Did your friend, coworker, or relative just move into their new home? Are you newlyweds that just purchased your first house? If any of these scenarios applies to you, there are some important housewarming etiquette tips to know about. From timing and invitations, to gift ideas and bringing a plus one, here are some housewarming gift ideas in Toronto and helpful tips to follow when you are hosting a housewarming party or attending one for a family member or friend.

Tips for Homeowners

Whether it’s your first home or your second (or third), moving into your new home is exciting! Here are some ideas to consider when hosting a housewarming party.

Give Due Notice

You don’t need to send fancy invitations, but you should send out an e-mail or social media event invitation a few weeks ahead. It’s considered tacky to ask for gifts, so it’s best to avoid any mention of gifts in the invitation. The exception is if you are asking for no gifts—in this case, clearly state in the invitation that no gifts are required.

Invite Your Close Neighbours

Although it is not recommended to tell the whole neighbourhood about your new move, you may benefit from asking your closest neighbours to attend. This way, you can get to know them, allow your kids (if you have any) to bond with theirs, and establish a positive start to your relationship.

Set up the Entertainment

From board game tournaments, to music and dancing, you can take your housewarming party to the next level by ensuring your guests have something to do other than stand around and talk. The music you choose will set the atmosphere—so choose something uplifting and happy.

Tips for Guests

If you have been invited to a friend or family member’s housewarming party, here are some housewarming gift ideas and etiquette to follow.

Greet the Host First

If the hosts have planned an “open house” housewarming party, you may not see them as soon as you walk in the door. However, you should aim to find them and greet them as soon as you arrive, even if it means holding off on long conversations with other guests you may know.

Ask before Bringing Kids or a Plus-One

Another great general rule of etiquette is that you shouldn’t assume you can bring your kids or a guest along. Although a housewarming party if often informal, you should still run those plus-ones by your host a few days before the party (never the day of).

Bring a Gift

You don’t need to break the bank with an expensive gift, but you should choose a gift that the homeowner can use. Gift cards, throw blankets, and tool kits are some great ideas, but you can also buy a housewarming gift basket. There are many options to choose from, but here are a few to consider:

  • Home Sweet Home: These gift baskets are especially designed for housewarming and give recipients something sweet and salty to look forward to each day, such as Lindor and Godiva chocolates, truffles, cookies, almonds, pretzels, chips, and more.
  • Coffee and Chocolate: Who doesn’t love chocolate? A coffee and chocolate gift basket is a great idea and includes aromatic Arabica coffee, salt crackers, biscuits, biscotti, cookies, various chocolates, handmade jelly, wafers, and more.
  • No Place Like Home: With all the essentials to make a new house feel like a home, this large gift basket features a knitted blanket, Tim Hortons coffee, a set of small plates, and some wall décor.
  • Welcome Home: Congratulate your friends and family on their new home by giving them this tasty basket of goodies, featuring a Schneider’s milk chocolate bar, assorted chocolate truffles, Walkers cookies, and more!

Choose the Right Gift for Your Loved One at Alexandria Gifts

Do you love these housewarming gift ideas? If so, look no further than Alexandria Gifts when it comes to giving your loved ones the best gift baskets in Toronto. As an online gift basket store in Toronto, we provide a variety of gifts for occasions like birthdays, Valentine’s Day, charities, get well, Christmas, anniversaries, and more.

Our high-quality gifts can be sent to loved ones in Toronto, Mississauga, Richmond Hill, Markham, Scarborough, or Vaughan! If fact, you can enjoy free delivery in Toronto when you order a housewarming gift basket for a friend or relative!

Live outside the country? No problem. Many of our international customers love sending gifts through our service to their loved ones in the Greater Toronto Area. Visit our web site or call us at (416) 666-8361 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to make your order today.

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