The tradition of giving gifts to someone when they move into a new house is a longstanding one. Throughout history, gifts symbolised health, wealth and happiness.
Bread was given so that the house would never know hunger and the cupboards would always be full. Wine was given so the house would never know thirst and the occupants would always be of good cheer. Honey to ensure that life would always be sweet, salt to give life a little flavour, or a broom to help them sweep away bad luck.
In more recent years though, things have become a little more creative. So, we have put together a list of all of our favourite housewarming gifts.
◃ Yankee Candles ▹
The gifting of candles for housewarming symbolised light in the hope that the family would always have light in their lives. ‘Yankee Candle’ continue this age old tradition, but with a modern twist. Transporting you to vibrant Havana with their new stunning fragrances.
Cuban Mojito is a chilled mix of mint and lime. Top notes of lime, middle notes of cool mint, and base notes of vanilla and sugarcane.
Tobacco flavour has a spicy sweet, woody scent. Top notes of ginger root and star anise, middle notes of tobacco flower and bamboo leaf, and base notes of cedarwood and tonka bean.
Viva Havana is a complex blend of sandalwood, spices and vanilla. Top notes of incense, middle notes of cinnamon, clove, ginger and nutmeg, and base notes of amber, oud and sandalwood.
◃ 3-in-1 Treat Maker ▹
This American Originals 3 in 1 Treat Maker is available exclusively from Argos. Here at Girlie Gossip, we are firm believers in gifting things that people want rather than things they need. You know, those things people wish they had but just never get round to buying. This 3 in 1 treat maker falls into this category!
With this ultimate dessert maker, you can make waffles, doughnuts and cake-pops with one appliance. The detachable plates make it easy to use, and the plates are non-stick coated so you can clean them with ease. Delicious!
◃ Polk MagniFi Mini Sound Bar ▹
Achieve best friend ever status with this MagniFi Sound Bar. The perfect gift for music, game, and movie loving friends. The sound bar allows you to enjoy immersive surround sound in the comfort of your own home. The compact size means it fits in tight spaces and it does not impose on your room design. Do not fear though, though it may be small it is certainly mighty and there is a notable difference in clarity and volume no matter what you are watching.
You can also wirelessly stream your favourite music directly from your smartphone, tablet or other compatible devices.
◃ Personalised Cheese Slate ▹
Personalised gifts really do make the best gifts and this personalised cheeseboard is adorable. The names and date are customisable so you can include the date your friend moved into their new home or any other notable date for that matter.
This gift is the perfect gift for cheese lovers, or couples moving into their first home together. Though, it is simply stunning and really does add a lovely personal decorative touch to any kitchen too. I have mine displayed and I have had so many questions and compliments. It is made from slate and it is approximately 25cm high and 35cm wide.
◃ Personalised Door Mat ▹
Sticking with personalised gifts this door mat is sure to brighten up the hallway of any house. “An Adventure Awaits” – the perfect slogan for any person about to embark on a new chapter in their lives. You can them personalise the mat to include the name of your friend, or a short message.
The mat is available in three different colours: terra cotta, slate grey or taupe and it is extremely hard wearing and durable. It is made with 100% solution dyed nylon with a nitrile rubber backing. The mat is also available in two different sizes, (H40 X W60cm / H50 X W75cm).
◃ Wooden Gift Box ▹
Timberbox gifts believe great things come in small, but well-designed packages. They have wooden boxes which are hand printed and can be personalised to suit every occasion. Simply add a bottle of champers’ and there you have it, a pretty perfect housewarming gift. The boxes come in many different designs too, some bright and colourful, some simple and some with a more traditional feel.
The box will also make a beautiful kitchen accessory or storage box after the champers has been enjoyed!
◃ Cacti ▹
I gift cacti all of the time. I happen to think they are the perfect gift and I also have a little collection of my own. Cactus symbolise endurance and undying spirit and they live an extremely long time. There are so many variations of cacti, finding the most interesting is a really fun task. They are not demanding in the slightest so you are not bestowing a great burden on your friend, and let’s face it… they are bloomin’ gorgeous!(Pun intended.)