(Closed) Spinoff: What’s the best house-warming gift to give?

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Grocery store gift card! I always wished people gave more of those! Or a gift card for Home Depot because there’s always something there you need for the house!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

@smores:  It depends on the couple. Personally, I enjoy a bottle of wine for just about any reason.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@bakerella:  agreed, you can’t go wrong with a gift card! That way, they can get what they need

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Bottle of wine, if they are wine drinkers.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Agree ENTIRELY with above posters! A nice bottle of wine or the grocery store gift card (that’s an awesome idea, btw!)

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I got a casserole in a pyrex dish and the recipe card…super sweet, food is great when you’re moving/painting/cleaning!  And you cant have too many 9×13’s in my opinion!

I also love bottle of wine, gift card, or anything you think goes with their taste!

Post # 9
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Honey bee

I hate putting a dollar value on gifts which is why I never do gift cards. I dont want them to think I spent too much or too little or feel like they have to reciprocate.

I like the wine suggestion.

Or a new dish with dinner already made in it (if its within the first few days of them arriving they dont want to cook while they unpack!)

A welcome mat for the front door or something specific I know they could use for the new place.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@bakerella:  

Um. As someone who just bought a new house but already had a house before I wholeheartedly agree on the Home Depot/Lowes gift cards. Money. Money. Money. hahahha You ALWAYS need something from there when you buy a new house!

But of course anything is appreciated!

I would only buy decor items if you’re very sure about the couples tastes. My In-Laws got us house numbers for Xmas and while a great idea they are classic & gold. And our style is contemporary modern. I do want to get house # but now I’m torn on whether to put those up or not. I think I might just put them up for a year, long enough for them to forget about it then switch them out. I REALLY do not like gold items.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

When you first buy a home you don’t want to bring anything into it that you don’t absolutely love, so decor as a housewarming gift is usually a bad idea. Also, it’s such a struggle to get rid of all the ‘stuff’ you never use when you’re moving, so getting more of it as gifts is stressful.

I got tons of off-registry decor items for my wedding that totally are not my taste and they’re either in the back of a closet somewhere or donated. I will never understand why people go this route for gifts!

Wine or any alcohol is a great idea, but cash is really the most useful gift you can give. New homeowners are facing all kinds of expenses and any small gift card (or card with cash) provides so much mental relief! This is what I have given friends who bought homes and they were so appreciative!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m another fan of giving wine or champagne. I ususally include a cute note about sharing the drink to cheers the new house, etc.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Depends on their situation, but I like wine/champagne. If you know they’re not traveling with home goods (trash bags, dish soap, etc), a basket full of essentials that are no fun to buy would be nice (my future in laws filled our house with all of these and stocked our fridge when we moved to MT from OH and it was soooo nice not to have to run to the store for anything). I also think bringing a meal over in a new casserole dish would be a nice gesture (or better yet- dessert! lol).

I usually don’t like giving GCs because I feel weird that the recipient knows how much I spent on them, but, if I really feel like they wouldn’t be able to use/appreciate one of the above gestures, I would suck it up and do a GC, maybe to TJMaxx/Marshalls/Home Goods so they could get some decor.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We had a house warming and about 90% of people brought wine, which was really nice and was appreciated. I’m not really a fan of gift cards – but that’s just me. We did get a gift card to a local greenhouse which was a nice thought. 

We also got a snow shovel and work gloves – really useful. I really like the idea of a baking dish and recipe card. We also got an easy to take care of house plant  – probably my favorite gift.

I agree with avoiding home decor. We got a few simple picture frames that work with our interior but I have TONS of picture frames already. We also got a framed quote which is very pretty and the gifter went through the trouble of picking colors that match our wall, but it just isn’t really our thing. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@les105:  I really like the idea of essentials! Especially trash bags and paper towels. 

We also got a beautiful orchid that has lasted about three months. It’s really easy to take care of and doesn’t last forever so we can throw it out when it dies.  

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Oh, I almost forgot. My fi’s aunt contacted a local florist (she does real & silk flowers), gave her a budget to work with, and had her call me. I got to meet with the florist, and pick a sconce and flowers, describe my taste, and the florist made me an arrangement (silk) based on our meeting. It was pretty fun, and we got something that matched our decor without the aunt having to give us a GC. I might do something like that if I thought the couple would appreciate floral arrangements (either a sconce or table centerpiece).

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