It’s always an exciting time in someone’s life when they move into a new house. It becomes even more exciting if this is this is their own house now and not a rental. To celebrate, the new homeowners are bound to invite their friends and family over and show off the new home. This is where you come in. You can’t just show up empty handed! Getting a gift to commemorate the new house and make it feel homier is essential. Of course, it’s not always easy picking out the perfect gift.
Opting for the classic bottle of wine or piece of generic home decor just doesn’t seem like enough. Your friend deserves something that will really bring out the beauty of their new home. You’ll need to take their personality and preferences into consideration, but also the layout and design of their new home. Once you take these factors into consideration, coming up with an original and extraordinary housewarming gift will be a piece of cake. To help you along the way and inspire you, here are some ideas for the perfect original gift your friend would love.
1. The gift of exquisite fragrance
Though they may have been paying attention to the visuals while decorating, the fragrance of the new home is important, too. There’s nothing that can relax us more and make us forget about our worries than a quality candle of incense stick.
It’s a proven fact that smells and scents have all sorts of effects on our brain. You can play with these effects and gift your friend a home that smells so nice it’s hard to leave it. One of the most popular fragrances you can opt for is vanilla. It’s sweet, relaxing, and gets rid of bad odours entirely. If you want to freshen up their home, you can opt for something more fruity or flowery.
When it comes to incense, it can have a much stronger scent than an ordinary candle, which is why it’s important not to overdo it. It’s safest to opt for a mild scent to create a comforting environment in the house. Incense is especially useful for those who don’t smoke but allow guests to smoke in their home. It completely gets rid of the smell of cigarettes and leaves the home smelling fresh when the guests leave.
If you really want to create a good atmosphere, get them a different candle or incense stick for each room. The combination of all the smells is bound to leave them happy and relaxed.
2. The gift of security
Since your friend has had a lot to do and think about while moving, they probably left out the little details. After all, there were so many big things to take into consideration. Who can remember all the little things that make our life easier? It’s your job to equip them with the one thing they’ll surely need but most certainly forgot about. Tools are those things we remember we need when something breaks, but don’t think to buy before that.
You can splurge on a quality toolset or toolbox that will make it easy to fix anything that might break in the house. As well as that, they’ll have an easy time hanging up pieces of wall decor. Don’t be afraid to include other handy things they’ll need alongside the tools.
For example, you’ll need to get them nails and spare light bulbs. This way they won’t have to fret and run for the store every time a light goes out. They’ll be secure and safe in their new home knowing that they have absolutely everything they need in order to fix potential problems.
3. The gift of comfort
Though they just moved in and decorated the place, your friend probably hasn’t thought of the details that make the house more comfortable yet. The couches and sofas may look stunning and comfortable, but where are the cozy blankets and pillows? If you want to improve their living room, this is definitely something you should think about.
Everyone likes snuggling up with a warm and soft blanket and watching their favourite TV show while placing their head on a comfortable pillow. Pay attention to the colours and patterns around the living room and seating area, too. This way you can get something that truly matches the style and design of the place and bring its beauty to a whole other level.
Don’t be afraid to go custom, either. This way you’ll show your friend that you really were paying attention to their likes and dislikes. As well as that, you’ll commemorate your friendship and their living room in a unique and personal way. It may just be that your decorative cushion or cozy blanket makes them feel like they truly are at home. Don’t underestimate the power of personal touches.
4. The gift of preservation
Moving might be exciting, but it’s also kind of sad. Sure, you’re looking forward to a new chapter in your life, but you can’t help but feel sad and nostalgic about what you’re leaving behind. After all, some of the most treasured events and memories are tied to the old house. For some people, it’s extremely hard to call the new house a home because of how much they miss their own home.
To help your friend make a smooth transition, you can give them something that reminds them of their old home. Whether it’s a framed piece of their old wallpaper, the key to their old place, or something entirely different and unique, they’re bound to be impressed. You could even get them the same piece of decor they had in the old home that they particularly liked.
This way, they’ll always have a piece of their old life in their new life. They won’t have to forget the past just because they moved. The old and the new will mix and combine to create something wonderful and personal. Your friend is bound to appreciate the thought you put into this gift and the time you spent making and preparing it.
5. The gift of nature
Bringing in nature into the house is a sure way to guarantee success and happiness. To make sure your friend is getting enough clean oxygen but also lives in a cozy and safe environment, gift them a houseplant. Plants are easy to keep, contribute to our well-being, but also make a wonderful addition to the design.
A plant might sound like a boring gift, which is why you might want to step it up a notch. Instead of just getting a plain old houseplant, you can buy them flowers for their garden. Everyone loves a beautiful blossoming garden, and this way they’ll think of you every time they’re relaxing outside. The lovely fragrance of the flowers you gifted will be more than enough to put them in a place of serenity and relaxation.
The trouble with garden flowers, though, is that they go dormant during the cold winter days. Either that or they die. Therefore, this can be considered a seasonal gift that may not live as long as you planned it to. The garden may look nice in the spring or summer, but as soon as the temperature starts getting colder, your friend is going to be stuck with a lifeless, empty, and sad space outside. To solve this issue and give them something they can take care of all year long, you can get them beautiful winter flowers. These types of flowers can sustain the cold and make the garden look stunning even when everything else in nature is asleep.
6. The gift of fine dining
Everyone likes food, especially when they’ve gone through one of the most stressful periods of their life. Moving into a new home and decorating it is in no way easy or smooth. You can be sure that your friend is very tired of the whole ordeal, regardless of how happy they are with the result. To help them out, you can give them the gift of fine dining.
They deserve a night out where they don’t have to cook. Instead, they can just enjoy the evening and let down their hair after a long time. Be sure to get them a gift card for a nearby restaurant, so that they get to know the neighbourhood along the way, too. It’s always a good idea to pick a restaurant that delivers, as well. This way your friend can enjoy your gift in the comfort of their own home if they don’t feel like going out.
If you want to take it a step further, you can also get them a gift card to a dessert place. Sugar is always a lovely sight to see and taste when you need a pick-me-up. Whether it’s a deal for some good ice cream or a gift card to the fanciest dessert place in the neighbourhood, they’re bound to love it.
As well as that, you can also choose to cook for them yourself. If you’re proud of your cooking skills, there’s no reason not to show off a little. Prepare them a meal they’ll remember for a lifetime. You finally have an excuse to make your favourite recipe and knock everyone’s socks off.
Though this isn’t a material and physical gift, a lovely meal and fine dining experience is something your friend will always remember and cherish. After all, you gave them a night off- what could be better?
Who said that picking a gift had to give you a headache? With these ideas, you’ll be sure to show up with something that both impresses the new homeowner and makes their home feel more complete. Whether you pick out something for the house or the garden, they’re bound to be happy and make use of their new gift. We’re confident that the housewarming visit will go smoothly and that your present will be the highlight of their day.
If you don’t know how to choose the perfect present, just imagine yourself in the new homeowner’s shoes. What would you like to receive? Just like that, the most thoughtful and original idea will come to your mind. The smile and sincere “thank you” you get in return will be more than enough to tell you that you nailed it!