Purchasing or renting a new home is a significant and life-altering choice. Whether you have a friend, family member or a neighbour who has recently moved into a new home, throwing a housewarming party is a terrific way to celebrate the occasion. And what does celebration mean without some well-chosen housewarming gifts? Aside from wine and flowers, there are plenty of other gifts
If you’re shopping for someone, here’s a list of thoughtful housewarming gifts to help them settle into their new abode.
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- What is a traditional housewarming gift?
People send housewarming gifts throughout the world to congratulate new homeowners on their purchases. It is reasonable to assume that housewarming has been around for a long time. This is because housewarming is a word that dates back to the 16th century.
Housewarming gifts used to be practical like a grocery bag or firewood. Traditional housewarming gifts were ceremonial and symbolic, in addition, to be extremely helpful. Apart from that, each of these traditional housewarming gifts brings its meaning;
- Bread = “may this home never be hungry”
- Wine = “may you always be happy and never go thirsty”
- Plants = “may your home be overflowing with life at all times”
- Candle = “may you always have light in the darkest of times”
- Rice = “may your love multiple in your home”
- When should you give a housewarming gift?
Offering a housewarming gift is a centuries-old custom tradition. The best time to give a housewarming gift is within the first three to six months of moving in. Even if you're invited by someone only after six months of moving into their new house, you should still bring a present. If the owners don’t arrange a get-together and you won't be able to visit in person, you can always send a gift, though it isn’t essential.
Traditionally, housewarming gifts are given when you pay a visit to someone’s home, whether it's for a party or just to look around.