Finding unique housewarming gift ideas can be a challenge at first glance. After all, buying a home--whether it's your first or tenth--is a very exciting and special time in ones life.
We've moved a few times, and have received many memorable house-warming gifts. From candles, serving plates, christmas ornaments, and other home decor items...to useful (and a little more expensive) things like a grill or household appliances.
In our first home, my sister bought us a new toilet as a housewarming gift! No joke. I know, it sounds crazy...but we were newlyweds who were broke after buying our first home, and a new toilet is something we really needed for the house. As strange as it sounds, we loved that toilet, and at the time, it was the best present we could have received!
As you can see, a housewarming gift doesn't have to be a trinket or say "new home" on it. It can be almost anything...as long as it's either 1) Meaningful, or 2) Practical. Take time to get to know what the person (or people) buying the home really need. Ask them questions in passing about things they'll need to buy for their new place. Look around their current home and get a feel for their taste in decorating. Use the clues before you to find a gift that will be cherished for years to come (even if it is a toilet)!
Garden basket-put garden gloves, bulbs, seeds, small gardening tools, and a gift certificate to a garden center in a gift basket.
Stationary or address labels with their new information (you can make these items on your home computer). Put these in a little gift basket along with some address change cards.
Check to see if the house needs something new--a door, light fixture, doorbell, sink fixture, ceiling fan, closet organizer, etc.
Gift of service-offer to help do yardwork, paint rooms, scrub cabinets, organize shelves or closets, unpack boxes, set up kids rooms...people can always use a little help when they buy a new home.
Furniture-if a few people chip in towards a piece of furniture it would make a great group gift.
A bound book with your personal handwritten recipes in it. Make a cover that says "From Our Home to Yours"
If you still can't decide what to give after looking over the above housewarming gift ideas, stick with a favorite--a gift certificate! To a garden center, home improvement store (like Home Depot or Lowe's), or a general store like Target where they can get just about anything they still need.
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