Moving into a new home is always an exciting thing, even if it is not the first. Every time you relocate, you get an opportunity to decorate and personalise your space as you desire, and we always love sharing this accomplishment with family and close friends. A housewarming party is the best way of letting them know you moved. You are opening your doors to your guests so that they can celebrate you with you. The handling of housewarming gifts follows some etiquette, whether you are the one visiting or the one moving into the new home. Moving into a new home is always an exciting thing, even if it is not the first. Every time you relocate, you get an opportunity to decorate and personalise your space as you desire, and we always love sharing this accomplishment with family and close friends. A housewarming party is the best way of letting them know you moved. You are opening your doors to your guests so that they can celebrate you with you. The handling of housewarming gifts follows some etiquette, whether you are the one visiting or the one moving into the new home.
What Things Make Great Housewarming Gifts?
- Gift cards to a home and garden store or a home improvement store
- Party tableware such as speciality food serving sets. Keep in mind that you should consider the host’s decorating preferences in regards to such wares. As such, stick to neutral designs and colours. A safe bet would be to offer a gift card for such or ensure what you get is returnable, and thus you should hand it along with the receipt.
- Household items such as a welcome mat, kitchen knives, a bar set, or wine glasses
- Monogrammed picture frames or even personalised ones with engraving fonts to match the characteristics of the hosts; they can be decorative just as long as you know the host’s décor tastes and preferences
- Flowers and indoor plants
- A bottle of high-end liquor, champagne, or wine (ideal if you are sure the host drinks). It should be something vintage or befitting a celebration, not anything such as that two-buck chuck.
Do not feel awkward about spending £20 or less on a gift; it is not rude nor uncommon. Housewarming gifts can be food such as a basket of homemade cakes and cookies, drinks such as a bottle of liquor or wine, kitchenware, or even candles. If you are lost on what to get, then a gift card to a home and garden store, malls, or home improvement store is a brilliant idea. Carry something even if the host stated “No gifts”, you can offer a congratulatory card.
Gifts & Invitations
If you are planning for the party, then send the invitations 2 – 3 weeks in advance. Avoid mentioning anything about gifts, unless you wish to notify them not to bring any. However, the same rule does not apply if it is a friend or relative hosting the party; they can make a blurb of where you live. The invitations should give precise information, stating the address, date, and time. At times, it would be nice to include a small map print out that gives exact directions to prevent having guests getting lost when on their way to your new house.
Registering for housewarming gifts is not an uncommon trend, with people opting to do this at places such as Walmart, Target, and Bed Bath and Beyond. However, etiquette specialists have their reservations about this trend.
As the host, avoid having high expectations for gifts or asking for any. Conversely, if a guest asks about that, you may want or any other gift-related issue, then feel free to share the necessary information including where you are registered.
Gifts should not be opened during the housewarming party; it is bad etiquette. Some people find it rude because not everyone will come bearing gifts and the items will be of different value. As such, opening the presents makes some of the visitors feel awkward. The party is not about soliciting gifts but having family and friends celebrating you as they welcome you to your new place.
Take note of who gave what when you do get the time to open the gifts after the party. Remember to send a thank you note in appreciation of every present received and extend the same gratitude to all who managed to come even if they did not come bearing gifts.
Guest EtiquetteAs a visitor, try your best to bring a gift. It does not have to be big or expensive, just something you would also cherish if it were gifted to you by someone else. Wrap it nicely and place it together with the other gifts if that is the order of things, or just hand it to the host. Avoid bringing attention to the present since other people may not have brought something.