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March 1st, 2016 at 10:00 am

Housewarming party gift guide

From the start of the homebuying process to the day the new tenant moves in, a lot needs be done. That’s why when new homeowners finally get to their recently purchased space they are often excited to invite family and friends over for a housewarming party! These parties give the new homeowner the chance to flaunt their recently new home and show off their interior design and DIY skills. If you’re an attendee at a housewarming party, it can be a daunting task to figure out exactly what the new homeowner may need. After all, they just finished moving, so any big items are a no go.

So, what can you get them that they will truly cherish?

When it comes to housewarming gifts, think about the recipient. The best gifts are the ones you know they will want and/or appreciate. Don’t be afraid to experiment with DIY projects and crafts, but be sure to never re-gift something you no longer want.

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Below we’ve outlined a few popular gift ideas that are sure to be a hit with most homeowners.

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  1. A bottle of wine and a nice corkscrew. Wine is a common gift at housewarming parties, but putting in the extra effort to bring the host a nice corkscrew will show the host you appreciate their hospitality. Of course, this gift is most appropriate for those who drink wine. Refrain from bringing this gift to a homeowner who does not enjoy the occasional glass of wine.
  2. Candles. You can almost never go wrong with candles. That is unless you buy a bacon scented candle for a vegetarian. Choose one that’s light and fresh and will leave the home smelling clean. Bonus: Candle holders make a great addition to this gift.
  3. Houseplant. Plants are an excellent gift to bring with you to a housewarming party. However, when choosing your plant variety, look for something low maintenance that even someone who doesn’t have a green thumb can grow.
  4. Something special for the family pet. Does the new home owner have a furry friend? If so, something for the pet may be the perfect gift. Think new food and water dishes, a meal mat, leash, collar, treats, etc. Stop by your local pet store for advice from a professional.
  5. A cookbook. Now that your friend or family member has a kitchen they can call their own, it’s time to get cooking. Look for a cookbook suited to their dietary needs (e.g. vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc.) or one with easy to follow recipes.
  6. The gift of an at-home spa treatment. Put together a gift basket of spa essentials such as bath bombs or salts, body wash, soap, moisturizer, and a sugar scrub.
  7. Coffee-lovers gift basket. If the homeowner loves a morning cup of Joe, create a coffee-themed gift basket. Include a few bean varieties, coffee cups, creamers, and maybe even a bean grinder.
  8. Any personal gift basket. Gift baskets are an easy DIY project. Think about what your host likes and create a themed basket around one of their favorite things (e.g. craft beer, baking, gardening, etc.).
  9. Address stamps. Although snail mail isn’t as prevalent as it once was, a custom address stamp with the new homeowner’s name and and address will still come in handy.
  10. Framed QR code wifi password. This unique idea comes from www.apartmenttherapy.com and is a quick, convenient way to share a wifi password.
  11.  Spice kit. Create a spice kit on your own or buy a preassembled kit from your favorite spice company.
  12. Create a preassembled meal. Soups are easy to assemble ahead of time. Layer the ingredients in a mason jar, label the jar, and tie a ribbon around the lid for a more elegant presentation.
  13. A barware set. Now that your friend or family member has purchased a new home, they may be doing more entertaining. Barware can be especially useful for both large and small gatherings.
  14. Welcome mat. Buy a welcome mat for the new homeowner, but try to personalize it to their personality. Look for a mat with their favorite colors or one that features some of their favorite things.
  15. Gift cards. When in doubt, go with a gift card. You can purchase a gift card to the homeowner’s favorite restaurant or a popular home decor store.

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