Traditional Housewarming Gift Ideas

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Traditional Housewarming Gift Ideas
Housewarming gifts help turn a new house into a home. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Moving to a new home is an experience that many look at as a new chapter in their lives and want others to be a part of these future memories. Having friends and family bless the new abode with symbolic gifts helps turn the house into a home. Typically, a housewarming party is thrown and friends will bring gifts to show respect and to bring luck to the new home. Here are some traditional housewarming gifts and ideas on contemporary alternatives within the same themes.

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Traditional foods given as housewarming gifts include bread (signifying hope that the recipient never goes hungry), honey (may your life here be sweet), salt (may you enjoy the spice of life) and rice (may you have many children). Today these gifts may seem too simple or cheap, and you may be afraid that others will give the same thing. Alternatives could be a bread making machine, a spice rack complete with an assortment of spices, a cookbook or an appliance for the kitchen. A set of dishes or cookware would also be a thoughtful alternative to traditional food housewarming gifts.

Traditional Housewarming Gift Ideas
Giving bread as a housewarming gift represents hope that they will never go hungry. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)


Giving a plant for a housewarming gift traditionally represents wishing that your home will be full of life. A perennial plant is a good idea because it will usually multiply in your friends' yard and will return year after year. Another option is to buy a young tree for the yard that will grow along with the family that is receiving the housewarming gift. A fruit tree would be ideal as it would represent both a houseful of life and the hope that the homeowner never goes hungry.

Traditional Housewarming Gift Ideas
Plants represent the wish that the new home be full of life. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)


A housewarming gift of wine traditionally means hope that the recipient is happy in their new home and never has unquenchable thirst. A paid subscription to a wine-of-the-month club or a wine magazine is a thoughtful gift if the person is a wine connoisseur or prefers it over other alcoholic beverages. If the housewarming gift is to be a bottle of wine it should be a good-quality brand and good vintage.

Traditional Housewarming Gift Ideas
A housewarming gift of wine reflects the hope that they are never thirsty. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)


When coins are given as a housewarming gift it traditionally means a wish for good luck and prosperity. A modern alternative to coins might be a gift token from home improvement centre or perhaps a framed stock certificate in a growing company. A piggy bank, a rare coin or a horseshoe to hang above the front door (meaning good luck to all who enter and leave) are also good gift ideas for a housewarming.

Traditional Housewarming Gift Ideas
Coins traditionally represent the hope that the recipient is fortunate in the future. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

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