongings around all day that they haven’t had a chance to eat anything. While inviting them out to dinner might be a little forward, providing them with something pre-prepared is a nice way to start a relationship.

Back in the day, gifts of food would include painstakingly prepared meals of incredible complexity. Probably followed by a cake or two slavered with intricate icing. As modern life means that people often have difficulty finding the time to cook for themselves, let alone others, shop-bought food has become de-rigueur.


Presenting the new neighbours with a pasty or sandwich from the local garage could be a little awkward. Instead, consider browsing pre-prepared hampers online and picking something that the neighbours will enjoy receiving.


Keep them informed 

Neighbourliness isn’t just about squeezing information from new arrivals; it’s about furnishing them with a little too.

While providing a detailed history of the area and all its inhabitants may not go down well, providing people with directions to local shops and the like will. Also consider passing on information regarding local public transport, as well as any community groups or events that might be of interest.


A helping hand 

As new neighbours settle in, don’t be afraid to offer them a helping hand. This can be anything from helping out in their garden to assisting them with minor renovations. The most important thing is for them to know that you’re genuinely interested in their well-being. Sometimes all that takes is a friendly greeting and the odd small gesture. 









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