Someone in your family or circle of friends has moved into a new home, now you need a housewarming gift to give to them. Choosing the right gift for these kinds of occasions can feel a little overwhelming. From decorative items to necessities, there are a lot of items available for you to choose from.
Top 5 Housewarming Gifts
The gift you give can help make a statement about who you think your friend or family member is as a person. Because of this, it’s a good idea to shop carefully and thoughtfully. To help you out, we’ve compiled the top 5 housewarming gifts that are given. We’ve also gone into a bit of detail for each to help guide your decision.
The top 5 housewarming gifts are:
Let’s take a closer look at each of these.
The plethora of candles on the market is astounding. How do you know which scent and which brand to choose from?
Different scents and colors give different reactions. What does that mean? It means that sight, sounds, and scents can trigger memories. It also means that just as the color of your walls is important, so is the color of your decor.
Does your friend want their home to be warm and inviting? Relaxing? Playful? Full of energy? Colors will inspire this along with the scents in the home. This is why choosing a great candle for the home can be an important decision. Most people do not even think about this when choosing a candle. They tend to go with whatever smells good to them.
When selecting a candle as a gift, think about not only what is appealing to the nose, but what also is appealing to the eyes. Muted colors tend to go with softer scents. Vivid colors usually go with stronger more energetic scents.
If you are not sure what kind of decor the gift receiver will have, it is usually better to play it safe. For this reason, it is no wonder that most people play it safe and get the more muted colors and scents.
The most common choice to buy is a vanilla-scented candle. These candles often come in tones of beige, cream or off-white. Safe, neutral colors. Essence of vanilla always makes people feel warm, and comfortable, it gives a sense of contentment and relaxation. This feeling may bring back memories of the home that they grew up in. Other options may be linen or ocean breeze scented candles. They too, bring the feeling of relaxation and that warm, fuzzy feeling of home.
- Sweet and traditional, the essence of vanilla extracted from tropical orchids
- Paraffin-grade wax delivers a clear, consistent burn
- 110-150 hours burn time
Perhaps the person you are buying for likes that exotic, mysterious vibe. Sandalwood, patchouli or even coconut are great options for this. They are highly concentrated scents, and they lend that exotic flair to the home. It makes you feel as if you are in some far-off, exciting place. Sandalwood, patchouli and coconut scented candles tend to be associated with earthy color tones.
There are are also seasonal candles that can bring that feeling of hearth and home. Candles scented with pumpkin and spices to remind you of autumn. Pine, cinnamon, cedar, cranberry, even cookie flavor scents remind us of the Christmas holidays. The vast array of color that goes with each scent is carefully coordinated to trigger memories of those times of year.
A special touch would be to get a personalized handle. Yankee Candle offers such a thing. They let you pick the size and scent of the candle, upload your own photo and even add a personalized message. This is a unique way to give the gift of a candle to your family and friends.
- "The luxurious, rich aroma of fine leather." You won't be disappointed with this fine scent.
- Paraffin-grade wax delivers a clear, consistent burn
- 110-150 hours burn time
Giving a candle may seem too easy, but if it is well thought out, it can definitely add to the ambiance of the home.
So your family member or friend likes to cook. What do they like to cook? There are many categories to choose from when it comes to cookbooks: Food and Wine, Cooking for One or Two, Quick & Easy Cooking, Special Diet, Mediterranean Cooking, Vegetarian & Vegan, Entertaining and so much more.
Do they like to cook meat and potato type dishes? If they do, consider a cookbook that reflects home cooking. Some of the more popular “home cook” authors to look for are Martha Stewart, Paula Deen, Ree Drummond, Ina Garten, Rachel Ray and Alex Gurannaschelli.
Maybe they are adventurous chefs and like to try new things or experiment? In which case, a cookbook that showcases different cultures might be the way to go. There are so many different cultures to choose from: Spanish, Italian, Greek, Middle Eastern, Asian and so on.
There are also popular food cooking shows that you can get cookbooks for. Shows like: the Food Network, America’s Test Kitchen, Master Chef, Iron Chef, Easy Entertaining and more.
If baking is more their style, there are plenty to choose from in that category as well. From breads, pastries, cookies, to cakes and candies, there is no end to the choices you have there.
And do not forget that one person in the family who loves to cook on the grill. There are many cookbooks to select for this genre. From “how to grill” books, all the way to making pizza on the grill.
You really cannot go wrong with a cookbook.
Why should you choose a house plant to give as a housewarming gift. There are many benefits to having a house plant. House plants give off oxygen, stave off illness, clean the air, boost healing and even add humidity to the air in your home.
There are copious amounts of plants to choose from like large plants that sit on the floor or smaller plants that remain in a kitchen windowsill or on a table. They can be in a decorative planter or something nondescript that blends into the background. Some of the best house plants to give as gifts that are easy to take care of are:
- African violets—beautiful purple blooms that will come back several times a year.
- Spider Plants—easy to take care of and will produce offshoots that you can replant elsewhere.
- Aloe Vera—a succulent that likes dry conditions. Great for cuts and sunburns in the summer.
- Peace Lily—comes in many varieties and heights.
- Dragon Tree—likes low light, however it is toxic to cats and dogs.
- Rubber Plant—regular pruning will control the height of this plant.
- Jade Plant—a succulent that will go dormant if there is not enough water.
- Pothos Plant—a leafy vine, that is great as a hanging plant.
- Chinese Water Bamboo—a plant that symbolizes luck. Put it in a vase with some pebbles and fill the vase with an inch of water. Then place the plant in bright, indirect light and you will have plant that can take care of itself. Take note that bamboo is sensitive to chlorine, so be sure to use bottled water.
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If the receiver of your gift is a gardener, you might choose an outdoor plant. Something that they can put in their garden that will brighten up the outside of their new home. Perennials are fantastic plants to give a gardener because they regenerate year after year. Some great perennials for gift giving are:
- Lilac shrub
- Trees of any kind
Your gardener will know exactly how to tend to these plants to keep them in stellar condition year after year.
If the people you are buying a gift for live in an apartment with a patio, you can still give the gift of an outdoor patio plant. Many people use plants to shade the balcony or to create privacy. A great hanging plant or container plant will do nicely for any patio. It is best to ascertain how much sun the patio will get because that will determine exactly what kind of plant you should get; a shade loving plant or a sun loving plant. There are many to choose from. These are just some of the great plants you can get for patio container gardening:
- Port Wine Magnolias
- Golden Cane Palm
- Potted Bamboo
- Ornamental Grasses
- Chilean Jasmine
If your friend is a cook, and they already have every cookbook under the sun, you could buy them an indoor herb garden, or even create one of your own. Anyone who likes to cook loves using fresh herbs. Here are some great herbs for cooking:
Having an indoor herb garden during the winter months is a bonus that all chefs will appreciate, especially when herbs are hard to come by during that time of year. You can rest content in the knowledge that if you give an indoor herb garden as a gift, the home chef will adore it.
Wine and Wine Accessories
Wine and all wine accessories are a wonderful gift for someone who is a connoisseur of wine. Picking up a bottle of their favorite wine would probably be much appreciated by them. From a delectable Pinot Grigio to a dazzling Merlot, you cannot go wrong with a special bottle of wine.
If your friend already has the wine, perhaps you can get a new wine accessory for them. You can choose items like corkscrews, wine glasses, charms for the glasses, a chilling bucket, decanters, or perhaps wine racks or cabinets.
The essential corkscrew. For wine that is sealed with a cork, you cannot do without this item. Today, you can get them as a manual device or as an electric one. A wine aficionado will probably cherish a manual corkscrew. And the gadget geek will love the electrical one.
Giving wine glasses as a gift is a classic choice. For one cannot have a true wine experience without wine glasses. For someone with a whimsical flair, add wine glass charms to the base of the glass for a touch of fun.
Another option is the ever important wine rack or cabinet. It is very important to store your wine properly. Proper storage allows for a good tasting wine to remain that way.
If you are thinking “outside the box”, getting your friend a monthly wine subscription could be a truly inspiring housewarming gift. It gives that wine aficionado a chance to sample different wines from different regions.
You can find any of the accessory items at your local department store, or via online retailers. You can find a wide range of online retailers that sell these accessories and have them delivered to your front door—or direct to theirs.
Aside from the door, one of the first things people see as they approach your home is the doormat. You can make a statement about yourself and your home with a doormat. As a gift, a customizable doormat can help the new homeowners express who they are as guests enter.
If you choose to go with a customizable doormat as a housewarming gift there are plenty of options that you can choose from. You can remain classically traditional—names or address, you can go the humorous route—a funny quote by those who live there, you can choose a welcoming phrase, or even an image.
The internet has many customizable door mats. Each site has plenty of templates to choose from that you can use to showcase the personality of those who live in the home.
- Nice door mat for entrance doormat. Also a great gift choice.
- Material: Durable heat-resistant non-woven fabric top. Backed with a neoprene rubber non-slip backing.
- Feature: 3/16 inch thickness. The doormat is Machine-washable and it can be used indoor/outdoor.
If you are one of the do-it-yourself kind, you might take on the task of making your own customized doormat. There are many ideas and methods to try: create your own stencils, knit a cloth rug, create a rope doormat, and many more. If you are handy with tools you can make your own wooden doormat and either paint it, varnish it or leave it unvarnished. You can even update existing doormats to create a whole new look.
A housewarming gift is a very personal choice. It is not always easy to decide what to give someone we care about, especially when our intention is to help them make a subtle statement in their new home.
We discussed the top five housewarming gifts that people choose from. We broke each category down into detail to help give you more ideas. We hope that you were inspired by our choices and given you the ideas you need to create a lasting memory for the receiver of your gift.