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the DIY files: an easy housewarming gift

Happy Monday, guys! Hope you had a good weekend. Ours was filled with social evenings with family and friends, and two days of work around the house. Yesterday it was gorgeous here (so sunny and warm), so we were out in the garden and cleaning out the garage. I may have even got a bit of a tan! Happy days.

Anyway, here is a super simple idea that I thought I would share. A few friends of ours bought their first house recently, and so when we popped by for our tour I wanted to bring a little “congratulations!” gift. I thought back on when we moved into our place, and remembered how many trips to the store and how much money leaked out of our pockets in those first few weeks buying boring supplies. Things for cleaning, painting, outdoor work, etc.

So, I headed on over to the dollar store and filled my basket with a bunch of useful stuff. Dishclothes, sponges, matches, gardening gloves, painting drop sheets, a bucket, etc.


I also wanted to throw in a few pretty things, so grabbed these fun trellis placemats from HomeSense (in one of my gal pal’s fave colours – orange!), and threw in some of the coasters I DIY’ed here a while ago (I had made a few extra sets to have in my “gift drawer”).




Then I managed to squeeze everything into the bucket, except for those placemats. It looks cute all tucked in there, eh?

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Wrapped it up with some brown kraft paper and threw some ribbon and twine around it – and we had ourselves a present. So easy.DSC_0588 (2)

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DSC_0590 (2)The gift went over super well, and I heard this weekend that those gloves have already been put to use. There was nothing terribly fancy or expensive about the gift, but just a little token of “we’re so excited for you!!” sentiment and some useful stuff so that they can hopefully save a few pennies along the way.

What about you guys? Have any go-to housewarming presents? Did you receive any that you particularly loved? Any other gift giving tips? I always have a stack of handmade and store bought (the sale ones!) cards on hand so that I can easily throw them onto a gift or into an envelope in no time. Saves me time if I don’t have to go out searching for the perfect card for every occasion, you know?

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  • jules

    I tend to go the ever classy booze route! However I absolutely love this little package. Stuff like this is so much fun :)

    • gemma

      Haha – booze is always a pretty safe (and appreciated) choice! :) Especially good when you’ve done 10 hours of painting and need to chill out!


  • Kala M.

    I love this gift basket (bucket) idea. So sweet! I’ve been finding a new love for one of our local dollar stores. They have a bunch of great stuff. We bought vases and colored stones for center pieces for a work luncheon.

    • gemma

      Totally! The simple glassware there is great. It’s pretty fab what you can find for a dollar or two!