Top 10 Housewarming Gifts

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Purchasing a first home or moving into a first apartment is a special time in a person's life. Housewarming parties are the perfect way for a person to get the essentials they need to make their home feel more complete. Personal taste comes into play when decorating a new home, so buying art and other decorations may be tricky. Here are some suggestions for thoughtful and practical gift giving.


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Plants most often work with any decor. Choose healthy plants, and consider whether pets or children will be living in the house. If so, get a nontoxic plant. If the house has a garden, then you can give a good range of outdoor plants.

Kitchen Collection

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Kitchen items are great for a young person in his first apartment. In a reusable container or tin, place items like a spatula set, measuring spoons, whisks and a vegatable peeler. You can also give larger items like baking pans and muffin tins. These are items that people may not buy for themselves right away.

Tool Kit

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This is a must-have for young men and women on their own for the first time. Pack a toolbox with items like screwdrivers, a wrench, a hammer, nails, pliers and duct tape.

Bathroom Items

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Again for the “first apartment” housewarming, think practical. Extra towels, a toilet brush, a plunger, and a bath mat are items that first-timers don’t purchase right away.

Welcome Mat

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Find a wide variety of welcome mats. The choices are endless, and you can find designs that aren't confined to one that simply reads "Welcome." If your friend has another idea for the front door, or they receive more than one mat, it can always be placed at the backdoor or the garage entrance.

Wine & Champagne

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A bottle of wine or champagne is a wonderful way to celebrate a special occasion. Pair the bottle with a wine opener. Assemble it in a gift basket with a set of wine or champagne glasses.

Sundae Emergency Kit

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This is the perfect gift for anyone with a sweet tooth. Fill a gift basket with ice cream toppings like chocolate sauce, caramel, cherries and nuts. Include an ice cream scooper, a set of ice cream dishes and a gift certificate to a local ice cream store.

Household Essentials

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Fill a laundry basket with household essentials that a person may not think of buying immediately. These items may include laundry detergent, dryer sheets, toilet paper, paper towels, lightbulbs and scotch tape.

A Picture Frame

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Choose a wood, pewter or bamboo picture frame for a casual home. For a more formal setting, look for crystal or silver. Personalize the gift by inserting a picture of you and your friend or family member who is moving into the new home.

Gift cards

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You can almost never go wrong with a gift card. The person can buy what they want and when they want it. A person who is moving into a new home will appreciate a gift card to a home or a garden store. A gift card to a grocery store can help him stock his refrigerator for the first time. If you are giving a gift to a couple who you think would enjoy a nice dinner out instead, give a gift card to their favorite restaurant.