5 Beautiful and Practical Housewarming Gift Ideas

By Maria Rogerson

April 29, 2024Lifestyle

Many different cultures share the same tradition: when someone moves into a new home, their family and friends bring housewarming gifts. This is something that’s done all over the world, and Australia is not an exception. But choosing a gift can sometimes be tricky if you don’t know what the people need or want in their new home and don’t want to ask them. However, some universal gifts will fit into every house.

Canvas Prints

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There are plenty of ways you can capture moments in time. Moments that show happy and memorable events. If you want your housewarming gift to leave a great impression, you can get easy-to-create floating framed canvas prints.

These frames are a wonderful housewarming present that the new owners will love. They’re very elegant and artistic and have gained popularity over the last few years. Because of their ability to transform an ordinary picture into an art piece, many people make them the centrepiece of the room.

Some stores allow you to arrange them by yourself online and have them delivered. You won’t have to walk from one store to another looking for the perfect picture frame. The whole process is quite simple. There’s no complicated task or need for advanced computer skills. You simply upload the picture on the website, choose the size and orientation you want, and you can also add a frame style, so it matches the homeowners’ interior. This is a very time-saving process that anyone can do.

You need to choose a high-quality picture, something with high resolution. This way, the print will come out sharp, clean and vibrant. Getting a blurry or pixelated print isn’t a present anyone wants to get. The orientation of the canvas also matters. This depends on how the picture is taken (landscape, portrait or square). You can also get some finishing on top of it like glossy, matte or satin, which adds a visual impact.

The canvas you print the picture on can have an impact on the quality. There are cotton, linen and polyester canvases. They all have a unique look and texture. Size-wise, there is plenty to choose from. From small 20×30 to large 90×120 pieces. This is a great housewarming gift because you show how much you cherish the special moments spent together. By capturing an important one, you give your friends something they can keep and remember for the rest of their lives.

House Name Sign

A house name sign may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a housewarming gift, but it’s a great idea. It’s a very important addition to the house’s curb appeal. Gift your friend a clean, readable and neat sign they can enjoy seeing every day.

These signs come in many different styles, modern, traditional, carved, abstract, handmade, textured, or anything you can imagine. Manufacturers use different materials to make them, wood, marble, stone, fibre, clay, metal and often a combination of 2-3 materials. Choosing the style and material depends on the house’s exterior. They should match and complement each other.

If you’re making a personalised house name sign, choose an easy-to-read font. Something people won’t struggle to understand. Keep in mind that the sign should be visible and readable from a 1m distance. You can add more personalised elements by incorporating some signs or phrases the family uses and cherishes. There are plenty of ways you can make this a wonderful housewarming gift.

Scented Candles

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The main reason why scented candles are a great gift is their ability to make a home smell amazing. They also have the power to set a mood and make everyone feel relaxed and like at home. Plus, this is a gift that’s easy to find and inexpensive to buy. You won’t break your budget but will still give a great present.

If the people you’re buying for are your close friends, you probably know their scent preferences. If not, you can take a guess and experiment a bit. You can match them by colour to the rest of their furniture, the framed canvas prints, vases, floors, rugs or even the curtains. The season that we are in at the moment may impact your choice.

There is an unspoken rule that says different smells belong in different seasons. Spring is for rebirth and new beginnings so think about blossom candles like lavender, peony, bluebells, lemons, rose, vanilla, jasmine, grapefruit or green tea. Summer is bright and warm. Outdoorsy smells like orange, coconut, mint, pineapple, honey, basil and sea salt will be perfect.

Autumn is cosy just like cinnamon, pumpkin, apples, clove, nutmeg, maple, berries, brown sugar and ginger. These scents will be perfect for chillier nights. And last but not least, winter. This is the festive season reserved for scents like pine, orange, vanilla, chai, gingerbread, cranberry, chestnut or cedarwood.

Monogrammed Towels & Pillowcases

Personalised gifts have always been a favourite. They’re very thoughtful and show how much you care about someone. Monograms are one of the oldest forms of personalisation and they have never lost their popularity. Use the first letter of their first and last name, choose a classy font and give them an elegant gift.

If you want to do something unique like canvas picture frames, you can go with monogrammed towels or pillowcases. These are also very practical gifts the homeowners will use daily. Plus, they’ll have their towel they won’t have to share and a pillowcase that’s just theirs.

Throw Blankets

Throw blankets are another practical gift every home needs. They can be used as an extra blanket at night or for some cosy reading night by the fire. These blankets can be a great way to add colour to the space and a new texture for the senses. Their practicality is what makes them a perfect housewarming gift.

Does your friend live alone or are they a family? Get each family member a blanket of their own so everyone can enjoy them. Choose soft materials like wool, cashmere, cotton, alpaca or faux. Something they can be comfortable in. There are cartoon-themed blankets for the kids and one-coloured or patterned ones for the adults. No matter which one you choose, your friends will be happy to have a throw blanket at their disposal.