When it comes to moving, everyone has a different situation. Still, they need to figure out how to make their new place feel like home, and it's up to family and friends to help them. But when you are picking out a housewarming gift, you don't want to give something that is going to be stuck in the closet, nor do you want to spend a fortune. Here are some useful ideas than still have an element of fun.
Plants or Herb Gardens
If you want to be the life of the party, consider shopping for the perfect plant. If you're on an especially tight budget, you can probably pick something up for around $10. For a long-term effect consider giving an indoor herb garden. Tastefulgarden.com offers an adorable 7-inch wicker basket ($30) that features four herbs of your choice. Lavender, oregano, basil, and rosemary are just a few of the possibilities. Sixteen different varieties are available so you can pick the kinds that best suit their taste.
When your friend or family member was picking out their furniture, there's a good chance they didn't remember to make all the right provisions to keep it protected. Here's where you can come in and save the day, by bringing something that can get immediate use at the housewarming party. Offer a set of fun coasters, like these brightly colored Zebra Coasters from Jonathan Adler ($48). Or, show up to the party a little early with some furniture protector in-hand to prevent spills from turning into stains at the party.
One common characteristic of almost all new homes is bare walls. While the new resident will likely want to develop their own artistic style as they assimilate to their quarters, artwork or photos are going to need frames. One affordable, yet classy option are Reed and Barton Bretton picture frames ($25-$40) from Bed Bath and Beyond. These black and white frames feature classic lines that complement almost any decor.
If your friends are getting a first house, it is likely they are also getting ready to enjoy their first yard. Help them take the fun outdoors with a classic yard game. There are affordable options of all sorts of games, including: crochet, bocce ball, or badminton. Check out this Franklin Classic Series Badminton Set ($50) from Cabela's.
The Perfect Wine Basket
Whether the new homeowner or apartment dweller wants to share with others or keep some special things to themselves, the perfect wine basket is almost always welcome. There are several affordable wine gift baskets from FTD, including the Tempting Treats basket featuring a bottle of Parducci merlot, Sonoma Jack's parmesan peppercorn cheese, and a variety of Ghiradelli chocolate. If they aren't snackers they might enjoy the Tour de France Gourmet Gift ($50 each) that brings together wines from three French regions; Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone.
Local Gift Certificates
If it really seems like a person has everything they need, take some time to check out their neighborhood and imagine where they might shop. Maybe they'll spend time at a local coffee shop or get their fresh fruits and vegetables from a neighborhood cooperative. Whatever it is, almost any business is willing to print up gift certificates of any amount, which means you can give something thoughtful and affordable that draws the person closer to their new neighborhood.