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The 7 Best Housewarming Gifts You Could Give

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Have you been invited to a housewarming party and are now looking for good housewarming gifts? Traditionally, people would bring salt, bread and a broom to a housewarming party. These gifts carry special symbolism, and can actually make a very nice gift if presented in a unique way.

Here are seven housewarming gift ideas your friends will really love. If you choose traditional housewarming gifts, include a note that explains the tradition: Salt is to keep life flavorful, bread is so the family will never go hungry, and a broom is to “sweep troubles away.”

Twists on Tradition: Good Housewarming Gifts that Include Salt, Bread, or Brooms

1. Salt is supposed to make life in a new home “flavorful” or exciting. Why not give a nice salt shaker and pepper mill set that will match the new kitchen or dining room decor? You can also add a sea-salt shaker into the mix. This healthier alternative to regular table salt adds intense flavor to foods.

2. Everyone loves home-baked bread. Wrap a loaf in a bread basket with a locally-made brand of jam, jelly, or apple butter for a perfect housewarming gift.

3. Instead of just a broom, consider a laundry basket full of cleaning items for the new home. You can never have enough common household items like sponges, Brillo pads, Windex, Lysol, and paper towels. For “green” friends, find eco-friendly versions of these products, or make a gift basket of reusable towels, vinegar, baking soda, dish soap and lemon juice, useful for cleaning nearly everything.

Gifts That Go Beyond Tradition

4. It’s become a US tradition to bring a bottle of wine or a fine food (such as a gourmet cheese and crackers tray) to a housewarming party. If your host and hostess enjoy wine, this is a great gift. You could give a nice bottle of wine with a decorative wine stopper.

5. Bring a plant to liven up the new home. What new home can’t benefit from a little greenery? Choose something small that your host or hostess will be able to find a space for, perhaps on the kitchen table or coffee table. In Feng Shui tradition, three-stalked bamboo wrapped with red ribbon brings good luck to anyone’s home, making it a great housewarming gift. Other good plants include jade, aloe, or even fresh herbs like mint and parsley in decorative pots.

6. Towels or linens. Even if the host and hostess already have towels, it’s always nice to have new ones for a new home. You can also put together a gift set of dishtowels and pot holders. These items seem to wear out quickly and it’s always nice to have new items in a new home. Just make sure you check the colors in their new home before making a purchase.

7. A gift card for a home improvement store is always the perfect gift for someone who just moved into a new home or apartment. Even if they didn’t purchase a “fixer-upper” home, there’s always something you need in a new space, and home improvement stores sell it all.


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