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Making a House a Home

8 Mar

I’m at the age now where a lot of my friends are purchasing homes and having great housewarming parties (still kicking myself for being too lazy to plan my own), and I’ve had quite a few friends ask me for ideas on decorations, games and gifts. So, are  you wondering what to give someone who has just recently purchased a home? I have many favorites, but one stands out especially.

I especially love the European tradition of giving a gift to the homeowner and providing homemade treasures to them, in a woven basket, that signify the start of a lovely life in a new home. There are different variations floating around the web, but it goes something like this:

Bread You will never go hungry
Broom Sweep away the evil; Your house will always be clean
Candle You will always have light
Coin Bring good fortune for the year
Honey Represents the sweetness of life
Knife Protect against intruders
Olive Oil Health, Light and believe it or not, keep your husband faithful
Penny Keep the friend from ever being at the end of the knife
Plant You will always have life
Rice Sign of fertility
Salt Represents life’s tears; You can also place a pinch of salt at the threshold of each door and window for good luck; Mend all wounds
Toilet Paper The reason is that the roll is easy to spool out and represents the hope that all problems with the new home will be as easily solved.
Wine Never go thirsty; Your home brings you happiness and joy
Wood Your life/home will always have stability, harmony and peace

The idea is to place a few of items listed above in a basket that can be reused once the homeowner uses or saves all of the contents in the basket.

The great part is, you don’t h ave to choose EVERYTHING that’s on the list. Choose 3-5 items that are your favorite and will be most meaningful for the homeowner.  It’s also a little easier on  your wallet than a $50 gift card from Target 🙂

The above basket is a thoughtful gift idea for the guest that’s looking for something unique and meaningful. Along with honey, why not throw something else in the basket such as the homeowners favorite sweet treat, such as chocolate or his/her favorite candy bar.

And be sure to get “creative” with the type of basket that you put your items in. It can be an eclectic basket from the African Marketplace or a metal tin can from The Container Store. Just be sure it’s large enough for all of your items and in good enough condition so the homeowner can use it once all of the items are removed.

Throwing the party and making the gift is easy… it’s buying the house that’s the hard part 🙂

So, what about you? What are your favorite housewarming gifts to give?

Love and Light,

Honee Dee

All photos from: The Design Sponge