Post # 1
My best friend and her husband closed on their house this week. They are first time home buyers. I am looking for some ideas for a housewarming present. I am stumped because they just got married in October so they have a lot of appliances, etc.
Post # 3
This is my go to housewarming gift 🙂
I stole this picture off google images just for an example, but bought matboard cutter and everything I need, just buy the frame, print photos, cut matboard, and bam…custom gift 🙂
Post # 4
I would love something to help decorate my new house. Wall art, table decor, etc.
Post # 5
Aww man that is beautiful but I am so not crafty at all. 🙁 I don’t even know what matboard is….
Post # 6
I’ve gotten a home depot gift card and something like a hammer and picture hanging kit or something like that for house warming gifts before.
Post # 7
We just bought our first home in February. The best thing you can give them is a Home Depot gift card. Seriously we are there pretty much every weekend!
Post # 8
My sister in law showed up the first time they saw our new house with some really pretty flowers in a NICE vase, so the vase was really the tangible gift and then she filled it. I liked it a lot
Post # 9
I’m invited to a housewarming party this weekend and I wasn’t sure what to get. The couple moved in like six months ago but they are just getting around to the party now, so I imagine they have most of what they need. I think what I’ll end up getting is a gift card to Target because they live literally two minutes from a Target and you can get everything there from cleaning supplies to throw pillows to milk and bread.
Post # 10
From experience – I would steer AWAY from things like art/decor stuff. Everyones tastes are different and although extremely grateful, we are stuck with some f’ugly things that we have to display as we only have a small place. We would of loved to have put our own stamp on the place but its become a crowded miss-mash of everyone elses tastes.
You can never go wrong with a pot plant and a voucher! Actually we got a few hefty PLAIN unscented candles and they were great. They are ‘features’ in the decor, coffee table objects, but have no colour so dont clash, and also they dont stink out your house!
Post # 11
I usually give a jar candle with a fresh, subtle scent, like “Fresh Linen” or “Summer Afternoon” type stuff. Other great ideas: home depot gift card, bed bath and beyond gift card, food (like edible arrangements), or anything that still hasn’t been purchased off of their registry.
I second PP saying NO ART OR DECOR. We got a blown up photo from a friend who is a photographer when we were in our last place and he said, when he gave it to us, “And I’ll give you the matching one when you move to your new place!” Bees, I kid you not, it was a photo of neon grafitti in the shape of some sort of reptile that was attacking the camera. It was really well photographed, but the content was clearly for an upscale college dorm, not a “Transitional Contemporary decorated colonial with primarily earth tones.”
Post # 12
When my best friend and her husband bought their house, I ordered a customized return address stamp for her to use anytime she sends out thank you cards, Christmas cards, bday cards, etc. I also ordered one for myself and I LOVE it 🙂 The site I used was http://www.invitationbox.com, but there are plenty of websites that make custom stamps… You can pick a design that suite their taste (modern, classic, etc)…
Here is an example from the website. This particular one is kind of masculine IMO, but they have different fonts & designs that you can choose from. Most run about $40.
Post # 13
I am always a fan of the neutral taste gift unless you know exactly what they want. I really prefer to pick out my own stuff and I have so many damn picture frames I keep them in a box. I hate that they are all different styles, most of which I dont care for and they were all given to me as gifts.
– potted plant
– homemade food for the freezer while they unpack so they dont have to cook
– silly kitchen things like dish towels and pot holders (they are always needing replacing anyway)
– and wine- wine is always acceptable
Post # 14
Gift cards, always gift cards! I have given them for housewarmings from:
Yankee Candle (my best friend fills her home with candles and always needs more)