Housewarming Ideas

So my brother recently decided to make a move across the country. Very exciting! As soon as I got the news, I immediately thought- I need to get a fabulous housewarming gift! Frankly, I’m just fishing for reasons to shop for other people, because I’ve run out of things to shop for, for myself.

Rather than a typical bottle of wine, I try to get really useful and tasteful gifts that will compliment the new space. I thought I would share some of my ideas with the crowd. Bro- if you see something you like, let me know.

For the newbies

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This might seem weird, but for someone who is moving to their first apartment, either right out of college, or perhaps first solo apartment or house- I’m going to recommend silverware. This is not really for the hostess housewarming party gift, but more of a thoughtful care package gift for a close friend or family member. Going from the cheapest silverware Target or Walmart has to offer to legitimate weighty silverware makes such a difference! Believe me, drop $50 on real silverware and they will thank you, and use it every single day.

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Since we’re focusing on basics, another option that will get a lot of use is a set of melamine nesting bowls. They’re fun, colorful, and have so many uses. They can mixing bowls, prep bowls, or serving bowls. Pair them with some cooking utensils, and you’re all set! If you know you’re dealing with a baker, think about a few baking pans with some baking utensils.

For the fresh-starters

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My brother is making a cross country move, so they focused on packing the essentials and purged a lot of the extras. I want to get something useful but also something that has some character since they probably had leave a lot of the character pieces behind. I think this set of bowls would be perfect. I think they would tie in easily with a lot of different kinds of dinnerware, and who doesn’t need some cute cereal or soup bowls?

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I’m also thinking about embracing the theme of the new geography. Since they’ll be near a beach for the first time, what about a fresh beach set up with a beach blanket, beach chairs, and/or a beach bag. Even if they have some beach stuff already, if you go to the beach a lot, it’s nice to have extra gear on hand. You can make it a whole thing by getting a beach bag, adding a couple towels and some sunscreen.

For those who have everything

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For friends or family who have all the house stuff they need, my solution is a cutting board. Everyone I know needs another cutting board. My mom always tells a story about an enormous cutting board that we always use at Thanksgiving and Christmas for turkeys and cookies and everything else. She received it as a housewarming gift when she and my dad hosted a cookie party at their NYC apartment about 35 years ago. Living in a tiny NYC apartment, she didn’t really “get” the gift at first, but as it turns out, it’s been a standby for 35 years and counting…

Sadie Dishes- Housewarming Ideas

This is probably a repeat from previous gift post, but personalized stationary is always a good idea. How about an address stamp with their new address? It’s both useful and extra special at the same time.

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Memorial Day Weekend Sales

Here we go:

Banana Republic is 40% off with the code BRTake40 and the usual sale exclusions. I’ve been waiting for a reason to get this.

Gap is 35% off with the code EVENT. How are we living without this?

Ann Taylor is 50% off full price styles with the code Summer50. You should at least get this top.

Loft is 60% off “summer faves” (i.e. select styles) and sale plus 40% off new arrivals- no code needed. I’ll take this new arrival for breezy summer nights.

Anthro is an extra 30% off sale items- no code needed. I want this, and now it’s cheap!

JCrew is 30% off with the code WEEKEND. This is perfect for work.

JCrew Factory is 50% off, prices as marked. Get some shorts!

Boden is 30% off with the code 2Z7C. Love it!

Nordstrom’s Half Yearly sale is on! I think we need this.

Crate and Barrel is having a sale on outdoor furniture, and is 15% select full price items with the code SAVE15.

Pottery Barn is doing a buy more and save event with the code SAVEMORE.

West Elm, surprise, surprise, is doing the same sale as Pottery Barn with the code MEGASALE.

Meanwhile, since this is a patriotic weekend, if you want a laugh and you love the Marvel actors in the new Captain America movie, may I recommend watching some of their funny interviews from the press tour. Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan (with an emphasis on Sebastian Stan) are THE BEST. And PS- Hawkeye is hilarious. Ok I’m done now.

 

President’s Day Weekend Sales

Retailers love a three day weekend to offer good deals. Here’s what I’ve seen so far.

Gap is 20%-40% off depending on how many items you buy, with the code PRESDAY. Is it too early to stock up on shorts?

JCrew Factory is up to 60% off, prices as marked, and an extra 10% off if you buy 3 items, and 20% off if you buy 6, code ExtraExtra. Speaking of shorts

Banana Republic is 40% off with the code BRFIT, I’ve been eyeing this blazer.

Athleta is an extra 20% off sale items with the code Extra20. One on my faves.

Ann Taylor is 30% off new styles and an extra 50% off sale, code: Love. I need this.

Loft is 40% off “wear now” styles and an extra 50% off sale, no code. Some good basics on sale.

Anthropologie is an extra 40% off items in the sale section with the code: Extra40. You might not be able to live without this.

JCrew is up to an extra 40% off sale items with the code ShopSale. Love this.

Pottery Barn is 20% off everything with the code: Friends. How about this?

Crate and Barrel is 20% all things bed related. My style.

West Elm has assorted offers going on. Love.

Nine West is 30% off “Spring faves” and 20% off clearance. Just my luck, these aren’t on sale but I love them a lot.

Nordstrom’s winter clearance starts today!

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These Nine West flats are a need not a want.