Moving into your first home is an exciting experience, and entering this uncharted territory means you will be dealing with a lot of new challenges as well.
Do you know someone who will be moving soon? Here are 11 thoughtful gifts for first-time homeowners that will not only ‘warm their home’, but also help them to navigate through the experience (and maybe even save the day!):
Easy-to-Maintain House Plants. Make their new place feel warm and bright with a few house plants. Find plant types that are easy to maintain such as spider plant, peace lily, snake plant, philodendron or rubber tree. These plants are inexpensive, so it might be a nice idea to pair them with a decorative plant holder or plant stand.
New-Home Survival Kit. Moving into a new home can be stressful, put together a survival kit care package with quality cleaning products, how-to books, first-aid kit and a gift card to a décor or home improvement store.
Pantry Starter Kit. Welcome the new homeowners with a basket filled with coffees, teas, chocolates and staples like pasta, sauces, spices and spreads. Top it off with a small gift for their kitchen like a new tea pot, frying pan or set of cutlery.
Pamper Their Pet. Do not forget about their furry friends – cats and dogs are an extension of the family, include a small gift for their pets so that no one is left out.
Hostess/Host Set. Put together a party-hosting set with cheese knives, small plates, wine glasses, bottle toppers, a serving tray and a nice bottle of bubbly.
Personalized Gift. One of the easiest ways to create a one-of-a-kind gift is to have it customized with someone’s name or initials. A set of monogrammed bath towels, bath robes or slippers make for a luxurious and personal gift. Other things that can be monogrammed: keychains (for their new set of keys!), serving platters or wine glasses, etc.
Set of Bath Towels. You can never have too many bath towels! Gift the new homeowners a set of high-quality 100% cotton towels in neutral tones. Soft grays, sandstone or white work great. Tie up towels with a decorative ribbon and include a set of luxurious soap bars and scented candles to create a spa-like present.
Coffee Table Book. An ideal gift for anyone – an attractive coffee table book makes a great conversation starter and can be an interesting and attractive living room display piece.
Set of Basic Tools. As new homeowners, your friends will definitely value and appreciate a basic tool kit. A basic home repair tool box contains the essentials such as a hammer, hacksaw, pliers, screwdriver, wrench and drill and tape measure. These will all come in handy sooner or later!
Home Improvement/Maintenance Books. Staying on top of home maintenance is what keeps a home running smoothly. As new homeowners, they will likely not know off-hand how to replace a furnace filter, or winterize their home, etc. Gifting them a set of home-maintenance or repair books will address these types of concerns. Find well-written books that include illustrations and step-by-step guides. They will be thanking you every time they look up how to replace fuses or install those new light fixtures.
Magazine Subscription. Everyone loves getting good mail – gift the new homeowners a year’s subscription to a décor, cooking, or home related magazine. It is a gift that keeps on giving and it may be the first good mail they get at their new address!
What types of housewarming gifts have you received? Which gifts were the most helpful?