Top Housewarming Gifts for New Homeowners
You may not be able to gather with friends to celebrate a move to a new home during this pandemic but that doesn’t prevent you from helping them celebrate with a housewarming gift that they will cherish and remember. But what should you give? Should it be practical or personal?
When it comes to housewarming gifts, there really are no rules. The secret is to focus on items that will contribute to the enjoyment of their new home and their new life there. It is helpful if you know a bit about their likes and dislikes and what they are planning for their new home. It really is the thought that counts so there is no need to spend a lot of money. Here are some ideas for housewarming gifts they will love and are perfect for just about everyone.
Practical gifts are a safe choice
Sometimes, the safest bet is to go with a practical gift — something they need and will use. After all, it is a new home your friends are moving into, so chances are they need a lot of items. This is especially true for couples starting their life together or that single moving into his or her first apartment.
Kitchenware is always a safe choice because the kitchen is usually the heart of the home and the possibilities are practically endless. A personalized cutting board is a classic housewarming gift. It is all-in-one: practical, decorative, and personal. The same goes for customized coasters. They are fun, cute, and, therefore, they will always remember to use them. What’s more, you will also give the gift of no-water-stains on the new table.
Regardless of whether their favorite morning beverage is coffee, tea, or cocoa, a funny mug will get lots of use. Of if the new homeowner is a woman she will love a “You Are An Amazing Woman” mug with matching coaster which can also be used on top of the mug to keep the beverage warm. Either of these would be both practical and personal and insure that you are remembered each time the mug is filled with their favorite hot drink
Depending on your budget and their needs, other options could be a set of knives, new wine glasses, an electric kettle, a rice cooker or ceramic bowls. If they enjoying relaxing with an alcoholic drink after a hard day, a bartender kit is something most people would not buy for themselves.. A rice cooker or an electric kettle are also good housewarming gifts for new homeowners. Although not a gift to be used in the kitchen, a personalized box of brownies or a tropical bundt cake would be a unique option that could be enjoyed with that cup of hot coffee or tea.
Other practical options
Settling into a new home, whether down the street or across the country, isn’t always easy. A gift that helps them relax and feel at home is always a good idea. A nice warm blanket or fun slippers help create that “I’m happy to be here” cozy feeling as they relax watching their favorite TV program. Even if they don’t need them, they are useful for when they have guests. Speaking of guests, a fun doormat is always a nice welcome and a way to bring a smile to both guests and hosts’ faces.
Also, the smell is what makes the home feel yours. Another attractive option is an essential oil diffuser with a set of essential oils or a special candle.
We have already mentioned a cutting board, coasters, and brownies. But there are many more options. For instance, not many people will think of personalized stationery. If your friends will have a home office, a customized memo board or a custom return address stamp are great gift ideas that are classy, unexpected, and unique. Although electronic mail is now the choice of many, there are still times when people send mail the old-school way through the post office.
If you are familiar with the gift recipient’s taste and are familiar with the new house décor, you can opt for something decorative. Fun throw pillows, a framed photo of a favorite landmark or a wine rack are possibilities. Throw in a bottle or two of your friends’ favorite wines to begin stocking the wine rack. Of course, interesting lamps, sculptures, or paintings are viable options, as long as they fit with the rest of the decor. For a few years now, Himalayan salt lamps have been a popular gift. They give a subtle glow and are very decorative. They are a nice choice because they are one of those good-for-your-soul gifts that show good intention.
A lush plant is an excellent gift choice to bring life into a new space. In addition, there are plants specifically appropriate for these occasions; for instance, the so-called money tree. It’s a highly resilient and pet-friendly plant, believed to welcome wealth and fortune. It makes it a perfect housewarming gift. Moreover, you can choose a pot design and color that fits the rest of the space.
In case your imagination has decided to go on strike, a gift basket is a foolproof option. There are various combinations of content and sizes. You can even get a custom gift basket and make it more personal. A unique gift basket idea is a ceramic house filled with treats that, when empty, can be used to store kitchen utensils in the kitchen, or washcloths in the bathroom or even as a planter.
Sometimes, gift-giving is a piece of cake. Other times, it may give you headaches. Sure, it’s the thought that counts. But even though the gift may be inexpensive, it should be something that the recipient will appreciate and that won’t end up being regifted or tossed out.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution as each person and each new home is different. What may be a good present for you might not be for others. Consider what they like, need, and may not buy for themselves. Make it a gift that will be memorable.