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Housewarming Gift Basket Ideas

Gift Baskets from the Great Unknown
The great author Unknown once said, "It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can make a home." We tend to agree with the aptly-named nobody - be sure to put a little effort into your housewarming gift basket ideas. Show you care! It’s the 21st century; we don’t bring each other jell-o molds anymore. Even the gloopiest jiggler doesn't say anything about you, the recipient, or the celebrated home. When congratulating a friend or family member on a new home or welcoming the new neighbors, a housewarming basket is just the right present for the occasion and better than anything that comes from a powder packet.

Seriously Good Housewarming Ideas
Now, let’s make one thing perfectly clear: these people just got a new home. Nothing you can give them, outside of a new car or another new house, is going to blow these folks away. The idea behind the basket is to make them feel welcome. And rule number one when talking to someone who just moved into a new home? That’s right! Don’t talk about ghosts. Even if you think it's clever, steer clear of Halloween gifts unless these people just so happen to have the last name "Munster" or "Addams." Instead, come up with an idea full of warm feelings and happy thoughts: comfort, relaxation, luxury. Repeat those words like a mantra as you sift through the housewarming basket selection.

Wine & Cheese Combo Gift Basket

Start Off on the Right Foot
So what’s just the right gift idea? Keep the previous paragraph in mind: you want something simple yet pleasant. Cheese & wine baskets are phenomenal, but if you look at our housewarming section you’ll see that gourmet wines and cheese gift baskets didn’t make the cut because it can seem a bit extravagant. Instead, consider a gift basket of gourmet coffee and teas from around the world, a kit for making their first family breakfast in the new home, or a bucket of barbeque sauces for the first backyard grill. Side note - you're definitely invited to the BBQ now, with a pre-emptive sauce-strike. If you want to be a little less presumptuous but still just as clever, get them a basket that’s shaped like a house (they exist and yes, we have them). And last, but not least, candles. The new home is probably equipped with Edison electric light, but aroma-infused candles are still an always-appreciated gift.

Baskets that Send the Right Message
Oh! And don’t forget to attach a personal note to your gift basket saying how happy you are for them. If words escape you, there are plenty of great quotes about house warming out there by Unknown, who never minds a bit of plagiarism. Here are just a few great quotes to punctuate your letter:

"Hospitality is making your guests feel at home, even if you wish they were."

"May your home always be too small to hold all of your friends."

"The ornaments of your house will be the guests who frequent it."

"It’s really the cat’s house - we just pay the mortgage." Okay! So maybe they aren't all winners. If the right message escapes you, at least try to look sincere when you hand over your gift basket and say, "Welcome to the neighborhood."

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