Buying your own home is a momentous occasion; so it’s become customary for friends and family of a new home-owner to bestow them with gifts to decorate and furnish the new abode.
If you’re no good with gifting and are stuck for ideas in the interior décor area, don’t just plump for a standard scented candle – browse our ideas for thoughtful and useful presents that owners of a brand-new home will adore.
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Perfect for the kitchen or as a stand-out feature in the hallway, an eye-catching wall clock is a simple but sophisticated design element that enhances any space. It also fulfills an important functional purpose – ensure your receiver is never late for a meeting again! Adding a wall clock to any room is just as chic, if not better, than splashing out on artwork.
Know someone who loves to travel? Give them a gift that means they can keep track of their adventures (and show them off) with a wall-mounted scratch map. Users scratch off countries they’ve been to; perfect for newly-married home-owners to have a permanent reminder of their honeymoon location hung up on the wall.
Personalized Chopping Board
For the foodies, a stylish wooden chopping board engraved with your giftee’s names make a lovely house warming present. Choose from classic rectangle, circular or even heart-shaped styles, available from sites like Find Me A Gift, Not on The High Street and Etsy.
A beautiful well-kept plant can become the focal point of any room. Orchids are long-lasting and easy to keep, and large cheese plants make the ultimate living room companion. If you go for a plant, get one that’s been cared for at a local garden center. Make sure you find out its name and how to care for it, so you can tell its new owner – perhaps give them a card on how often the plant needs watering and where to station it where it will be happiest.
Help your friend or relative keep their new home free from muddy footprints with a cute welcome mat. They come in a broad range of styles, colors and patterns, so you’re sure to find one that suits them to a T. You can get these personalized with surnames – for instance ‘Welcome to the Smith Residence’ – or simply decorated with stars, stripes or hearts.
New home-owners, especially first-time buyers or couples moving in together, might lack some of the basic day to day necessities of a cozy home. Do your research and find out whether they might need a kettle, toaster, microwave, blender, etc. to help them on their way to a fully-furnished home. These are useful kitchen gifts that will never be shoved in a cupboard and forgotten – the receiver will love them be glad to check another item off their ‘to buy’ list.
For the friend who has a great sense of humor, gift them something that will make them smile every time they see it and will be the talking point of visitors in their new home. Check out these novelty homeware ideas:
- Funny shower curtains – go for styles that depict shark fins lurking behind the screen; a hilarious quote; or even Kim Kardashian’s famous crying face… The choices are pretty much endless!
- Mugs – every household needs comedy mugs emblazoned with slogans, patterns, film characters, and whatever else reflects your giftee’s hobbies and interests.
- Animal table lamps – online store RedCandy have a huge range of geometric-style animal lamps, from flamingos to giraffes, t-rexes to unicorns. Perk up any room with the addition of a fun and unique lamp.
- Lucky cat – lucky cat or ‘maneki-neko’ ornaments are available in all good gift shops, with their cute whiskered faces and swinging paws said by Japanese folklore to bring good luck to their owners. Bring happiness and luck into a new home by giving one of these little guys as a sweet gift.