New neighbors just moved in across the street. It's a young family with two little boys, 9 months and 3 years. The day after they arrived, I dropped off a note asking if I could help in any way, and gave them my name and phone number. Anything else you can think of that might be helpful to this family in the way of foods or a small, useful but inexpensive gift? A few of you have had recent experience with moves. What would you have appreciated?
The thing I would have most appreciated (if they are new to the area) is a little hand drawn map or even just a list with addresses of your favorite places for things like hardware store, pizza, groceries, neighborhood bar or liquor store (oh yeah), best libraries, hair salons, pediatrician, or even maybe even comparisons between shops and services...like little mini-reviews listing pros and cons of different places! Or a bunch of menus for carry-out, map indicating houses with little children in the neighborhood, babysitters, best parks, etc. There might be a local publication already that has a "best of..." edition.
I've also organized a "pounding" for someone who moved -- all the kitchen and bathroom items that can be so costly when starting over. Or you could organize a kid-friendly neighborhood drop-in or cook-out at a nearby park if you have that kind of neighborhood.
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When we moved into our current neighborhood, we were new to the whole area. Neighbors came in droves to introduce themselves and usually brought pastries which was nice too. Our neighbors were wonderful in providing all sorts of info like seasonal activities in the area, best pizza restaurant, the name of a good dentist, etc. A list like that would be very appreciated.
In the old neighborhood, the neighbors got together and brought us an entire dinner. It was a soup from the crockpot with salad and bread and a dessert. It was already warmed up and ready to eat, complete with paper bowls and utensils. We literally didnt have to do anything.. They had asked what night would be good for us. It was so delicious and appreciated, especially in the middle of unpacking, etc. Im sure a young family would love this too.
I think just introducing yourself and making yourself available is great!!
I have been fortunate to have the nicest neighbors in my old and now my current neighborhood.
I think I'm going to type up a list of local places that might be useful to them (with locations and comments), and make fresh, unsweetened applesauce for the children.(That will be easy for me and best for them, because my pastry-baking skills are questionable, to say the least!)
Thanks for your thoughtful suggestions.
This message has been edited by wcl on Jul 23, 2012 7:34 AM
If they are maybe a gift card to a local restaurant or play place for the kids. I usually just make something to bring over to introduce myself. I wish I had a neighbor like you though who offers to help out, lucky people they are.
They moved up here to the suburbs from NYC, and like many city transplants I've met, they are probably a little suspicious of their new neighbors. I'd like to "disarm" them a little with some neighborliness!