Six years ago, I was given the title “Ideas for Welcome Gifts” for publication on eHow.com. The article was originally published on April 16, 2010. It is no longer published there so I am free to publish it here.
When a new neighbor or coworker receives an appropriate welcome gift, they begin to feel at home in their new surroundings. Finding an appropriate gift does not need to stress the budget or imagination of the gift giver. Meeting a few initial needs makes the new neighbor or coworker feel welcomed into the community. A neighborhood or community of coworkers might choose to pool their financial resources to support larger items rather than give smaller, individual gifts.
Welcome a new neighbor or business associate with a personalized gift. Welcome new neighbors with a personalized door plaque or a personalized flower pot that includes a live plant. A door plaque or flower pot personalized with the family name adds an extra touch of ownership to the new home and helps the new family prepare to welcome their first guests. Welcome a new business associate with a collection of personalized business stationary such as notepads, pens and staplers. Personalized business supplies make a new coworker feel like part of the team and help create a sense of belonging.
Organizing supplies such as plastic containers with lids, heavy duty decorative boxes and shoe organizers help the new homeowners organize their belongings as they unpack. Include various colors and sizes so that the homeowner may easily decide where to place the organizing materials in an effort to match the new decor. Welcome new coworkers with similar supplies that fit their workspace.
New homeowners often need to repair a closet door, bathroom sink or a scratched piece of trim. They might need outdoor supplies such as a garden hose, materials for a new garden or landscaping supplies. A gift card for the local hardware store provides the means for them to purchase needed items without adding more costs to the move. Welcome a new coworker with a gift card to the local office supply store.
The Gift of Food
In addition to unpacking boxes and organizing the new home, the recently moved need to restock their pantry. The first trip to the grocery store adds additional cost and stress to the move. Give the gift of canned or prepackaged, non-perishable foods. Add a frying pan, pot, a can opener and a few cooking utensils along with a supply of paper plates, cups and napkins. Alternately, help them to know their new neighborhood with a gift certificate to a local restaurant. Making those first few meals a little easier on the new family makes them feel right at home. Welcome the new coworker with gift certificates to several local restaurants.