Gift basket ideas with sayings for new home irish blessings

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Gift basket ideas with sayings for new home irish blessings
Present new neighbours or old friends with a gift basket. (Door image by Mimis nena from

Irish housewarming gifts are presented to bless a home. Inherent in the practice of presenting people with an Irish gift basket is the promise of continued friendship. Ireland is known for it's folklore and tradition. Comfort, food, warmth and laughter are common themes found in well-known Irish sayings that have been passed down for generations.

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Breakfast Gift Basket

Line a basket with a tea towel or doily. Then place muffins, bagels, jam or marmalade on top. Add coffee or tea and some fresh fruit to fill in the empty spaces. Write on a note card an Irish saying such as; "Bless us with good food, the gift of gab, and hearty laughter. May the love and joy we share be with us, ever after. Amen" or "Little cakes, little tarts, and little cups of tea. Just enough for my dear friends, and just enough for me." This will be a welcome gift for a new homeowner.

Flower Gift Basket

A simple gift basket could include a plaque or embroidered item with the blessing, "May you always have work for your hands to do, may your pockets hold always a coin or two, may the sun shine bright on your windowpane, may the rainbow be certain to follow each rain, may the hand of a friend always be near you, and may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you." Include a bouquet of fresh flowers or a shamrock plant along with a prism to hang or set on a windowsill.

Bread and Wine Gift Basket

A traditional Irish blessing includes a loaf of bread, salt and a bottle of wine. Package it up along with Irish saying, "Bread, that this house may never know hunger; salt, that life may always have flavour; wine, that joy and prosperity may reign forever." This particular quote is from the movie, "It's a Wonderful Life."

Essentials Gift Basket

Fulfil a need in the recipients new household by preparing a basket full of small home care essentials. Line the basket with dish towels and include items such as light bulbs, extension cords, a tape measure, trash bags, can opener and pens and notepads. If this gift is for a new neighbour, you can include a list of useful information such as trash-collection day, pizza delivery numbers and your recommendations for local businesses. Include this Irish blessing, "Bless this house, O Lord, we pray, Make it safe by night and day. Bless these walls so firm and stout, Keeping want and trouble out. Bless the roof and chimney tall, Let thy peace lie over all. Bless the doors that they may prove, Ever open to joy and love. Bless the windows shining bright, Letting in God's heavenly light. Bless the hearth a-blazing there, With smoke ascending like a prayer. Bless the people here within, Keep them pure and free from sin. Bless us all, that one day we may be fit, O lord, to dwell with Thee."

Picture Hanging Gift Basket

Help your friends turn their new house into a home by giving them a basket of picture hanging supplies. Gather hardware such as picture wire, nails and hooks. You can include a level, tape measure, pencil and even a bottle of glass cleaner with paper towels. Get them started with a new piece of art work with the Irish blessing, "May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand."

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