What’s the best part of a housewarming party? Why, warming up the house, of course. And the best way to do that is with your awesome self: just being there, for your friend who has moved into a new home and is starting a new chapter in life. Moving into a new place is, for most people, a milestone. (Then there are the people who move all the time. We have a special list of ideas for them.)
So, most important is to get to the housewarming party—on time, so your friend is not left with that awkward, meeting-the-neighbors thing on his or her own. Even if you’re not the one throwing the party, get there early. If you can bring some wine and cheese, that’s even better. If you want to be the best friend of all, you might even want to bring a thoughtful housewarming gift.
Housewarming gifts can be fun, funky, silly, useful or creative. They are similar to host or hostess gifts, in that they are home-oriented. Think about things that you would like to have in your home, or in a new neighborhood—things that make life better. Even if your friend is the farthest thing from a “homebody” you can still celebrate his new place: if he spends all his time fishing, how about a map of the area, with the best fishing holes pointed out, plus some new lures? You get the picture: home, neighborhood, and enjoying time in a new place.
I think that the most important aspect of a housewarming gift is that your friend will be able to use it. Sure, 12-piece-sets of spatulas are great, if your pal is a bakery chef. But if not, maybe a beer towel is a better option. (Be sure to include some beer.)
Mashable came up with a list of 20 housewarming gifts that your friends will actually use. My favorite is #8, the starter supply of coffee. If your pal loves coffee and wants to be very streamlined, go with this one-cup coffee “cone” plus a pound of coffee, and even a mug with the name of your friend’s new city on it. (For the super-streamlined version, you can always go with a Starbucks gift card.)
If you have a little more time, and cash, to spare, check out Brit+Co.’s list of (somewhat swanky) housewarming gifts. The list includes custom address stamps, a bloody Mary mixology set and a DIY welcome mat.
And speaking of DIY… if you have a little time and a glue gun, there is really no end to what you can make to give as a housewarming gift. Oh, Pinterest! You are a constant source of DIY inspiration.
Finally, don’t forget your friend’s four-legged “roommates.” This is a perfect time to give Fido or Kitty a new bowl, mat, or even a basket of treats. After all, dogs and cats are people, too.
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