Gifts for a Happy Home

Moving Day Cupcakes by Creative CupcakesMoving Day Cupcakes via creativecupcakes

Moving into a new home is a huge milestone and definitely worth celebrating with a thoughtfulgift. Flowers and home supplies are a couple of excellent choices to bring the first time you are invited to a friend or family members new pad, but here are a few less-expected options that will help make their new house feel like a home.

Seed KitSarah Rainwater Seed Kit via Design Sponge

When faced with a big move nobody needs more useless clutter, so picking a gift that is useful as well as beautiful is ideal. This seed kit by Sarah Rainwater fits both criteria; it’s impeccably designed and has all the essentials to jump start a new garden.

The Perfectly Imperfect Home by Deborah NeedlemanThe Perfectly Imperfect Home by Deborah Needleman

Maybe it’s because I love receiving them, but books are one of my favourite things to give. Why not give the new homeowner one or two books that are inspiring in terms of design, but also beautiful enough to display on the coffee table. My top two picks are The Perfectly Imperfect Home by Deborah Needleman and Grace Bonney’s Design Sponge at Home. Both are packed with inspiration and eye candy.

Decoylab's Make My Wishes Come True ClipboardMake my Wishes Come True Clipboard by decoylab

Another great gift option is this modern wooden clipboard that would be wonderful in the kitchen for family notes, or in a home office for list making.  In fact, Decoylab is one of my favourite etsy shops; one of their wooden clocks would also make a terrific housewarming gift.

A Home is Made print by Rebekka SealeA Home is Made Print by Rebekka Seale

New art to hang on the wall is a gift that most people will appreciate. This sweet house print by Rebekka Seale is lovely, and she also does custom house portraits. We have a painting of our old apartment building that a good friend gave us as a wedding gift, it’s definitely one of our most treasured possessions. If you’re looking for other artists who do custom house portraits Etsy is a good place to begin your search.

Custom Address Stamp by Felt and WireCustom Address Stamp from felt and wire

How about a custom calligraphy address stamp from felt and wire? Calligraphy adds an old fashioned touch to stationary, and while the recipient is still trying to remember their new address a stamp may come in handy.  If you’re really crafty you could even try making one yourself.

Custom Wooden Hangers by Paloma's Nestcustom wooden hanger by palomas nest

Here’s another useful and thoughtful gift idea: a beautiful custom-made wooden hanger. Or you could splurge on one for everyone in the household, that way everyone has a special place to hang their coat.  What a sweet way to say ‘welcome home’.

DIY a Practical Gift Basket like Martha Stewartimage from Martha Stewart via h&a happenings

If you’re feeling really stuck for gift ideas you can pick a theme and assemble a collection of practical gifts (ex.  entertaining, cooking, painting or laundry supplies).   Whatever gift you decide to give, the packaging can make all the difference; like the bar-in-a-box gift pictured above.

Can’t believe it’s friday already. Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

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