Where has the housewarming party gone?! I don't know about you guys, but I love the idea of housewarming parties. In fact, my husband and I just moved into a new flat, and I'll be darned if I won't be having a party when we're a bit more unpacked!
I am not sure why, but I've never been to a housewarming party held by a younger person. I remember going to a couple with my mother when I was a kid (I think...), but I haven't attended one as an adult. People are moving in and out of my community... but where are the housewarming events? Where are the housewarming gifts? Are millennials just not into parties in houses with food and presents and friends? Is Midwestern culture failing me?! WHY?
Even if someone doesn't have a whole party, I think it's a really nice gesture to get them a gift as they move into a new home. I haven't done this enough, but it's now on my hospitality-priority list. Especially as someone that will soon be transitioning into a military lifestyle (lots of moving!), this is an easy, thoughtful way to show someone a lot of love with some small items.
As someone who has moved a lot, my number one rule for housewarming gifts is that they must be useful. These people just spent days or weeks packing up their stuff and throwing out all the crap; they don't want more useless knick-knacks.
Therefore, I like getting items that either a.) They need to replace for a new home, or b.) they probably threw out old versions of in their home-moving purge. My favorite gifts are the ones I've included here: candles, potholders, and kitchen utensils.
Candles have a way of instantly making a space feel homier, but they're also heavy to pack and oftentimes get thrown out in a moving purge. A new, fresh, seasonal candle can do just the trick in making a place feel like a home. This particular candle is made of soy and is particularly good for meal-centered events because it doesn't have much of a smell when burned. It provides light and ambience without overwhelming the food.
Another great item to give as a housewarming gift is a potholder, preferably in a color or pattern that you know will coordinate with the giftee's kitchen. We cooks use potholders all the time, and they can get raggedy quickly. A new one (or even a set in different sizes) is a good motivator to get cooking again! You can even use up scraps from your stash and make your own, like in a tutorial I've shared.
Lastly, a couple small kitchen utensils. I've included in this gift set a wooden spoon and spoon rest. The spoon rest matches the candle, which I love! I don't know about you, but I can never have too many wooden spoons. They always seem to meet untimely deaths by stove-scorching, blender-chewing... random things that mean I am in a constant state of needing to replace them! They're a useful tool that everyone uses, and finding or painting one to match the giftee's kitchen will be even better!
Where to find these gifts
Soy candle: from "You and Me" by Jessie Steele, c/o Pavilion gifts
Potholder: made of vintage fabric by my grandmother
Spoon rest: from "You and Me" by Jessie Steele, c/o Pavilion gifts
Wooden spoon: similar here
Have you held or been to a housewarming party recently? What are some of your favorite items to give to people who have just moved in?
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