Thoughtful Thursday

In the next few weeks I want to try something new in my neighborhood.  It’s not an original idea, but I don’t hear about it very often.

First, I want to find just the right basket or container, and then fill it with some home-baked goodies, hand-dipped candles, home grown from the garden, or soap or similar items (could even be coupons to mow the yard or rake, etc) and then take it to my closest neighbor’s house with a note inside that says:

This is a traveling basket for the neighborhood in _____.  In a sincere desire to let you know that we appreciate having you as a neighbor, we wanted to share some things from our home, to yours   Please keep these,  put some of your own items in the basket and then pass it along to the next neighbor within the next 5 days.

We have included a list of the neighbors names as well as some ideas of what to put in the basket.


  • Flowers from your garden
  • Produce from your garden
  • Something you baked
  • Something you sewed, crocheted, etc
  • A set of new kitchen towels
  • Something you picked up in town specifically for them
  • It could even be a note with a promise to offer your service to them (from your business, raking, hobby or shoveling snow, washing cars or windows, etc)

If everyone does it within 5 days, it should be back around in about a year


2 thoughts on “Thoughtful Thursday

  1. Emily says:

    This is an excellent KARE idea. ???

    We delight in sending out what I call “care packages” to friends and family in randomness. It is a fun surprise when they are not expecting something which makes for a better gift, IMHO.

    As for our neighbors, one of them often drops off all kinds of things. I found this to be common when you have a larger sized family. I guess they think we can always use it, which we often can and do. Our relationship is an informal one. They will ask to borrow what they need and we give them eggs plus exchange canned goods in season which is nice too. Then we have the other neighbor who will never accept our gifts. 😦 Oh well, that doesn’t mean you should withhold.

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