Gift specialists say luxury and functional household items made perfect housewarming gifts.
Gift specialists say luxury and functional household items made perfect housewarming gifts.

Mark the big shift with luxurious gift

KNOWING what to buy a new homeowner to help them warm their house can be challenging.

GirlyGifts owner Joanne Langstaff said while most new homeowners don’t expect housewarming gifts, the move into a new dwelling may mark a significant life milestone for them.

“If it’s an important move like into their dream house or their first house you want to make something of the occasion. They are momentous,” Ms Langstaff said.

Giving a present to help someone celebrate a new home was a “nice way to mark the special occasion”, she said.

She urged shoppers to put a lot of thought into a housewarming present and to keep the receivers’ taste in mind, especially when buying homewares or decorator items.

“Don’t just go out and buy the first thing you see because it’s the easiest,” Ms Langstaff warned.

“Be respectful of the other person’s (receiver’s) personality.”

The gift specialist said luxury and functional household items made perfect housewarming gifts.

Buying a new home and moving is often expensive and new homeowners initially can’t afford to spend money on luxuries or “knick knacks”, Ms Langstaff said.

“Get them something they wouldn’t normally buy themselves,” she said.

To help with the hunt for a housewarming gift here are some suggestions:

  1. Cheese Chalkboard: Available at Oxfam Shops, or phone: 1800 088 455.
  2. Wine Divas Celebration Champagne Gift: Visit www.girlygifts
  3. A Cook’s Guide By Donna Hay: Visit or
  4. Something For Everyday – A Good Cook Mug Gift: Visit www.girlygifts
  5. ENJO Kitchen Essentials pack: Phone 1800 222 540 or visit

No one wants to be looking at full boxes for the next six months. Unpacking is all about prioritising. Start with the essentials, like dinner, clean sheets and your toothbrush, and then move onto creature comforts. You can probably leave the things you packed first til last.

  • Don’t unpack anything until you have somewhere to put it.
  • It’s never too late to cull. Unpacking is another opportunity to decide whether you really need or want what’s coming out of the box. Now you have moved you may decide to cull some more things.
  • The kids make themselves at home. Let the kids unpack some of their ‘precious’ things so they begin to settle in quickly
  • The non-essential essentials. Set up some basic things to help keep morale up while you unpack: your kettle or coffee machine, your CD player or iPod dock,
  • Don’t even think about cooking. Ring for takeaway food on your first night.
  • Leave your more fragile belongings until things are a little less chaotic.
  • Don’t bother with clothes that are out of season until much later.
  • Once you have assembled bookcases and cupboards it can be very satisfying to unpack your books or CDs. Just make sure the bookcases are where you want them to stay before you load them up.
  • Gift boxes. Recycle your packing material, especially the boxes. Give them to friends or sell them.

Source: Bunnings Warehouse. For more info visit