5 Classic Housewarming Gifts that Won’t Break the Bank

In this day and age, many people may consider the “housewarming” gift to be a bit passe. Still, even though most people do not go through the trouble of actually registering for a housewarming gift as would someone say getting married or having a baby, it doesn’t mean that a well timed, clever gift on your first trip to a friends new home wouldn’t be well received!

Here, we give you 5 clever and thoughtful housewarming gifts that won’t break the bank.

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1. A Candle

Creative? Not really. Still appreciated? Yes!

Giving a candle as a housewarming gift is never a bad idea.  If you do drop a bit more then average on it, be sure to include a gift receipt just in case the host or hostess is not partial to the same scents as you.

A safe scent is Mokara from Voluspa, a lightly fragranced 80 hour burn time candle with hints of orchid, lily and spring moss.  It’s available at Anthropologie stores for just $18.

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2.  Wine

Unless your friend doesn’t drink, a nice bottle of wine is not only a thoughtful gesture but doesn’t have to break the bank.  Check out THIS list of the top wines for under $15 each.

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3.  A Plant

We’re not talking about a huge, high maintenance plant here, but a smaller, well groomed plant is almost always a winner in the housewarming department! Succulents are a great choice, not only because they are aesthetically pleasing, but because they are low maintenance and can thrive even without direct sunlight.

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4.  Flowers

If you suspect that your friend doesn’t exactly have a green thumb, flowers can be a welcome and beautiful alternative! Be sure to deliver them in a vase so that the host or hostess doesn’t have to stop what they’re doing in order to cut and arrange them.

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One tip? Skip the roses.  Roses are usually given as a sign of romantic affection.  Stick to bright and colorful wildflowers instead.

5.  Gift Card

Some may say that giving a gift card is impersonal, but many consider this to be an old ideal, hearkening back to the days before the internet.

If you have overheard your friend be-groan their lack of something or another, why not go out on a limb and just buy it for them, or, purchase a gift card for them to use at a store where they can purchase their own?

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Lack of storage space? Try a gift card to the Container Store.

Lack of nice plates? How about a gift card to CB2?

If you know they are in need of household items, but are not sure of the specifics, a gift card to be used towards a Target or Bed Bath and Beyond if always a nice idea!