It's a good idea to have a gift in hand when you visit a friend's new home. Whether you're inclined toward traditional gifts or something unique and very personal, welcome your friends or neighbors to their new home with a gift that's practical, useful, and a memory-maker.
Of course, there are some things you should never, never, never take as a housewarming gift.
One nice thing about housewarming gifts is that they don't need to be wrapped. Pull something together, put it in a gift bag or basket, and ring the doorbell.
If you're making a first visit to a family member's new home, you might have had a hand in helping with the move. If so, you might know exactly what they'll need in the new home. If they've moved from a large home to a smaller one, organization supplies might come in handy. But if they're moving from a small home to a larger one, a set of towels for the new extra bath might be practical.
We've come up with some ideas for both traditional gifts and new, fresh ideas. Choose what will best represent you, your friend, and your relationship. Then show up and enjoy a wonderful visit!
A gift for a housewarming gift for newlyweds is simple--just check out their bridal registry and fill in any holes.
A new home, even before the furniture is arranged and the drapes are up, looks more welcoming with a live, flowering plant. Plants are better than fresh cut flowers, as they live longer and don't need as much maintenance.
A Wreath for the Door
Choose a wreath for the season, for a holiday, or just in colors that will look pretty on the house. If you get one that will last through the years, include a wreath storage box, too.
A Gift of Food
There's so much work involved in moving and setting up housekeeping, that anyone will welcome a casserole or full dinner to enjoy as a break from all the work. Something that will go into a microwave and onto paper plates (why not include them, along with plastic silverware?) will make the meal a breeze.
A Bottle of Bubbly and Flutes
Walk in the door with glasses and a cold drink, sit down, and visit a while. If you have the glasses engraved with the date, the flutes will be a memento of the first days in the new home. Everyone working to get things moved in will enjoy the thought and the drink.
Decorative Scented Candles
Choose a color, choose a scent, and present a gift that will add comfort and a soothing atmosphere to an otherwise chaotic atmosphere. There's nothing like dimming the lights on a mess, lighting candles, and enjoying at least the illusion of order.
A Dramatic Vase or Serving Bowl
One special piece can leave memories for every years to come. Choose a piece of crystal or silver for a formal home or interesting glass, porcelain, or pottery for a more casual setting.
A Gift Basket
For a new home, it's great to receive things all together for a particular job. Here are some ideas for gift baskets for a new home.
A Basket of Tools
Who can find the right screw drive or pliers when everything is packed away? Gather together the basics for the move-in.
A Garden Basket
How many times have you looked around and wished you'd planted a small garden or apple tree or flowering bush when you moved into your home, rather than 5 years later? A basket with basic gardening tools, a pot, a plant, dirt, and fertilizer will be the start of a garden that will be enjoyed the whole time your friends live there.
Art in Progress
You can never have enough picture hooks and hanging wire when you move into a new home. A small basket is perfect for this gift. Include a small level and photo frame, take a picture as you arrive, and present the photo for the frame, via e-mail, when you get home.
It's great to have fresh supplies for a fresh paint job at a new home. Include a roll of painter's tape, a plastic or canvas drop cloth, a can of spackle, a spackle blade, roller and handle, and a good paint brush. For fun, include a few paint chips, a decorating magazine and a reminder of the URL for this site where they can find ideas.
- A Basket of Tools
A Pair of Candlesticks
Perfect for a mantel, a dresser top, an entry table, or coffee table, choose glass, pewter, brass, or silver candlesticks for the new home.
A Picture Frame
For a casual home, choose wood, pewter, bamboo, or glass. For a more formal setting look for crystal or silver. Everyone has room for one more picture.
If you're looking for something original, something fresh and new to give for a housewarming gift, read on.
Be sure you know what not to bring for a housewarming gift under any circumstances.