What could be more exciting than touring a new home?
If you're one of the lucky ones who have been invited over to the housewarming party for a peak at their the new digs, you want to bring at least a token gift to wish the new homeowners well.
First, a word to the wise. Don't confuse your personal tastes with theirs, meaning steer clear of decorative pieces such as lamps, paintings, mantel clocks or vases.
Since the main point of a housewarming is to show off the new house or apartment, gifts are really not obligatory --so your choices can range from the simple to the elaborate.
A new twist on an old tradition
Traditional housewarming gifts of salt, bread and wine date back to European symbols of the good life: "salt, so that life always has flavor - bread, that the occupants may never know hunger - and wine to fill the house with joy."
Housewarming gifts of salt, bread
and wine represented Old World
symbols of happiness in a new home.
While now considered quaint, the sentiment certainly remains the same -- with lasting happiness in a new home the very best wish that can be bestowed on the new homeowner! So why not give a new twist to the old tradition by assembling a gift basket of table
wines, fruit, gourmet baked goods, and cheeses?
Practical housewarming gifts
Especially for new homeowners just
starting out, the ultimate in useful housewarming gifts are home repair or power tools stuffed inside a bright
Or, simply include the basics -- such as hammer and
nails, screwdriver, wrench, faucet washers in various sizes, along
with a tube of crazy glue when things start to fall apart (and don't forget the duct tape!)
complete novices, also consider how-to books or a video series on home
repairs and maintenance.
Meanwhile, if your favorite new homeowner has
recently moved from a city apartment to a big suburban house then they probably know little about lawn maintenance or landscaping. Help them out with a gift basket filled with supplies
such as gardening equipment, gloves, and gardening books (also see: gardener
growing houseplants are always a popular gift for either home owners or apartment dwellers. and a phone call ahed -- to find out what the
new kitchen lacks in terms of small appliances -- is a great way to make sure that
your gift will be used. Kitche or bath towels make good housewarming
presents, and you wouldn't be far off the mark buying the latest electronic gadgets for the new home office or den...
Or, stuff a large tote bag with simple
items they can't do without such as extra paper
towels, laundry detergent and fabric softener, light bulbs, a flashlight and batteries, fuses, and an
extra extension cord. For other hints, simply look around your kitchen
or bathroom for anything else you think they may need or appreciate.
Otherwise, cash-strapped new homeowners wouldn't mind the idea of a
gift card, especially with so much shopping to do at the local
home decor store or gardening center. And they can pick out exactly
what they want or need.
Yet another great housewarming gift is a gift certificate to a
local restaurant, if only to give the new homeowners a stress-free
night off to relax and get away from all that organizing and
Finally, have fun at the party! And remember that whatever you give as a housewarming gift, you can guarantee that it will always be treasured by wrapping it in your sincere best wishes.
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