Shopping for housewarming gifts can be relatively difficult no matter how close you are with the host(s). Here's a list of 6 bulletproof gifts you can bring to warm a new home.
Wine and accessories
Alcohol is customary for most celebrations, so wine, beer, and spirits are great gifts as long as A) your hosts aren't victims of alcoholism or B) throwing a dry party. Depending on whether your friend is an oenophile or a hipster who drinks craft beer, you can also gift complementary accessories such as openers, aerators, coasters, caddies, and decanters.
Flowers and plants
Fresh flowers and plants are a great way to brighten someone's home whether the unpacking is finished or not. Flowers bouquets are particularly easy to pick up last-minute on your way over. And there's always the option to mail flowers with services like The Bouqs if you can't make the date but still want to send a little love.
"I don't need toilet paper," said no one ever. When we had our housewarming, one of our guests brought us a 16 pack of Charmin toilet paper and it was brilliant! Everyone uses toilet paper and even if you're all stocked up for now, you'll always need to buy more.
Moving and unpacking is exhausting and it's easy to forget to make your regular grocery runs. Food, whether it's dry pantry goods or a homemade dish, is often appreciated. Baked goods and sweets are an added bonus.
Especially if it's a first home, picture frames are a great way to encourage your hosts to get their faces (or their art pieces of choice) up around the house. Adding photos and art can definitely help make a new place feel like its your own, and frames allow your hosts to express their own personal tastes without you accidentally infringing on any decor faux pas. Go for a classic, timeless frame and all will be well.
In general, candles are great gifts for any occasion. Candles come in many different scents and can be relaxing, romantic, and even functional. It's really up to your giftee how they want to use it— creating an atmosphere for an at-home spa, lighting up a romantic night on the couch, or even illuminating a dark home in emergencies.
Have you been to a housewarming before? What are some great housewarming gifts you've received or given? Do you have any fun ideas or DIY concepts that are great for bringing into a new home? Sound out in the comments below!