Sunday, March 30, 2008

A Housewarming Gift Idea

Don't you just love the movie It's a Wonderful Life? If you don't, well you should. I cry every single time I see it. My sister did a swell thing for me after we built our house. She came bearing a gift basket with some simple items and quotes from the movie. What a great idea! Long on meaning, short on cost. I've done the same for several folks for housewarming gifts and thought I'd share the idea.

You can recreate her idea here. You'll need:

A niceish basket

Gourmet salt of some kind

Your favorite fancy loaf of bread, pretty is a plus.

A bottle of wine (if you are a teetotaler like me, you can substitute Welchs Sparkling Grape or choose a great cooking wine)

These tags: (or make your own!) download them here
You can also get fancy and include other niceties, like some cool tea towels or other gourmet treats. Here's one I gave to one of my other sisters (I have four) when she recently bought a new house.


  1. Cheryl Griffin and her girls did that for me when I moved into one of my apartments! It was so sweet!

  2. I know this is an older post, but I just came across it, and I love it. With a similar idea in mind, I made up a basket for the wedding of an acquaintance. They were an older couple, with no need for the sort of things that a young couple might need to start a house. I put together some fresh bread, wine, fancy little condiments (olive oil, jam, mustard), a pair of glasses, some cloth napkins, and some other bits I can't remember anymore, plus some herb seeds, all packaged in a giant pot with a note about growing their love. The next time I put together such a gift, I'll have to remember your tags! Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. I've done something like this and added pasta with a special sauce and other goodies also with symbolic saying for house warming gift in a house shaped cookie jar. Hard to find house shaped cookie jars now a day. Looking for one now as a matter of fact.


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