Forget the Toaster: 7 Symbolic Housewarming Gifts

Housewarming Gifts for Celebrating Home Buying

A home purchase merits celebration. Send good tidings with one of these simple (yet meaningful) housewarming gifts.

Buying a home is a big deal. Homeownership represents freedom, security and family: the true American dream.

As friendly agents, we can’t resist helping our new homeowners celebrate. What better way to commemorate the occasion than with one of these symbolic housewarming gifts?

1. Pineapple

Christopher Columbus first stumbled upon the pineapple on the Caribbean island of Guadalupe. As more and more seafarers brought the sweet fruit back to their homelands, the pineapple became a symbol of hospitality. Sailors would place pineapples outside their gates to announce their safe return and invite friends to visit. Today, a fresh pineapple serves as a warm welcome to any new homestead.

2. Bread, Salt and Wine

A gift of salt, bread and wine is a longstanding housewarming tradition. In the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” George Bailey and his wife bring a box of these staples to the Martini family, stating: “Bread – that this house may never know hunger. Salt – that life may always have flavor. Wine – that joy and prosperity may reign forever.”

Acorns as Gifts for Housewarming

Acorns were thought to protect ancient Norsemen from Thor, the god of thunder.

3. Acorns

Germanic legend holds that the oak tree is the “tree of heaven.” Ancient Norsemen adopted the acorn as a protective symbol and placed the nuts across their windowsills to ward off evil spirits. Modern shoppers can find a wide array of acorn-themed housewares, from cake pans to cookie cutters to bookends.

4. Candles

Candles represent light and warmth, and are a common housewarming gift in many cultures. Housewarming parties in China, India and Italy frequently feature candles, in the wish that new homes will always be full of light and joy.

5. Live Plants

Live plants serve both a symbolic and a decorative purpose. Plants represent life, fertility and prosperity, and have a long history as housewarming gifts. For centuries, Japanese homeowners have been welcomed with gifts of bonsai trees, cherry blossoms and daisies. White or yellow potted plants (such as chrysanthemums) are common gifts for home buyers in East India.

6. Brooms

Nothing sweeps out the bad luck (and the dirt) like a good broom. Brooms are a common housewarming gift in many European countries. And while it may not seem like much of a gift at first, experienced homeowners will quickly come to appreciate a high-quality broom.

Burden Baskets make for beautiful Gifts

A “burden basket” at the front door invites guests to leave their troubles outside.

7. Baskets

The Apaches traditionally used “burden baskets” to gather fruits, nuts and berries. Today, homeowners of all nationalities frequently place burden baskets at their front door to capture the worries and stresses of daily life. Residents and visitors alike are encouraged to preserve the home’s harmony by leaving burdens at the door.

Woven baskets also symbolize wholeness, togetherness, and family. Sounds like the perfect housewarming gift to us!

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Happy housewarming!

Photos courtesy of asenat29, Michael Nottebrock and ellenm1