January 27, 2021 at 5:28pm | Brian Ness

Homeownership in the United States is on the rise, with annual sales steadily increasing. If a loved one of yours is part of this trend and has purchased a first home of their own, you undoubtedly want to help them celebrate. A thoughtful housewarming gift is practical and sure to be appreciated. Stressed about cash? Don't worry: There are many affordable gift options available. Read on for inspiration.

Give them kitchen and dining-ware for future entertaining 

One of the joys of homeownership is being able to have friends and family over. Give your loved one dinnerware or cookware so they're ready for guests. You can save money on pricier items by shopping online. Major retailers like Bloomingdale's offer online promo codes and coupons that can help you save. If your friend or family member already has the dining and cooking essentials, get creative. You could buy them a fondue set for quirky dinner parties, for example. Make it more personal by printing out some recipes for how they can enjoy their new kitchen gadget. The Food Network has easy ideas you can access for free.

Provide cozy items they need to create an oasis of calm

A home is a comfy space to retreat to and get away from the world. Give gifts to make it even cozier. Bustle has a list of products that can transform any bedroom into an oasis of calm, for example, including essential oil diffusers, houseplants, and aromatherapy candles. A soft throw blanket that can be used to curl up on the couch or in bed is another great and versatile option. If you're a creative type and want to save money, you can even make your own. LoveCrafts has free knitting patterns to help.

Give them goods for outdoors entertaining 

If the new home has a terrace, porch, or patio, consider giving your loved one something they can use outdoors. A fire pit is one possibility. The Spruce has a list of options covering a range of prices, including products less than $50. If the new home has a garden and your loved one has a green thumb, tailor your present accordingly. You can get them a pretty flower pot, a gathering basket, or gardening gloves, for example. These are cost-efficient items you can pick up at any home and garden store.

Get them a gift certificate to help them explore their new neighborhood 

When someone moves to a new home, they also have a brand new neighborhood to explore. Help your loved one discover their surroundings. Research their new neighborhood using an online guide and pinpoint some businesses that would be of interest to them, from coffee shops to fashion boutiques. This doesn't have to mean spending big bucks. A $20 gift card to a local bakery can go a long way, for example.

Help them welcome visitors with items for their entryway 

When people move into a new home, they're often focused on furnishing the rooms they spend the most time in, like the bedroom, living room, and kitchen. Areas like hallways and entryways are often an after-thought. Help your loved one with some accessories to brighten up their welcome area. Affordable options include plants and welcome mats. You can even get customized doormats made and delivered online.

Helping someone celebrate their new home is always exciting. Make the most of this moment by giving your loved one a gift that is both useful and thoughtful. It doesn't have to cost a lot. The above list provides some inspiration to get you started.

The Gwaltney Group helps people find homes they love in the Rochester, MN, area. Whether you are looking to buy or sell, our team of licensed realtors can accompany you through the process from start to finish. Our goal is to get you happily settled in your new home — and hosting a fabulous housewarming party — quickly. Find out more about our services.


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