I love the energy of a client or family settling into their newly unlocked doors! This time also presents an opportunity for first impressions with neighbors, if someone is moving into a home in your neighborhood. Housewarming gifts are a wonderful way to express your “welcome” and open the door for friendship. In an age where personal connections and interactions are being replaced so rapidly by digital means, there is something meaningful about a simple and thoughtful gesture! Here are some of my favorite housewarming gift ideas:
- Charcuterie basket. If you are looking for a little bit of a creative gift, this is the way to go! Charcuterie boards have dominated Pinterest and Instagram feeds for a while now, so there is no lack of inspiration for what to put in your charcuterie basket! I would start with a woven basket (or just a gift bag!) and add a box of crackers, a jam or spread, sausage, cheese, a jar of nuts, a little bag of dried fruit, and a few dark chocolate candies. There you have it – a classy, thoughtful, and delicious housewarming gift!
- Kitchen staples package. When someone has just moved into a new home, their pantry and cabinets may be a little bare. Buy some seasoned olive oil, a few pretty glass jars of spices, and a balsamic vinegar to get them a head start on cooking delicious meals! This gift is not only practical, but can also be beautiful, with lovely packaged spices, oils, and vinegars.
- Home baked goods. This is definitely the most popular (and ever delicious) option! Who doesn’t welcome a plate of fresh cookies?! If you enjoy baking, this is a thoughtful gift that shows the personal investment of time and energy. Whether you choose to bake a sourdough loaf, a batch of freshly baked muffins, or those delicious cookies, I am sure the newcomers will be much appreciative!
- Local products. New neighbors present the perfect opportunity to showcase some of your favorite local businesses! This gift package could include a bag of locally roasted coffee beans, a gift card to your favorite local restaurant, a locally poured candle, or anything else your community has to offer.
- Flowers or a plant. You can’t go wrong with this one! Whether you decide on a bouquet of flowers to welcome your new neighbors, or a potted plant for them to enjoy, I love this gift idea. Greenery brightens up any space but is usually not the first priority for people who are moving, so it is an especially thoughtful gift in the middle of their transition. Go check out My Plant Mum on Jefferson St. in Morton!
Although there are many wonderful ideas for housewarming gifts, the most important thing is to bring a warm smile and to take the extra step of welcoming your new neighbors. A little thoughtfulness really does go a long way. Here’s to the new friendships that may form!