As the fastest growing state in the country, everything is truly bigger in Texas—including the population. That means there’s a good chance you’ve had a friend or family member relocate to Texas recently. While a move could signify lots of great changes, relocating to a new place can also be a little overwhelming.
For that reason, it’s always nice to get everything unpacked and set up as quickly as possible. But since moving often comes with a big financial burden, many people rely on housewarming gifts to get the items they need to make their new place feel more like home. So, what exactly do you get a newly minted Texan to welcome them to The Lone Star State? We’ve got you covered!
Keep reading for 10 housewarming gifts any Texan would love to have.
No matter how excited your loved one is about the move, they’ll probably feel a little homesick from time to time. Homesick Candles are made with scents that represent each state. You can pick a candle for the state where your loved one has moved from to remind them of home, or you can pick a Texas scented candle to help get them acclimated.
What better way to welcome someone to Texas than by giving them a gift that will help them welcome others? Customizing a doormat with a sports team mascot, humorous greeting, or cute illustration (perfect for pet lovers) gives you the chance to turn in ordinarily item into something really thoughtful.
From hanging up pictures to putting together furniture, having a tool kit always comes in handy. Basic tool kits usually include items like a hammer, screwdrivers, pliers, and a tape measure, which are staples for any first-time homeowner. On the other hand, specialty power tools make great housewarming gifts for a seasoned do-it-yourselfer.
You can never be too safe, and a smart doorbell adds a layer of protection which is especially comforting to someone living in a new place. Smart doorbells give homeowners the ability to keep an eye on their property even when they’re miles away. This is an especially useful housewarming gift for people who travel frequently.
Smart smoke detector
More than 370,000 homes in the United States catch on fire each year. Smart smoke detectors are equipped with the technology to help lower that number.
Like traditional smoke detectors, these smart devices will alert you when smoke is detected. However, these tech savvy detectors take things a step further with the ability to alert you of fire-related dangers even when you aren’t home by sending notifications to your cell phone.
Let’s face it. Most comfort foods are fried. An air fryer is perfect for those Texans who are hungry for a slightly healthier alternative to their favorite fried foods. Air fryers use circulating hot air to cook food rather than deep frying in a bucket of boiling oil. These appliances can make a wide variety of things including fried chicken, French fries, and meatballs.
The person you’re buying a gift for may not be the next Gordon Ramsay, but chances are they still spend a good amount of time in the kitchen. Plus, nothing brings people together like food. Help improve your friend or family member’s cooking experience by getting them a nice set of nonstick cookware. High quality pots and pans can last for years to come and are a necessity for every kitchen.
Automatic bottle opener
Nothing celebrates a big move like a generous glass of wine—or two. Consider a fancy automatic bottle opener a celebratory gift to a new homeowner. These bottle openers are designed to remove corks with no hassle so, your gift can get to having fun faster. Plus, it’s a cool party trick they’ll love to show off.
Smartphone dash mount
Learning how to navigate through a new city always takes time. Most people rely very heavily on their phone’s GPS when learning their way around after relocating. Help promote safe and responsible driving by gifting a dash mount that can be used to easily read directions.
Know someone who loves to explore cool places to eat? A gift card is a no-brainer. After all, it can take a few days for boxes to arrive let alone to unpack everything and get into a regular cooking routine.
Monetary gifts with a handwritten card are equally as thoughtful. Chances are, your friend or family member has spent a good chunk of change on the move. They could probably use the extra cash more than anything. New homeowners could put monetary gifts toward new decorations, savings for emergency home repairs, or a night out on the new town.
Although a housewarming gift may seem like a small gesture in the grand scheme of things, it can actually make a world of different for someone who is trying to get used to a new area. Now that you know all about the perfect housewarming gifts, it’s time to hook your favorite Texan up with some new stuff.
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Guest post by Paige Mitchell