Your family member, good friend or work associate has just purchased their new home and you want to share in their celebration with a gift that expresses your happiness for them as they settle into their home-sweet-home! 

The gift that you select may be determined on how well you know the person(s) and their particular taste in décor and interests.  However, the following suggestions would most likely be safe, yet welcomed and appreciated.

Gift cards/certificates – to a favorite or new restaurant, home improvement store or bakery is sure to please most everyone.

Top quality towels in neutral tones – presented in a basket or wrapped with a pretty ribbon, is a gift that will always be appreciated.

Tool and/or gardening kits – basic beginner tools for simple repairs or small gardening projects prove to be easily accessible and convenient when needed.

Plants, herbs and/or a floral bouquet with a pretty vase brightens up a home – especially during the first few weeks of moving and getting settled.

Fire extinguisher/smoke detector – this may seem a bit impersonal; but it’s surprising at the number of homeowners who fail to make these items part of their basic home necessities…adding a flashlight would also brighten their day!

Wine/champagne/coffee/tea – if you know the person(s) beverage preference, a bottle of vino/champagne with a couple of festive stem ware; or a flavored coffee or tea blend with special cups would be wonderful celebratory gifts.

Magazine subscriptions/books – magazines such as Real Simple, Better Homes and Gardening, etc., or books on gardening, cooking or the local history of your community are entertaining and useful.

Finally, never underestimate the power of a pretty card or home baked cake/cookies that amply convey a heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to the new homeowner!