Friday, September 23, 2011

How to Select a Unique House Warming Gift

Moving into a new home marks an exciting and busy time for an individual or family. Often times, once the move is completed, it is customary to throw a housewarming party to welcome friends and family to the new home. Planning, packing, moving and unpacking can be an exhausting process and the housewarming party concludes that process with a much-needed celebration.

While not expected, traditionally it is proper etiquette to arrive at a housewarming party with a thoughtful gift as a token of appreciation and warm wishes. A fine bottle of wine, fresh flowers and candles are all common housewarming gifts and are certainly appreciated by the new home owners. Here at Chelsea at the Grove, we believe that a house warming gift can be elevated to a higher level with just a little bit of thought. We’ve compiled a quick list of unique housewarming gifts, sure to stand out and make a lasting impression on your host.

  • A cheeseboard and knife. With today’s casual style of entertaining, a cheese board and knife fits perfectly with a round of artisan cheese and a glass of wine. In fact, the new home owners could use it the very night of their housewarming party! The GG Collection features a charming, decorative cheese board and spreader plus other favorite gourmet pieces including beautiful pedestal cake domes and GG Collection Hors Douvres servers. Yet another stunning option would be cheese boards from Michael Aram designs. These timeless pieces blend in perfectly with any different style home decor. If you are close friends with the hosts and do not feel it will compromise their party theme, pair the cheese board with an aged cheese selection and crackers. Designer Michael Aram is making a personal appearance at Chelsea Gifts on October 21st and will personally engrave your purchase with a message to the host. At this event, he will also debut his newest collections, including new holiday and Judaica items. Pick up something for yourself as well.
  • A tea kettle from the MacKenzie-Child’s Courtly Check collection. The iconic Courtly Check pattern that looks just as good on the stove as it does in the kitchen on display makes wonderful housewarming gift. A tea kettle from the MacKenzie-Child’s Courtly Check collection always makes a statement. And while often whimsical, the traditional black and white colors blend easily into any home.
  • A frame. A frame from the L’objet Photo Frame Collection. Crafted beautifully inside and out, L’objet frames are beautiful housings for one’s most treasured moments. Your hosts will be in awe of these breathtaking leather wrapped frames adorned with Genuine Swarovski Crystals and 24k gold or platinum plating. What new home would be complete without one of these beautiful frames to preserve time and precious memories.
  • A glass vase A beautiful mouth blown glass vase from Juliska. Wow your hosts with a bouquet of fresh flowers and a genuine mouth blown glass vase from Juliska. Juliska is mouth blown by artisans in the hills outside Prague. The techniques they use have been passed down through generations of skilled glass makers. Working on each item in teams of three, these artisans have perfected a seamless sequence of motions to create the finished pieces. Your hosts will remember you for years to come whenever they enjoy this Juliska vase.

The most important consideration to remember when selecting a housewarming gift is the recipient. What would work in their home and personal taste? Taking the time to be thoughtful and sincere will result in a housewarming gift that is long remembered and appreciated.

Happy gifting!

About the Author: Edward Cain is the co-owner of Chelsea at the Grove, a luxury boutique specializing in luxury designer gifts and home d├ęcor located in Shrewsbury, New Jersey in the heart of picturesque Monmouth County. Chelsea at the Grove is proud to feature the highly sought after MacKenzie-Childs, Michael Aram, L'objet and GG Collection lines.