Putting together a housewarming gift basket can be tricky. There are a lot of options, and it can be stressful to find the perfect combination of items that will make the recipient feel special, especially if you don't know them very well or have no idea what they already own. These are some pretty safe bets that are bound to create a basket that warms their new home and their heart.
Wine is the perfect addition to any gift basket because it's consumable and shareable. Of course, there are lots of options out there, various flavors, sizes, and prices. No matter what kind of wine you're looking for (and no matter your budget), there's bound to be something that suits your recipient's taste perfectly. Usually, the clerk at the wine store will have a few safe suggestions!
A dishtowel is functional, of course, and it can also add color and texture to your gift basket. You can choose from a variety of hues and patterns to find the perfect gift for their kitchen or dining room. The recipient will certainly appreciate having something practical at their disposal right away, especially while their supplies are still packed away.
A new home is a fantastic place to start fresh, but it can also be a little empty. Here's a simple way to make their new digs feel like home: toilet paper! You might not give someone toilet paper in the pre-pandemic days, but we're here to tell you that it's something you should always keep on hand now.
Use some ribbon or string to tie together multiple rolls, or pick some pretty paper-wrapped ones. You can even add a bow for extra fun!
There's so much that goes into making your home feel like a home—from unpacking the boxes to painting walls and putting in light fixtures. Then there's all the stuff that happens after you've settled in: fixing broken things, installing new appliances, and adding furniture.
Homeowners often don't realize what they are missing until they need it. If you're looking for a gift for someone who just bought their first home, consider giving them a set of different-sized screwdrivers or bits for all of those small tasks. This is one that's best to go on the pricier side, since a cheap set will usually break after just a few uses.
An automatic air freshener is an excellent gift to help new homeowners feel comfortable in their new place. Pick one with natural scents, such as an essential oil like lavender, which has been shown to promote relaxation and reduce feelings of stress.
If your recipients prefer something sweeter, go with a fruity scent like apple or cherry. You could even choose the scent to match the dishtowel!
The best gifts are the ones that make people feel comfortable. That's why we think you should give your recipient a pair of slippers. They'll be able to wear them around their new house and feel like they're walking on clouds, which is exactly how they should be feeling right now... after all, they just bought a new home!
This is also a great option for the days or weeks before they've got all their rugs laid on those chilly tile floors.
There's nothing better than bringing a smile to your recipient's face with a gift basket that includes their favorite cookies. Do they love chocolate chip or peanut butter drops? Maybe they can't get enough of snickerdoodles or oatmeal raisin.
Whatever their favorite cookie, including a homemade gift while they make a new home has the feel of good karma, and it's a great addition to keep their energy up while they unpack!
You're going to be just as excited as your recipient when you see how much they love their new home. Send a note letting your friend or family member know how happy you are for them and how thrilled you are to help them settle in.
A handwritten note is one of the most special gifts you can give and they'll appreciate knowing that you're thinking of them during this time. You might even get the honor of being the first to hang on their fridge! (Improve your chances by throwing in a cute magnet, too.)
You've got your gifts, now you need to put them all together. You can find baskets in a wide variety of prices, styles, and materials—plastic, woven, wooden—and they come in every size imaginable. You can even get them custom-made with a family name or initials. If you want to get really fancy, some baskets come with built-in dividers and compartments for all the goodies.
Your gift basket is nearly complete, and man does it look fantastic. Put on the finishing touches with a bit of filler in the empty spaces. Easter grass is a good pick, or you can go with something cute and eco-friendly like shredded paper. Get a bit kitchy with crumpled maps if they've moved far away, or newspaper to emulate the cushioning they probably have between their dishes. Don't let it take away from the items, though!
Finally, pop the whole thing into a cellophane bag or gauzy wrap, and voila! A practical and thoughtful gift for your friend or family member's new adventure.