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After the Move: 8 Great Housewarming Gift Ideas
Moving to a new home can be a big and exciting event in someone’s life. Though it may be fun to make a change like this, the moving process can be very stressful. When your loved ones purchase and move into a new home, it is the perfect time to show them you care with a thoughtful and unique housewarming gift. Luckily, we’ve made a list for you already!
A Reminder of Where They Came From
One of the most thoughtful things you can do for your gift recipient is to create or buy something that will remind them of their old home. Everyone likes to feel nostalgic about his or her roots. Have a map of the town or state they came from nicely framed. If you prefer something a little more personal, snap a photo of them in front of their old home before they go. Something simple like this can easily become something they will treasure for years to come.
Cleaning Service Gift Certificate
The last thing anyone wants to do after a big move is start the clean-up that comes after. Take the weight of their shoulders by purchasing a gift certificate for a professional cleaning service. It is a unique idea that likely would not have been thought of by any of their other friends or family, and is sure to put a smile on the homeowner’s face.
Similar to the cleaning service, it will be difficult to work up the energy to clean up the yard at a new home. There is already so much to be done on the inside of the house! Landscaping services can get somewhat pricey, but even a simple leaf cleanup would be much appreciated by the homeowner. If you can’t spend the money, offer to mow their lawn or shovel the driveway, depending on the weather.
A Home Cooked Meal (or Takeout)
There isn’t much time to cook a nice meal in the middle of a move. Even if the homeowners are fully moved in, unpacking the kitchen and stocking the refrigerator can take some time. Bring over a home cooked meal or some takeout. Either are great choices.
Who doesn’t love a luxurious candle or a throw blanket? These are great gifts for any occasion, but make perfect housewarming gifts. Your friends or family are in a new environment, which may not feel like home right away. Aid them in feeling a bit more relaxed with something that will ease their senses. With a new cozy blanket, they’ll be able to kick back and relax on the couch after a long day of unpacking.
A Fresh Plant or Wreath
A new home will typically come with new decorative items. Each home is unique and each homeowner will naturally want to decorate it different from their last home. Help your friend or family member out by purchasing them a nice new 44 or a fresh wreath to hang on their front door, welcoming their guests. These will add a little something to their d écor and will outlive the usual housewarming gift of fresh cut flowers.
Local Restaurant Gift Certificate
If they are in a new town or state, do a little research for them. Check local restaurant reviews and pick one of the best in the area. Almost everyone loves a night out and after a big move, it will be a relief for the new homeowner to slow down and enjoy a great meal. Who knows; the restaurant you pick may even end up being their new favorite!
A Personalized Home Good
An easy, but thoughtful purchase can be a personalized item. Use the homeowner’s last name on a serving tray or a welcome mat for their front door. Items like these are becoming more and more popular and easier to order online. If you aren’t living nearby, you can even have the item delivered straight to their home. Do a bit of digging and find the perfect company for your personalized design idea. The homeowner is sure to appreciate such a nice gesture.
Any one of these gift ideas should give comfort to your family or friend moving into a new home. Moving during the upcoming winter months and holiday season can be even more stressful. If you know someone who is looking to move, send them our way! Bekins offers a wide variety of services for a move during any time of the year.