Bread and salt. Wine. A broom or sack of flour. Honey, pineapples and even bluebirds – a symbol of good luck – have been given to people moving into new homes over the centuries.
Fall is a busy time to move, and many people have been doing so lately due to the changes in work, school, and personal life caused by the pandemic.
So, if you’re looking for modern housewarming favors to go with (or in place of) the traditional one, we’ve got some interior designer suggestions for new renters and new owners alike.
AT THE MAIN ENTRANCE
Baylee Floyd, an Orlando, Florida-based designer with Decorist online platform, suggests giving your friends a welcome mat. “An entrance mat is always a great gift – I get custom monogrammed mats so they really feel at home,” she says.
Etsy.com and others offer customizable mats, or you can purchase Grandin Road, Frontgate and Birch Lane from initialed Coco mat designs.
The Elysia Home Letterfolk doormat comes with a bag of 75 penny hexagonal tiles so the new tenant or owner can create their own welcome message.
Leia T. Ward, founder of LTW Design in New Canaan, Connecticut, likes the idea of adding a little connectivity.
“An Alexa or Echo (can) appear randomly,” she says, “but it’s great for those extra spaces that homeowners don’t typically buy smart speakers for, like a patio, garage, home office, or bathroom.”
Or how about a house key locator?
“A keychain GPS finder is a great opening gift,” says Ward. “It seems random and unimportant until you actually need it.”
If you already have the finder, you can update the keychain yourself by getting one monogrammed. Mark & Graham offers leather tassels in kelly green, black, red or blush.
If the newly moved are looking for a boho decor vibe, consider Natural Life’s hand-painted wooden flower hooks, which can be placed next to the door, on a porch wall, or really anywhere.
FOR THE WALLS
Seattle-based designer Elizabeth Herrera suggests a bespoke home portrait. “Upload a special photo www.minted.comand they do a letterpress or a standard printed drawing, ”she says. You can choose the frame type, mat and size when ordering.
If the recipients have moved to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco or Texas, the designers at Minted have created cool toilet paper for each of these cities, which are presented in framed notice boards perfect for kitchens or home offices.
Chatbooks, which you can connect your Instagram or camera profile to to create photo books, prints, or cards, also have a wall tile option. Have the pictures printed on square canvas frames with moveable adhesive backing; perfect for tenants.
Whispart on Etsy will create a personalized heart or house shaped map of the new excavations; Add as much detail as you want, download and frame it.
City dwellers may love a soft, plush pillow in the shape of a tropical leaf or a succulent plant from Green Philosophy Co; They partnered with nonprofit Trees for the Future to have pillow and throw sales support planting initiatives around the world.
Another eco-friendly idea: The Polished Jar offers reusable bottles for personal and household products such as soaps, lotions, etc. Choose plastic or glass and you can further customize with a chic metallic or matt black pump and a waterproof label. Available individually or in bundles that contain a stylish tray.
Bring a pleasant scent into your new home with the Manor House Weekend soy-based candle collection from Otherland. The fall version has notes of smoky maple, cardamom, toasted nuts, pear and apple.
The New Home candle from Homesick, a mixture of jasmine, cedar wood, linden and sandalwood, can be personalized with a personal message on the glass label.
If you know your recipients well enough to buy them a gift that they’ll visit every month, a subscription box can be good. There are many options and they can take the guesswork out of decorating.
“I love giving friends with a new home a monthly subscription box for Christmas decorations,” says Floyd. “Because it’s either their first home and they don’t have a lot of decorations, or they just don’t have time to decorate for the holidays after they’ve just moved in.”
Boise, Idaho, designer Mikayla Keating had a suggestion for those who love flowers and plants in houses or apartments.
“Fresh flowers always make a new home look inviting and put together,” she says. At Bloomsy Box, a bouquet is sourced from fair trade farms, wrapped in environmentally friendly paper and shipped every month. Subscription options include pet-safe bouquets and mixed arrangements, as well as one inspired by the New York Botanical Garden; Part of the turnover supports the garden’s work in the fields of plant science and nature conservation.
For people who want simple, low-maintenance plants, The Sill has several subscription options.
Are the new residents art lovers but don’t have one?
“A great way for your friends to decorate their home is with an art subscription,” says Keating. “This is ideal if you are unsure of your style or if you have difficulty choosing a work of art yourself.”
With a gift card, they can sign up for Art Crate, complete the style quiz, and an in-house curator will help them choose an art print from an indie artist. You choose the size and format and can cancel at any time if your walls are satisfied.
Tabletop items, wall art and throw pillows are among the possible goodies in one of the seasonally curated boxes from Decocrated.
Knife blocks and cheese platters are classic housewarming gifts. If you’d like to make it even better, consider Crate & Barrel’s monogrammed mango wood, marble, and inlaid brass serving board as an initial. The dealer also offers the Schmidt Brothers Cutlery table and wall knife holders made of warm acacia wood.
Or check out Material Kitchen’s reBoards, chopping boards made from recycled plastic and sugar cane that come in many beautiful colors.
The Light and Shadow blenders of the limited Artisan series from KitchenAid have the “wow” factor; The base is a creamy milkshake shade and the bowl is matte black textured with a rivet design that will encourage your recipients to display it in the front and center of the kitchen counter.
This milky shade is also offered on a sleek but powerful semi-automatic espresso machine, blender, and coffee grinder from KitchenAid.
Mark & Graham has several chic serving trays, pitchers, and throw blankets that can be personalized in a variety of fonts.
The New Jersey-based gift shop Wildwood House offers finely carved maple, cherry, or walnut bottle stoppers made in Maine by Captain John Coppola, who learned wood turning from the father of the shop’s co-owner. Here, too, eye-catching wicker baskets are a great eye-catcher in every room. Purchases support the baskets craftsmen in the growing region of Bolgatanga in northern Ghana.
Or think of chic backyard picnic items, like a personalized rattan bag, a wine and cheese backpack, a steel or copper growler, acrylic glasses, and linen napkins, all of which come with monograms.