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Housewarming Gifts – Traditional Gifts and Their Meanings

Gift giving is rooted in tradition and goes back centuries. People have been expressing their sentiments through gifts throughout history. There are several traditional housewarming gifts that symbolise a unique expression of well wishes that you may find interesting.

1. Olive Oil: We love high quality olive oil as a gift or accompaniment to a gift. A high quality olive oil can be more on the expensive side but that’s what makes it such a luxurious gift – the price point is often beyond what a recipient would invest themselves. A gift of olive oil traditionally conveyed wishes for health and well being.

2. Salt: Salt is one of our absolute favourite gifts because of the versatility, practicality (and

luxuriousness when it comes to Amola’s Black Truffle Salt) but also because of it’s message ‘may

life always have flavour’.

3. Bread: The gifting of bread has recently seen a resurgence since the mastery of the art of sour

dough bread baking has become a hobby for so many. We sure hope this trend continues

because, who doesn’t love bread? And the message behind the gift of bread as a housewarming

gift is beautiful, ‘may your house never know hunger’ or ‘may your cupboards always be full’.

4. Wine: A gift that has stood the test of time, wine is a popular choice accepted and appreciated

by its recipients. Wine can symbolize ‘may joy and prosperity reign forever’ or ‘so you will

always be of good cheer’. Either way, prosperity or good cheer, those are both things we all

hope to have fill our homes and lives.

5. Candles: Candles are another traditional item that has continued to trend and have become

even more popular over the last couple of years as artisanal makers across the globe blend

scents and try their hand at crafting candles. The message behind a candle as a housewarming

gift is light, ‘may your house always have light’ or ‘may your house always dwell in light and


6. Broom: This traditional gift has taken a back seat and we wouldn’t recommend gifting a red

broom from a box store but we can definitely see this item becoming a trending gift, especially

with the artisanal handcrafted beauties made by the likes of Canadian company, Granville Island Broom Co. The practicality of the gift of a broom stands on its own but the message is also

beautiful, ‘to help sweep away evil and bad luck’.

7. Wood: While we had been versed in the symbolism of many housewarming gifts for a long time, the gift of wood and symbolism actually surprised us a little. It’s no secret that we love to

include wooden items in our gifts; cutting boards, spoons, spice grinders, spoon rests. The

addition of wood to a gift has such a rich grounding affect but also conveys the message ‘may

your home always have stability and peace’.

8. Houseplant: A classic favourite that has stood the test of time. A houseplant is a welcomed gift

with a plethora of options both exotic and hardy for those that don’t have a green thumb. A pop

of green adds so much to a space but also conveys the powerful message ‘may your home

always have life’.

There are several more traditional housewarming gifts with symbolism but we thought the few we shared here were the most notable.

Blog article by Gift Smack Gift Company


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