Housewarming Bucket

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Along with Escapes, this month we're also blogging a sub theme: moving. Now, not all of you may be moving, but you might know someone who is, and there may soon arise the need for the inevitable "housewarming gift."

The housewarming gift can be such a tricky thing. I've always felt uncomfortable giving an actual decor item because a) I haven't seen the new space, and b) I know I'd hate to be given something that wouldn't match my tastes or something I know I would never actually use...So, I usually go for non-permanent items, such as food or some fresh cut flowers. But since that's kind of boring, I'm always looking for new and different ideas.

Martha Stewart Living had another idea that I really liked, which was a bucket of practical items. What I liked about Martha's suggestion was that they included things I always end up needing when I move, but forget to buy - things like extension cords, Goo-Gone, or those self-adhesive pads that go under items so they won't scratch your surfaces.

One of my friends also gives a bucket of cleaning products as a housewarming gift. He even goes as far as making sure they are all eco-friendly.

Have any of you given a gift like this? What are your housewarming gift dos and don'ts? What housewarming gifts have been your favorites?

Also check out this post on some more housewarming gift ideas!

Image from Martha Stewart.com

(Re-Edited from 2007.8.15 - CB)

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