LET'S TALK HOUSEWARMING GIFTS & IDEAS
Happy Thursday boo and #HappyInternationalWomensDay. Today I thought I'd write a post about gifting the perfect housewarming prezzie, some ideas and experiences that you could create in place of a tangible gift, and a tip if you're expecting some cool new housewarming candy from your guests.
I've moved home a few times now, and I can honestly say that these have been some of the happiest moments of my life. Was it stressful? Sure! Did I feel exhausted? I can't even explain to you how much. But, will I do it all over again someday? Absolutely. Anything for my dream home!
For me, my favourite part about moving house (other than picking the decor themes, colours and interiors) is the "just moved in" feeling. This is the feeling you get once you've finally got your sh*t together, and no longer walking around boxes that you're keen to unpack but also avoiding at the same time; no longer having to search endlessly for your hair straighteners, or awaiting the arrival of your new bed. Note: I've had a lightbulb moment and realised that I totally need to write a post about everything you need to know before moving home.
Anyway, let's be real... one of the best parts about moving home is the housewarming gifts. I absolutely loved throwing housewarming parties and having guests over at my last place... it was like a reward to me (from me) after all my hard work in styling, decorating and creating a happy home. I've been quite lowkey in all ways this time around, but as usual, high key with gift expectations.
For me, the perfect housewarming gift should be a mix between something I'd love to have, and something I neeeeeed to have, and honestly, if I had a choice between the two when I first move in somewhere new, it's the latter. Obviously, I'd love to have fire pit for my garden, or a waterfall tap for the bathroom, but it will never beat a good old reliable Tassimo machine ... because COFFEE is a must!
What are you getting at Saphron? Well I'm glad you asked. When thinking about the perfect gift to buy for someone who has just moved home, think practically! Yeah, ok, don't get me wrong, I'd still accept a waterfall tap for the kitchen or bathroom goddammit, but I'll love you 10 times more for getting me an item off my 'moving home checklist'. But, of course, this is the route that I know many gifters follow and is exactly why us daring folk would appreciate just one of you being a bit of a risk taker when it comes to gifting...
So what would the ideal gift look like? Read on to find out what my personal favourites would be, and some non-traditional gifts that I just know anyone would love!
FOR THE FRAGRANCE LOVER
If you haven't already noticed, I am obsessed with candles and fragrance. There is something about the mood that a single candle is capable of creating that makes me feel so cosy and at peace in my surroundings. If you're looking to gift candles as your housewarming gift I'd recommend one from Molton Brown. Their candles smell divine and are punjent enough to smell them throughout the whole house, without them being overbearing.
FOR THE TRADITIONAL HOMEMAKER
Nothing says new home like a good old plant. If you've been on my instagram recently, you'll have seen how fond I am plants and just nature in general. I haven't yet introduced plants into the decor in my home because I still have quite a lot to go before adding the final finishing touches. But what I do know is that you can never go wrong with a gorgeous plant, which will aid the perfect shelfie or addition to a coffee table.
I'm quite digging cactus plants at the moment...like this collection here:
FOR THE BEDDING BOO
I could literally spend half my monthly wages on bedding. Good bedding is so important to me because when I finally do get the chance to hit my bed after a long day at work, or even on the weekends (particularly after a night out), there's nothing like getting into a bed with sheets that feel good against your skin. Also, to me, a good duvet cover really has a way of bringing a room out and make a great feature accent if your walls/ decor is quite plain.
My advice to you if you're going to buy a duvet set as a gift for someone is to go bigger! There's nothing like getting a gorgeous set and trying to squeeze your duvet into it. Buying king size means that even if the homemaker only has a double duvet, it will still fit. Play it safe and go a size up.
How do you fancy this bad boy from Urbanara:
FOR THE KITCHEN DOLLS AND DUDES
Moving is stressful. If you really want to buy someone a housewarming gift that's not only practical, but will also be mucho appreciated and make a great table statement during future nights of entertaining, I'd defo go with a dinner set.
I recently bought some amazing plates from my last trip to IKEA, and also from Amara over Christmas. I'm quite into mixing and matching my dinner sets as there's a certain aesthetic that I like to go for on my dinner table, but there really are some super cute sets if you look around.
I really like this set by Pip Studio at Amara :
FOR THE HOME TECH LOVER
Ever thought about SMART gifting? Well, why the hell not?! I am just dying for someone to say "happy housewarming" and proceed to hang me over a nicely wrapped gift with a smart tool inside! Although, I'm also still skeptical of them... (a glimpse of my ever amazing indecisiveness... gotta love a Libra).
Anyway, I've read so many great things about the smart home systems, like the Echo (Alexa?) and the google home (don't even know their name?). What's attracted me the most is the pretty cool ability to change the lighting in a given room (if the lighting is compatible). All of this is achievable through buying a smart lighting kit that provides you with special bulbs that link up to the main smart home system... I plan on installing something similar in my home later in the year, and despite my skepticism I am sure that I will soon be screaming it's praises.
Why not pick up one and make your giftee a smart user? Check out more below.
FOR THE GADGET LOVER
I must say, I've always been a sucker for a cool home gadget, particularly when they just make my life so much easier. Everything is about convenience these days, saving time, money and therefore freeing you up to do other things. Does this sound like someone you know? (Other than me?) This is exactly why home gadgets would make the perfect housewarming gift for them.
Firebox have some pretty dope items and have this area of gifting down. I've pulled out three favourites below.
FOR THE TEXTILE LOVER
Ahhhh, so we're onto the textile lover. Well, aside good bedding, there's only one other statement piece that I'd be interested in receiving as a housewarming gift... but BEWARE... because this one warrants knowledge of the colour scheme in a certain space before diving into rug retail therapy. I'd be quite disappointed to receive a mocha coloured rug for my silver themed living room.
Best place to start with rug shopping? Habitat! and this one is defo a fave:
FOR THE WINE ENTHUSIAST
Ok, let's be honest, what party have you ever been to where there hasn't been good wine? Well, maybe not good wine, let's just say wine. If you're really looking to impress with your house party gift, why not bring the booze? This makes an awesome (and cheaper, but appreciated nonetheless) gift for anyone who likes a little sparkle in their life.
We've all seen wine racks right? Well, why not gift one that's pre-stocked? Love this gold geomtric wine rack on Amazon! £18.42
FOR THE ARTSY
I love art, and a home without artwork just isn't for me; but I also appreciate that it's not for everyone. Great artwork in it's various forms can really add some personality to a space and is a great way to fill the walls if you're not into the minimal look.
I love all forms of art, whether digital, colourful, contemporary or typography... but one of my absolute favourite styles of artwork is pop art; and Etsy is the perfect home for this.
I am loving these 4 by FlorrieandMe1, which are currently available (and are framed) for £25.
BUYING HOUSEWARMING GIFTS FOR THE RISK TAKERS
Not everyone needs a tangible housewarming gift you know. Wait. Is that even possible? Erm, YASSSSS! Aside the traditional gifts that are standard for house warming events, I'd actually quite appreciate an "experience". But what would this "experience" look like? Well for starters, I'd think about what kind of interests your giftee has... do they like food? or design? or do they like DIY?
My top ideas for gifting/ creating an experience as a housewarming present would be:
- An in home High Tea Experience
- A DIY workshop/ experience
- A Pizza (housewarming) party
The last option here is totally self explanatory so I won't go into detail, because who wouldn't love every kind of pizza you can think of as your basis for a housewarming event? But the first two would be my idea of HEAVEN, and I recently came across this amazing brand called Tilly The Travelling Tea Room, who actually create an in-home vintage tea party for you. How fab does that sound?
Another great one would be a DIY workshop or perhaps a short course in decorating your home, because learning new skills is fun and is actually a way for you to help someone continue to bring joy, love and great design into their homes.
In my opinion, one of the best things you can do (if you are ever moving home and having a housewarming party) is to create your own gift wishlist, covering a range of budgets that you can share with your guests... that way you won't be disappointed. However, it takes away from the surprise element, so perhaps only share it with those who could get it totally wrong... it's the thought that counts in the end though, for sure.
In the end, the most amazing gift of all is love and light! Though this isn't something you can see with the naked eye, it really does work miracles in any space and can really transform the energy in your home when it's full of positive vibes and laughter.
What would your ideal housewarming gift look like? Already had housewarming gifts? Which were the best you received? Or maybe you had an awful one? I want to hear all about it!