Housewarming gifts are a tradition that has been around for centuries in nearly every culture. Whether it has been round loaves of bread for Russian homeowners or a prayer and Ganesha Idol for Hindu couples, every human seems to recognise the important step making a home is in the life journey. Homemade housewarming gifts are the most well received, as the gesture is personalised and implies your regard and good wishes to your friend or family member.
Garden and Gate
The garden of a new home is not always at the top of the priority list, so a housewarming gift to be used outdoors is a welcome surprise. Purchase plain terra-cotta pots, and personalise them with acrylic paints or hot glue glass beads on them to create an eye-catching garden gift. Divide up your own tiger lilies or peonies to share and get a new garden started, or harvest the seeds from your morning glories to be planted near the new home or along the fence.
You can dress up a plain grass-woven doormat with fabric paint or a spray-painted stencil to herald a family name or a welcoming saying to greet guests. Think of something special your gift recipient says and paint it on the mat to make it totally customised.
Love and regard is often expressed through the making of food, so “warm” the house with some of your homemade treats. Label homemade jams and jellies with special labels you make yourself that name the item in the jar as well as display some kind of quotation or thought about making a happy home. For example, your jar of strawberry jam could have a label that says, "Strawberry Jam: “Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy." Anne Frank.”
Put some diversity in your housewarming food basket by matching your homemade jams with some baked cookies, home grown and dried spices and a home-baked, braided bread loaf. Add a collection of your favourite recipes on handwritten cards to complete the gift.
Housewarming gifts often include “spirits” of one sort or another, so impress your friends with your own home-brewed efforts. A bachelor in his first home will especially enjoy a selection of your home-brewed beer. No matter if it’s a Pale Ale or a Bock, create a special label for your home brew that includes “new home” related imagery and names. For example, your usual Pale Ale might be called “Pipe-Bursting Pale Ale.” Put together a collection of your best home brews, and add some beer mugs to complete the gift.
Wine drinkers will be thrilled when you make a housewarming gift out of your own home-made wine. No matter if they are wine connoisseurs or would just share it with guests, homemade wine as a housewarming gift will be an unexpected and well-received gift.
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