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Moving into your very first home is a milestone for any young adult. Naturally, you'd want to help your friend celebrate, so coming empty-handed to your friend's housewarming party is not an option. But what do you get your friend who has just moved in?
Household essentials like mops and cleaning supplies might be predictable. You might have different tastes in furniture. Your friend might be too busy to take care of a plant. And buying things like shampoos with expiration dates may be a waste of money if they don't use them. So what are some of the best housewarming gifts that won't go to waste? Here are five of our picks.
This might sound like a weird gift, but hear me out. You might not be sure what your friend wants, but you can never go wrong with fabrics and cloth-based items that match their taste. For instance, they could use some Island Batik fabric for a sewing project or decorate their home during the summer. Or they could always find some fabric useful if they want to give their new home some color.
If you don't know how to choose fabrics, you could always go with cloth-based products. Neutrals are always the safe option, but if you know a specific color they like, see if there are table cloths, table runners, pillowcases, or oven mitts. These are also useful and reusable gifts.
New homes often have that fresh paint smell that some people find off-putting. To help with breaking in your friend's new house, give them scented candles, scented chips, fragrance diffusers, and anything that can help scent the room to their taste. If you're not sure what scent they'd like best, give them a diffuser and a gift card so that they can choose their own scent to add.
Reusable glass or plastic food containers are an excellent housewarming gift regardless of whether they're going green or not. Everyone needs reusable food containers in their cupboards, so giving them these can come in handy. Ideally, you should give food containers in various sizes, but just one size is also good. If you're attending a party, it might be nice to put some food in those containers and let your friend know that the container is theirs.
In your friend's planning to move in, they might have forgotten or chose not to buy a few little things that could help decorate their home and provide a little functional purpose. It's highly likely that they don't have coasters, so why not bring coasters to the party to reduce glass rings on their counters?
You can opt for wooden coasters with or without engraving, or you can crochet your own coasters using your own thread and hooks. It costs less to make, and there are DIY coaster instructions that even beginners can understand.
Refrigerator magnets are very helpful when trying to leave notes and reminders in an area that your friend is likely to pass once a day. So giving magnets can be a good idea, especially if they've forgotten to bring their own during the move.
Housewarming gifts don't need to be flashy or expensive. If you want to help your friend with their transition to their new home, focus on things that have function rather than gifts that are purely for aesthetics.
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