Neighborhood Holiday Baskets

2Today we have a guest post from Aimee Swift. Aimee found a fun, creative way to meet her new neighbors! Check it out and find out a little more about Aimee and her own blog below:

When my husband and I first moved into our Tulsa rental I told myself I was going to make a basket of goodies for each of our neighbors and get to know them immediately.

Then, time got the best of me. Unpacking boxes became a priority. Days turned into weeks which turned into months. And here we are getting close to three months into our life in our new home and we haven’t met a neighbor. Not one.

That’s why I decided to make some holiday themed baskets to finally meet them. And I am so glad that I did!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made four baskets for our four closest neighbors. I included pumpkin bread, hot chocolate, candy canes, paper straws, a notepad and a card. I wrapped it all up in plastic wrap and washi tape (my current obsession) and hand-delivered each of them with my husband and daughter.

The great thing about holiday baskets is you can make them if you’ve been in your new place for a day or even if you’ve been in your new place for a year (or more). People love it when others think of them, and the holiday season is the best time to do that!

A few pointers if you decide to make some baskets:

First, keep it simple. You don’t need to bake five trillion sugar cookies, each with a different design and story. Just do what you can do.

Second, schedule a time. After sharing my idea with my husband we picked a date to deliver the goodies. Having a date kept me accountable to following through.

Third, keep a budget. It’s easy to go overboard. Decide how much you want to spend and stick to it. I bought most of my items from the Michael’s dollar bin. Target is great for that, too!

Fourth, write your name and address in the card. They may forget your name as soon as you leave their front door, so make it easier on them. (Likewise, write down their names as soon as you get home so you don’t forget)!

Finally, remember it’s just for fun! They’re just your neighbors!

I was most definitely a nervous wreck leading up to the delivery, but would you believe it if I told you that we met and had a conversation with every single neighbor we delivered them to! It was great!

Aimee, a Missouri native, currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her husband, daughter and 90 pound lab. Her and her family recently moved to Tulsa from Columbia, Missouri for her husband’s job. Once a middle school science teacher, Aimee now stays at home with her daughter. Between swim lessons and story times, Aimee enjoys a good cup of coffee, crafting and blogging. On the weekends you can find their family discovering new adventures in the city. 

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