Designing a Warm Welcome Gift

Have you ever wanted to give a creative and personal housewarming gift that is sure to give a warm welcome?! You have come to the right place for ideas that are sure to get you some gift giving bonus points!

A creative and personal housewarming gift that is sure to give a warm welcome!

My Aunt Joan has become known in our family for her creative gifts and she was kind enough to let me share this special one with you. The KEY here is the messages behind each item so be sure to read each one. My favorite involves a little extra change to the usual gifts!

A creative and personal housewarming gift that is sure to give a warm welcome!

Without further ado, let’s start with the traditional Irish New Home Blessing which would be perfect to frame or include in a card:
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My Aunt Joan included all of the items listed below (all useful for a new homeowner!) and added tags with the messages attached with ribbon on each one.

A creative and personal housewarming gift that is sure to give a warm welcome!

Wine: So you will never go thirsty. Wine, or the new homeowners favorite beverage will be especially appreciated after a long day of moving!

A creative and personal housewarming gift that is sure to give a warm welcome!

Honey: So you will always know the sweetness of life. 

A creative and personal housewarming gift that is sure to give a warm welcome!

Salt: So you will always have good luck and to mend all wounds. Chefs often recommend cooking with Kosher salt because it dissolves quickly and the flavor spreads fast. (Extra tip about Kosher salt – did you know this is recommended to clean a cast iron pan?)

Don’t forget to throw it over your shoulder for good luck!

A creative and personal housewarming gift that is sure to give a warm welcome!

Olive oil: So you will always have good health. This gift is even better when it’s garlic olive oil!

A creative and personal housewarming gift that is sure to give a warm welcome!

My aunt found this adorable wood rooster cutting board that covers 2 messages:

Wood:  So your life and home will always have stability, harmony and peace. Another idea for this is to use a wood frame and put a picture of the new home inside or the new home blessing.

Rooster: To keep trespassers and dangers away. Everyone should have a rooster in their house, don’t you think? 

A creative and personal housewarming gift that is sure to give a warm welcome!

Broom: To sweep away the evil. Whoosh!

A creative and personal housewarming gift that is sure to give a warm welcome!

Coins: So you will always have good fortune. This one is my favorite (and not because it’s money!). The coins were specific to represent the 6 states that my Aunt Maribeth and Uncle Paul (the gift recipients) have lived.

Also included, were 2 half dollars that are from the years my Aunt and Uncle were born. Cha-ching!

A creative and personal housewarming gift that is sure to give a warm welcome!

Toilet Paper: So that all problems with the new home will be easily solved. This is such a practical and useful gift, especially if they just moved in!

A creative and personal housewarming gift that is sure to give a warm welcome!

Bread: So you will never go hungry.

A creative and personal housewarming gift that is sure to give a warm welcome!

Plant: So you will always have life.

Thank you Aunt Joan for letting me share your gift! I can’t wait to see what I’m getting for my birthday 😉

Red Door | Shining on Design

I also want to say thank you to the gift recipients – Aunt Maribeth & Uncle Paul for opening up your home to us this week (and for sharing some of the wine and bread perhaps?!). Your home is gorgeous and I am in love with your red doors!

Shining off!

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