Moving into a new home is always an exciting time, but it’s one that can easily become overwhelming as well, especially if it’s for the first time. There’s a whole moving checklist to follow, and there’s a good chance that there’s at least one item on it that the person making the move is unfamiliar with. If you know someone who’s moving, whether it’s a friend or family member, you may want to look for ways to help take some of the stress off them. Unless you want to volunteer to help move their belongings, though, there’s not a great deal else you can do during the move itself.
Of course, as is tradition, there will be a housewarming once everything is settled, and this is your time to shine. A housewarming party generally includes housewarming gifts that are meant to help the new homeowners increase their enjoyment of their new home. Here are just a few great ideas for gifts you can bring to make their day.
Every home creates lasting memories, and the best photo books are how you’ll want to preserve them. You could simply have a custom photo book made with an interesting layout and have the homeowners fill in the photographs themselves, but why not make things a bit more fun? There are plenty of photobook templates, ranging from wedding photo books to travel galleries. Maybe you and the homeowner went on a great vacation not so long ago, and you want to create a mixbook featuring your favorite moments. If the homeowners have children, a photography book filled with birthdays and other special moments is a great idea.
Creatives can even go beyond a simple photo book, even if they’re beginners when it comes to customization. Shutterfly’s service also lets you turn photographs into canvas prints for wall art, or you could use them to make unique mugs for the kitchen. Any of these is a great option to preserve the past and inspire new memories.
If the new homeowner has a green thumb (or even if they don’t), gift plants are almost always a great idea for a housewarming. Indoor plants like succulents don’t require much care, and it’s proven that having greenery and life in the house has positive psychological effects. They even remove carbon dioxide from the house and replace it with new oxygen, so there’s no need to step outside to get some fresh air.
Speaking of air, many homeowners don’t realize that indoor air is often more polluted than outdoor air. It may seem strange at first, but when you think of all the opportunities that contaminants have to sneak in, it really isn’t that surprising. Pollen, mold, pet dander, and even dust are all indoor contaminants, and they can start to affect your breathing, or even cause you to fall ill if they’re left unaddressed.
This is why it’s so important to remember to change your air filters and keep up with other HVAC maintenance tasks. It’s also a good idea to keep air purifiers in the house as well. A filter with multiple levels of filtration will not only be able to remove airborne particles, but it may also remove odors from the home as well. It’s easy to find filters that run quietly as well, so there are no worries about keeping one in the bedroom.
You can even give the gift that keeps on giving if you gift a subscription box for the new home. These boxes are extremely popular, and you can find one for virtually anything from baby supplies to boxes of beer. No matter what the new homeowners are interested in, you can find a box that makes for a great first year in a new home.