This is a Sponsored Post. Thank you to Neon87 for providing me with a free mini neon sign to review as part of this guide, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.
I hope this guide will give you a few ideas on what to buy or make when looking for Eco Friendly House Warming Gifts for friends and family.
But where did the tradition of House Warming gifts originate? There are quite a few different theories as to where the tradition of giving house warming presents came from. There’s a popular belief that it started in medieval times in France when people visiting the new house would bring gifts including firewood to “warm the house”. Other traditional gifts would include bread, wine, a broom, honey, candles and plants.
It’s a traditional that’s stood the test of time and it’s still usual to take a gift when visiting friends or family in their new home. Although, we’re now unlikely to take firewood but wine, candles and plants are all still popular house warming gifts.
6 Of My Favourite Eco Friendly House Warming Gifts
A house warming gift doesn’t need to be expensive, a handmade loaf of bread or jar of local honey make wonderful eco friendly house warming gifts. But if you want to be slightly different there are other eco friendly house warming gift options including a LCD neon sign or Plastic Free cleaning kit.
Here are a few ideas for eco friendly house warming gifts.
Pot Plant or Garden Plant
Rather than buying a bunch of flowers that will only last a few days why not buy a pot plant. You can choose a plant that is designed to stay indoors all year round or you could choose something like a Rose Bush that could be planted outside and enjoyed for years. If possible try to buy one that isn’t in a plastic pot or covered with plastic wrapping.
If you’re feeling creative you could make your own planter. An old pair of wellies upcycled and filled with peat free soil and planted with flowers or bulbs works really well.
If you’re buying a house warming gift for friends then a Neon sign can be the perfect gift for a new home. LED neon lights are a more eco friendly option than traditional neon signs as they are very energy efficient and the LED strips are encased in silicone.
The signs come in lots of different designs and colours which makes choosing one for a gift very easy.
We’ve got this great “Chill” mini neon sign in electric blue in our new outdoor cabin which we’ve set up as music / games room and it’s looks amazing.
Take a look at Neon87 who make lots of mini LED signs that would make a fun and unusual house warming gift.
Eco Friendly Plastic Free Gift Set
There are lots of eco friendly gifts that you can buy plastic free. Why not put together a plastic free gift set.
You could either do one for the Bathroom with a bamboo toothbrush, reusable face wipes, lovely handmade soap etc. Or, maybe a home cleaning kit to keep their new home clean and sparkling.
If you take a look at TMG Zero Waste Shop you’ll find lots of ideas and everything comes in plastic free packaging 🙂
Gift Promise Note
And, remember it doesn’t have to be something you buy to make it a wonderful gift. You could make your own promise note for something you know that your mum or someone would really love. It could be as simple as offering to give the house a spring clean or cook a family meal. You just need to choose something that you know will be appreciated.
There’s an endless list of homemade gifts that you can make and it’s so nice to receive something that you know has taken someone time and effort to make.
You could try making jam, pickles, chilli or herb infused oil. If you’re good a sewing, you could make reusable kitchen cloths to replace paper towels.
A jar of homemade biscuits or fudge would always be welcome in our house. And, you can package your homemade items in a reusable tin or jar.
Or for a traditional house warming gift you bake a loaf of bread, there’s nothing nicer than the smell of freshly baked bread and it makes a wonderful eco friendly house warming gift. And, if you’re looking for an easy recipe this “no knead bread” from Le Coin de Mel is excellent.
Vintage / Second Hand
You don’t always have to buy new when looking for presents. And, these days you can buy virtually anything second hand from books to bikes. Etsy is a great place to look for vintage or upcycled gifts.
Be a conscious consumer with Your Eco Friendly House Warming Gifts
When you’re looking for gifts for any occasion be a mindful consumer and think about what you’re buying.
Is it something that will be useful? Think about what it’s made from, is the packaging it’s sold in easy to dispose of without going to landfill.
You should be looking for gifts that are unpackaged or if they do have packaging then it should be minimal and preferably compostable like cardboard. Handmade soaps, candles, pot plants etc all make lovely presents.
I hope this has given you some inspiration. And, remember giving and receiving presents should be fun; and half the fun in giving presents is choosing them.