Wine bottles and flowers are most often gifted at housewarming parties, and while they are certainly appreciated, our CasaSugar readers came up with some pretty good alternatives to the standard bubbly wrapped with a bow. Come check them out and tell us if you have some other good tricks up your sleeve.
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Moving into a new house is stressful. You're finally cured of the headache of packing, and then it occurs to you that you still have to unpack! Then, something inevitably goes wrong. The faucet only gives off hot water, the movers break something, etc. Then, you think you're all set and ready to settle in and you realize you're out of t.p. Ugh! So, as much as a warm apple pie or a batch of your specialty cookies will taste delightful to your new neighbors or a friend who's just moved, a more useful (and migraine-relieving) housewarming gift is a bucket of the essentials she'll need to get settled. Think about the things that were most helpful to you when you moved. Then, pick up a handsome galvanized bucket, or even a colorful scrub bucket, and then comb the aisles of at the hardware store for those items, as well as any tools and practical items they might need. If you happen to throw a cold Corona or a black-and-white cookie in there while you're at it, I don't think you'll face any opposition.
The adorably innovative Message Bean ($14.95) would be a great and affordable housewarming or hostess gift. The recipient simply has to plant the bean, and a message appears on either side of the sprout. Varieties include "Thank You," "Love," "Good Luck," "Happy Birthday," "Get Well," and more.
All it takes is soil and about a half cup of water, and it grows in about a week. Has anyone tried this? If so, let me know how it turned out.
What is a glassybaby? Only the hottest thing to come out of Seattle since Starbucks! The perfect hostess, housewarming or birthday gift, glassybabies are beautiful hand blown glass cups that can be used as candle holders, vases or drinking glasses. They come in 53 different colors, with new ones being introduced all the time and named fun things like "Seattle Sunset," "Rubber Ducky," and Martha Stewart's favorite "Bedford Brown."
When lit up they glow beautifully and make fabulous centerpieces or are sure to spark conversation when used as wine glasses at a party. Glassybabies have been getting a ton of press since Oprah created the buzz by listing them on her list of Favorite Things and artist and creator of glassybaby, Lee Rhodes, was featured on Martha Stewart Living.
A three-time cancer survivor and mother of three, Rhodes started making the glassybabies out of her garage seven years ago as gifts for friends. Now she is giving back by designating a select group of glassybaby colors to benefit organizations contributing to cancer patient care and cancer research. For example, this goldenrod glassybaby benefits M.D. Anderson Cancer Center to help Hurricane Katrina victims receiving cancer treatment.
To see more colors and to find out how to purchase a glassybaby, read more