Moving into a new home is something to celebrate, no matter whether it’s a rental or something someone has bought. It’s always an exciting time, but it can often be stressful, so if you want to make things easier, you can give a thoughtful gift. Housewarming gifts don’t have to be saved for a housewarming party or get-together; you can provide one even if there is no specific celebration. Giving a gift like this can make the person you give it to feel much happier and help reduce their stress levels at a potentially trying time.
The question is not whether you should get a gift, but what you should give them. Read on for some ideas so you’re always prepared to give something someone will love when they move house.
Household essentials are going to be useful for everyone, but they are a particularly good idea if the recipient is moving into their first home. They might not have many of the most useful elements of living alone, and they might not even know what things will help them settle into their new home properly.
Some ideas for household essentials that will definitely be helpful include:
- Canned goods
- Cutlery and plates
- Household cleaners (perhaps ones that you have made yourself)
- A vacuum cleaner
If you opt for a larger item, that could be enough by itself, but if you want to give a number of smaller gifts, you can present them in a hamper or wrap them in a larger box. In many cases, these gifts wouldn’t be the most exciting, but for someone moving into a new home, they will be hugely useful and very much appreciated.
A Charity Gift
Sometimes it can be hard to buy something for the home itself because the people moving have already been living in their own home for years and already have all the items and furniture they need. Perhaps they don’t need household essentials, and they don’t even need any decorative items. So what can you do if you want to give them a housewarming gift?
One excellent option is a charity gift. You can donate some money to their favorite cause or adopt an animal (like threatened species such as elephants) on their behalf, for example. This will make them feel good because they know that a person or animal in need is benefitting from the gift, and it also means they don’t have to add anything more to the items in their home – if they have just decluttered before moving, this might actually be the last thing they would want!
Is the new home one that comes with a garden? Did the recipient of the housewarming gift have a yard in their previous home? If these answers are yes and no, respectively, why not give your friend or family member some gardening tools? If they never had a backyard before, perhaps because they are moving from an apartment to a house, these items they might not even have thought of and yet will actually be important.
This practical and thoughtful kind of gift shows that you are paying attention to the home and have noticed something special about it. It’s a great gift that will help enormously.