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Housewarming Gift Ideas

Housewarming Gift Ideas

Make a statement with a housewarming gift from find-a-present.uk! Buy your friends something they will be truly proud of; something to adorn their new home; and more importantly, something they really need and want. What you need is an item that really says it all but that is functional and handy at the same time. Here you'll find just that. We offer a selection of bestselling products - everything from momentos for around the house, personal items, beautiful decorative ornaments to baskets, household utiliities and packages.

Lucky CharmsTraditionally, some housewarming gifts are supposed to bring good luck to the new home. Bluebirds are said to promise luck and happiness whilst bamboo and money trees are supposed to bring good fortune. Buddha statues, horseshoes and four-leafed clovers symbolise good luck too.

Hanging the Chimney HookIn French-speaking countries a housewarming party is called a pendaison de cremaillere which translates literally as “hanging of the chimney hook”. The term dates back to medieval times when the last item to be installed in a new house was the chimney hook for the cooking pot. Everyone who had helped to build the new house enjoyed a celebratory dinner together.

Pot LuckAn idea for a useful housewarming present is to fill a pot or a box with a number of items for the new home. For example, you could give a box full of DIY tools and products to help the householder with any decorating. Another idea is to fill a pot with some food staples or even some prepared meals to tide the new residents over until they have settled in.

A Task for LifeThe American essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: “A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life: he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days.” Keep these words in mind when choosing a housewarming gift and you shouldn’t go far wrong.

Traditional GiftsTurning up to a housewarming party with a loaf of bread or a bag of sugar may seem inappropriate but actually many food staples are traditional housewarming gifts which are supposed to protect the new occupants of a house. By giving such presents you are ensuring that the householders should never go hungry or thirsty, that their lives should be sweet and they should have happiness and prosperity.

A New BroomA sweeping brush as a housewarming present is much more than a useful gift – it’s very symbolic. Not only should it ensure that the new home stays clean, it’s supposed to sweep away any evil spirits in the house.

Bless This HouseMoving into a new home can be something of an emotional journey so a thoughtful housewarming gift would be something with a personal message or a blessing on it. A wooden wall plaque, a cushion or a mug with a message such as “home is where the heart is” will help the new householder feel more at home.

Go DIY CrazyA great housewarming present idea is a gift certificate for a DIY store. As American journalist, humourist and cartoonist Frank McKinney Hubbard said: “The fellow that owns his own home is always just coming out of a hardware store.” Another quote, from G M Weilacher, says: “One only needs two tools in life: WD-40 to make things go, and duct tape to make them stop.”

Light UpWho doesn’t love a scented candle? Give a candle as a housewarming gift and you score a double whammy. Not only will it make the new home feel more cosy and smell lovely, you’re also giving a gift which will look after the new householders. Traditionally, a candle as a housewarming present means that there should always be light in the new home, even in the darkest hours.

Count the CostHow much should you spend on a housewarming gift? That probably depends on how close you are to the new householders and how much you feel you can afford. Between £10 and £20 should probably be enough to get a nice housewarming gift which will be appreciated. If you want to spend more, it may be worth asking the new homeowners or tenants what they would like.

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