When you visit a friend’s new home for the first time it is traditional to take an inexpensive gift “for the house”. The gift does not need to be elaborate and does not even need to be wrapped. Something that will help liven the home or save the home owner time is always appreciated. The following is a list of possible housewarming gift ideas.
Housewarming Gift Baskets
- Initialed cocktail napkins
- Decorative dish towels
- Potted plants
- Fresh flowers
- A door wreath
- Playing cards or game
- Kitchen gadgets
- Bathroom accessories
- Garden tools
- Food or beverages
- Scented Candles
- Decorative vase or serving bowl
- A pair of brass or crystal candlesticks
- A picture frame
A housewarming gift basket can be a lot of fun to give and to receive. Pulling several things together in a basket or a tote is an easy way to give several little things. Be creative with the basket idea a gift basket doesn’t necessarily need to be a basket things could be presented in a tote, a laundry basket, a canvas bag, or even a bucket the possibilities are limitless! Here are a few housewarming gift basket ideas.
A garden basket. This can contain seed packets, a few potted plants and planter, fertilizer, a trowel and dandelion digger, and a pair of gardening gloves.
A basket of tools. This basket can really come in handy with a new house and the minor repairs that come along with it. Having a screw driver, hammer, nails, and some wrenches handy when you move in to a new home can be helpful.
Painting supplies. Most people choose to do a fresh painting job on some area of their new home. A basket could include a drop cloth, painters tape, paint brushes, rollers, handle and rolling pan.
Walling hanging basket. The new home owners will want to get their pictures on the walls to make it feel a little more like home. A basket with brads, nails, picture hooks, a small level and a small hammer maybe even a frame will help them get the job done more quickly.
A bathroom basket. If you know how many bathrooms the new house has you can purchase some nice smelling or organic soaps either bar soap or soap in a dispenser for each bathroom. You could put these in a small basket with a few neutral hand towels.
A cleaning kit. Purchase a few cleaning supplies along with lint-free micro-fiber clothes and place it all in a bucket with a ribbon tied on the handle.
A light bulb basket containing a variety of bulb wattages and including eco friendly lighting solutions.
Unique Housewarming Gifts
It is not unusual for a new homeowner to have pride in their house and invite people over to celebrate. When you are invited to one of these open houses it is traditional to bring a gift along for the new home however figuring out what to bring can be a headache. It seems that people already have what they need and traditional housewarming gifts don’t always seem to fit. If you’re looking for a unique housewarming gift here are a few ideas to get your creative ideas flowing.
Personalized items such as bath soaps, hand towels, or an engraved door knocker.
Gift Cards for restaurants. Moving takes a lot of work and the unpacking can take weeks. A gift card gives the home owner an opportunity to get out of the house for a little while and relax.
Gift cards for home improvement stores where they might go to buy paint or home supplies is a gift that will be used and much appreciated.
A welcome mat is something any home could use and what a perfect way for the new home owner to welcome more visitors to their new home. Welcome mats can even be personalized to make the gift a little more special and unique.
A magazine subscription to a home decorator magazine or some other type of home magazine would be something the home owner could enjoy all year long. Use a current issue of the magazine with a ribbon around it to present the subscription gift.
If you know the address of the house you could purchase the house numbers to hang above the garage or on the side of the house. There are a variety of stands that can be added to the front garden that hold house numbers as well.
Some fun address labels with the new address as well as a couple of note pads with the new address would be helpful especially if the new homeowner sends out change of address cards.
A house maintenance and memory book is a fun and unique house warming gift. This is usually a spiral bound book with places for the homeowners to write a maintenance schedule for varies areas of the house. It also provides places for them to record work that they have done to the house – painting rooms, additions, and other projects. You could order one online or create your own.
If you want to be a little different and know when moving day is you could fill a cooler with ice and cold drinks and drop it off at the new house with a note. The cold drinks will be appreciated throughout the busy day. Just be sure that if they are at the new home working you don’t stay around for more than a few minutes so they don’t lose too much time socializing.
Be creative and adventurous with your gift ideas!