Have you ever moved house? If you have, you know what a pain it really is. Half the time you’re just wondering where you put all these things the first time around, and the other half the time you have a slight wish to burn all your worldly possessions and move to Tibet to live without things forever. It’s a lot of hard work, and it’s dull.
However, it’s also a new experience and also a fresh start, which are the things that most people actually look forward to. So, if you have a friend who’s just going through the misery-inducing process that is moving, help if you can. If you can’t, just get them a fabulous housewarming present! Here are some ideas to help you choose the best gift for any house-warming party.
1. A toolkit
Things get lost in the process of moving. Tools get lost always. While your friend’s new home may be splendid and fully operational, accidents do happen, so it’s good to be prepared, right? It’s a highly useful gift, and there is little chance that somebody else will think of it, so there you go!
2. Wine decanter
For those friends who prefer holding a glass to wielding a tool, you can get a fancy wine decanter and a nice set of glasses. The thing about glassware is that it breaks easily (and sometimes inexplicably), so you always need new pieces or your guests don’t have anything to drink from. Also, decanters are simply posh enough to make us feel like a Lannister – and who wouldn’t want to feel like a filthy rich blue-blooded group of gorgeous specimens?
3. A doormat
People usually forget about these, but they are ever-so-important for those of us who don’t particularly enjoy having all the outdoor filth being dragged around on our floors. Choosing among or creating fun, personalized mats is a sure way to get into the host’s good graces, and to make a statement with your gift if you want! The greatest thing about this option is that you get to be creative and show how well you know your friend!
4. Cutting boards
For those who love to cook (or don’t, but do it either way), a cutting board will never go to waste! People like to have different cutting boards for cutting different foods, and some even have a board for every type of food. Therefore, one more is never too many! Believe it or not, you can also get personalized cutting boards, which makes this idea all the more fun and potentially very creative.
Deodorizing candles are great for people who have pets and, well, for everyone else. They’re fantastic at eliminating odors, which makes them perfect for those with dogs and cats, but they also do wonders in the kitchen and bathroom! They’re a very versatile tool, and they are always a good purchase. Of course, there are additional benefits that go with them. They can create a romantic atmosphere if needed, or a mystic one if your friend is into tarot card readings. They can also be highly decorative even without being lit. There are many good sides to fragrant candles, so don’t hesitate to get a few for your friends!
6. Framed photos
Go all out with this one. Find some good photos of you and your friend, or any other photos that mean something to you and them. Make sure it has something to do with you, so they’ll think of you when they remember it. When it comes to the frame, you can choose one of the two options: you can be a considerable friend and make sure it fits with the rest of their décor, or you can choose a statement frame that will dominate its surroundings. Whichever you go for, just keep in mind that you want your friends to remember you by the gift you give them.
7. A shower speaker
One of the greatest inventions in this world has to be a shower speaker. It’s a dream come true – instead of playing music on your smartphone and leaving it within earshot but away from the water, you can listen to music inside the actual shower! There are many options to choose from as well, so you can find the best one for your friend. It’s a fantastic gift for all of those who don’t leave the house without their headphones and can’t imagine a day without at least two repeats of their favorite song. If your friend is a true music lover, this is a perfect gift for him or her.
The possibilities are endless, but hopefully, this article has given you at least a vague idea of what to get for the next house-warming party you’re invited to. While it’s great to put some effort into gift-giving, don’t let it cause too much stress for you – always remember that it is the thought that counts.