Are you looking for gift ideas for the housewarming? Are you puzzled trying to think of the perfect gift to give your friend the new homeowner? Well that’s not that, but don’t stop reading now. This is a list of the top 10 things you shouldn’t give as housewarming gifts.
Number 10 – Innovative lighting! Be it a lamp, a candle or a night light; novelty lighting is not a good idea. I was once given a pink flamingo night light. Unfortunately, I’m not kidding. It was awful and I had no idea what to do with it. Eventually I gave it as a white elephant gift at a Christmas party. If you are thinking of giving a piece of lighting that makes you laugh, refrain.
Number 9 – Refuse bad gifts you have received in the past. I know we’ve probably all been guilty of doing this in the past, but it’s actually not a good idea. A story that resists is too terrible to be told. A mother-in-law gave her new daughter-in-law a set of kitchen glasses for her new home. They just weren’t new. In fact, they already belonged to her daughter. Her husband had kept them in her mother’s garage until he and his new bride could move into their new home! The moral of the story: don’t make gifts again, especially if you don’t remember where it came from.
Number 8 – Cozy Barbie Doll Toilet Paper. You’ve seen them at garage sales, craft fairs, and maybe on the back of your grandmother’s bathroom. She is that slightly creepy Barbie doll whose legs are inside the toilet roll, her usually crocheted skirt that hides the spare TP roll.
Number 7- Sports team memorabilia. No matter how big a Braves fan your friend is, I doubt he or his wife would appreciate a blanket with their favorite team’s logo or a framed poster of their favorite player. Sounds good, but where would they put it?
Number 6 – Original glasses or beer glasses. Does anyone really need a full set of McDonalds Shrek glasses? Or the fish-faced beer coozies? You know a good rule of thumb is that if it has the word novelty in the description, don’t buy it!
Number 5 – Taxidermized animal. Now I hope this speaks for itself, but in case you are considering purchasing a jackelope gag or stuffed moose head, DON’T!
Number 4 – Talking animals on horseback. We’ve all seen them in the shop or on TV. The hilarious bass that sings and dances. This falls into the same category as number 5. Please have a little more restraint. It sounds funny, but it really isn’t.
Number 3 – Live animals. Sweet as a new puppy or kitten may seem; they don’t make the best housewarming gift. Pets as gifts seem like a great idea, but the logistics of owning a pet have gotten very complicated. And many times they can wreak havoc on a new home. Then walk past the box of free kittens outside Walmart, because you may be losing your friend over it.
Number 2 – An ashtray for a non-smoker. I was hoping no one really would, but I once heard a story about a mother-in-law giving an ashtray to her new daughter-in-law. Unfortunately the daughter-in-law didn’t smoke and all she could think was that her new mother-in-law was plotting her untimely death.
And the # 1 worst housewarming gift: cleaning products. Now many of you may think that cleaning products would be a good gift, and in theory they would be. The problem is the message that this type of gift conveys. Something like, “Here’s a vacuum cleaner, because you clearly don’t spend enough time on your household responsibilities. Women in particular can take offense at such an offer. So unless it’s a required item, skip the cleaning products. .
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