Moving to a new neighborhood is an exciting and nerve-wracking experience. It’s refreshing to start over and make a new home with new friends. But how exactly do you make those new friends? Do you introduce yourself? Do you wait for the neighbors to come to you?
When we moved to our first neighborhood, I didn’t know ANYBODY. I had this image in my head about how I would sit outside with other mothers and talk about the goings on around us. But making friends can be more difficult when you have no idea where to start. You need something to help you break the ice, and a gift might be just the ticket.
Whenever the holidays roll around, I try to choose five homes in the neighborhood to deliver a gift to. I’m a big fan of autumn, and so I started sharing my favorite things that autumn has to offer. Pumpkin bread, Egg Nog, and Apple Cider are a few of my top choices. I wrap it all in a basket, attach a card introducing my husband and myself, and deliver the basket to five families. This may seem a little out there, but it’s an ice-breaker that has proven effective time and again. Your neighbors will want to return the favor. They’re gift will most likely include some of their favorite items, and you may find you have a lot in common.
I also like to deliver these baskets when we move away from a neighborhood. The baskets help our friends remember us and what we enjoyed. If we move to/from a neighborhood at a certain time of year, I choose the nearest holiday and try to create a basket for it. These baskets are perfect for the Fourth of July, Easter, Christmas, and more.
One of the best things about living in a neighborhood is the relationships you make. It’s hard to leave your old friends behind, but it is very rewarding to make new ones. Starting over is never easy, but if you can come up with a way to break the ice, you’ll fall in love with your new neighbors every time.