This post might be unrelated to most of my food blog posts but it’s definitely personal for me. My husband and I are closing on our first home this month and although the process is exciting, it’s also very overwhelming. We’re constantly being asked by friends and family what we need or want for the new house, which made me realize that we don’t have everything we need.
We’ve rented for years and have a mish-mash (is that a phrase?) of styles, hand-me-downs, and cheap “just to get by” furniture. We plan to do a lot of redecorating but we need to buy some other necessities first.
Here’s the list I’ve compiled, by price range, for what you can get for family or friends, including an option in each category for families with children! PLEASE don’t feel obligated to buy a housewarming gift. Although it’s very sweet and will surely be appreciated, nobody expects a gift!
- Gift card – Although cliche, this is honestly the best gift in this situation. I generally don’t recommend buying decorations, because they’re such a personal choice, and you might not know what the family does or doesn’t have already. In this case, I would suggest a gift card to Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, Lowe’s, Home Depot, or Home Goods (which can also be used to Marshall’s or TJ Maxx).
- Candles or a Scentsy Warmer & Wax – Stick to sweet food scents (vanilla/baked goods/fruity) or seasonal candles. My current favorite candles from Bath & Body Works are Mocha Latte Swirl and Praline Pecan Cobbler.
- Dinner – Because everything they need to cook will most likely be packed up! Disposable cutlery, plates, and napkins are a plus!
- *For the kids*- A hose with a sprinkler attachment or a kids’ pool.
- Custom Last Name Sign – Find a local crafter, order one off of Etsy, or make one yourself!
- Tool Set – This one is dependent upon the family’s handiness, but tool storage for the garage is a great alternative. While renting, most couples or families won’t have a garage so anything for the garage is usually helpful.
- Portrait or Photo Session – With so much space, the family will surely need some large frames or canvases of their family pictures/wedding pictures/etc. Don’t know if they have any recent ones? A photo session is genius. (Because at what age is having selfie style pictures in cheap frames no longer appropriate for the living room?)
- *For The Kids* – Sandbox with a lid. (To keep out those stray cats!)
- Lawn Equipment/Gardening Supplies – For the first time, the family has a yard, which won’t groom itself!
- Fire Pit – You might want to avoid a wood burning pit if you live somewhere with burning restrictions during wildfire season.
- *For The Kids* – Trampoline (Black Friday deals are killer!)
$100 & Up
- Grill – Definitely consult the griller of the house to determine features and fuel type.
- Patio Furniture – Keep the colors neutral, the family can always add fun pillows for a pop of color later!
- *For The Kids* – Swing Set
Have other great ideas? Let me know in the comments below!