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Housewarming Gift Ideas

It's so exciting to hear that a friend has moved to a new home -- especially when you know it means there's going to be a big, fun housewarming party. Now, you just have to get a gift! Start dreaming up housewarming gift ideas right here and now.

What Are Housewarming Gift Ideas?

A housewarming gift is a token you give to a friend or family member when they move to a new home.

  • You should still give a gift regardless of whether your friend or family member has bought or is renting. If they've bought a new place, you might want to get a more substantial gift, since you know they may not move again for awhile.
  • For young people, like recent college graduates or newlyweds, housewarming gifts can become an important part of their new life. Show them how to appoint their new home or kitchen by giving them something exquisite and useful.
  • For more established friends, give something unique for entertaining or a specialty gift you know they'll love based on their personal tastes, like beer-brewing or gardening.

Housewares of All Types Make Great Gifts

When you're shopping for a housewarming gift, housewares are an obvious go-to. While you might not be able to pinpoint exactly what your friends need, you can't go wrong selecting housewares everyone uses.

  • Choose gifts that can be used every day and that people tend to always wish they had more of, like placemats, aprons or a set of champagne glasses.
  • If you're selecting a single everyday item, go for a gorgeous version, like a marble cutting board or a hammered, antiqued brass pitcher.
  • If you want to give a big gift, look at Williams Sonoma's Gift of The Day to make a splash.

Choosing Monogrammed Housewarming Gifts

When you want to commemorate a move or outfit a treasured new home, monogrammed gifts are sentimental and stand the test of time.

  • If you don't know or can't find out middle initials, stick to either last-name initials for those who share a last name or separate gifts with first-name initials.
  • If you're close to the new homeowners, feel free to pick out meaningful items like pillowcases or sheets. If you're not as close, but still have a caring relationship, try a throw blanket or serving platter.
  • For casual friendships or for bringing gifts to a party, you can still monogram items like coffee cups or wine canteen cups.

Have fun shopping for your friends and let your gift reflect the joy you feel for them as they enjoy their new home.

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