There are many ways to show a new home owner that you care.
Mr. Geek and I recently moved into our new home. My friend, Becca, came to visit. She showed up with a delicious pizza from one of my FAVORITE pizza places in our previous hometown (also, I couldn’t remember the last time I had ACTUAL pizza!).
“I had full intention of bringing a cute housewarming gift,” Becca said, “but you’re probably so overwhelmed with stuff everywhere–so I just thought I would feed you.”
And that, readers, is my kind of thinking: thoughtful and practical.
Here are some of my favorite housewarming gifts for less than $30, $20, $10, and best of all–FREE!
Housewarming Gifts Under $30
House Plant with a Punny Pot
It’s amazing how a house plant can brighten up a room and make a place feel like home–even when the walls are still bare. A low-maintenance plant like aloe vera can provide that home-y touch and provide air cleaning abilities. This aloe vera pot by Bolt and Rally on Etsy is just gosh darn hilarious.
Diffuser & essential oils
A house sometimes just doesn’t smell like home when you move in. An essential oil diffuser and essential oils can help clear the air and help make a new home smell wonderful–and the additional health and wellness benefits are a bonus! Diffusers are marked down on Amazon all the time and our family uses these essential oils.
Candles are another alternative to provide a “home-sweet-home” scent. Although we are not a candle family, there are wonderful all natural and paraffin free candles available instead of a diffuser.
Housewarming Gifts Under $20
Wine with a Cute Custom Label
Remember the iconic housewarming scene from It’s a Wonderful Life? When Mary Bailey blesses the Martini home with bread, salt, and wine?
“Bread, that this house may never know hunger.
Salt, that life may always have flavor.
And wine, that joy and prosperity may reign forever.”
Sipping wine may be one of my favorite grown-up ways to celebrate a job well done. Some of my favorite memories from moving into our first home are sitting on the floor… with no furniture…enjoying some wine…in a coffee mug.
That is the good stuff, my friends.
Therefore, I consider wine a very practical gift! Bring a bottle over for the new homeowners and adorn it with a cute label like this one:
Love the blessing from It’s a Wonderful Life? You should see the ADORABLE basket Chandler made over at All Precious and Pleasant.
Our first home was a fixer upper–we did some serious renovations. When I say, we…I mean Mr. Geek. I wish I gave him this hammer by Charming Chace to remind him he was building our dreams–especially when those pesky problems arose! They say the projects never end when you’re a homeowner…
A healthy meal (or two)
I cannot stress this enough…FEED THAT FAMILY!
Grocery shopping has fallen on the priority list. Cooking? No freaking way. Turning to take out is not only expensive, but not always the healthiest option. Bring over a healthy meal. Feed those worn out and stressed out fools.
In a small way, you are saving the world by preventing meltdowns due to drops in blood sugar and “I’m sorry for what I said when I was hungry,” kind of fights. The world will be a much better place.
- Freezer casseroles
- Pre-made “Dump dinners” or one pan meals
- Show up with your slow cooker (because theirs may be packed still or they don’t have one!)–full of yummy goodness.
…and pizza is always a solid choice!
Just bring over some damn food, demand everyone sits down anywhere available, and takes a deep breath.
You are now a superhero.
Need ideas? Click here to visit my “Recipes” Pinterest Board.
Housewarming Gifts Under $10
Coffee & Tea
I don’t think anyone can go wrong by showing up with any coffee or tea. Coffee and tea for many elicits a comfort–and for some people it gives them the sheer sense of, “I can accomplish anything today!” Plus, more often than not–their own supply is buried somewhere.
Return Address Stickers or Stamps
This family has a new address and it’s time to let people know about it! You can order return address stickers or a stamp for them when they are ready to send out their next batch of mail–announcements, holiday cards, etc.
These gorgeous return address stickers are by BloomsPrint on Etsy.
Free Housewarming Gifts and Gestures!
Not all gifts need to cost money. You can help and show you care without spending a dime!
My dear mother-in-law cleaned the whole house before we moved in, including lining the cabinets with new shelf liners. We were put at ease just putting the items right in the cabinets knowing they were ready to go!
Move their stuff
If you are in good health and have the time, help move their stuff. That doesn’t cost anything and is a MAJOR help! Especially when it’s time to try and fit a king mattress up a narrow staircase. Shout out to my brother-in-law–thanks for the help!
Got a truck? Load it up!
Not everyone can afford movers and a moving truck. If you have a truck or trailer and the time, help them out. Thanks, Dad, for sharing the trailer!
Help them unpack.
Every time I have moved, I get this overwhelming sense of overthinking where everything should go. My mom comes in and makes the decisions for me. As hard as it is sometimes to give up that control, it is such a relief when everything is at least out of sight! And you’ll eventually move stuff around later once you are more familiar with how you operate in your space.
If the new homeowners will allow that, just put the stuff away and tell them where it is. They will thank you for giving them less decisions to make.
Thank you to my mother and mother-in-law for taking charge and putting everything away!
Walk the dog
When moving into a new home, poor pup gets a bit neglected. The schedule is thrown off, too many new overwhelming smells, and nice long walks aren’t exactly a priority. Offer to take the pooch for a long walk to get the energy out while the family settles in.
Only do this if you are comfortable and confident with the family dog or dogs in general. Pup is already feeling sensitive. You just don’t know how he or she will react.
Offer to take the kids or take over as family taxi
Preparing to start our family soon, I just kept thinking about what it would be like to move with children. To all the mommas and daddys out there getting it done–I bow to you!
Offer to take the kids and do something fun so the parents can really focus. Go to the park. Entertain them outside. If you’re really close to the family–super fun sleepover at your place for a night! Do they have sports, lessons, or activities? Be the family taxi so the parents don’t have to stop everything to pick them up or bring them.
Life still goes on when you’re moving–and everyone still needs clean clothes! Make yourself in charge of throwing in the laundry at their house. Pay attention to when it needs to be changed over. Does the new house not have a washer and dryer? Wash it for them. Bring it back to your place or to the laundrymat.
Remember, moving is one of the most stressful transitions in life–and most of us will experience it at one time or another. When brought with sensitive, patience, and understanding, new home owners will be grateful to any gifts or gestures you provide.
Happy helping, friends!