Housewarming > Gift ideas
Home Gifts: A real housewarming
If your friends have a fireplace in their new home, bring a load of wood, kindling and some fireplace matches. "I want to give you a real housewarming". Include a bag of marshmallows for roasting for an additional touch.
Food: A warm welcome
Whether you are invited to an actual housewarming party or if you are just stopping by: a thoughtful housewarming gift for your friends is a warm dinner, like a casserole or roasted chicken with vegetables and a salad. Bring some plastic plates and utensils for a quick and easy cleanup. Your message could read "Warm wishes for a happy life in your new home! Tonight, dinner is on us!".
Home Gifts: Guest accessories
Most homeowners like to entertain guests occasionally, so why not give things that are useful for this purpose? Think guest towels, hand towels, napkins, placemats and the like. If you want to make your gift extra special, you could have them monogrammed with the homeowners' initials.
Home Gifts: Doorknocker
Doorknockers make great housewarming gifts. They might seem a little old-fashioned but you can get fabulous modern ones too. Or consider getting one personalized for the homeowners.
Home Gifts: Welcome mat
A great housewarming gift is a welcome doormat. Make sure you choose a style that suits the homeowners, or consider getting a personalized version.
Home Gifts: Hand care
Give your host a hand with a luxurious hand cream, a soap dispenser with moisturizing soap and a couple of rubber gloves and a note saying "Entertaining guests like us can be a handful - thank you for having us!".
A simple yet meaningful gift idea for a host or hostess is a fresh pineapple. This tropical fruit is the ultimate symbol of hospitality. Mark down your best wishes on little labels ("Health", "Happiness", etc.) and attach them to the fruit. Alternatively, you could opt for pineapple-themed home accessories, like napkins with a pineapple print or a pineapple-shaped cookie jar.
Home Gifts: Birdhouse
If your friends have a garden or balcony, give them a birdhouse or bird feeder, along with some birdseed, to say "May the bluebird of happiness land at your door!".
Home Gifts: Italian-style
If your hosts are among the lovers of Italian food, consider a bottle of good-quality Italian wine, a wedge of cheese and a cheese grater. Your message: "We are so grateful to be your friends, thank you for the invitation!".
Gift Basket "Breakfast"
What better way to start a new day than with a great breakfast - especially after a long and stressful evening of entertaining guests! Why not reward your host with a luxurious breakfast basket, to help them "recover" and to say thank you? It also makes a great housewarming present, as the fridge is most likely going to be empty after the first celebration in the new home.
Home Gifts: Candlesticks
Make sure you reflect the hosts' personal style when choosing a pair of beautiful candlesticks. Include an assortment of high-quality candles that match. "Friends like us always stick together!".
Stationery: Personlized notepad
A simple yet personal gift for anyone with a tendency to make notes on the back of grocery receipts and other bits of paper is a personalized notepad. You can tailor the personalization to refer in some way to the gift occasion or go for something standard like "From the desk of [name]". You can get all sorts of shapes and sizes, from self-sticking notepads to address labels.