There’s nothing more helpful than a few well-chosen housewarming gifts during those first few hectic weeks in a new home. Whether or not a housewarming gathering is planned, thoughtful gifts can help ease the chaotic transition. We’ve put together a list of 10 of our favorite housewarming gift ideas for your loved one on the move!
1. Dinner Out
A new homeowner or recent transplant has probably had enough of the logistical nightmare moving entails. Treat your new neighbor or old friend to a night out on you! It will be nice for them to enjoy a warm dinner they don’t have to make in a half-unpacked kitchen.
2.Brighten Things Up
If your new neighbor’s home could use some brightening up, and you’d like to keep things simple, consider gifting them a colorful indoor plant. Choose a sturdy bloom to make sure your gift spreads some long-lasting cheer!
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3. Pantry Staples
Every new home needs a solid stock of pantry staples, and those are what we usually forget in the chaos of that first grocery-store visit after the move. Make your friend a basket and wrap up some salt and pepper, olive oil and vinegar, ketchup and mustard, flour and sugar, or a set of your favorite spices.
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4. A Menu Organizer
Nothing says “Welcome to the neighborhood” like a comprehensive collection of take-out menus organized in a cute purpose-made organizer. Drop off a your favorite takeout with a few menu options for next time in this cute organizer. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!
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5. A Personalized To-Do List
A jumble of disorganized post-it’s just won’t do during a busy move. And your friend or neighbor has quite a bit on their mind right now. Surprise them with personalized stationery to keep their ever-growing to-do list tidy and super cute!
6. A Spa Treatment
If a close friend or loved one is going through a stressful move, chances are they could really use some R&R. Give a gift certificate or book an appointment for the two of you to go to the spa once the rush of the move is over. Your friend would never be disappointed with a free trip to the spa!
7. Personalized Labels
Get your friend or loved one excited about their new address by gifting a set of personalized address labels. This gift idea is cute and resourceful! Your friend will love seeing their new address on something they can use all the time.
8. A Cleaning Service
Give a hardworking loved one a break and organize a cleaning service to come in for a once-over after the move. It’s remarkable how messy everything can get during a move, and the last thing anyone who’s been through such a transition wants to do is a comprehensive clean!
9. Creative Gift Basket
Gift baskets are housewarming mainstays, so kick yours up a notch and put together a basket of new-house essentials. Light bulbs, extension cords, paper towels, trash bags, sponges; nothing’s too mundane for this creative new-home gift basket!
10. An Invitation to a Party
If someone’s new to the area and just beginning the process of getting settled, sometimes the best gifts are immaterial. Invite the newbies out to a dinner party, holiday gathering or neighborhood event. Nothing’s more welcoming than a bunch of friendly neighbors!
What are your go-to housewarming gifts for friends and family? Any gift ideas you would like to add to this list? Tell us in the comments below!