6 Traditional Housewarming Gift Ideas

The giving of housewarming gifts began as the literal act of warming a new home. Back before central heating was a thing, neighbors and friends would bring gifts of wood and build fires in the new homes’ fireplaces to warm the home and ward off evil spirits. This act of friendship continues to this day, although central heating makes warming a house unnecessary. Even so, housewarming parties are a common place when someone moves into a new house, and many people still enjoy giving gifts that hold special meanings for the new home’s occupants. Below are six traditional gift ideas to consider the next time you’re invited to a housewarming party.


A candle lit on the first night in a new home is believed to cast out darkness. It symbolically wishes the new occupants of the new home light through even the darkest of times.

Candles come in so many shapes, sizes and scents, it’s hard to name just one as the perfect housewarming gift. Try to choose something complimentary to any décor in a scent that isn’t too overpowering.


A long-standing tradition, giving bread as a housewarming gift symbolically blesses the home with never knowing hunger. Many traditional housewarming gift givers like to give fresh-baked bread to the new homeowners, but another option would be to give a beautiful bread box as well.

Salt and Herbs

Salt was once a valuable commodity, people used it as currency, so a gift of the seasoning symbolizes wealth as well as hospitality. A gift of other herbs delivers the same sentiment. A good gift idea for this category would be a set of silver salt and pepper shakers, or maybe a spice rack full of common flavorful spices. Be sure to attach a note card that says, “May there always be flavor and spice in your life.”


Wine as a housewarming gift has always been an icebreaker of sorts. A good bottle of wine paired with a lovely wine decanter makes a great gift that says, “May you always have joy and never go thirsty.”

Live Houseplant

When you give someone a live houseplant, you are essentially blessing them with a home that’s always full of life. People often correlate being able to care for a plant with an ability to care for one’s family. Of course, no houseplant is complete without a stunning planter, so go big or go home with this one because gifting a houseplant also conveys a wish of good fortune.


Today, burden baskets placed at the front doors of many homes collect the worries and stresses of life from all who enter. Gift a new homeowner with a burden basket to be placed at the front door. This symbolic gift helps preserve the home’s peace and harmony by encouraging anyone who visits to leave their troubles outside.

The concept of giving housewarming gifts has been around a long time. Many people like giving modern gifts designed around the latest technology, but for some people, a traditional housewarming gift means more than just “Welcome to the neighborhood.” It conveys blessings and wishes for a good life and a happy home forever.