to the boards
Cool -- so if I get invited
to a housewarming, I
donít have to bring a gift?
Etiquette sticklers would say that a housewarming demands a gift, while
an open house doesnít, but my feeling is that gifts should never be
mandatory. Still Ė and listen up now -- unless an invitation
specifically specifies no gifts, itís never a bad idea to arrive
bearing a little something. Yes, yes, I know I just finished advising
the host/ess never to expect gifts, but thatís exactly why the
kindness of your gesture will be so dearly appreciated. While itís
true (I hope) that no oneís going to de-friend you should you arrive
with nothing more to offer than your wonderful presence, showing up with
a gift will give you serious brownie points. Itís not necessary, but
it IS nice.
how do I know what to bring?
Gifts donít have to be extravagant Ė and in fact probably ought not
be, lest they make the recipient and other guests uncomfortable -- but
they should, most certainly, be thoughtful. Think about what things your
friend might be able to use in his/her new abode, and select a gift
classic housewarming gifts Ö
edibles and potables: wine, good liquor, homemade goodies,
beautiful fresh veggies/fruit from your garden
houseplant preferably popped in a pretty container rather than
the beat-up black plastic pot in which it came. Or a cute watering can
to nourish all those houseplants that the new homeowner(dweller) is sure
to receive at the party.
bar accessories: bottle opener, corkscrew, swizzle sticks,
The x-ray fish bottle
opener (above), available at chiasso for $18, makes an adorable
Browse digsShop for more ideas.
for the new homeowner Ö
gift certificate to a home improvement store like Home Depot or
Lowes. Because theyíll be spending lots of time and buckeroos there.
if the house has a yard Ö
seed packets, seedlings, gardening tools, bird
feeder, croquet set
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