Simple but Welcome Housewarming Gifts
Housewarming gifts don’t have to be homemade brownies or a “Home Sweet Home” cliché. New homeowners have just plunked down a serious chunk of their savings. Help them settle in with these practical gifts and offerings, in a range of budgets, that can truly make a new house feel like home.
Seriously, moving is hard work. Who wants to cook when you’re surrounded by boxes and can barely remember where your phone is, much less a clean pot? A stash of paper plates, plastic cups and a gift card to a local restaurant can feel practically luxurious after a long day of unpacking.
A six-pack of craft beer or a bottle of wine can serve as a fun way to christen a new home. Include glassware, openers and coasters for a gift that lasts longer than the consumables will!
Look beyond your grandmother’s ficus. If you know the new homeowner’s style, look for a fun planter that matches—farm-style wood, modern ceramics or a color that matches the decor. Because really, unless the homeowner in question has a horticultural degree, there’s always room for a little greenery. Or, if your friend has a nice yard, a few tasteful outdoor flowers ready for replanting could have an impact.
New Address Items
Gift self-addressed fine stationary. Order mailing labels in fun designs or self-inking stamps. If you feel confident in your knowledge of the new homeowner’s design tastes, order fun house numbers or a plaque for inside the home with the family name and new address.
Duct tape, extension cords … everyone needs things like this when they move. Try an “unpacking survival kit” in a five-gallon bucket with some mugs, tape, scissors, Band-Aids, microwave popcorn and a pizza gift card.
Make Pictures Perfect
Beautiful frames—even basic ones—always add style. Include extra wire, picture hangers and a level to help with both the new pictures and the old.
Think smoke detectors and fire extinguishers—especially for first-time homeowners who previously rented, where landlords usually handle such things. While technically smoke detectors might be considered fixtures that should stay with the house, you can’t be too safe.
A hose, good shears and ergonomic shovels never go to waste. Gift them in an organizing bin or tote with room to customize.
Don’t have a lot to spend on a friend or relative? Rustle up some discounts. Think Bed, Bath and Beyond coupons we all get in the mail weekly.
The old standbys work for a reason. As new homeowners settle in, they’ll notice fixes and projects that they’ll want to make the home truly their own. With a gift certificate, they can cover everything from new paint to caulk—their call.