New Yorkers are always on the move—both when it comes to their day-to-day tasks and when it comes to their home. Rent and purchase prices are often on the rise, forcing many to relocate often. Sometimes, it’s big moves such as heading from the concrete jungle of the city to the quiet of the suburbs and sometimes it’s within the same borough or to a different one. No matter the distance, a move always marks a new chapter in a person’s life and it’s nice to mark that with a gift to help celebrate a fresh beginning. There are many options and gifts for the newly relocated, which means that gifts don’t have to be elaborate or pricey. If you’re looking for ideas, here are some that tend to go over well with most people:
Tea towels, aprons, and dinner napkins are especially great choices for those who moved to a small space because these items tend to take up little real estate inside the home. Linens can easily be folded up and put in a drawer when not in use. Furthermore, most people like to refresh or replace these items every once in a while. So, even if they already own kitchen linens, it’s almost a guarantee the items will come in handy in the near future.
This is, dare we say, an evergreen housewarming gift. Time and time again people gift one another plants—a symbol of growth and prosperity. If it’s a plant for an apartment, it’s probably best to go with something small—like a succulent or a bonsai. If for a house with a yard, you might even want to consider an outdoor plant like a Japanese maple. Of course, it helps if you know the person’s taste in greenery.
Of course, this is a much less personal option. However, a gift card from a home improvement store or a retailer that specializes in home décor will definitely come in handy. And most times, people are relieved to be able to choose their own gifts and pick out something that suits their needs and tastes.
Wine or Other Beverages
If your friends enjoy wine, bubblies, or liquor, a couple bottles of their favorites is sure to make them happy. If they are more into things like coffee or tea, opt for a brand they might not usually treat themselves to, or their favorites. Either way, you can’t go wrong with the liquid family!
So many New Yorkers are involved with creative endeavors. If you’re one of those folks, it’d be especially lovely to make your friends something special for their new home. A nice framed photograph, a painting, or a ceramic bowl are just a few examples of the many things that will be treasured for years to come. After all, nothing is better than having a piece of art custom-made just for you—by a friend or loved one.
If your friends like creating in the kitchen, a nice cookbook will be a great addition to their collection, if they have one, or the beginning of one. For those that have all the basics, opt for something regional, ethnic, or current so there’s less chance it’s already on their bookshelf. For those that don’t own any, you can go for the classics. You can always turn this into a package by adding kitchen linens, cooking spoons, or a cooking ingredient mentioned in the cookbook—like fancy salt or truffle oil.
Everyone loves chocolate cake or banana bread. And if your friends recently moved, they would likely be thanking you! Especially when they’re desperately looking for something to have with their coffee and realize they haven’t yet gone shopping. If you bake, it’ll be extra special to make them something they particularly love. You can even accompany it with the recipes so they can later recreate it. If you don’t bake, maybe pick up something from the new neighborhood bakery or patisserie for them to try.