Housewarming Gift Baskets

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956

For those of us that have friends or clients that have recently moved, here are some great price breaking ideas for gift baskets that you can put together yourself and use as housewarming presents to welcome them into their new home.

Picnic BasketA meal to go - Moving is hard work and at the end of a day of moving and unpacking a prepared meal packed in microwavable containers complete with cutlery plates, napkins, cups and beverages is always welcome. Pack a picnic basket with something as simple as hero sandwiches (with all the trimmings) and hot soup. Add to that some fruit and you’ve delivered a veritable feast. The energy boost and the break from the hard work will be much appreciated.

A Moving Day Survival Kit - Use a storage or laundry bin and fill it with a flashlight, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, sponges, cleaning rags, light bulbs, extension cord, soap, some paper goods and plastic utensils, pen, paper, soap, toothpaste and anything else you can think of that you might need before you’ve finished unpacking to get you through that first day in your new home. Drop it off and have it waiting for them when they arrive in their new home with a “welcome” note.

pasta Bowl A Pasta and Wine Basket – Use a Colander as your basket and line it with a checkered cloth (linen or paper). Fill it with pasta, pasta sauce, cheese, crackers and a bottle of your favorite wine to toast them in their new home.

A Spa Basket – Fill a shower caddy with bubble bath, soap, shampoo, moisturizer, body wash, talcum and a loofah sponge. After a day of unpacking they’ll welcome the chance to luxuriate in a hot bath to remove the grime and dirt of the move.

A Gardening Basket – For the person with a green thumb or the gardener among us, pack a large watering can or planter with some gardening tools, a plant or seedlings, dirt, fertilizer, and garden gloves - something to growGaarden Tools together with them as Watering Canthey grow new memories in their new home.

A basket of Tools – Use a toolbox or pail and fill it with basic hardware supplies like hammer, nails, pliers,Toolbox screwdrivers, scissors, tape, notepad, shelving paper, thumbtacks and picture hooks. Then they’ll have on hand everything they need to fix and put together the items that got dismantled in the moving process so that they can finish the job of unpacking and getting organized in their new home.

An Art Basket – All it takes to get the Artwork up in a home. Use a photo shelf or mini easel to place a framed photo of the new house on. Include picture hangers, picture hanging wire, nails, hooks, ribbons and a leveler. House Framed

A Welcome to the Neighborhood Basket - It takes awhile to orient oneself to the new surroundings. WhyWelcome Mat not make it easier by including a map of the neighborhood with a list of some of your favorite local haunts complete with address and telephone numbers. Make sure to include the name and number of a local pharmacy, doctor, electrician, plumber and appliance repairman. A local telephone directory is helpful too. Add a gift certificate to a local Starbucks or Bagel Stop or better yet, an invitation to join you for coffee at your favorite hangout for a chance to get to know your neighbor.

I’m sure there are many other great gift basket ideas you might have. What are some of your favorites?

Why not share them.

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Lora "Leah" Stern - Your Rockland County, NY REALTOR of Choice - (914) 772-4528

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Irene Tron
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What great ideas!  Thanks so much for sharing.  I'd love to get some of those baskets. 

Mar 29, 2009 03:58 PM #1
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Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
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Irene - Thanks for stopping by.  I try and give the kind of gifts I'd enjoy getting.

Mar 29, 2009 04:05 PM #2
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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Thanks for sharing these good tips.

Mar 29, 2009 11:41 PM #3
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Connie Case
Platinum Realty Group - Fountain City, TN
Realtor, Knoxville Tn.

Lora,

These are great ideas! I've never done a basket.

I usually, give a Lowes, or Home Depot Gift Card!

Mar 31, 2009 01:49 AM #4
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Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
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Gita - Thanks for stopping by.

Connie - I often give gift cards as well (American Express), but I like the gift baskets if I have the time to put them together and I s ave them for my favorite clients.

Apr 01, 2009 04:30 PM #5
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Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
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Great list, and I'm sure many appreciative Clients who receive any item on that list.

Apr 01, 2009 07:54 PM #6
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Lisa Glowacki
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Lora, These are really great ideas. I would love one of these gift baskets. Reminds me of the Welcome Wagon. Do they still exist?

Apr 03, 2009 04:55 AM #7
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Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
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Russel - I like to give the kinds of things that I would appreciate receiving.

Lisa - I happened to be looking at giftbaskets.com and though they have some housewarming type baskets that they market, I wasn't enthusiastic about the contents.  It got me thinking about what I'd love to have included in them.  If you've got a good eye, they're not that hard to put together if you've got the basic supplies on hand.  It also helps that I've got a couple of creative kids on hand as well.

Apr 03, 2009 06:44 AM #8
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Melissa King, ABR
Rivah Realty, LLC - Montross, VA

Great Advice! I have been doing baskets for awhile as closing gifts and I try to customize them to each of my clients. I love including Northern Neck VA wine or something special that comes from this area for my clients that are new to the area. Your ideas are wonderful!

Apr 06, 2009 02:03 AM #9
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Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
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Melissa, thanks for stopping by and love your idea of including some local fare.

Apr 06, 2009 03:35 PM #10
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Lora, it's really fun to think up nice settlement gifts for clients, and I think the basic supply basket is always a hit. 

Apr 12, 2009 01:40 AM #11
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Patricia Beck
RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE - Colorado Springs, CO
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What a great idea!  I like the moving day survival kit!  I have this bookmarked.

Apr 20, 2009 02:11 AM #12
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Renae Bolton
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As part of our unique marketing campaigns, we often send out on behalf of our clients the moving day kit.  We have also sent out a new home owner kit which includes things like duct tape, an electric screwdriver, light bulbs, etc.  They go over GREAT!

~Renae

May 14, 2009 06:15 AM #13
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Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
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Patricia and Patricia - Thanks for stopping by.  I like the basic survival kit best and the dinner on the go best are my favorites too. 

Ranae - I like the electric screwdriver - I think I'll add that to my survival kit.

May 14, 2009 02:18 PM #14
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Jolene Cingiser
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Check out www.newnestpillows.com

You can personalize the pillow and upload your logo and contact info onto the tag! Super cute!

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