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Housewarming Gift Etiquette

I wish to give a housewarming gift prior to completion of the new home. Is that considered acceptable?

By wilden from Huntsville, ON

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July 3, 20090 found this helpful

Most people give a housewarming gift when people actually move in to the home, but these days (if you live in the USA) I think people are pretty informal. I think a simple gift would be nice. You can also get something else when they actually move in if you wish. People always appreciate the thought behind a gift, just don't make it to expensive or to fancy! (& hopefully they'll have a place to store it!)

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July 7, 20090 found this helpful

If the house is still being built I would wonder if they have someplace to store it. So, I would probably give a rose bush or fruit tree or something of that nature. That's what I would like. But whatever you do, I'm sure it will be fine and they will appreciate it. Good Luck.

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Margaret from Denton, Texas

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July 7, 20090 found this helpful

I have to wonder why you want to do it now? Is it something they can use immediately?

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July 2, 20090 found this helpful

Do you open gifts at the housewarming party or wait until the guests leave? PJM

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Housewarming Gift Etiquette

If I were giving a gift for something like that, I would want that person to open the gift, they may be able to use it while the guests are there. Most people like to see your expression on the gift in my opinion. (01/31/2005)

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