ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Housewarming Gift Ideas

Updated on August 14, 2013

Housewarming Gifts

How do you choose a housewarming gift when you haven't yet seen the house?

I was invited to a friend's housewarming party recently. Having never been to his place I found it quite difficult to choose a housewarming gift that would suit, as I wanted to get something for the house. Without having seen the colors or the styles, this proved rather difficult. You can't get a fancy clock or a loud picture, for example, if everything else in the house is a more conservative style.

So if you don't want to do the usual housewarming gift basket of food stuff or a bottle of wine, what can you get?

There were four other friends coming along and as usual I was entrusted with choosing and buying the gift while they sat back and contributed some cash. Buying gifts is hard for me because I don't want to get something they don't like or something that won't be used.

Here are a few ideas I wrote down as part of my research:

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

My Housewarming Gift Ideas

Something to hang up?

If you want to get something to hang on the wall, go for something that can suit both conservative, modern and even unusual designs.

Somewhere to hang up the keys or recent mail will always be handy. There are a lot of simple yet stylish models, from the subtle to the bold.

A "Bless This Home" frame or a "Home Rules" one will always be welcomed.


------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Something for the kitchen?

If the homeowners are newlyweds and you'd like to get something for the kitchen, get something that is perhaps unusual, funky or even something they are unlikely to have purchased yet.

One item may be a punch bowl and cup set. A fondue set perhaps?

A lot of people like the Fred collection of kitchenware. They have salt and pepper shakers in the shape of magic wands, a Mister Tea infuser (shape of a man), Matroyshka measuring cups and similar fun stuff.

Fred's salt and pepper shakers
Fred's salt and pepper shakers

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Something for outside?

I've always liked funny doormats! They are a great icebreaker. Something like "Go Away" or "Wow! Nice underwear!" is a treat.

Another different idea I had was to buy a collection of herb seeds or small pots of herbs for the garden - everybody should have a herb garden.

I considered a bonsai tree (for inside) as well. If you get them one, perhaps also get a book on how to look after them.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Our Friend's Housewarming Gift

Here are the items we decided to purchase for our friend and his wife. It was a bunch of items that we thought they would use and would be something different to the kinds of things they would normally buy.

1. Memo Post Card - with reusable marker so they can leave cute (maybe sexy) notes for each other!

2. Michael Buble CD - great for background music when guests are over (can double up as makeout music! - one of our friends is a bit wink wink nudge nudge, so some of these gifts may have a subtle second use!)

3. Wire Photo Holder - A metallic wire with strong magnets to hold up photos. Flexible enough to hang vertically down or horizontally between two hooks.

4. Cool Bookends - There are a variety of different styles, but we chose the ones that can look like praying hands on their own (if for some reason they don't have books - what?! - or don't want to use them for this purpose)

5. Shopping List - one of those "all out of..." lists you can stick to your fridge to help you compile your shopping list.

6. Bottle of champagne - to celebrate a new home!

Hope this helps you put together a great housewarming gift!


Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)