Neighbor Gift

by Chris on May 7, 2009

OH, what to do when a new neighbor moves in.  Do you bake them some bread?  Cook them a meal?  Give them a high-five at the mailbox?  Pretend you didn’t know they moved in and proceed as if nothing is new?

NewNeighborsWelcome It took me a minute to decide, but I pulled something out of the air.  We’re talking a little shady here, people, but bear bare Bayer with me.  Remember these?IMG_5198

As it turns out, apparently when you make something, it actually makes SENSE to give it away.  At the very least, said project should be out for people to enjoy.  Mine, however, has been sitting in a storage container.  On my dining room table.  So, I took them out.


Next, I typed up some local phone numbers of places that they might need on a more regular basis. I also added a “recommendation section” of some wonderful downtown places to visit (If you do this, it’s best to put a little description of what it is.  You don’t want them thinking Rocky’s is a boxing gym).  Lastly, I included all the phone numbers of the neighbors in the cul de sac—especially if they need some sugar at 12AM or a cup of corn syrup at 11:30 at night.  I’ve heard that happens around here.  Dumb night time bakers!


Then, in pure stalker form, I took a picture of their house.  Using my crazy photo skills, I added a “Welcome Home” banner at the bottom and framed it for them.  This way they can reflect on what their house looked like when they first moved in. I waited for that car to leave. Really.  It just wouldn’t.  I’m pretty sure it’s one of theirs.


Put them all together with some homemade No Bake Cookies made at 10:26PM and VOILA!!  A “new neighbor” welcome basket.


The paper doesn’t match the box, and it’s driving me nuts.  I was originally going to use a basket, but it didn’t work.  I’m changing the paper tomorrow.  Yes, that’s really how I am.






kimert May 7, 2009 at 2:59 am

Ok, that is seriously the neatest most sweet neighborly thing I have ever seen! When we moved into our new neighborhood 4 years ago we didn’t get so much as a hand thrown in the air! Love that basket idea! Thanks for sharing. :)

Lisa May 7, 2009 at 3:00 am

This is darling… I wanna be your neighbor. :)Lisa

kimberly May 7, 2009 at 3:03 am

This is SUCH an amazing idea! I love how creative you are and I am right this moment wishing I were your new neighbor! Good job!!

Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam May 7, 2009 at 3:12 am

no stinking way…that is the best EVER!!! I have NO neighbors besides my brother…please, please practice on me next. :) hee hee

Kim May 7, 2009 at 3:14 am

This is exactly why I have been stalking your blog for months (this is my first comment to you). You have amazing knack for turning something ordinary into something extordinary!

Thanks for sharing your creativity and inspiring your readers!


The Mrs. May 7, 2009 at 3:14 am

This is AWESOME! What a great idea!!

Stephanie May 7, 2009 at 3:17 am

I would love to be your neighbor!

What clever and cute ideas! :)

southerninspiration May 7, 2009 at 3:17 am

that IS a great idea….and one I’m certain they will appreciate.


writing4612 May 7, 2009 at 3:18 am

LOVE this! I’ve never seen a neigbor’s gift like that. As always, your things have that creative stamp on them.

Southern Gal May 7, 2009 at 3:18 am

For Real? I really do want to be your neighbor…

Now I’m singing Mr. Rogers and it’s all your fault. I’ll never get it out of my head.


McBee May 7, 2009 at 3:22 am

Love this idea!

Meagan May 7, 2009 at 3:25 am

That is a really sweet sincere gift. You’re new neighbors are lucky to have you!

Melissa Marie May 7, 2009 at 3:26 am

Such a sweet gesture! When I first moved to Texas (from Southern California) last year… I had a neighbor bring over freshly baked brownies to introduce herself. I was floored. I thought that only happened in the movies! haha… Your neighbors are going to love that you took the time to make them feel welcomed. Nicely done. :)

Kristi May 7, 2009 at 3:39 am

Wow! My neighbors are good but none took the time to greet us with anything like THAT! I’ll have to keep this idea in my future file!

~MeLiSsA~ May 7, 2009 at 3:40 am

Your one smart cookie! And yes, I would love to be your neighbor. Great blog… I love your ideas!

Your blog stalker in Las Vegas,
Melissa :)

Centsational Girl May 7, 2009 at 3:41 am

That is so kind and considerate. I just love all of the ingredients you put together. They will be totally taken aback !

HouseMama May 7, 2009 at 3:44 am

I would so be your neighbor and love it!!! My boys would love your kids and your dog and I would have the biggest appreciation for your craftiness.

What a great idea. Thank you so much for the encouragement to be more neighborly.

Barbara May 7, 2009 at 3:45 am

I would love to have you move into my neighborhood…..we would have so much fun!!! Great welcome!
Hugs, Barb

Vindiciti May 7, 2009 at 3:48 am

Wonderful ideas! I just might have to use some of them for the neighbors that just moved in to our cul-de-sac. :)

Paula May 7, 2009 at 3:55 am

What a great idea! I think the whole thing looks adorable. You’re a great neighbor!

Laura May 7, 2009 at 3:56 am

Will you be my neighbor? Such a nice and thoughtful gift!

girlsmama May 7, 2009 at 3:58 am

I’m moving Saturday and I can only hope that I get welcomed! A high five at the mailbox would be great, but your box, would be out of this world!

Michelle Sybert May 7, 2009 at 4:19 am

pure. awesomeness! I would love to be the neighbor recieving such a gift!

will be linking this sunday!

MaryRC May 7, 2009 at 4:28 am

so so thoughtful, im a neighbor schmuck, i need to spread some neighborly love. any ideas for old neighbors you never talk to???

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful May 7, 2009 at 4:31 am

Look at you and your bad self go! I am so totally impressed. Oh and by the way, when we moved in everyone pretty much pretended like they didn’t notice. Um yeah, thanks…our neighbors SUCK!


Lisa May 7, 2009 at 4:39 am

I think you get the neighbor of the YEAR award!

Melissa Miller May 7, 2009 at 4:51 am

HA Chris! I would totally change the paper too…
I get it. I do like all your ideas. You are so sweet to think to do this for them.

Lucky neighbors!
Have a wonderful week.
~Melissa :)

Julie Isa May 7, 2009 at 4:52 am

Yeah!!! I’m glad there are people like you still! Love everything and I understand the paper thing…I’m the same way :) Your awesome!

Kristen May 7, 2009 at 5:03 am

You are too sweet. I usually take a loaf of bread from this specialty bakery down the street. Now I feel like a loser. You should build me a house in your backyard so I can be your neighbor. I’ve seen all that extra land – come on, you know you want to! It would be fun – we’d get our laptops, meet in the middle and hang out to blog stalk.

That would’ve been funny if you had photo shopped in home and landscape improvements for them…

Kara May 7, 2009 at 5:08 am

You are amazing! I usually just take over a batch of homemade bread or cinnamon rolls. Love the idea of printing out a list of phone numbers for them. Heck, I should make one for myself!

Cathy May 7, 2009 at 5:16 am

OMG what a great new neighbor you are. I bet they will love the picture.. I wish I could be 1/2 the witty.. Great job…

Carrie May 7, 2009 at 5:27 am

Wow, that is so sweet! How thoughtful and creative of you! How guilty am I feeling right now…I think I chose the answer “pretend no one moved in, and go about your business” LOL! I hope they are as awesome neighbors as you are! Great idea!

Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria May 7, 2009 at 5:39 am

Such a great idea!! I usually do cookies, bread~something like that…but I love this idea! I might have to adopt it for the next move in! So clever! Oh…can I be your neighbor too? Everyone wants to live next door to you!!!


Junella May 7, 2009 at 6:19 am

I, too, am a stalker and posting my first message on your blog. I’ve been watching you since V-day. My teachers love the sanitizers!!!! They think I foresaw the H1N1 virus (haha).

I would love to be your neighbor! Quick question – what would you do for a single guy that moved in next door? We may not have a lot common, but I do want to offer a nice gesture since my 4 kids will be making their presence known over the summer months. :)


Amber May 7, 2009 at 6:32 am

You are seriously freakin awesome! So…….since we’re Bff’s and all, you wanna PRETEND I’m a new neighbor and send me an amazing welcome basket??

Oh, and I’m like *that* too. But I’m conflicted, because I love that paper, but I like the box too. What’s a girl to do???

Seriously though, all of that stuff is AWESOME! That framed picture is genius too. So is that list. Oh, it’s all wonderful!

My name is PJ. May 7, 2009 at 10:09 am

this is the best new neighbor gift I’ve seen. We use bottles of wine, cards, and baked goods. this is sooooooooooo much better!

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ May 7, 2009 at 10:16 am

Really cute – such great ideas!

I actually have a new neighbor I haven’t met yet ….

Beth May 7, 2009 at 10:49 am

OMG Chris! Will you be MY neighbor? I love it! What if you actually designed you neighbor’s house and said on your blog that you want to move into theirs and ditch yours? Is it WAY too stalkerish to do something like this for them under those circumstances? (To see what in the world I’m talking about click on this post ) Also, I totally copied your coaster idea down to the sweet tags and mine are all sitting neatly in a container….on my kitchen counter…for the past several months. I’ve given lots away but I went a bit crazy in the stamping. Love your ideas girl! You have some mad skills.

Mrs. E May 7, 2009 at 10:58 am

I want to move into your neighborhood. OK, maybe I should try adopting some of your plans for my neighborhood. You are an inspiration. (Except for that baking at 10:30 at night!!)

Mandi May 7, 2009 at 11:09 am

You ALMOST make me want to move again, then I remember the nightmare of packing and unpacking and redecorating. MAybe I’ll just copy your gift for my own neighbors instead.

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest May 7, 2009 at 11:18 am

That is such a sweet idea!! We have greeted and given our block phone #’s list, but I LOVE the idea of the house photo!! I just know that they’ll appreciate it so much! :)

Becky May 7, 2009 at 11:52 am

You rock and I am going to move from the Downriver area next door to YOU! LOOK OUT! :)

Nancy May 7, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Are there any other homes for sale on your cul-de-sac? I will move in a heartbeat! You are a very special and considerate neighbor! I love your blog…Please pass me a cookie!

Mommy of M's May 7, 2009 at 12:28 pm

WOW, this is a fantasic idea. I want to move into your neiborhood. Are there any more houses for sale?

Moi May 7, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Umm..personally I all about the mailbox high five – but this box is super cute as well.
I wish I was moving next door to you! I am moving in two weeks…maybe I just might get a high five!

Kimba May 7, 2009 at 12:34 pm

No way! That’s the greatest “Welcome to the ‘hood” gift ever! Will you come be my neighbor?

Want to know what my neighbors did when we moved here?
Nada. Nothin’. But I’m not bitter. The cows were quite neighborly. They left us pies. Get it? Cow pies? {snort}

I am seriously going to do this the next time someone moves in. I’ll be the one who starts a being neighborly tradition.

Maybe I’ll include some lime tortilla chips.


Dee-Zigns Handcrafted Jewelry May 7, 2009 at 12:34 pm

This is a wonderful idea, and very clever, except I cannot see myself in the stalker roll of taking the photo of their house :), lol! You are much more clever and thoughtful than me.

Adore Design Studio May 7, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Wow, what an incredibly thoughtful idea. When we moved to our house ago a year ago no one introduced themselves on the block. We even had a house fire with lots of fire trucks and a huge commotion and not one neighbor came over to see if we were ok. It’s kinda sad. I’m definitely going to use your idea for an icebreaker, cause it’s never too late to be friendly, right?

Thanks for you amazing post!

Michelle@Fromhousetohome May 7, 2009 at 12:40 pm

You are so caring and thoughtful! What an amazing package to give to them. I really hope they are the nice type to appreciate it. They’ll either love it, or get a restraining order. lol I hope they love it, great idea!

Lisha May 7, 2009 at 12:47 pm

You are so thoughtful! What a fabulous gift!!

Jessica May 7, 2009 at 12:48 pm

What a great idea! How come no one brought me one of those when we moved in to our new home a month ago???

Kelli May 7, 2009 at 1:08 pm

I want to move next to you just to get one of these boxes. How cute and so very thoughtful. I will have to keep that in mind for when my neighbors move (one could only hope) and we get new great neighbors! Thanks for sharing.

Perri May 7, 2009 at 1:15 pm

I feel inadequate as a neighbor. =)

isk8jewel May 7, 2009 at 1:28 pm

That is awesome! Will you be my neighbor please? ;)

Leigh May 7, 2009 at 1:37 pm

That is awesome! I would like to move in next door to you.

Handmade Housewife... May 7, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Oh wow! Can I be your neighbor?? I think you’ve got that first impressions thing down. Great gift!


Little Miss Southern May 7, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Oh my gosh! This is adorable!! ! LOVE it!

You are so sweet! Thanks for sharing!

Elsa Hagner May 7, 2009 at 1:55 pm

Fantastic! What a great idea!

Hillcrest Acres May 7, 2009 at 1:58 pm

How thoughtful of you. Your neighbors are lucky to have you!!!!

Danielle (Life with the Hewitt Family) May 7, 2009 at 2:20 pm

That is the sweetest thing ever! I always want to do something for a new neighbor…we lease, so we have changes often. Someone just moved in this past weekend. I just may have to borrow some of your wonderful ideas!

Mrs. Trixi May 7, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Wow, I want to move in next to you. What a great welcome gift.

Sam Provenzano May 7, 2009 at 2:28 pm

i want to be your neighbor..
you are so who i want to be when i decide to grow up!

rock on woman! rock on!

julie & joe May 7, 2009 at 2:32 pm

I love it! Thanks for the inspiration. I am putting together a welcoe package for our new minister arriving in July.

Sara May 7, 2009 at 2:32 pm

My gosh! Why can’t you be my neighbor? No one greeted us when we moved in and we still only know 3 of the neighbors. That’s only b/c we had a paralyzing ice storm in January and no one had anywhere to go. I will remember this when we have new neighbors!!! You’re awesome!

Lou Cinda May 7, 2009 at 2:33 pm

What a WONDERFUL idea!! Next time a house is for sale in your neighborhood let me know cos’ I want to be YOUR neighbor!!

I will remember these thoughtful ideas for my next new neighbor.

Lou Cinda :)

Katie May 7, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Awww so sweet. This is adorable. I wish I could be your neighbor!

To The Moon and Back May 7, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Can I be your neighbor? That is the sweetest thing ever.

April May 7, 2009 at 2:45 pm

you could very well be the most adorable neighbor on the face of the earth. very sweet.

TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo May 7, 2009 at 2:46 pm

That is fantastic!
My neighbors were definetly not that welcoming when we moved in.
Well, mind you we only have one neighbor as we live in the middle of nowhere, but still.
If and when that neighbor moves on, I will definetly be using this idea.

Amy Jo May 7, 2009 at 2:59 pm

Wow.. You are really nice. REALLY. Most of our neighbors ignored our move…but we moved in January which isn’t the friendliest month, I suppose. The house across the street is up for sale, and I’m determined to be friendly when the new people move in. Great idea!

Nikki May 7, 2009 at 3:03 pm

You are such a good neighbor!

the undomesticated wife May 7, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Awesome! I’m sure they will really appreciate it!

You know what my neighbors did when we moved in? Stood on their front porch and watched my hubs and me nearly kill ourselves trying to get the sofa out of the moving truck and into the front door. No “hello” or “need help?” or anything.

We’re all good neighbors now though. But first impressions you know. ;)

Twice as Nice May 7, 2009 at 3:15 pm

My goodness what WONDERFUL ideas you have shared! I love them all. I want to move to your neighborhood :o)

ST. MICHAEL'S WIFE May 7, 2009 at 3:16 pm

OHMG! I’m moving in right away!This is incredible! I would not only be your neighbor after receiving these goodies, I’d be your BFF!

Alicia W. May 7, 2009 at 4:23 pm

I found yours and Tidy Mom’s blogs today and I must say.. I’m in heaven! You guys have some amazing content and great personalities. Soooo glad I found you both because you will inspire me on so many things.

I would have LOVED to been that new neighbor and received that box of goodies. How freakin creative and thoughtful. Your like a good sweet non stalkerish version of Brea Vandacamp off of Desperate Housewives. :o)

Have a great day and I’m a follower now. YAY!

Linda May 7, 2009 at 4:32 pm

How sweet. I would love to be your new neighbor.

onegirliegirl May 7, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Um, yes, I’ll be your neighbor!

You totally rock with that gift idea!! LOVE IT!!!

Marie May 7, 2009 at 5:03 pm

I love that it’s so personal and welcoming! I hope they turn out to be just as nice…

On a seperate note, do you ever feel anxiety about giving away your handmade crafts? I make cards and then feel like I want to keep them. I probably have kept just as many as I’ve given away!

Ashley May 7, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Can I be your neighbor? Seriously? They are going to love it!!

Amy May 7, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Hanging my head in shame-I usually welcome them after my kids have done something horrible to theirs. No better way to meet a neighbor. Just kidding but last move in I got to meet after our kids started a fire together. And I also would love to be your neighbor.

Momma to Bug May 7, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Wow, talk about good first impressions! Those are all great ideas. Good for you! I hope they appreciate it :-)


Cali Girl May 7, 2009 at 5:21 pm

how adorale. how thoughtful. how sweet! please share their respone/reaction!!! xo.

christy May 7, 2009 at 5:45 pm

That is an awesome idea! Love it! I am such a sucky neighbor, I had two families move in in the last 2 years & I did NOTHING! There are only 7 houses on the street.

Nikki May 7, 2009 at 5:48 pm

I’ll be your neighbor! Wait, it seems like a lot of people said that. But I really mean it!

Stacy May 7, 2009 at 6:49 pm

Oh yeah, I’d be your neighbor! Nothing that nice happens around here!

Sam May 7, 2009 at 6:54 pm

what an absolutely lovely thing to do – we just don’t seem to do that kind of thing here in the UK – perhaps we should!

Amy May 7, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Okay, I so want to move to your neighborhood. What a great idea! I am about to move and now I have my expectations up. I will put this away for the day when I get new neighbors.

paperjunk-lc May 7, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Can you imagine what a wonderful world it would be in if we all did something so thoughtful. You’ve inspired me! This is a great idea.

Trish May 7, 2009 at 7:37 pm

That is one sweet welcome basket! As I was reading over your places with numbers, I noticed a Meijer… and a D&W. I checked out your profile and saw you are from Michigan :) Ah small world.. so am I :)

check back later!

Biteofpunkinpie May 7, 2009 at 7:45 pm

oh my goodness! are you the nicest neighbor or what? we’re going to have to start calling you Bree VanDeKampe! (i guess now its Bree Hodge)

thanks for sharing such an easy and wonderful idea! next new neighbors we have I’ll be sure to welcome them (the last new neighbors we got we’ve ignored. sigh.)

e.c May 7, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Very sweet. I love your ideas!

The Momma May 7, 2009 at 8:21 pm

I have to admit, I AM the neighbor that acts like nothing happened. Mine moved in two years ago, still think I can send something out?? :)

I love the idea though! It’s way ca-ute. I always wanted to take a picture of Husband and I at the sold sign in front of our house and never did.

Lil' Woman May 7, 2009 at 8:56 pm

What a great idea & such a sweet gift :)

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! May 7, 2009 at 10:03 pm


Purty please…can yuo just pretend I’m your neighbor…..

or best friend.

purty please.

Leslie May 7, 2009 at 10:10 pm

Great welcome gift. I’ve done similar things. We’ve always made friends with neighbors!

Miss(es) Canadian Pie May 7, 2009 at 10:21 pm

I’m moving next door next week. I’ll be looking for my no-bakes and my goodie box. And I’m so going to Rocky’s for some people watching…oh and ice-cream. You’re the best!

Susie from Bienvenue May 7, 2009 at 10:28 pm

What a sweet thing to do! Wish I lived by you~

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) May 7, 2009 at 10:39 pm

you. are. the. best. neighbour. What a great welcome gift. I know what you mean about the paper. Now, to pick your brain on gifts for co-workers…..

jori-o May 7, 2009 at 11:22 pm

I will SO be your neighbor!!

Mindy May 7, 2009 at 11:23 pm

I. WANT. TO BE. YOUR. NEIGHBOR! Minus the weather, the move, etc, etc. Smart thinking little lady :-)

Dawn May 8, 2009 at 12:24 am

What a cute idea! I want to be your neighbor!

Hugs from Eventually Cottage!

Lee Anne May 8, 2009 at 1:30 am

Okay, I’m moving in next to you. What a cute idea! Such a thoughtful person you are. Going to have to file this idea away for later use. Just so cute!

Lishak May 8, 2009 at 2:15 am

This is a fabulous idea! Thank you! As a military wife, our neighbors move quite often.
I was always scared to give food I bake, because people would think it’d be poisoned or something. This is perfect!

~Mommy+Me~ May 8, 2009 at 2:20 am

That’s incredibly creative and generous of you! Anyone would be lucky to have you as a neighbor! :)


Jodee Leader May 8, 2009 at 2:42 am

I want to be your neighbor too! What a great “welcome to the neighborhood” gift!

Sarah May 8, 2009 at 3:17 am

What a sweet idea!! It’s neighborly and useful and exactly what I would love to get when I move somewhere new!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room May 8, 2009 at 3:35 am

oh you are so neighborly! I wish you were my neighbor!!

michellejohnnie May 8, 2009 at 6:03 am

That is the coolest thing ever! I am linking so I can do this for my neighbors. You are brilliantly kind!

The Chatty Housewife May 8, 2009 at 6:40 am

This is the best EVER. What a great idea, you are so creative! The house across the street is for sale and now I am going to watching like a hawk to try and be the first one to welcome them to the neighborhood. My box would probably include a couple of less-stalkerish things. No offence! I just have a different personality. It would probably include cookies, home made bread, a bundle of home made thank you cards (because that is what I like to make), the local phone #’s list and a small bundle of cut flowers. I love the idea of giving it to them in a box or basket, because you always need organization tools when you move into a new home!

My name is Cheryl May 8, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Hey there! I popped over here from the Inspired Room link.
I love this idea you have put togther for your new neighbor and I am sure they will be most appreciative. It’s clear that you are a “wonderful” neighbor to have.

Elisabeth May 8, 2009 at 1:32 pm

What a sweet idea. I’m pretty sure I would be one of those ones that would ignore them since I’m on the SHY side! One of the bains of my life. :)

Teri May 8, 2009 at 3:39 pm

YES, I will be your neighbor! Can we just pretend? I love what you have done! I would really like the recipe posted for YOUR no-bake cookies. A friend of mine recently told me that when she was little they referred to those cookies as “preacher cookies”. Why? Because you could whip a batch up as soon as you saw the preacher’s car pull up the driveway! Has anyone else heard this?

Noelle May 8, 2009 at 3:50 pm

oh man, i wish we were moving into your neighborhood in july. i’ve actually been wondering what to bring my neighbors when we move in just as an ice breaker to say ‘hi, we are somewhat normal people, here’s (insert amazing easy yet smashing gift) to say hello. any ideas so we don’t come off as snotty/needy/weird? awesome blog. came here from inspired room.

Willow Decor: May 8, 2009 at 4:37 pm

You have an incredible capacity for work!! You are amazing! I wiah you were my neighbor…

Natalia May 8, 2009 at 5:25 pm

OMGoodness, yes I will!!! LOL

Happy Mother’s Day!


Kristi May 8, 2009 at 6:17 pm

What a wonderful idea!! Who wouldn’t want to be your neighbor?

Kimm at Reinvented May 8, 2009 at 6:17 pm

This is a FABULOUS idea, Chris! Would it be wrong of me to hope that one of my neighbors would move so that I can welcome a new neighbor with this cool idea? Yeah, you’re right, it would.
Happy Mother’s day to you!

One Craft Girl's Corner May 8, 2009 at 6:33 pm

You’re so creative! I’ll have to keep these ideas in mind!

CaLLie.ANN May 8, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Yes, absolutely. I would LOVE to be your neighbor.

Catherine May 8, 2009 at 7:10 pm

how cute are you!?! i want to be your neighbor.

Farmhouse Chic May 8, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Great idea!

SoBella Creations May 8, 2009 at 10:52 pm

That is a fantastic idea!!

Vanessa May 9, 2009 at 12:40 am

Can I be your neighbor!?! Wow you are too sweet! Are neighbors didn’t even notice when we moved in lol!

Cherry's Jubilee May 9, 2009 at 1:13 am

Very cool idea! Thanks for getting that “Mr. Rogers” stuck in my head! cherry

Jeannie May 9, 2009 at 1:29 am

I can’t wait to hear your neighbor’s reaction. May i be your neighbor please? good to meet you (thru Jeanne Caron – Jeanne’s bliss)

Kacey R. May 9, 2009 at 4:04 am

That is precious and so thoughtful! We had a new neighbor move in two weeks ago – and every time I see her I can’t catch her to say hello or introduce myself/family. She makes a mad dash for her front door! And I am really trying not to be the weird stalker neighbor – I just want to meet who is living next door! LOL Maybe cookies is the way to go…

Mrs. Jones May 9, 2009 at 11:25 am

That is a great idea! Whoever receives that gift will be blown away. And I’ve always loved those tiles.


Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality May 9, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Chris, you are a GREAT neighbor. I’ve thought of doing things, but never really do them. Good for you!

New Girl on Post May 9, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Ok..where can I find a neighbor like you? That is the most awesome welcome to the neighborhood gift I’ve ever seen!

Paula Barin May 9, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Hello, I just discovered your blog…. it’s fantastic!You have amazing ideas. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

Pat May 9, 2009 at 6:01 pm

This was SOOOO cool!
I want to be your next neighbor but since I probably will not be, I will just copy your idea for my next new neighbor!

Liz May 9, 2009 at 6:15 pm

Okay, so I am totally copying this idea and I mean totally, because I AM your neighbor! Well, at least I must live nearby as I know every place on your list and frequent them often. Great idea!!

Blarney May 10, 2009 at 12:41 am

Can you please move into my neighborhood?! Seriously, I am pretty sure the rule around here is not to talk to your neighbor at all costs. Ugh!

"Hello... It's Me Again..." May 10, 2009 at 3:24 am

We have new neighbors moving in this very weekend! What a cool idea to do to welcome them. I love all of your ideas, down to the pictures!! Awesome and how nice to know that people from the new neighborhood (us) are nice and welcoming. Great idea… I love it!

Julie May 10, 2009 at 7:26 pm

Really, Best Idea yet! I can totally tell that
1. You are a teacher(me, former kinder teacher, still in recovery)
2. You have to be one of the sweetest, most thoughful Yankee I hae ever stalked
3. I am super smart for stlking you!
Happy Mother’s Day and keep on sharing your awesome Ideas!

Paula May 10, 2009 at 11:18 pm

very cute and nice of you too. My neighbor brought me some cookie when I moved in 19 years ago and I swear we have never heard from another neighbor since. lol

Mellisa - Chinook Jewelry May 10, 2009 at 11:51 pm

Wow, what a fantastic thing to receive when you move into a new neighborhood. How thoughtful of you (and cute and crafty too!)

Sarah May 11, 2009 at 2:19 pm

You are so nice! Love the list!

Jessica May 12, 2009 at 1:48 am

What a great idea!!!!!

Sandy & Rick May 12, 2009 at 10:25 pm

I love the phone number idea! I hve been the new neighbor many times and it takes a LONG time to get to know what places have good food let alone good doctors, dentists, parks etc. I want to be your neighbor.

Mike May 13, 2009 at 1:55 pm

Wow…that is the NEATEST idea. I just came across your blog and wanted to let you know I think it ROCKS. I’ll be stopping by to see what you’re up. Feel free to drop by my blog too.

Savannah May 13, 2009 at 2:28 pm

I was just catching up on your blog and I just realized that you don’t live far from me! I recognized The Corner Bar and Reds on the River and thought hummm.. Just thought I would say Hello!

Bridget May 13, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Just found you through the Worthington Wire. GREAT idea! I love it! Totally stealing it! ;)

KT May 14, 2009 at 12:06 am

You may be the nicest neighbor ever.

Amy May 14, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Wow.. what a fabulous idea.. very kind, and welcoming.

Our Complete Family May 15, 2009 at 4:44 am

I love your welcome neighbor kit! Growing up with a military Dad we moved a bunch and military folks always did this type of thing! I’m married to a military guy and we do this for new neighbors, too! But we live in a civilian community now and they don’t do anything here. Bummed me out! Glad to see others do this fun stuff, too!
Your gift bundle turned out great hun! Les

momof3girls May 19, 2009 at 9:52 pm

I love your new neighbor gift!!!!! What a cute idea!!!! love your blog! I’m new here – you are sooo inspirational!

Zeemaid May 20, 2009 at 1:48 am

see.. I’m trying to get OFF the computer.. I’ve got WORK to do but I just keep reading and reading and reading….

Your blog is adorable. Love the new neighbour basket. How very thoughtful and creative you are.

Heather November 20, 2009 at 5:18 pm

What a fantastic idea! I'm also almost certain you live in the small town next to the one I grew up in, based on some of the locals you used, and the phone numbers. ;) How neat!

Anyway, this is a wonderful welcome to the neighborhood gift!

My Frugal Family

christi @ grey umbrella August 23, 2010 at 5:52 pm

this is one of the greatest ideas i've seen. thank you for sharing!

Aimee August 27, 2010 at 6:04 am

Such a wonderful idea! I'd like to move in next door. :) I featured you here. So clever!

- Brittany February 9, 2011 at 1:11 am

This is such a great idea! Just saw it on Tip Junkie. We do the phone number's and names of all the neighbors, but love the recommended restaurants idea.


Christy February 9, 2011 at 1:25 am

this is such a great idea…i think the pic of the house is just perfect! found you through tip junkie..this is just so thoughtful

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