Whether you’re new to the neighbourhood or you’ve lived there for years, the holidays provide a great opportunity to meet your neighbours. What better way to get to know the people on your block or in your building than to bring them a small, thoughtful gift to break the ice? The size of the gift doesn’t matter; what matters is building relationships with your neighbours.
Here are some gift ideas for the holidays:
- Hot cocoa or apple cider mix in mugs will keep your neighbours toasty on a cold winter’s day. Pick up a few sets at discount and department stores around the holidays.
- Cookie mixes in mason jars are sure to express the holiday spirit. Fill the jar with mixes for holiday favourites like gingerbread or sugar cookies.
- Baked goods are a timeless gift. While you’re baking cookies for the holidays, bake a few dozen extra to give to your neighbours. Other yummy options include popcorn balls, bread or pies.
- Poinsettias are a symbol of the holiday season. Give one to your neighbour, or choose another winter flowering plant such as kalanchoe, amaryllis or paperwhite narcissus.
- A bottle of wine or another favourite beverage is a nice surprise your neighbours are sure to appreciate.
3 Benefits of Knowing Your Neighbours
- Safety. Neighbourhoods where people know one another tend to be safer than those where people are strangers. Friendly neighbours might feel more comfortable notifying authorities if they see suspicious activity
– Starting a neighbourhood watch program.
– Keeping an eye on your neighbour’s house while they’re out of town.
- Sharing. Tight-knit neighbours are more likely to share resources, whether it’s a hammer or extra goodies from the garden.
– Helping your elderly neighbours with yard work like shovelling snow.
– Taking dinner to a neighbour who is under the weather.
- Social support. People with strong social ties are not only happier, but they also tend to live longer
– Organizing a block party or potluck dinner to get to know them.
– Smiling and waving at your neighbors when they pass by your house
3 Ways to Be a Better Neighbour
- Be friendly. A little small talk goes a long way. Say “hello” to your neighbours, and try to get to know them.
- Be considerate. If you share walls with your neighbours, be aware of the noise that your appliances, gadgets and animals make, especially if your neighbour has a different work schedule from you. And, be sure to keep it down after 9 or 10 pm.
- Keep your place tidy. Whether you live in an apartment, a subdivision or in a rural area, it’s important to keep your property in good shape. Sweep your doorway, pick up litter and mow your lawn.
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