I like to shop. When I get an idea in my head for a housewarming basket, I can’t stop. I scour HomeGoods for at least an hour, walking up and down the aisles, adding things to my cart, putting them back, mixing and matching until I find the essentials. I want my basket to look pretty, but also contain useful things for the new homeowners. Over the past two years (and many DIY baskets later), I’ve come up with five essentials for a housewarming basket any new homeowner will love!
Find the perfect basket.
You have to start somewhere, right? I always make sure the basket is just the right size. If the basket is too large, then the items won’t lay right inside. If the basket is too small, the recipient won’t be able to see all the great items you have picked out for them! I also tend to pick wire baskets or baskets that do not have high walls. The basket itself is not the focal point and I don’t want everything else inside to get lost in the sauce.
Add a personal touch.
I love adding a personal touch to each basket, especially if they are for a good friend or family member. For this particular basket, I decided to define the word home and designed the picture using PicMonkey. I found the frame at HomeGoods (where else?) and added it to the back of the basket.
Choose a fragrant candle.
A new home deserves to smell beautiful. I love pretty smelling candles and pretty looking candles. They make great decor pieces and I have them all around my house. This grapefruit cilantro candle smelled fantastic and the glass was pretty and simple, the perfect addition to this basket.
Add a pretty notebook + stationary cards.
I always keep a notebook handy in case I need to write down house-related notes. It also looks great on the kitchen counter! It’s pretty and useful and who doesn’t love a good notebook? I also added ‘Thank You’ cards to the basket. When you first buy a home, family members and friends will stop by with little gifts and bottles of wine. Instead of scrambling to find cards to thank them all, you already have them!
Create a home cooked meal.
There are many moving parts when buying a home, and the last thing one wants to do is figure out what type of food to buy for dinner. I added two bags of pasta and a jar of sauce for one of those “I have nothing to cook tonight” type of nights. They fit perfectly within the basket and fit within the color scheme.
What should I add to my next housewarming basket?
Leave suggestions in the comments and don’t forget to check out these other great DIY housewarming basket ideas!