As I mentioned before, my sister and her family built their new home just three houses down from us. So I decided to put together a housewarming gift basket for her that’s full of lots of useful household items!
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Since this is my sister’s first home, I knew some things that she would need right off the bat, like cleaning supplies. So I made sure to include those in the housewarming gift basket.
Housewarming Gift Basket Cleaning Supplies
- Dish soap
- Trash bags
- Disinfecting wipes
- Microfiber cloths (HUGE fan!)
- Dishwasher detergent
- Dish brush
Outside the kitchen:
- Febreeze air freshener
- Magic erasers
- Bathroom cleaner
- Anti bacterial multi surface cleaner
- Carpet cleaner
- Pledge multi surface cleaner
And every new homeowner needs to have:
- Tool set (I don’t want her borrowing my stuff all the time!)
- Screw assortment
- Command Brand products
- First aid kit (she’s a mom of 2 boys under 2 so this was a no brainer!)
And because you need to eat while unpacking and might not get to the kitchen stuff right away, always remember to gift these simple items.
- Paper plates
- Paper towels
I was thinking of a large trash can or just a big basket to hold all of these housewarming gift items, but then I realized that my sister could use a large bin to hold toys on the main floor. Luckily I knew she trusts my taste in home décor.
To raise the items up high in the basket (you know, for awesome presentation purposes), I just put an empty diaper box in the bottom of the basket. Funny though… while “opening” this gift basket my sister actually thought we bought her kids diapers as well. Uh no, that stuff is expensive!
All in all this huge gift basket cost me $100, but I split the cost with one of my brothers so it was pretty affordable. I scored the tool kit and screws on clearance from Walgreens and the basket was a steal from HomeGoods. My advice? Shop around for some deals if you have the time! Or just lighten the load.
But think to yourself…
What would I need to survive the first few days after a move?