Post # 1
I would love some opinions on this! We had new next door neighbors move in a few weeks ago (we were on vacation the week they moved in). I want to be friendly, so I’m considering baking and dropping off cookies to introduce myself and welcome them. But I don’t usually put myself out there and am worried that they are going to think it’s weird and way too much. I just don’t know if they will take it as me being nice or me being intrusive. Should I just wait to introduce myself one day in passing?
Post # 2
I think it’s really nice! I always like to go meet the neighbours. It’s only backfired once, when THEY were weird and then always wanted to talk to us while we were out and about haha. Every other time I think it was appreciated and started to build our neighbourly rapport.
Post # 3
It would be a very nice gesture.
Post # 4
That’s a nice gesture! We are in the awkward situation of just moving into a new construction neighborhood… we are all new and no one knows who or how to greet each other! It’s been awkward!
Post # 5
jkweddingb : definitely reach out. I can say that the neighbors I know the best are the ones that came over and said hello!
Post # 6
I think it’s definitely welcome! Even if they aren’t looking to make friends with you, it’s always appreciated to know there is someone they can ask various questions about the neighborhood like garbage pickup, parking, etc.
Post # 7
Bring the cookies! We just moved into our first house and finally after three weeks, one neighbor came by yesterday to introduce himself. It’s awkward being the new kid and so appreciated when someone is welcoming. Don’t be nervous – they’re more nervous than you are.
Post # 8
I think that would be so sweet (pun intended). I wish I had more neighbors like you. Just a warning, dont include nuts in the cookies. So many people have nut allergies these days.
Post # 9
Do it! We live rurally and don’t actually talk to one neighbor who is a few acres away and they are weird and their place is an eyesore. Speaking from that, having a good relationship with neighbors is SO nice. We love the rest of our “neighbors” up and down our road.
It can be a quick intro “Hey there, welcome to the neighborhood. We just got back on vacation and saw you moved in. Enjoy the cookies and let us know if you need anything! We’re happy to help if you have any questions about living around here.”
Also, depending on the vibe you get from them, I would maybe throw in an offer to watch animals, plants, get the mail, etc if they’re ever away.
Post # 10
Thats so nice!
I would suggest that you gift them a purchased treat rather than a homemade treat.
Some people may be iffy about that (like me – maybe its only me? who knows!)
Post # 11
caitlinbee : I disagree with that. A small homemade gift is a token of warmth and welcoming. A store bought gift is too OTT for a welcome to the neighbourhood IMO. They could feel like they need to reciprocate somehow.
The neighbours don’t have to eat it if they don’t want to or feel comfortable to. It’s just a gesture.
OP – I would definitely drop past and introduce yourself. The faster you do it, the more likely you’ll save yourself the akward introduction when you are taking out the bin without a bra, or similar “awkward” circumstance (or does that only happen to me?)
Post # 12
I would consider maybe putting together a basket of Pre packed goods. If my neighbor whom I don’t know brought me cookies or home baked goods which I would greatly appreciate the gesture the cookies would be in the garbage after the neighbor left. I would never eat something from someone I don’t know.
Post # 13
caitlinbee : sorry I did not see this when I replied. I’m like you, I would never eat something from someone I don’t know.
Post # 14
beeyouteefal : thanks for your opinion. I’ve thought about that potential scenario too, but they don’t LOOK like they would be weird, at least. Haha
Post # 15
hockeybee0104 : ha, I have never thought of that! Maybe one of you needs to have a cookout and invite everyone at once!