When someone moves into a new home and asks you to come over to see it, it is customary to bring a gift. But what should you bring? You don’t want to bring something too generic, as the person or couple already may already have it, but you also may not want to spend a lot of money on the gift to get something really unique. What you need is something in the middle, something cute and fun but also affordable.
If you are looking for a great housewarming gift, there are a lot of options to choose from for a reasonable price.
Candles, fragrant soaps and room fragrances are all great gifts for a new homeowner because they can set the tone for the home. Warmer scents like sandalwood and amber make the home feel homey and inviting, while lighter citrus scents make the home feel new and vibrant. Scented items can be functional as well. Since many people have a new home cleaned before moving in, an unpleasant chemical-type smell can linger. No one wants to move into a nice new space and have it smell bad. Room fragrances can eliminate that issue by replacing bad smells or odors with exciting new scents.
A Bottle of Wine
A bottle of wine is the standard gift that you give to someone when you go to their home. Good wine does not have to be expensive. In fact, Serious Eats has a list of the top wines under $20 as rated by wine bloggers. This wine selection is sure to impress! Another way that you can make your wine offering special is by selecting a local wine or a wine with a funny name.
Olive Oil and Bread
If you are looking for a housewarming gift for someone that does not like alcohol, a fancy bottle of olive oil and a loaf of fresh bread is a classy alternative. Good olive oil has a distinct and delicious flavor and is not particularly expensive for a small bottle. By bringing a loaf of bread over to accompany the oil, you can literally “break bread” with the new homeowner, which is both symbolic and delicious.
Welcome Sign or Wreath
A welcome sign or wreath is a cute addition to a new home and can be a very economical gift because these types of gifts can easily be made without incurring much cost. This is a really fun idea if you want something handmade because of its sentimental value.
If the new homeowner has moved from far away, one really creative idea is to give the gift of tickets to a local attraction or event. If there is a popular music concert or show playing nearby, getting a ticket as a housewarming gift will encourage the homeowner to get out and see the local area. This can also help the homeowner to meet new people!
Home Improvement Gift Card
If all else fails, getting a gift card to a home improvement store is a fool-proof fit, because the homeowner can get whatever he or she wants or needs for the new home. This is a pretty common gift for a reason a newly purchased home often has items that need to be improved or repaired. You may even be able to get a themed congratulations gift card to personalize it a bit.