A friend of yours has recently moved in to her new apartment and invited you to come over for a housewarming party. Aside from making sure you’re wearing the nicest dress in your closet since you heard her cute officemate is coming to the party too, you also need to prepare a gift for your friend. While you’re not exactly required to bring a gift to a housewarming unless you’re friend is listed on a gift registry (which is somehow inappropriate for a housewarming), bringing one would be nice.
There’s really no etiquette to follow when thinking of gifts to bring to a housewarming party. It would always be better if you ask your friend what he or she needs or is still lacking in his apartment. However, again, unless your friend chose to have a registry, he or she will probably say that your presence is enough. If you insist though, you can still bring a gift and here are some ideas you can check out.
Note: If you plan to give any home appliance or furniture that we will be listing below, even ones in small packages, it is best to ask your friend if he already has one. Nobody wants seven coffee makers in his kitchen when he lives alone.
Wine is always the easiest thing to think about if you’re looking for a housewarming gift. You can enjoy it right at the party or your friend can keep it for later.
Make sure you check if your friend is allergic to flowers because if she is, skip this number. If she’s not, fresh flowers in a lovely vase would be much appreciated. She can keep the vase for later use which would make your gift double-purpose!
3. Coffee Maker
Better yet, make that a full breakfast maker! You don’t need to bring large gifts though as this is not a wedding. A small coffee maker would be great and would definitely be appreciated for sure.
4. Small Induction Cooktop
There are really large induction cookers and there are also smaller ones which don’t come to expensive. Electromagnetic cooking works great, is safe and even if your friend already has a stove or an oven, a spare cooker would be nice to have at home. Who knows, she might realize that the induction cooktop is way more efficient and safer than the one she has right now? She’ll thank you for it!
5. Gift Card
Giving cash on an envelope to a friend is by all means inappropriate. However, a gift card would be a better idea. Perhaps one for a home furniture store would be nice so you no longer have to choose a gift but your friend can choose the one she actually needs.
You can never have too many towels!
7. Food Platter
Even if your friend never mentioned pot luck for her housewarming party, it’s perfectly fine to bring in food. Try to find out if your host is currently trying to loose some weight; Perhaps a sushi platter will be a better choice in that case instead of a bucket of ice cream.
8. Photo Frames
Photo frames aren’t usually on top of the shopping list of someone who recently moved in but he or she will most likely buy one soon. Give this as a gift instead. These are way better than paintings or pieces of art that you may find interesting but your friend will just stash away in the attic.
9. Coffee Mug
It doesn’t matter if you got a $5 coffee mug or a really expensive one—it’s the thought that counts! Again, one can never have too many coffee mugs!
10. Scented Candles and Essential Oils
These are also things you won’t really shop for yourself but are rather expected to be given as gifts. If you can get some fragrant scented candles or essential oils for aromatherapy, your friend would be delighted.