I really enjoy thinking about fun gift ideas for the sweet people in my life, but sometimes my thoughts don't always translate into actually making my ideas a reality. Can you relate?
However, I recently seized the opportunity (*fist pump*) and I put together a simple housewarming gift basket for my sister who is just starting to settle into her new abode. I'd love to share with you some tips on how you can create a meaningful housewarming gift, too!
1. Take some time to think about the person/family. This may sound obvious, but it's an important beginning step to curating a great gift. Here are some questions to get you started: What are some of their favorite things to eat and favorite places to go? How would you describe their personal style? What do you love about this person?
2. Food is always a big hit. When there are unpacked boxes everywhere and you're not even sure where you put any of the "kitchen stuff", receiving homemade baked goods or a gift card to your favorite restaurant is very much appreciated. Bake some muffins or a loaf of bread for them to eat for breakfast. A gift card is helpful because they can use it anytime they choose and can pick what they want. The gift of food during a move allows the recipient one less thing to think and stress about!
3. Include a local product or good. This is a fun way to welcome someone to a new city - choosing an item that is made locally with love. It could be a bottle of beer from a local brewery, "thank you" cards printed from a letterpress studio, coffee from the town's favorite roaster, etc. I chose to include a hand-poured candle from Lindbergh Candle Co., a family-owned company out of Atlanta, GA. The packaging on the candles are gorgeous and the ingredients they use to make them are top notch. The best thing though is they smell amazing! (I mean "spiced vanilla & maple pancakes with a soft hint of tobacco"?! Yes, please.)
4. Choose an item they can display or use. This is where tip #1 will especially come in handy! What would be something practical or decorative they would love? Examples could be a set of cloth napkins, a framed art print, a return address stamp with their new address, a fern or succulent plant, throw blanket, or tea towels. I would suggest trying to steer clear of gifting cleaning supplies, unless your friend legitimately LOVES that kind of thing (I have some friends who do!).
5. Add a touch of love. At the end of the day, the purpose of this gift is to show you love and care about them (amiright?!). Include a handwritten note, a "welcome home" drawing from your little one they can stick on their fridge, or an upbeat playlist they can jam to while they're unpacking. This personal sentiment should cost little to no money and will likely mean the most to them.
6. Place items in a reusable container. Forgo wrapping the items individually or placing them in a gift bag. Instead, purchase a basket or decorative container that the recipient can reuse in their home. Depending on their style, you could do a small rustic wooden crate, a wire metal basket, or a wicker weave tote. Not only is it appealing to look at, it cuts down on waste: win-win!
I hope these tips are helpful when you go to put together your next housewarming gift. Make sure you click the "Pin It" button when you hover over any of the images to save for a later reminder!
What are some of your go-to housewarming gifts or gift-giving tips? Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear them!