In Search Of... a Personalized Housewarming Gift

By: Peggy McArdle

Moving into a new home is one of the most significant, rewarding, and emotional experiences in a person's life. It can represent many things... a new beginning, a sign of increased prosperity, or even the first step of independence. To properly honor the occasion, present new home and apartment dwellers with a personalized housewarming gift that will leave them feeling valued, cared for, and warmly welcomed into their new home. Some invaluable tips:

KNICKKNACKS, TRINKETS, OR DUST COLLECTORS?

It may just be our personal preference, but we love housewarming gifts with function instead of gifts that may end up in a closet. Unless you know your gift recipient is a collector, we recommend "gifting" something they can use on a regular basis. If a gift is out of sight, it's definitely out of mind. Therefore, always be a conscientious shopper who purchases a gift that has great form and function so that your gift retains a memorable quality instead of becoming yesterday's news!

WE HAVE ONE WORD FOR YOU... PRESENTATION... PRESENTATION... PRESENTATION

If you have worked hard to find the right housewarming present, make sure the presentation complements the gift. We like to believe everyone loves surprises, so why not prepare your gift with special wrapping, ribbons, and other decorative elements to not only add some suspense and excitement, but to also send the message to your gift recipient that you cared enough to take the time to make the gift look beautiful.

If you are looking for a lovely basket- or box-filled assortment of different gift items, then online shopping has a goldmine of abundant resources. Some are very creative and memorable while others tend to feel like they just rolled off a cellophane assembly line, so be sure to do your homework.

SEE SOMETHING YOU LIKE? KEEP A FEW ON HAND!

You searched and searched and FINALLY found a unique housewarming gift. Congratulations! Most likely there will be many more people in your life that will be moving, so if the price is right, why not keep a few of these choice gifts on hand? More often than not, a gift item you have fallen in love with might soon go out of production, and so your intense search would have to start from the beginning to find something similar to your original purchase. So, to save yourself time and money, stock up!

LET YOUR FINGERS DO THE SHOPPING

What did we do before the wonderful world of internet shopping?! Instead of driving all over town to find a personalized housewarming gift, do your research by surfing the web from the comforts of your own home or office.

From vases to clocks, dish sets to pillows, individual gift items to gift box packages filled with treasures, the internet welcomes you to take advantage of the endless possibilities.

Just be sure you are a smart online shopper, and never enter your credit card information on a page that does not have "https" in the browser's address bar -- the "s" means that your private information is being encrypted and is not viewable to anyone.

RETAILERS REWARD LOYALTY...

Finally, if you find a retailer whose products and services exceed your expectations, be sure to make a return visit and sign up for their monthly newsletters or special emails announcing private sales. If a retailer wants to earn your trusted business, more likely than not they will reward you for being a return customer.

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