You might not have needed housewarming gift ideas for a while, but now the market has reopened, that is set to change – big time. The number of homes sold hit a 13 year high in July following the announcement of a stamp duty holiday by the chancellor, figures from The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) revealed. That’s a whole lot of our friends and family taking advantage of the end of lockdown to get moving.
And a move to a new home deserves a housewarming gift, don’t you think? Moving home is stressful (especially in the current circumstances), so it’s great to treat someone who’s just been through the process, and it’s always good to mark a fresh stage in life.
So, if you’re looking for the perfect gift for a just-moved or just-about-to friend or relative, you’ll love these ideas. Of course, you can send flower and we have included our favourite from a top flower delivery service here, but we have found lots of other welcoming and thoughtful presents. These are the five best housewarming gifts around and they’re easy to send – and a joy to receive!
1. Raise a toast to a new home
Black Label Flute Pack Lanson Champagne | Was £57.90, now £49.99 at The Bottle Club
Let the homeowners celebrate their new place in style by sending them a bottle of Champagne. Even better, they don’t have to worry about which packing box contains their glasses, and unwrap and wash them before cracking open the bottle because this Champagne comes with two flutes.
2. Make cooking easy
HelloFresh gift cards | From £29.99
Someone who’s just moved in probably hasn’t had time to get food delivery organised or visit the nearest supermarket. Send them a HelloFresh recipe box gift card, though, and they’ll have all they need to cook up healthy and tasty meals. HelloFresh offers a range of gift amounts: £29.99 covers a one-week delivery of the two person meal plan (that’s three recipes per week), while the highest priced is the £45.99 card offering a one-week delivery of the four person meal plan (three recipes per week).
3. Send flowers (that fit through the letterbox)
The Jamila letterbox bouquet | £34 at Bloom & Wild
Nothing will brighten up a new home full of boxes better than a bunch of fresh flowers. This pretty arrangement fits through the letterbox, so you don’t have to worry about whether the recipient has had to pop out to the local shop for a pint of milk or is so busy unpacking they can’t answer the doorbell in time.
4. Green up for a healthy home
John Lewis The Little Botanical New Home Bundle | £52 on John Lewis & Partners
A link with nature in our homes can contribute to a sense of wellbeing, so a gift of house plants will have a lasting benefit for the home movers. This collection includes two green plants, plus two medium succculents and one mini succulent, and they’re all pretty easy to care for. They’re already in attractive planters ready to put in place.
5. Bring in gorgeous fragrance
Neom Feel Refreshed Scented Candle | £32 on John Lewis & Partners
House moving is hard work, so what better way to fragrance a new home than with this candle, which is formulated to have an energising effect on the mind and body as well as gorgeous scent. It contains 24 essential oils including Sicilian lemon and fresh basil, which, we think you’ll agree, is a rather appealing aroma for a new home.