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Moving into a new home is an important milestone and can be both an exciting and stressful experience. So, if you know someone about to move house or has recently done so, buying them a housewarming gift to mark the occasion can be a lovely idea. It not only shows your friend or relative that you’re thinking of them, but it can also help them to settle in and make their new house feel like a home.

This is true whether it’s the first house they’ve bought or their forever home. If you haven’t seen their new property yet, it can be tricky to decide exactly what to buy, so here are some ideas and inspiration for choosing a housewarming gift.

For outside the house

Depending on what sort of outside space your friend’s new house has, a gift for the property’s exterior could be perfect, as most people tend to focus on the interior first. For example, you could get a personalized house name or number sign to go on the gate or wall or solar-powered lights to brighten up a patio, balcony, or yard.

Other ideas include an innovative doorbell system, garden ornaments, or a doormat to welcome them and their guests to the house.

For the kitchen

For many people, the kitchen is the heart of their home and a great place to start when thinking about housewarming gifts. This is particularly true for people who are just moving into their very first home, as they might not yet have all the cookware and utensils that they need.

One excellent idea is to get a set of glasses and a bottle of champagne to toast their move with, or perhaps some delicious handmade chocolates for people who don’t drink alcohol. Coffee beans from local independent coffee roasters can be a thoughtful choice for people who work from home or luxurious hot chocolate for relaxing within the evenings.

For the bathroom

Add some coziness to your friend’s new bathroom with a super-soft bath mat or set of fluffy new towels. Bath and shower products are always a good choice of gift for any occasion – especially if they haven’t fully unpacked yet – or you could do a bit of detective work and see if there are any practical additions they require (such as a toothbrush holder or shower basket). Humidity-loving plants such as ferns are also a suitable bathroom accessory, as well as scented candles for that spa vibe.

For the living room

Gifts for the living room are perfect for making a new house feel more like home. You could order a personalized photo book from Blurb packed with special memories, pick some houseplants to add some greenery or opt for essential oil diffusers to fill the space with your friend’s favorite fragrance.

Artwork can also be a great choice if you know what the interior decor is like and plush cushions for the couch or a classic bouquet with a beautiful vase to display them in.

The Mom Kind

Alicia Trautwein is an Autism advocate, writer, motivational speaker, and dedicated mom of four. Alicia’s desire to advocate for Autism comes from her own autism diagnosis and that of her three children, niece, and brother. Her life’s mission is to educate on autism acceptance and change the world for future generations of autistic individuals.

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