Unique homemade housewarming gifts

Written by rachel murray
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Traditionally given to new homeowners by friends and family, housewarming gifts are typically items used to furnish the new house. The gifts are sometimes presented during a housewarming party where the new home is shown to guests. Instead of giving an unoriginal gift such as dishes, consider a unique handmade housewarming gift.

Home Decor Gifts

Help new homeowners add personality to their home with decorative items for all areas of their house. Create a homemade wreath to hang over the front door or fireplace or a simple centrepiece for the dinning room table. Purchase stretched canvas on a frame and make your own oil or watercolour artwork to decorate any wall in the house. Another option is to frame old family photographs, nature pictures taken yourself, or images from the Internet. To add a personalised touch, use Photoshop software to add special effects such as black and white colouring.

Outdoor Gifts

Plant a vegetable garden outside the new home so the owners can continue to receive the gift of fresh vegetables yearlong. Hand paint several small flower pots that can decorate window sills and front porches. If you have carpentry skills, build a kid's swing set, tire swing, sandbox or bench swing. You could also craft a simple birdhouse or wind chime to hang from a tree branch. Personalise a mailbox or doormat by using a stencil to spray paint the family's name.

Kitchen Gifts

Gather a collection of your favourite recipes and bind them together to create a unique cookbook. You could also make an apron and personalise it by stitching the gift recipient's name on it. Consider making homemade treats such as jam, salsa or candies. Use a home brewing kit or winemaking kit to give the gift of homemade beer and wine. Also, make your own unique labels for a personalised touch.

Furniture and Textiles

Instead of buying new furniture as a gift, use your skills to add unique touches to furniture the owner already owns. Upholstering couches and chairs or staining coffee tables, desks and dressers can make old furniture look new again. Knit, crochet or sew a quilt or throw blanket that can be treasured for years, or make decorative pillows to add colour to plain couches. Curtains are another item that can add colour to a room.

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