Around the world, housewarming gifts are given to friends, family and neighbors to wish them well in their new home. Some believe the tradition began in France while others believe Russia to be the origin of the housewarming tradition. The word itself, housewarming, dates back to the 16th century so it’s safe to say that housewarmings have been taking place for a very long time.
While different cultures may have celebrated housewarmings in their own unique ways throughout history, once thing is the same—housewarmings involve various rituals and blessings to help others settle into their new home.
In the past, housewarming gifts were quite functional, such as firewood to heat the house. In addition to being highly useful, traditional housewarming gifts were also ceremonial and symbolic often intended to clear the abode of “bad vibes” and evil spirits.
While we have many creative housewarming gift options today, we thought it would be fun to take inspiration from historical housewarming gift traditions and reinterpret them for modern day. Here are five unique housewarming gifts and what they symbolize.
2. Traditional: Wine
Meaning: “May you always have joy and never go thirsty.”
Twist: Chardonnay Wine Gum
While it may not quench your thirst, wine gum evokes the first sip of a chardonnay white wine without the alcohol.
3. Traditional: Salt
Meaning: “May there always be flavor and spice in your life.”
Twist: Dead Sea Salts Foot Soak
Perfect for tired soles, a peppermint and eucalyptus foot soak with pure essential oils and Dead Sea mineral salts is a wonderful way to relax after a big move. Create your own salt inspired housewarming gift with our online gift builder.
4. Traditional: Honey
Meaning: “May you always enjoy the sweetness of life.”
Twist: Raw Honey
We're keeping it classic on this one and elevating the traditional honey treat paired with a warm and cozy handmade oatmeal raisin cookie mix. Pure raw honey also pairs well with herbal tea.
5. Traditional: Olive Oil
Meaning: “May you be blessed with health and well-being.”
Twist: Olive Oil & Laurel Leaf Soap
After packing, lifting and unpacking corrugated boxes, a rich and creamy soap with organic shea butter is a perfect way to rehydrate and nourish the skin. Create your own olive oil inspired housewarming gift with our online gift builder.
updated: November 15, 2018