Alternative Housewarming Gifts.

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At some point in our lives we will find ourselves moving home and trying to settle into a new property. This can be a bit of a daunting experience. After all, you’ll find yourself waking up in a completely new place, in an entirely new location, and surrounded by unfamiliar people. When you’re in this situation, housewarming gifts can really cheer you up and put a smile on your face, making the whole experience seem a little more positive. So, if you have some loved ones who are in this situation, you might want to treat them how you’d like to be treated and either take a little gift around or have one delivered to them. However, rather than the standard bottle of wine or bunch of flowers, you should consider getting them something a little bit different. After all, they’re probably going to be swamped with these items from other well-meaning loved ones. So, here are a few different ideas to get you started on the right foot!


A Card

Perhaps the easiest thing to send to a friend’s new home is a housewarming card. This is simple and most gift shops will have a wide array for you to pick from. It literally takes a few moments to write an endearing message inside and pop it in the post, so there’s no excuse not to! Just make sure that you definitely have the right address and to time it to arrive once they are definitely in the house. After all, you don’t want it getting there early and the previous residents to throw it to one side not recognising the name on the envelope.


Subscription Services

It’s nice to have something coming through the post other than bills, especially when you’re in a new property. So why not sign your loved one up for a subscription service. This will ensure that there’s at least one positive piece of correspondence coming through their letterbox once every single month. Now, you can go for standard magazine subscriptions as long as you have a good idea of what your friend likes to read and that they aren’t already signed up (nobody wants two copies of the same publication after all). However, there are other options out there on the market. No matter what the person you’re buying for is interested in, there will be something to meet their tastes and preferences. For booklovers, there are literary subscriptions that see a book posted monthly. For tea fanatics, you can have a range of specialist tea bags sent in pretty little boxes. If your pal is obsessed with their pet, you can get dog or cat subscription boxes that are filled with treats and toys for their beloved four legged friend.


Wall Art

Walls can often appear a little plain and empty when you first move into a property, so turn the blank space into a potential canvas by offering different pieces of wall art to your loved ones when they first move in. Not only will this make a dull space a little more vibrant, but you can offer something that will add a personal touch to your friend’s space too. Panoramic canvas prints turn special scenic moments into full size features that compliment any space. Alternatively, you might want to find out a replica print of one of their favourite pieces of classical or modern art – whether this may be Van Gogh, Picasso, Klimt, or Monet. Take time and care to pick out a frame that goes well with the colours of the piece and the style of the strokes. This will allow them to hang it straight away, rather than the print being tucked away, crumpled, and forgotten about, as framing gets put off. There are also plenty of prints offered by small, independent artists of all sorts – from comics to illustrations. It’s always great to support a local or relatively unrecognised artist. A final option is to have a specialist portrait made, perhaps of their pet. This adds a real personal touch to the gift!


For Parents-to-Be

As we start to get a little older, you’ll often find that people are moving into a new house because they’re planning on hearing the pitter patter of little feet in the near future or they already have a little one on the way. So, you can make their housewarming gift something a little more appropriate for their needs. Pregnancy pillows can prove to be a cute additional piece for their interior design, as well as serving a more practical purpose. Posture isn’t something that the average person tends to take into account. Either we have good posture ingrained in how we sit and stand naturally, or we completely neglect it and stand, sit, and lie exactly as we please. However, during pregnancy, the balance of a pregnant person’s body will be offset by their bump and much more of their weight will be placed on their front, which puts more pressure on their back, which can result in pulls, aches, and pains. Pregnancy pillows are specially shaped pillows that can be used to make lying down or sitting a more comfortable experience by supporting different parts of the pregnant person’s body. They should sit on chairs with good back support and use the pregnancy pillow by placing it near the lumbar of their back for additional support as and when they need it. When sleeping, they should (of course) avoid sleeping on their stomach (which would be dangerous and uncomfortable) or on their back (which puts more stress on their heart, especially during the third trimester) but can use the pillow to support their head while they sleep on their side.


These are just a few different ideas to get your imagination whirring and inspire you a little. While your friend may find themselves in an uncomfortable situation when they first move in, these little bits and bobs can distract them and bring some joy and comfort to their situation!