Buying a new home is one of the most emotional and significant moments in a person’s life. Plus, there is nothing quite like being received into the neighborhood than with a thoughtful housewarming gift. However, deciding what to get the happy person, couple or family can be a challenge. You want to add to their nest, but also get them something they will love. It can be a fine line, but we have a couple of tips that will help you give the best housewarming gifts ever.
Useful and Entertaining Reading Material
What gift could be better for a new homeowner than, The Home Owner’s Manual: Operating Instructions, Troubleshooting Tips and Advice on System Maintenance? Those expecting a child often receive, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, or another of the amazing books that have been written about pregnancy and childbirth. Why should this be any different? A new home also needs to be loved and taken care of.
Coffee table books also make great gift ideas. Are the new homeowners baseball fans? Get them one filled with pictures of ballparks. Do they love cats? How about one packed with cute kitten pictures?
Floating (Invisible) Bookshelves
These are great for those book lovers who have too many to display on the coffee table or mantle. They serve dual purposes as these nifty things help clear space on bookshelves, plus floating bookshelves also look really cute, as they actually do seem to make the books appear as if they are floating in air.
Bottle of Wine with an Electric Corkscrew
A bottle of wine is a natural housewarming gift as it gives the happy new homeowners a perfect opportunity to celebrate in style. Consider purchasing a variety to help them get started on a wine collection.
But you can’t forget that they just moved in, so how will they open the wine seeing as all of their belongings are in boxes? Get them an electric corkscrew so they can quickly get their focus where it belongs: pouring glasses and making a toast. Most of these electric corkscrews will work with all types of corks, including synthetic ones, but make sure to do your research before purchasing one.
Smartphone Speaker for the Shower
This is perfect for those who enjoy singing in the shower – even if they deny it. For everybody else, a smartphone speaker for the shower provides a great way to enjoy some tunes while getting ready for the day or while relaxing before heading to bed. Most of these provide a transmitter that sends a powerful signal that can travel through walls, to the protected speaker. Of course, this same speaker can also be enjoyed on dry land such as in the kitchen or outside. Make it personal by adding an awesome playlist to the gift.
While this might sound like a gift without thought, gift cards are actually one of the most practical options available. After all, moving is expensive and once you get settled in, you begin to remember all of the lost or forgotten items. Whether you give a general gift card, like one to Target for all types of goodies, or a more specific certificate, like one to Ned Stevens to have their gutters services, the new homeowners will appreciate the thoughtful gesture.
This list would not be complete without an old-fashioned suggestion. If you are close to the new homeowners, place a picture that would be personal to them inside the frame. If you aren’t close, you can make (or buy) frames like the ones above. Although so many images are digital nowadays, there is nothing that quite compares to having pictures of loved ones or favorite places set up around the house.
Feel free to mix and match housewarming gifts to create the welcoming present. What types of gifts would you give those moving into their own home for the first time? Perhaps you have already given housewarming gifts; how were they received? Let us know!
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