Over the past couple years, more and more friends have been purchasing their first home or signing a lease for somewhere new. Now that we're "grown up", our homes aren't treated like they used to be. We've started to ditch the University junk in favour of investing in decor or furniture that's not from the side of the street.
As much as I love wine, I think it's fun to bring something a little different over as a housewarming gesture. Put some thought into your selection and pick something that suits their taste and personality. The gifts I've listed below are a little more unique and unexpected:
A BOOK WITH A PERSONAL MESSAGE
Gifting one of your favourite cookbooks to a close friend is such a thoughtful gift. I enjoy personalizing this gift by writing a sweet little message inside the cover. My favourite cookbooks to give include: brown eggs and jam jars, mastering the art of french cooking, plenty and the barefoot contessa. I like these cookbooks in particular because there is always a handful of recipes that fits any kind of diet/food restriction.
PREPARED FRESH FLOWERS
I love finding a vase that compliments their taste and filling it up with gorgeous flowers. It's nice to bring over a vase already prepared so your friend doesn't need to cut flower stems and clean up as everyone arrives.
Custom artwork! I discovered Niki Kingsmill's masterpieces while scrolling through Instagram. I think one of her pieces would make an amazing housewarming gift. I love the details and think they would be so lovely framed. Why not support a local Canadian artist and surprise your friend with one of these beauties? I've showcased some of my favourites above, but check out her website here for more pieces.
BEAUTIFUL ARTISAN CHEESE BOARD
I love the idea of going the custom route to celebrate a special event like purchasing a first home. Order a custom cheeseboard with a word or saying you find fitting. Pair it with some cheese knives and your friends will be set for their next party! You can order custom boards here.