The Perfect Housewarming Gift – Six Small Ways to Spread Warmth to Hearth and Home
My mother taught me never to go to anyone’s house empty handed. When you visit people’s homes for a living, this can get VERY pricey. Regardless of this, I still believe that when invited somewhere, it is important to bring a token of appreciation.
The typical conversation goes something like this:
Guest: “What can I bring?”
Host: “Just yourself,” or “absolutely nothing.”
However, we bring something anyways!
I was once dating a guy whose parents often invited us over for dinner. Every time, it was the typical conversation about what to bring. So, I would collect funny jokes, print them, and bring them to tell at the table. I was never empty-handed!
But presents aren’t always a joke! One of the gifts I enjoy giving the most, is a housewarming present. The term “housewarming” actually originates from a time before we had heat. Guests would bring the host wood logs to place on the fire to ensure the house was kept warm. Today, a housewarming gift is a tradition and a token that wishes someone health and happiness in their new home.
Here are some perfect housewarming gift ideas:
Candles Candles are a great gift because they are so versatile. They also fill that small spot on an empty shelf or in a bathroom. Voluspa Candles offer soy-based candles that are long-lasting and smell yummy. Available at Au Lit Fine Linens.
Trays (Right) The wonderful thing about marble is that it goes with everything, making it an ideal gift to bring to a home you have not yet seen. This tray is available in two different sizes from Absolutely Inc.
Booze For those who truly love to celebrate, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot is an excellent gift. Available at your local LCBO: 375ml bottle fro $41.85 or 750ml for $72.85.
Hand Towels It is always a lovely gesture to put in the extra effort to get something personalized for the new homeowner. One of my go-to gifts is a set of two monogrammed hand towels. These towels are perfect for a master bathroom or powder room and your host will truly appreciate the personalized touch! Available at Au Lit Fine Linens $59.00 – $159.00, depending on the size. aulitfinelinens.com
Flowers You can never go wrong with the gift of flowers. At Emblem Flowers, the florists are incredibly talented and always ready and willing to create a perfect arrangement for your needs. I have been using Emblem for years. They make it simple to send or pick-up a gorgeous arrangement for any occasion. Located: 390 Dupont Street (416) 972-9878 emblemflowers.com
Coffee Table Books Offer a gift that appeals to the new homeowners passions, likes or loves with a coffee table book. I must admit, however, that I do sort of judge a coffee table book by its’ cover.
For the Design Lover, I recommend (Left) Elements of Style by Erin Gates $41.99 at Elte MKT eltemkt.com
For the Running Shoe Lover, I recommend (Right) Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture $44.99 at Elte MKT eltemkt.com
For the Cocktail Lover, I recommend (Left) Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails available at Elte MKT $45.99 eltemkt.com