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A Gift for New Neighbors

We have two new neighbors, and nothing breaks the ice like a simple gift. My favorite welcome present is a 1.7-ounce jar of Fox Point Seasoning from Penzeys Spices. Moving to a new home often means purging — sometimes clearing out the spice rack — so fresh spices make a welcome gift. This Penzeys jar costs $8 so your neighbor won’t feel beholden.

A flavorful mix of salt, chives, peppercorns, scallions and shallots, Fox Point Seasoning adds zest to chicken, fish, salads and steamed vegetables. I can no longer imagine scrambled eggs without it.

Simply tie a ribbon just under the lid and attach a welcome card with your names signed legibly. Walk over to your new neighbor, introduce yourself and give a neighborly present.

Welcome Home Gifts

Dorothy Gale was right: there’s no place like home. So when my wife was out of town recently, I wanted to welcome her back with some simple gifts.

First, I cleaned; it’s a great feeling when you come home to a freshly cleaned house. Next, I picked up a bouquet of flowers from my local florist, putting them in a pottery vase on the kitchen table.

Then I found a Tuscan-themed magnetic whiteboard from The Lang Store. This whiteboard fits the style of the dishes she bought in Italy, so I knew she would love it. I posted the whiteboard on the refrigerator and wrote in dry-erase marker “Welcome Home!”