With every day that passes (and I know a LOT have passed since I last wrote here), one of my comrades is planning a wedding, buying a house or having a baby. (#adulting) And all of these things are really. big. deals. So what do you do? Celebrate!
Today, I’m going to help you build the perfect housewarming gift. The timing of this post is super suspect since John and I are about to close on our first condo. In all honesty, I shot this post a loooong time ago when two of our BFFs, Zach and Steph, bought their first place. And, as any fellow bloggers out there can probably attest to, the post idea got swept under the rug.
My intention is not to demand gifts when we move into our new place, but rather to kick-off a little mini-series about making your house a home. (Disclaimer: I love every thing in the below basket, and would accept any of these little gems with open arms. But it would be pretty weird if you showed up to my house with an identical basket. But I like weird. So you know what, go ahead.)
The overarching theme: utilitarianism. (Big-word-award goes tooooooo...) Make sure each piece is beautiful, but not without serving a function.
- A useful vessel
- A celebratory beverage
- Something edible
- Homemade treats or a living thing (not the above-mentioned baby)
- Something sparkly
- A scented number
- Pretty filler
For the useful vessel, I chose an expandable colander. Yes, there are a lot of decent-looking, inexpensive baskets that you can toss everything in. But then the recipient just feels guilty throwing it out, but has no idea what to do with it. (Other ideas: a mixing bowl or a stock pot.) This colander is truly useful, the perfect size and it looks good.
Cue the drum roll. This one is a SHOCKER. For the celebratory beverage I opted for: Bubbles! This is a $20 bottle of sparkling French rosé. You want to gift a nice bev, but when you are including a bunch of other components, don’t go overboard on price.
For something edible, I chose cheese. (Another groundbreaking choice.) I threw it back to Steph and my Olive Garden days, and included a rotary cheese grater to accompany the aged parm. (Steph, my deepest apologies that I couldn't include a boat of Alfredo in your gift. There just wasn't enough time.)
In keeping with the theme, I made some fresh bruschetta. How cute are these mini Weck jars?! #minithingsFTW
I like the idea of including some textiles, like hand towels or these Anthropolgie napkins, as it’s something that they will get continued use out of. (Because we all know that cheese grater is going to get ridden around the block and wear itself out very quickly.) Another great option are these affordable and durable kitchen towels that you can use for just about anything. (Shoutout to my SIL Jen for getting me hooked on those.)
If I gave a gift that lacked a gold sparkle, I would be concerned. So what is cuter than a gilded pretzel-shaped bottle opener? Nothing. The answer is: nothing.
I also like the idea of gifting a plant or flowers. But my basket was a-burstin’. After you've assembled the goods, stuff it with some crinkle paper or tissue to keep it all pretty and secure.
What are your go-to housewarming gifts?
Tell me bout 'em!