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History of Housewarming Gifts

History of Housewarming Gifts

If you have ever moved, you know how stressful and tiring it can be. Getting everything unpacked and put together just right is a tedious job! But when everything does come together, a popular tradition is to have family, friends, and new neighbors over for a housewarming party to show off the new home. If you’ve ever been to a housewarming or apartment warming party, you know it’s customary to bring a gift for the home owner to help them settle in. But how did all this begin, and what is an appropriate gift to bring? GiftTree is here to explain the history of housewarming gifts and how it originated into what it has become today. We’ll also share insight to make sure that when you attend a housewarming party you come bearing a gift that leaves the home owner feeling appreciated and comfortable in their new home.

Housewarming parties are thought to have originated in France. The gathering was a thank you dinner for those who helped build the house. People who attended would bring firewood to warm the house and create a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere, which is how the name “Housewarming” came to be. Bringing firewood transformed over the years into giving gifts that would help warm and bless the house. Some of the more traditional gifts given throughout history included: bluebirds, pineapple, and gift baskets. Bluebirds were thought to bless the house with happiness and good luck and similarly, pineapples where a symbol of openness and hospitality. Gift baskets had a variety of meanings depending on what was inside them. A popular combination was bread, wine, and salt, each component significant in their own way. The bread was to ensure that the house would never go hungry, the wine was to bring joy and prosperity to the home, and the salt represented the many flavors of life.

Nowadays it would be a little outlandish to bring firewood or a bluebird to a housewarming party, but we’ll give you some gift ideas that are sure to send the same meaningful and congratulatory message. When giving housewarming gifts, it is important to remember that everyone has different taste in home décor. That’s why we recommend sticking to items that serve a purpose rather than decoration items. Also, try to stick to gifts that can be enjoyed at the party or gifts that the homeowner will be able to use in the new home. For an extra simple gift that is sure to impress try one of our perfectly put together gift baskets. A perfectly paired gift basket offers a heartfelt gesture while mixing modern tastes and past traditions that everyone can enjoy. Similarly, our Artisan Teapot Bird Feeder offers a mix of modern and traditional taste. Birds, throughout history, have been a symbol of good luck and positivity, so this gift will truly show your care and bet wishes for the new homeowner. Another great gift idea is a candle to provide a warm and inviting atmosphere while preserving the tradition of housewarming. Our Tocca Luxury Candle Set or Comfort Candle offer a kind gesture that is sure to please any homeowner.

Comfort Candle

Comfort Candle

Tocca Luxury Candle Set

Tocca Luxury Candle Set

Artisan Teapot Bird Feeder

Artisan Teapot Bird Feeder

Today, people aren’t necessarily building their own houses and heating them with wood, and especially with the popularity of renting, the housewarming tradition has definitely changed. What hasn’t changed is the overall idea of making the new home owner or renter feel settled in their new house and making sure you congratulate them on their new home. With these gift ideas and knowledge about the tradition, you are sure to make your next housewarming party host feel extra special!

For more housewarming gift ideas, check out our thoughtfully put together list of housewarming gifts that can be found here.

2 Comments
  1. I never would have guessed about the history of housewarming gifts and parties. Very interesting. I don’t know about receiving salt as a gift but bread and wine certainly haven’t gone out of style!

  2. Wow i always wondered where the term housewarming originated, and plus i agree you can never go wrong with a good candle to warm the house.

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