When you receive an invitation to attend a housewarming party, it's proper etiquette to show up with a gift for the new homeowner. Although a creative, original gift can certainly be memorable, you may just want to stick with a housewarming gift that's more on the traditional side. When considering the traditional gift you wish to give, always take into account the homeowner's preferences and needs.
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Everyday food items serve as a symbolic way to share your best wishes with the homeowner. One such approach is to provide a loaf of bread, which symbolically expresses the sentiment that the homeowner will never be hungry. A container of salt or sugar, meanwhile, symbolizes a life full of flavor or sweetness, respectively. A bottle of wine sends the message that the move into a new home should be a cause for celebration and prosperity.
Provided you have a grasp of the homeowner's needs, an appliance is a gift that she can use every day. Stay away from large appliances that the home might already have. Instead, consider smaller appliances, such as a toaster oven, toaster, food processor, blender, juicer, immersion blender or microwave. Speak to the homeowner to determine what she needs before buying your gift, and always include a gift receipt so she can exchange the item, if needed.
If you're competent in the kitchen, show up to the housewarming party with something homemade, such as a pot of chili or stew, a freshly baked apple pie or a casserole. New homeowners are often so busy with unpacking that they fail to eat properly, and your home-cooked meal can be the housewarming gift that stands above the rest. Don't fret if you're not adept in the kitchen -- a gift card to a nearby restaurant gives the homeowner a chance to take a night away from the house and enjoy a meal.
Flowers or Plant
It's a little presumptive to buy a piece of art or another home decor item for the homeowner, as his style might be drastically different than yours. Instead, focus on small, simple gifts such as a bouquet or flowers or a plant. A potted money tree, for example, reminds the homeowner of your wishes for his prosperity in the new home. If you're not sure that the homeowner would appreciate flowers or a plant, a gift card to a home furnishings store allows him to buy something to suit his taste.