The last few years have been remarkable, to say the least. Many of us are just about catching up after lives put on hold by coronavirus restrictions, with moving house being one of the more common major life decisions to get postponed. We’ve been busy since 2021, though, with record housing market activity leading to a bumper year for the market.
If you’re wondering why so many of your friends and family have been moving house this year, the above explains it. You might also be struggling for housewarming gift ideas at this point! Here are some wonderful ideas for celebrating a major life milestone in your loved ones’ lives.
It quite simply isn’t a housewarming if a houseplant doesn’t exchange hands. Houseplants are not merely an invigorating addition to any new home, though; they are a rite of passage for housewarmings, and practically a currency when it comes to the trading of gifts between young adults. You could even choose your plant carefully based on tradition or meaning, with peace lilies a beautiful way to represent a new beginning and new commitment.
A Box of Chocolates
Of course, sometimes the simplest gifts are the best – and especially so if you’re not entirely sure what to buy for your newly-homed loved ones. The simple offering of some delicious chocolate is sure to go down an absolute treat, giving them something tasty and sweet to enjoy between bouts of decorating. In some cases, you could even have the chocolate personalised with a message to congratulate them.
If your friends are moving into their first home together, it may be that they are, in essence, starting from scratch. Besides the big furniture items and major appliances, there may be gulfs in the home comforts they have – presenting you with a brilliant opportunity to provide them with a practical gift that can also retain sentimental value. Kitchen accessories are always practical, and can be extremely thoughtful if you know what they like to cook.
A Reminder of Their Last Home
As joyous an occasion as moving house can be, it can also be an intensely bittersweet experience. For many, the house they leave behind is place of myriad happy memories and big milestones. Even if their new home is a delight, and promises many more years of happy memories to come, leaving the last one behind can be something of a heartbreaker.
A great sentimental way to congratulate someone on their move is to recognise this bittersweetness, with a token or keepsake that references their old home in some way. It could be a literal gift, in the form of a photo, sketch or painting of the home; alternatively, it could reference a happy memory or hallmark of that home. Their garden might have had a rich bed of roses, in which case a pressed rose in a frame could be a beautiful way to pay homage to the old.