Whether someone you know is buying their own home, moving into a new apartment, or joining a house with some roommates, moving to a new space is a big life milestone. While this situation isn’t one that directly affects us, when we take the time to celebrate it with those around us, it shows that we are invested in the relationship, care about them, and celebrate what they celebrate! This is a small way to deepen relationships. Now let’s be honest, so many housewarming gifts can be…tacky. We have created a list of ideas that not only show you care, but are intentionally selected to promote everyday gathering and creating belonging in their new space. Here are our top 5 housewarming gifts that welcome everyday hospitality and encourage creating belonging in one’s new home. ⠀⠀
This is an “unlikely” gift, but it is very rare that people in our lives offer the present of presence. Many of us have endured a move, and while they are often exciting, there’s no question that they come with many details! Moves are so much smoother when they are done in community! Oftentimes, people are scared to ask for help. Yet, the relief of having familiar faces to help in the process can offer great relief. To offer help, be specific and available. Vague offers like, “Let me know if you need me,” can be uncomfortable for the recipient. However, a specific offer like, “I’m free Monday morning from 9-12. Would it be helpful if I came by and received the shipment for you?” shows more commitment to the offer and is easier to receive. If they say no, that’s ok, it could be for a host of reasons! However, if they say yes, your time can come as a great encouragement!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Getting a charcuterie board, a cheese knife set, and a few dip bowls is guaranteed to be a very well received gift! Not only is charcuterie an appetizer everyone loves, it can give the new homeowner confidence as they gather in their new home! If you happen to know the host’s style, you can match the color and style of the board to what they commonly use. If not, stick with our rule of three when it comes to serveware. (1) Wood (2) Black/slate (3) White/marble/stone. There are so many fun ways to enhance this gift, like a gift card to a local cheese shop, the ingredients to make a board on it while everyone is unpacking, or even a bottle of wine. Here are a few items from our store that we have seen members of our community give for housewarming gifts!
The Allegra Board & Champagne Cheese Knife Set
We are big believers that “life breathes life.” Having living things in a new home brings celebration and new joy. Gifting a fresh bouquet of flowers in a new vase that they can continue to use is a beautiful gift that keeps on giving. We recommend keeping vases neutral in color if you don’t know the host’s style. If you are hoping to keep the gift cost effective, we recommend swinging by your local Trader Joe’s and making your own bouquet! They offer a beautiful, fresh, unique selection. If you are looking for a delivery option, we HIGHLY recommend Farm Girl Flowers. We personally use them to send gifts coast to coast!
Below you will find some vases we recommend based on color, shape, size, and style!
Every kitchen needs a clear pitcher! We consider it part of our “oh crap kit,” meaning that when company comes over at the last minute, if you have a clear pitcher to throw some infused water in, it brings effortless beauty. Hosts can use this for everyday or formal gatherings alike. To make it a set, you can even gift it with some fresh lemons, cucumbers, and mint! While colorful pitchers or those with patterns may feel like they fit the host’s style best, a clear option will allow them to use it in any setting, with any color scheme, and for any season! Here are a few that we recommend!
Home should feel like an oasis. When we ourselves feel a sense of belonging and connection to our space, it is so much easier to welcome others in. During transitions from one home to another, it is important to take the time to make memories and connections to the space. Gifting an in-home experience like one of our charcuterie workshops or a cooking class from the Academie creates new memories and connection to their new space. Looking to enhance this gift? You can gift a membership and purchase the supplies for the class, or pair it with a charcuterie set!⠀⠀⠀
Our hope is that these ideas give you the confidence to celebrate milestones with those in your life with confidence! What will you give as your next housewarming gift?