We’re coming up on the busy season for home buying; according to the National Association of REALTORS statistics, April through July tend to be the peaks in the market. That means you may be buying some housewarming gifts soon!
You needn’t wait for a formal housewarming party to give your friends or relatives a housewarming gift. Most new homeowners wait until they feel their home is presentable for company and, in many cases, that can be a while. It is absolutely appropriate to bless the home with good wishes for health and happiness when the homeowner moves in.
This is one area where I relax my “no gift card” rule. New homeowners need so much for their home it’s hard to say what tool they’ll need to complete a project or how much they’ll have to save for new appliances. Therefore, a gift card to a hardware store, home improvement center, or home goods store would be a most welcome surprise.
At the same time, remember that new homeowners frequently over do it with chores and projects and don’t take proper care of themselves. While a new hammer might be just fine, how about a gift certificate for a massage or muscle-relaxing bath salts and lotion? Remind the do-it-yourselfers that they need some pampering too. Fill a tool belt with bath products and a card that reminds your recipient that when she’s done working on the house she can reward herself.
Here are more ideas for unique housewarming gifts:
- Is the recipient a new homeowner with little or no household items? Consider a gift bucket filled with essential items such as toilet paper, paper towels, a toolkit, cleaning products, light bulbs, etc.
- Are the utilities turned on yet? Bring by dinner and a cooler of beverages.
- Is the recipient a do-it-yourselfer or does she hire everything out? A tricked-out tool kit for the former; a gift card for a handyman service for the latter.
- Does the new homeowner need help painting, hanging wallpaper, or doing other improvement projects where you can lend a hand? Give them a “gift certificate” for your time to help with moving, unpacking, painting, or furniture arranging. Even if you’re not handy, you could offer to watch the kids while the homeowners tackle a project one Saturday.