We’ve all given housewarming presents and either held or given housewarming parties, but there’s more behind the tradition than you might realise.
If you’ve just moved in and you’re thinking of having a housewarming party, you need to get your skates on! Tradition dictates that the event needs to happen within 180 days of moving in, and the act of inviting in friends and filling the house with good intentions helps to ward off evil spirits. And if you’ve ever wondered why it’s called a ‘housewarming’, it’s because traditional presents were logs of wood – friends and neighbours would come over with kindling and fill the fireplaces to warm the house for the new owners.
Rather than turning up with a pot plant or a few cut flowers, we’ve put together some ideas for housewarming gifts based on tradition – but with a modern twist.
Yep, that’s right, the fruit. Christopher Columbus is credited with discovering it in the Caribbean in 1493, and due to its usual appearance and delicious flavour it quickly became a favourite holiday souvenir for sailors to take home. A pineapple displayed outside a sailor’s lodging meant that the owner was in residence and ready to be hospitable. That’s the reason you can still see stone pineapples on top of gateposts in front of some houses. These days, it might ironically be considered a bit stingy to turn up with nothing but a fresh pineapple (not to mention a little odd!), so try one of these pineapple-y accessories instead.
Copacabana golden cushion, £18 from Arthouse.
Pineapple chopping board, £32.95 from Printer + Taylor.
Bread, wine and salt
Medium rattan 32cm storage basket in electric blue and Aruba green by French brand Rose in April, £35 from Bobby Rabbit.