9 Housewarming Gift Ideas That Will Wow for Every Budget

housewarming gift ideasYour friends call you with great news – they’ve finally sealed the deal on their new house! You discuss the different ways they could decorate and imagine the BBQs and weekends you’ll surely be spending there – but wait! Don’t get ahead of yourself. Every great, new home needs to be filled by equally great housewarming gifts from loved ones!

If you’re stumped on what to give, never fear! These unique ideas are sure to be impressive, memorable, and practical, no matter how little or how much you can spend!

How much do you want to spend?

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Recipes

For no more than the price of stationary or even printer paper, give your friends a gift that they’ll use time and time again. Write your favorites from your most-loved cookbooks as well as your own foolproof recipes on individual recipe cards. For an extra personalized touch, incorporate your friend’s name into the title of a recipe you know they love. Stack the cards together and tie them with a string or ribbon for simplistic yet tasteful presentation.

Words of Wisdom

If you have stories, tips, and how-tos for everything from dealing with difficult neighbors to getting red wine out of a white carpet, this gift will be invaluable to your newly moved friends. Chronicle your words of wisdom in a categorized, decorative notebook, or write them on small pieces of paper and stuff a jar full of your experienced know-how!

Ready-To-Go Simmer Pots

Nothing makes a house a home like wonderfully inviting smells, and if you’ve got some citrus and a few herbs lying around, you’ve got an awesome housewarming gift ready to go! Our favorite simmer pot recipe? 1 sliced lemon, 3 sprigs rosemary, and 1-3 tablespoons vanilla. Throw the ingredients in a mason jar and tell your friend to heat it all up in a pot with water. Simmer, add water as needed, and enjoy all day long!

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Something For the Furry Friend

As gifts for the new homeowner pile up, a gift for another member of the family may go forgotten by most guests … but not you! To ensure a unique gift, do your shopping with the four-legged family member in mind. A collar, complete with the new address on the tags, is both thoughtful and functional.

Home Essentials They Might Have Overlooked

Sometimes the best gifts don’t come in giant sparkly packages. Home essentials such as fire extinguishers, batteries, and extension cords often get forgotten in the chaos of signing contracts and packing boxes. Glamorous? Maybe not. Practical and appreciated? Absolutely!

A Relaxing Night in a Basket

Let’s face it – moving is stressful! Your friends deserve to unwind, and this gift basket will finally allow them to do it. Include candles, bubble bath, their favorite wine, quality chocolates, and a good book or movie to send your friends off to relaxation heaven.

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Bar Tools

Are your friends regular entertainers? Bring their get-togethers to the next level with the best in bar tools. Bar carts make an impressive statement and come in a variety of styles and prices. Looking for something a little less lux? Wooden muddlers, beverage trays, nice wine openers, and whiskey rocks are all sure to be enjoyed.

A State-of-the-Art, Complete Tool Kit

If this is your friends’ first home, they may not have a fully equipped tool kit yet, but rest assured they’ll realize how essential it is soon enough – and think of you every time they use it!

A Dutch Oven

Many people pass these up due to their lofty price tags, but every home cook should own one. With different sizes that allow for price flexibility, this is sure to be a gift your friends won’t forget.

No matter what you choose, your generosity and thoughtfulness will not go unnoticed by the new homeowners in your life. If you’re daydreaming about being that homeowner, get started on your hunt for the perfect house with the Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties! Check out our listings at www.dianamasseyhomes.com.

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10 Clever Tips to Make Your Small Space Feel Large and Luxurious

make smaller spaces seem largerIf you have a home with small spaces, you know how frustrating it can be to try to feel comfortable and be able to sprawl out. Sometimes it might even feel as if the walls are closing in on you a bit. What can you do to make your home cozy (but not too cramped) for yourself and others and perhaps sell it later on?

Here are 10 tips to help you make any small space in your home feel bigger!

Doll Up the Ceiling – When you’re in a small room or area, you’ll want to draw your eye upward. Try painting or even using a light but playful wallpaper on your ceiling. It won’t just make the room appear taller; it will also help make the space feel bigger.

Give Some Space – It sounds contrary to what you might think is right, but shoving all your furniture against the walls won’t guarantee a larger room. Instead, it will make the space feel cramped. Try pulling the furniture away, even if by just a few inches. Angle your bed or float the sofa in your living room. Adding some breathing room between your furniture pieces can really lend more to your space’s appearance than you might think!

Use Light Colors – Darker colors may make a room seem cozy and chic, but they can make a small room feel cramped, dark, and cold because the color absorbs light instead of reflecting it. Opt for lighter colored flooring and paint colors to make your space feel airy and bright.

Choose a Statement Piece – In a small space, one large couch or chair instead of many smaller sitting areas can actually decrease the cluttered look and make a room feel bigger. Go ahead and put that overstuffed sofa in your living room – you’ll make your room look more spacious and grand (and you’ll be comfy, too!).

Keep the Windows Bare – Light is what helps create spatial depth. Ditch the drapes and either leave your windows uncovered or invest in some sleek Roman shades or bamboo blinds. Your space will look much less crowded this way!

Use Mirrors – Want to make your small room appear more spacious quickly? Hang up a mirror or two! You can place a large mirror opposite a window, or you can lean an oversized full-length mirror against a wall. Multiple small mirrors work as well (just don’t go wall-to-wall!).

Follow The Cantaloupe Rule – When you’re decorating a small space, remember one key rule – decorations that are smaller than the size of a cantaloupe will make your room appear crowded and cluttered. Use a few larger decorations instead of many small ones instead!

Use Multifunctional Pieces – How do the people who live in the tiny apartments in New York City or Tokyo manage to make it with such little space? They use pieces that serve multiple purposes! Use a vintage trunk or ottoman as both your footstool and storage to put away blankets and books. Try using a table with detachable leaves to function as your dining space and gaming area. Whatever you choose, make sure that your pieces can serve many purposes!

Expose Those Legs – Picture a space that has a sofa with exposed legs. Now picture a room that features a boxy couch or chair. Which space looks larger? The answer is the one with the exposed legs. Don’t be afraid to show off your furniture’s legs – it will make your room look spacious, inviting, and chic!

Say Sayonara to Overhead Lights – Harsh overhead lighting will pool in one space, making the area look small and uninviting. Avoid overhead lighting and use a few smaller lamps to spread the light all around the room and draw your eyes around the room instead!

We hope that these 10 tips will help you make your small spaces feel like large, inviting rooms fit for royalty! If you find that you’re outgrowing your current home or want a change of pace, the Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties has your back. Call us at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 to talk to us today or check out our many great listings at www.dianamasseyhomes.com.