The upcoming arrival of spring often signals an opportunity for fresh starts. And for some people you know, that means buying, selling and moving into a new house. While the act of moving itself can be stressful and chaotic, the joy of turning a blank canvas into a home is worthy of celebration. So whether you’ve been invited to a friend’s open house, you’re a real estate professional at closing, or you’re introducing yourself to the new neighbors, a housewarming gift is a thoughtful gesture to wish them well in their new abode.
Choosing the right gift can seem tricky because you don’t want to add more clutter to their cardboard box filled lives and you may not know their exact design style. Fear not, we’ve got you covered. As someone who has moved multiple times across town, across country and up and down both coasts, I’ve put together some unique ideas for housewarming gifts that will be useful, meaningful and won’t break the bank.
And if you’re the DIY type, you can always design your own gift box with the gift box builder.
What better way is there to celebrate new beginnings than with a home-cooked meal, or cooking alongside friends and family in your dream kitchen? From the gourmet extra-virgin olive oil made with handpicked Andalusian olives to the hand woven cotton tea towel, this housewarming gift will make finding the dinnerware box a top priority. Plus, the practical organic cotton kitchen scrub cloth will make clean up a snap! For an extra personal touch, slip in a recipe card for one of your favorite dishes.
Buy Now: $49.95
Did you know that moving is one of the top three stressful life events right next to death and divorce? From home inspection surprises to increasing bank rates, even the most laid back person can be pushed to the edge during the real estate process. Used for centuries by Buddhist monks as a calming, meditative aid, matcha green tea is a delightful way to add a bit of ‘Zen’ to their day. This matcha set includes all of the tools needed to make matcha the traditional way. For an added lift, tuck in a tin of Japanese organic matcha powder or an extra matcha bowl.
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“Life Is Not Measured By the Number of Breaths We Take, But By the Moments That Take Our Breath Away” Maya Angelou
The clean burning white tea and ginger quote candle in this gift box will remind the new homeowners to release the moving stress and rekindle that moment when they first saw the place and new it was meant to be their new home. The never wilt felt flower is a lasting gesture that won’t require any unpacking to find a vase. And a hand knit, organic cotton scrub cloth that composts into potting mesh when worn is always a practical idea.
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This herb-based gift brings the tranquil touch of the outside inside and adds a decorative element too. Plus, the DIY herb garden seeds bear special wishes perfect for a new home: Cheer (dill), Peace (oregano), Gratitude (sage), Health (thyme), Harmony (basil), Laughter (garlic chives). The list pad will come in handy right away as the new homeowners make endless lists of things they need from their multiple trips to the hardware store. And the soothing essential oil scents of the chamomile and sage candle will create a relaxing, comforting vibe to promote rest after a long day of unpacking.
Buy Now: $49.50
Moving is hard work and the bay leaf & lime body bar for men and eucalyptus foot soak is the perfect way to soothe sore muscles and tired souls. Topped with a hand knit, certified organic cotton washcloth for an added bit of luxury at the end of the day.
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There are times when your moving boxes come with you and moves where they arrive days later. Regardless of the type of move, this is the box you need on day one. When I move into a new house, the first thing I do is clean. Which makes the certified organic cotton scrub cloth immediately useful. After the cleaning, I want to unwind with a long bath and what better way to do that than with a rose geranium essential oils soap? Finally, when none of your possessions are unpacked and all you want to do is sip on a glass of wine at the end of the day you will need something to set your glass on because you won’t be setting them on the freshly polished wood floors. These handmade banana bark coasters are a gentle and must have accessory that will complement anyone’s new home.
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After weeks of letting the moving process disrupt their wellness routine, this wholesome bundle of goodies will be a welcome change. With the refreshing combination of flowers and herbs and the antioxidant packed turmeric spice, they’ll thank you for supporting a full post-move detox while they consume their smoothies, tea and breakfast bowls. And when the kitchen counter is covered in chia seeds, the hand-woven fair-trade cotton kitchen towel will come to the rescue.
Buy Now: $49.75
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