It’s exciting when someone you know moves into a new home, particularly when they’re first-time homeowners starting on a new adventure. Moving in is expensive, however, and it’s not uncommon for people to move from an apartment, condo, or townhouse into a home, only to discover that they don’t have nearly enough furniture or decor to fill up every room. That’s where you come into the picture, friend.
Always talk to your home-owning pals about the items they might need before you buy a present, but feel free to give them housewarming gifts that you know they can use, as well. There are certain pieces of furniture, servingware, and home decor that every new homeowner needs. Start with these ideas and get inspired!
1. A Home Security Gadget
Help your friends to feel safe in their new home. Security systems are no longer as expensive as they once were, and it’s easier than ever to utilize popular technology to improve safety in your private spaces. Give the gift of a little peace of mind. Give them a clever but secure gadget, such as a doorbell camera from PCNation.
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What type of camera would benefit your friends the most? You can choose a model that operates via smartphone app, for instance. That allows the homeowners to peek at the folks ringing their doorbell right from their phone screen. Other doorbell cameras sync with landline phones that have screens. They work as intercoms, too, so that your friends can speak to the strangers on their porch before answering the door.
In general, younger generations aren’t fans of opening the door to strangers. If they aren’t expecting someone, they don’t want to let them inside. A doorbell camera can show your buddies who’s on the porch and help them feel a bit safer.
2. A Streaming Device for Netflix
Many couples enjoy an evening of watching their favorite shows and chilling on the couch, and a streaming device can help them do it. They’re not nearly as expensive as they were when they first emerged on the market. You don’t have to spend a fortune to give the gift of “Orange Is the New Black” and every season of “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.”
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You can get a streaming stick for the homeowners for less than $50. The Amazon Fire Stick is a sure bet that can link up with a Prime account. That’s extra convenient, especially since it also provides access to Hulu and Netflix. A Roku streaming stick is just as affordable, though. Take your pick! Which one would your friends enjoy?
3. Something for the Tablescape
You’ll be eating more meals than you can count in your friends’ new house. The first few months of their residency, they’ll likely host dinners for family members and friends quite frequently. Present them with place settings or other decor options that will remind them of you every time they sit down or serve canapes.
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You’re spoiled for choice, as some of the most thoughtful housewarming gifts help your friends to become the best hosts on the block. A set of coasters will save their furniture from water marks while they serve up cocktails, or you could give them a lovely charcuterie board.
4. The Perfect Set of Glasses
To go with the coasters, why not purchase bourbon or highball glasses as a housewarming gift? Snifters work, too, as do wine glasses. You can even opt for mugs. For example, if your friends are fans of the Moscow Mule, then a set of copper mugs is ideal. Pomegranate has delightful glasses with funny messages and artistic renderings. If your friends are horse-lovers or hunters, you won’t find a more apt design.
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5. A Corkscrew, Of Course
On the subject of beverages, you can’t have too many corkscrews. Your hosts may already own one, but since corkscrews have a way of disappearing when you need them, it never hurts to have a backup. Then again, you can also give your pals an upgrade, which they deserve as they move into a new chapter of their lives. Pick out a multi-functional corkscrew and bottle opener, one of many gifts that will certainly come in handy.
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6. A Voice Activated Assistant
Much like a streaming stick, a voice activated assistant can make life easier for the new homeowners. Personal assistants such as Alexa and similar devices are helpful in a number of areas, from controlling smart gadgets to queuing up a playlist for the evening. An Echo Dot costs less than $40, but you can find other assistants above and below that price point, depending on your budget.
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7. Any One of a Gaggle of Games
Purchase your friends a selection of group-friendly games.From classics such as Sorry!andTrouble to more risqué games such as Taboo and Cards Against Humanity, there’s no shortage of possibilities. Maybe your pals can institute a weekly game night—and you can get them started! Just remember to play to your audience when choosing board and card games.
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8. An Essential Oil Diffuser
Forget about candles and incense. Help your friends to create a warm, welcoming, and calming environment. Essential oil diffusers are available for every budget, and they all work more or less the same. The most important thing is to include essential oil blends with the diffuser. You can pick out separate scents, such as lavender, patchouli, and lemon verbena, or you can give them oil mixes designed to boost happiness, calmness, or mental clarity.
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Think Who You’re Giving To
Any gift that you give with love is sure to be accepted in the same spirit, but you should always think about the recipients. In addition to considering what they need in their new house, think about what it looks like, the personality of the couple, and your relationship to them. In your opinion, what makes the ideal housewarming gift?