Last Minute Housewarming Gifts

May 18, 2023
jason wolfe
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The forsale sign sits in front of the house across the street. It has been up for months and you are beginning tp wonder if the house will ever sell. One Thursday evening as you pull into your neighborhood you notice that there is a SOLD tag hanging diagonal across the forsale sign. You can’t help but sit there wondering who your new neighbor is, and when they will move in. 

Growing up it had been a family tradition to go out and get a welcome to the neighborhood gift for new neighbors, as a way to both welcome and introduce yourselves to them. With this thought in mind you make a mental note to go out and find something after work Friday in order to be ready for them to move in. Everything is all organized and planned out right? As well organized and well meaning as you plan to be plans change and life events come up, next thing you know you see movers coming in and out of the house realizing that your new neighbors have started moving in. It’s at that moment that you realize that you never got out to getting a welcome gift for them. Sound familiar? If this is something that you find yourself struggling with, don’t panic we have you covered. As you continue reading you will learn more about 10 great last minute DIY housewarming gifts that we recommend giving your new neighbors.

10 DIY Last Minute Houswarming Gifts

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There are so many different directions that you can go when creating a DIY last minute housewarming gift, from easy to reach for cleaning products to use while setting up your new home and unpacking to something edible or that can be used to decorate and make your place feel at home the possibilities are endless. Image courtesy of honey and lime.

You have probably experienced at one point or another in your life moving can be very overwhelming. A new place, new house, new people potentially even the start of a new career it’s no wonder you’d be feeling in such a way. Having had the experience yourself you more likely than not remember the feeling yourself. In saying this, do you remember being welcomed to your new neighborhood? How nice it was to have people stop by and introduce themselves to you? Perhaps bring different variations of gifts both store bought as well as homemade (aka DIY Gifts)? If you answered yes to any of these questions than this list of DIY last minute housewarming gifts is for you. As you read through the different gift ideas we have here, we hope that you are able to find something that inspires you!

- Text or email a gift card. In order to achieve this first gift idea you will have to go ahead and go by your new neighbors house empty handed. Doing this allows you to introduce yourself to the new neighbors along with exchanging contact information. Just be sure when doing this that you don’t announce that the reason you want/need their contact information is so that you can send them a giftcard. One easy way to access a multitude of gift card options is to visit Giftya and click on the tab at the top of the page that reads send. When here you will be able to scroll through  the numerous gift cards on the site and see what stores are available.

- Gift basket. Now when it comes to creating a gift basket there are a couple different directions you can take. The most common gift baskets that people will create tend to include items such as a bottle of wine, some snacks and a not welcoming the new person to the neighborhood, or to their new homes. A second and different direction that one can take is putting together a basket with some of the essential items that one may need access to right away after moving. Some of these items may include disinfectant wipes, kleenex, and toilet paper among others.

- Baked Goods. Now we recommend this to those who find themselves to be artistically challenged or enjoy baking. Need an excuse to pull out grandmas pie recipe? Or to try making those cookies that you saw in a recent issue of home chef? If you answered yes to either of these than this is most definitely the gift route that you should go. After moving into a new space, a delicious thoughtful, homemade treat could make an individuals day. Just keep in mind the potential of allergies, acknowledging it may be for the best to avoid or substitute any recipes that make a mention of using nuts.

There are so many different baking recipes out there how does one choose? We don’t know about you but these cookies are making our mouths water just by looking at them. Image courtesy of Bigger Bolder Baking

- Gift a bouquet of Flowers or Basket of Vegetables. For all our gardening friends out there, this is the perfect DIY last minute housewarming gift for you. Whether you grow flowers, vegetables or even herbs it’s hard to go wrong with this. With flowers, you can go out into your garden and choose any combination you desire. After gather ing them and arranging them in a vase or a mason jar you may have on hand than you are more than set to go. And with vegetables or herbs you can go out and gather what your heart desires and make an arrangement in a basket to bring someone for a house warming gift. With either direction it is hard to go wrong. With the flowers an individual has the ability to set them in a room of their choosing to help bring life to it, and with the vegetables or herbs they can use them for cooking. It’s hard to really go wrong with any of these options.

- Art or decorations for the home. This idea is for our artistic friends out there. If you find yourself liking to paint, draw, crochet, knit, or any other art activities there are out there this is a perfect fit for you. By creating some form of art that can be hung on the wall, make a blanket or perhaps even a pillow anything along the lines of housewarming decor is recommended. Most people consider the thought to be what counts most when it comes to receiving housewarming gifts. 

- Scented Candles. Not only do candles make a great housewarming gift but they literally and figuratively light up the room. Although you could always go to a store and look for a premade one, we recommend that you make your own. All you need is some wax, essential oils and most importantly a jar and you are set to make your own candles. We recommend removing any spilled wax and polishing up the jar before and after creating the candle so that the recipient doesn’t have a giant mess to clean up.

- Wrapped Wine Bottle. Now we know that a wine bottle was previously mentioned for if you were wanting to create a gift basket to give as a house warming gift. However, if you find yourself short on time or unable to think of other things you would like to add to a basket than a simple bottle of wine is an excellent go to. From creating your own wrapping to grabbing a cute bag to put the bottle in it is hard to go wrong. Plus, who knows, the person may crack open the bottle while you are with them and insist on sharing the thoughtful gift with you!

- A Cocoa Kit. As we all know people are constantly moving throughout the year, and that the winter months can be brutal in some places. If you are from a place that has harsh winters than this is a great housewarming gift for you to give. Not only will it help the recipients feel nice and cozy in their new homes but it is also perfect for those who have kids. A few things to include in the kit are a mig or two, cocoa powder of course, chocolate bars,as well as different add ons such as marshmallows, flavored syrup and sprinkles. To top the kit off be sure to add a card welcoming them to the neighborhood, or wishing them the best with their new home!

Hot chocolate makes for an extremely inviting gift. During those cold winter months nothing is better than cozying up under some blankets and enjoying the warm chocolaty drink. An added bonus is that there are different flavors to choose from, from your regular cocoa powder to carmel flavored and peppermint! Image courtesy of craftsyhacks.

-  Coffee Mug Cozies. Now for those who don’t know or forgot what a cozy it is, they tend to be fabric or foam made holders that people will put around either a mug that is too hot to directly touch or to keep their alcohol beverages colder during the summer months. If you are one of our craftier friends out there than this is another housewarming gift for you to consider making. They not only take little time to make but permit you to be as creative as you want. You can choose any fabric or foam, as well as design or pattern and take it wherever direction you wish as you create them. More likely than not whoever just moved in across the street or whoever else you may be gifting a house warming gift to drinks coffee, tea or one of the many other alcoholic and nonalcholic beverages out there. Plus there is never a time that these aren’t useful.

- Personalized Visa Gift Card. Did you know that you could create and order personalized visa gift cards? Not many people do. This is a new and unique way that you can go about giving visa gift cards. If you visit Gift Card Granny and go to the tab that reads build, by following the instructions on the page you have the ability to create and personalize visa gift cards to your liking.  If you are someone who likes to have a couple easy to give gifts on hand than we recommend ordering a couple cards when you put in your order. 

We hope that the above has helped plant some ideas on last minute DIY housewarming gifts for you. We know that life can get busy and that at times we do fall behind in life. If you liked this piece we recommend also checking out 10 Last Minute Housewarming Gifts to help them feel at home.


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