Post # 1
I am making up a basket of a few random home/kitchen items for a housewarming gift for my friend. Looking for ideas of your favorite small kitchen gadgets or your favorite little random gifts to give for these occasions? Or what things did you wish you had/forgot to buy for yourself when you first moved into your own home? They are moving from their parents homes so I know they have a few things but not a lot!
Post # 2
Garden hose… with attachments
Post # 3
Things I wish I bought earlier:
– good knife (wusthof, victorinox, global). Not all, just paring knife and/or kitchen knife.
– good veggie peeler (Wusthof, Victorinox, etc),
– good oven-to-table serving dishes. Even better if it has lids.
– set of cleaning rag. Costco has good microfiber bundle, my aunt gave us the square ones from Target and we still use it until now.
– set of wool chair leg pads – small and cheap but we keep on using it.
– fire extinguisher (1-#of floors). Very practical and useful. Even 1 would be useful. If they are ranch house, consider giving the kitchen-specific one.
– smoke detector (1-#of floors). Very practical and useful.
– gift cards to Amazon/Lowes/HD
– good hose nozzle and (if they are healthy-minded people), drinking-water-safe garden hose
Post # 4
Hot pads, cooking spices, serving utensils, maybe a nice jam or two, cute hand towels, a nicely scented candle, a small potted plant/flowers, colorful coffee mugs, drink coasters… To name a few ideas 🙂
Post # 5
A wine aerator is one of the best presents I ever received. It totally makes cheap wine taste good.
Depending on how much you were looking to spend, a house cleaning gift certificate could be nice.
Pot holders, nice cookie sheets, measuring cups/spoons, a breadboard, extension cord (they have nice fabric ones at Staples), nightlight, nice sink strainers, nice soap or oil/vinegar containers, a sampling of travel type medicines/bandaids/alcohol, blank picture frames, key hook, those no damage hangers, magnets for the fright, a gift certificate to Target or Home Goods.
If they haven’t moved in yet some “first night” type stuff would be really appreciated- trash bags, tp, paper towels, some bleach/cleaner, sponges and soap.
Post # 6
Second fire extinguisher and smoke/carbon monoxide detectors (my aunt bought us CO dectors when we moved into our house and they went off a few months later and saved our lives)! Also paper towel holder, paper towels and tp, dishwasher pods if they have a dishwasher, laundry detergent, a laundry basket home depot gift cards- I swear I spent all my money on paint and mulch at home depot lol and its always something, we go every weekend.
BUT my favorite gift for a a housewarming is a personalized reinking stamp with their new address and names 🙂 Its something they would never spend money on for themselves and its so special
Post # 7
Wow these ideas are AMAZING!! keep them coming!
bellarose606 : ordering that now!! What a wonderful idea!!
Post # 8
Ditto what everyone else has said, I’ll add to this a really nice pump bottle of good hand soap and cream. Good to look after hands when washing up etc. In the past I’ve also gifted or been given a nice kitchen clock, photo frames, bottles of wine, ring dishes, a nice looking coat or key rack.
Hope that helps a bit
Post # 9
bellarose606 : pinkprincess88 : we received one of those stamps when we bought our house and 4 years later I still use it ALL the time! Definitely a unique, personal, and really useful gift. We weren’t married yet when it was gifted to us so our friend just used our first names so it would work pre and post wedding.
Post # 10
Do they cook? A chopper, garlic slicer, meat tenderizer, measuring spoons/cups, crockpot, strainer, pressure cooker etc.
Post # 11
pinkprincess88 : yay! If you want a fast turnaround I ordered from happy stamp studio on etsy and it was way faster than one time I used 2172 or something designs from Groupon
Post # 12
I know this is boring but someone gave me tea towels as a housewarming gift and I love them!! Oh and a really good pepper mill.
Post # 13
A decorative serving platter or bowl that fits their taste, a serving tray (like those breakfast in bed trays), maybe a few little jars of jam/salsa/dip/seasoning mix, a cheese knife (we used our cutco one all the time!), grilling tools like a grilling vegetable basket, skewers, or big tongs. Someone gave me adorable plastic wine glass set for outside from Pier 1 and I use them all the time when we eat on our patio. If they have a bathtub, how about one of those wooden tub trays to put wine glasses/a book on? A french press or stovetop espresso maker if they like coffee?
For Christmas last year we got dry mix to make crepes and a crepe pan (basically a round, flat skillet) which I thought was super fun (and yummy!).
Post # 14
pinkprincess88 : We had our shower last weekend and the best gift we got so far was this amazing paper towel holder that clicks and keeps the paper towel from continuously going…it’s hard to explain but it eliminates you pulling too much paper towel! Haha it’s silly, but we LOVE it!
Post # 15
Wow these ideas were great! I’m going out shopping today and now have a bunch of ideas to go off of! Thanks all!