When it comes to my friends I tend to be quite the gift giver. I’m that girl that spends days trying to decide what I want to get them, I never stick to budget, and I sometimes make myself stress about making the gift as perfect as possible. I say it’s thoughtful; my boyfriend would call me crazy. Agree to disagree shall we? Recently my best friend moved into a new apartment after a hectic breakup from her boyfriend. I knew that I wanted to do something to celebrate her independence and new journey but since she is 400 miles away I had to settle for sending her a gift. Most women naturally think after a bad breakup you either get your friend drunk, or if you’re in my case you send her a lovely ” so glad your over that douche” gift, but instead of focusing on her breakup I wanted to encourage her and help bring some life to her new home. I initially shopped around for a pre-made housewarming gift but I found that they either were overly expensive or had a whole bunch of nick knack’s that no one really uses. My friend doesn’t need cute crackers and salt n pepper shakers; she needs toilet paper and dishwashing liquid. Ya feel me? I couldn’t find anything I like so I resulted to making my own and figured I would share with you all some of the things to keep in mind when doing the same for one of your friends!
Little things: Often times the small details of a house are forgotten about. You forget that you have to pack all your jewelry or take down all your pictures. When I was moving from home to college I quickly realized all the things the dorm didn’t come with. I went to throw something away and realized I had no trash can, or I would go to wash my hands and saw we had no soap. I easily went to target 5 times a day for all the little things I needed. When creating a housewarming gift it’s important to keep this same concept in mind, especially if the person has a large family etc. For my friend I got her
- Razor: Every woman forgets to pack these, even if they are just going on a little vacation. Most people remember to buy soap and a towel but rarely remember their razor.
- Bobby Pins: my friend is the queen of bobby pins; she uses them for everything so I knew that these would come in handy. They are also one of those ” little details: that never gets packed or is lost in the shuffle.
Necessities: This is all dependent on the person but in my friends case I knew that she was moving in a hurry. Plus anything you buy always saves them money to focus on getting some bigger ticket items.
- Toothpaste/Soap/Hand towel: Three things you can never have enough off and I figured it would save her a little money from having to buy it.
- Toilet paper: I didn’t get this for her because mailing it would have been expensive, but its definitely a necessity.
Make it a Home: Here is where you add that personal touch. Something that will make thier new place feel more like a home.
- Wall decal: I bought her a wall decal that said “Bless this home with lots of love and Laughter”. Another alternative is a welcome home mat, or a cute framed quote.
- Scented candles: Make her house smell good! Plus who doesn’t love candles!
- Framed Photo: I framed this photo for fill her home with some fun memories!
My final touch was a letter that I wrote her just explaining how proud I was and excited to be a part of her new adventure. I also wrote a funny note with each little gift I gave her. For example on the razor I wrote: So you can keep your legs nice and sexy”. An added quirk just to make her laugh!
Hope you enjoyed this and I would love to hear what some of your tips are for giving gifts!