Whether you’re helping to set your son or daughter up in halls or wish to congratulate your favorite first-time homeowner on the purchase of their new house, these practical housewarming gifts will be a welcome addition to any abode.
But first things first, what makes a great housewarming gift? If you’ve moved home yourself, you’ll know that it can be a stressful time.
From having to go without a kitchen for the first few months, especially if you’re revamping the new house, to forgetting which box holds the bed linen, your work attire or a particular charger, there are a number of issues that can arise.
With this in mind, it’s always a good idea to tailor the gift to the individual…
Housewarming gift etiquette
Although gifts should not be expected, they’re a great way to help others celebrate their new home. If you’re invited to the housewarming party, this is the perfect time to gift the recipient.
However, not everyone will throw a party. If this is the case, you can send the gift via post, or take it along when you pop around for a coffee.
There is no set amount of money you should spend on a gift. In fact, you can make the gift if you wish too – it’s the thought that counts!
From store-bought presents to gifts purchased online to baked goods, there are a number of options to choose from.
One general rule to keep in mind when purchasing or making a housewarming present is to tailor it to the recipient. A personal gift that matches the individual’s style and the taste is always a welcome gift.
Housewarming Gift ideas…
A vase: Fresh flowers add an instant injection of color to any room in the household, they do however require a vessel! A pretty vase makes a great housewarming gift, and if you’re feeling particularly generous, why not add a bouquet of flowers too!
A doormat: Today’s doormats come in a range of colors, shapes, and sizes! Many feature cute slogans such as ‘welcome home’, ‘hooray you’re here’ or ‘I’m so happy to see you’. They’re an ideal housewarming gift for those who are close to you, as you can make them as personal as you wish!
Plants and Green Gifts: If your host is a bit of a green-fingered connoisseur, housewarming gifts such as gardening tools or a gardening gift basket are great ideas. Orchids, ferns, bonsai trees and cacti are all good options, especially when teamed with a complementing plant pot. Specialty plants such as the above do require special care, which means it’s wise to include handwritten care instructions.
Alternatively, if the recipient wishes to grow their own vegetable garden, gardening gifts such as a starter kit comprising saplings, seeds, planters, and how-to gardening guides will make the perfect housewarming present!
Bamboo plant: A bamboo plant is a popular housewarming gift, as it’s symbolic of good fortune. The number of stalks symbolizes different meanings – three to six stalks mean happiness, five to seven stalks encourage good health and eight and nine signify wealth and good fortune.
A Wreath for the Front Door: Wreaths add instant homeliness to a front door. Opt for a wreath that is tailored to the season, the homeowner’s style or the color of their new front door. Real wreaths can last for many months, which makes this particular present idea a gift that keeps on giving.
The Gift of Food: This is a great gift to give those who are still unpacking! It’s likely they haven’t even thought about how they are going to prepare their next meal or which box their culinary equipment is stored in! From picnic baskets complete with plates, cutlery and glasses, to a homemade casserole, the gift of food is always welcome, especially when teamed with a bottle of wine or champagne!
Scents: Decorative scented candles, incense sticks, fragrance oils, or bubble bath will add instant ambiance to a new home. If you’re unable to visit the house in person, this is a good gift to send as it’s not too bulky.
Something special: A quality serving bowl, crystal glasses or silverware can leave lasting memories and is a gift friend and family are likely to keep in their home forever. Tailor this gift to the individual’s personal style and their home décor, to ensure it complements their new house.
Gift hampers: Gift baskets containing everything from artisan chocolates to gourmet coffee, cheeses and a variety of tea leaves make the perfect housewarming presents. When everything is finally unpacked, this is something the recipients can enjoy whilst admire all of their hard work.
Dinner and a Movie: A gift voucher for dinner and the cinema is a great idea! It’s likely the recipients are getting a little tired of unpacking boxes and trying to find pots and pans to cook with – this housewarming gift offers the ideal escape!
Custom Mailbox: Create a custom mailbox for the new homeowners! This is a great housewarming present and one that promises to create instant curb appeal.
Artwork: If you’re gifting someone very close to you, such as your son or daughter, a piece of art is a great idea – particularly if this is their first home, as it’s likely they’ll have few belongings and lots of empty walls to decorate. It’s also something that is likely to increase in value.
A voucher for an interior store:
If you’re unsure of what to gift a new homeowner, opt for a voucher. This could be for a department or homeware store. This will allow the new homeowner to pick out something they really love, and an item they don’t already have but need. This is a good option for a new friend, as you’re less likely to know their style.
If you’ve sent or received some fantastic housewarming gifts we’d love to hear from you so we can share those experiences with our readers.
Author: Sarah Marsalle
Sarah Marsalle is a dedicated gifting expert since 2016. She helps people to do, say and give in more gracious and loving way. She is a guru in gift traditions and has thousands of ideas for any and all important events in life.