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Creative “Welcome Neighbor” Gift Ideas + #ThatsGold Coca-Cola Giveaway

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Welcome Neighbor Gift Basket with Free Printables

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As someone immersed in the world of party design, I’ve shared a lot of big, splashy merrymaking over the years here at HWTM, but you and I both know that some of the best moments in life aren’t necessarily “big” celebrations…

They can come in the form of uncontrollable belly laughs that happen when you’re hanging out with good friends, or in the feeling of excitement that happens when your project turns out extra-fantastic, or in unexpected gestures of kindness –  like when someone surprises you with just the right thing to brighten your day (more on this below).


With the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in full swing and lots of talk about gold medals, I’ve teamed up with Coca-Cola on their #ThatsGold campaign to celebrate a different kind of gold… the everyday gold moments like the examples mentioned above.

Coca-Cola’s #ThatsGold campaign is shining a light on the everyday happy and humorous moments turned gold, and encouraging people to share them in order to inspire and spread happiness during the Olympic Games.

gold crystal Coca-Cola bottle

So here’s the deal:

1. I’m going to share a recent #ThatsGold moment of my own with you – something that happened amidst our long distance move this summer – and I’d love to also hear one from you!

2. Those of you that choose to share a #ThatsGold moment of your own can be entered to win a super sparkly and downright FABULOUS Coca-Cola bottle like the one that I’m holding above! It’s absolutely covered-to-the-bottle-cap in gorgeous crystals, and I’m SO EXCITED to have the opportunity to gift one of these to an HWTM reader. :)

Scroll down for details on how to enter at the bottom of this post. Entering is easy + you’ll be spreading happiness & positivity around with each entry, which is a win-win for all!

welcome neighbor basket at front door

My #ThatsGold Moment

A couple months ago, my family and I moved from San Diego, where I’ve lived for the past 20 years, back to the small town in northern California where I grew up. I’m not gonna lie – it was a hard move. Leaving close friends, the beautiful weather, the beautiful beach, and an incredible city all around. We had good reasons for moving though – the #1 being closeness to both of our immediate families… having kids has really amplified how much they – and we – are missing out on by living so far away from their grandparents and cousins.

Anyways, another positive aspect of the move is that one of my good friends from college lives in the same town. I haven’t been able to see her very often since college, but now she’s literally WALKING DISTANCE away from our house!

On our first day at the new place – when we were still exhausted from all the packing and driving and overwhelmed by the unpacking, I was feeling all kinds of emotional about the move. (#freakout) My friend suddenly showed up at my doorstep with the cutest “welcome to your new home!” gift basket, and I was just super touched by the thoughtfulness of this (very well timed!) gesture.

It just made me feel reassured that there were good things to come in this new chapter of life too, and… #ThatsGold!

I was also surprised by how much the items in the basket came in handy right away… like literally that day. So in addition to sharing this moment with you, I decided to design some printables and inspiration for others that are looking to welcome someone to their neighborhood… and create a #ThatsGold moment for them, too! ;)

Welcome Neighbor Gift Basket Printables

I’m a sucker for creative details of course, so I started off by designing a “Welcome to the Neighborhood” tag and matching printables to dress up the basket.

For the “basket” portion of this gift, I used an inexpensive utility bin, which can always come in handy for storage and organization later. Here’s what I put inside:

⁃    paper towels
⁃    napkins
⁃    disposable cups
⁃    ice-cold drinks: Coca-ColaCoca-Cola Zero
⁃    snacks (a sweet & salty trail mix)
⁃    hand sanitizer
⁃    hand soap
⁃    small coloring/pens set*

*I included this last item because the sidewalk chalk my friend had put in our basket was such a life saver for me with the kids! It’s always great to tailor any extra item(s) you include to the type of recipient: families with young kids, families with older kids, singles, couples, etc.

I also designed labels for the hand sanitizer, hand soap, and snacks to make everything coordinate. This is optional, of course… but it sure looks extra cute! ;)

Olympics themed Coca-Cola Cans

The most thoughtful item in the gift basket that I received was a list of recommended local favorites. I have already found my new hair dresser, dentist, favorite restaurant, and tons of local activities for my kids, thanks to this list! I designed a “Things We Love” printable for this new set, too. :)

Free Printable Things We Love Template for new neighbors

#ThatsGold Giveaway


1. Share one of your own #ThatsGold moments on social media (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter) via a photo, video, or written comment. You can also enter via written comment on this post. We want to see or hear about a moment that made you feel happy and joyful! You can even use this giveaway as an excuse to create a brand NEW gold moment.

2. Include the hashtags #ThatsGold and #HWTMgold on your entries so they can be found. (Please also tag @CocaCola if space and social media platform allow).

Note: Feel free to tag anyone else that was part of your gold moment and deserves a special shoutout!


The (1) winner of the Gold Crystal Coca-Cola bottle will be randomly selected from all of the entries. I will also share my top 5 favorite entries in a follow-up post.

Please enter by 11:59pm on Monday, August 15. Good luck!

crystal Coke bottle

See more and tune into the Rio 2016 Olympic Games starting August 5 through August 21 only on NBC!


Disclosure: The Coca-Cola Company sponsored this post and provided the prize. The Coca-Cola Company is not a sponsor, administrator or connected in any other way with the #ThatsGold project. As always, all thoughts and designs are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the companies that make it possible for me to keep the creative content coming your way!












  1. @kayla_peloquin August 8, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Creative “Welcome Neighbor” Gift Ideas + #ThatsGold Coca-Cola Giveaway https://t.co/qDyxmVnGvz

  2. @myukmailboxstaf August 8, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    “Welcome Neighbor”Gift Idea+ #ThatsGold Coca-Cola Giveaway- https://t.co/Bd3QduKuN2 via @HWTM_Jenn PS. Commented too https://t.co/Fxuen3F41i

  3. Ravi Roshan Jaiswal August 8, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Hi there,

    I salute your such a wonderful creative mind, it’s really great to know such a brilliant mind is in front of my eye.

    This gift idea is really unique and awesome and I’m sure who will take this, get amazed soon. Looks like easy but difficult to make for newbie. I haven’t thought before that is this really possible to design a perfect gift by using these few things which are easily available in everywhere.

    When, I saw this Gift Basket, I keep beholding for a long time about its design and modern look. The neighbor who take this, surely get surprised yourself. Because no one can think to get such awesome hand made gift.

    Thanks for posting it.
    – Ravi.

  4. @HWTM_Jenn August 9, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Got an everyday #ThatsGold moment to share? A kindness, a win (big or small) Let’s hear it! https://t.co/Ejb0kYhOBQ https://t.co/uqMsQjjLBD

  5. kim August 9, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    wow would love to win

  6. V Lee August 9, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Sorry I don’t do Instagam or twitter but I still wanted to enter a #thatsgoldmoment. Our local town news paper prints the monthly school board meeting notes. I read the notes and saw one of the discussions was the hot lunch program. There were several families behind on paying for hot lunch tickets for their children. Long story short, I went to the school and paid the outstanding balance with a little extra incase a child didn’t have money one day for a lunch ticket, Every child needs food in their stomach to do well in school. #ThatsGold moments, #ThatsGold and #HWTMgold , @CocaCola

    • jenn s. August 10, 2016 at 6:51 am

      Hi V – I LOVED reading this so much – thank you so much for doing that and for sharing it! Written comments count as entries too. :)

  7. Jennifer Allen August 10, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    I collect coke love it!!!

  8. paula s August 10, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    My #ThatsGold moment is when my daughter (turns 9 this mth) comes to me asking if we can do pay it forwards like we have done in past. We for a wk did payitforwards and done things such as…leaving money in machines for children to find, left a note on total strangers car saying…We hope you have a wonderful day and have a icecream on on with 3.00 attached (this time I will never forget as we sat in car over hr watching the car to see who came to get in and what they did when saw the note) That was a very special time with my daughter we laughed and made memories to last forever. I remember when the lady came out and got in car she didnt see note and started driving off! We was hollering to ourselfs in car NOOoooooo get the note! lol She did see note stopped in parking lot and got out and got it with a smile on her face got back in car. We left 3 roses on a ladies car in parking lot with a nice note. We paid for people behind us in line at drive thru a cold drink. Then as life sometimes does we forgot the payitforward and got busy with everyday life. My daughter came to me and said Mom I know we cant afford to do alot with money but I loved the payitforward and there are lots of things we could do I wonna start it again! This was my all time #ThatsGold moment and put a huge smile on my face and touched my heart. We will payitforward as long as Im living and know she will continue when Im gone with her children one day. #HWTMgold Thank you for awesome chance and gl everyone!! Im tagging you o

    • Paula s August 10, 2016 at 11:45 pm

      I should of said I love your #ThatsGold moment! What a great and thoughtful idea! Ill have to remember this and try to payitforward with one day. Daughter would love making baskets for new people moving in the neighborhood. I big into couponing so could be buying up some things to stuff our baskets with as I find deals! Thanks for sharing #HWTMgold

    • jenn s. August 11, 2016 at 7:01 am

      This is so sweet, Paula! I totally agree that RAOK’s and “pay it forwards” are the best! You seriously never know how much even a small gesture like paying for someone’s drink can affect someone and brighten their day – and it often causes a ripple effect. :) Such a great lesson to pass onto your kids too!

  9. Kasey Williams August 11, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    My #ThatsGold moment is visiting my son on the weekends since he does not live with us. Hearing him use the new words he has learned just cracks me up! We were at lunch and he says Mom I have to tell you a story but not now because it isnt appropriate lol #HWTMgold

  10. Darla August 13, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    My #thatsgold moment is those little moments when I make someone happy

  11. maureen August 14, 2016 at 9:31 am

    SO CUTE!!! Love it, Jenn!

  12. Sabrina Mix August 15, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    My real “ThatsGold Olympic moment was going to Rio with my husband watch the men’s singles tennis final. We really wanted to have seen the Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal fighting for the title, which was not possible. But the atmosphere of the place and the people of the city was indescribable. As the Brazilians say, it’s really a “Marvelous City”.

  13. Sabrina Mix August 15, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    My real #ThatsGold Olympic moment was going to Rio with my husband watch the men’s singles tennis final. We really wanted to have seen the Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal fighting for the title, which was not possible. But the atmosphere of the place and the people of the city was indescribable. As the Brazilians say, it’s really a “Marvelous City”.

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