Housewarming Gifts

Contributor post by Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

Hello Everyone –

Housewarming gifts, we’ve all had to come up with one and we’ve all probably received one at some time – what do you think are the best gifts?

Scenario – A customer has been invited to the big party – their son has a new home and they’d like nothing better than to bring the very best Housewarming gift! You’ve been asked to create a Housewarming Gift as a unique and wonderful custom order.

Or – you’ve already got it listed in your shop! Whatever the case, please talk about and list your awesome housewarming gift items.

Housewarming Gift Idea – Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady:

I think this would be a good housewarming gift for my neighborhood in central California.

Warm colors and seasonal theme to liven up their wall or door.

Fall Decoration, Fall Wreath, Beautiful Autumn Wreath, Harvest Fall Decor, Autumn Wall Decor, Autumn Harvest Wreath, Thanksgiving Wreath

Autumn or Thanksgiving Wreath

Housewarming Gift Idea  – willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage:

This would be great in a retro kitchen!

Fill with nuts or candy, wrap in cellophane and pop on a bow!

The recipient can either unwrap and share or keep it sealed to enjoy later!

Chrome Divided Dish with Bakelite Red Ring Handle Mid Century Modern Serving Tray for Candy Nuts Snacks 50s Retro Decor Art Deco Gift

Chrome divided dish with Bakelite Red Handle

Viola–a perfect gift!

Housewarming Gift Idea – Linda from LazyYVintage:

All homes need a good crystal flower vase. In the original box or full of flowers.

Mikasa Reflections Vase Crystal Flower Vase Discontinued

Mikasa Reflections Vase

Housewarming Gift Idea – Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio:

Affordable and fun, our printable art makes great housewarming gifts, especially for those just starting out. This is what our home is all about: Song and dance turn any place into a lively home, and this sign makes it happen!

Printable Typography Wall Art SING in Shower DANCE in Kitchen Black White music dance teacher gift, digital kitchen bathroom apartment decor

Printable Wall Art

Housewarming Gift Idea – Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo:

Is there anything better to celebrate a housewarming than a wreath?

Seeing this twigs twist and falling in love with it was all in one!
I must have and decorate it with uncommon flowers!

Its base is made by woven twigs, where the rustic look of the twigs twist perfectly marries to the sophisticated flowers.

It’s a completely handmade home accent, that for sure cannot be unnoticed, a moment of pleasure at every glance.

Elegant unique fireplace wreath, made in Italy gorgeous wall decor, unique Italian welcome sign, Italian rustic elegant flower home accent

Elegant Italian Welcome Wreath

Housewarming Gift Idea- Richard and Tatianafrom DesignstheLimit:

Make a house into a home with personalization! Turn a gift giving opportunity into a gift giving experience when you present your recipients with a gift that was designed for them. We can even ship your order directly to the recipients with gift wrap and including a gift card! Take the time to shop online and give an unexpected gift that will be appreciated and put to good use!

Couple's Monogram Personalized Bamboo Cutting Board & Ceramic Serving Platter Combo (13" Diameter)

Couple’s Monogrammed Cutting Board & Tray

We specialize in housewarming gifts with a number of cutting boards, serving trays, barware, and other home goods. We work with real-estate professionals and can include a company logo or personalized gift message on the bottom of many of our products so your thoughtfulness will always be remembered. When you have the opportunity to give a gift, make it personal! We offer our customers the option of choosing from our designs, submitting their own, or having us create an inspired design for any theme or occasion.

Housewarming Gift Idea – Pam Maggio from PamsPawsJewelry:

Ok, the plates below are pretty vintage and kind of Edwardian or old fashioned.

They have poetry and flowers on them too which is unique!

They would make a nice gift for someone who loves these sort of items, poetry, floral dishes, etc.

There is a trend now that when you are invited or go to someone’s home you can bring a homemade treat such as cake, cupcakes, pastries, or other condiments wrapped up on pretty vintage plates!

Then when you leave you can leave your hostess with a nice gift of pretty plates rather than having also to worry about bringing the dishes home!

Dogwood Rose Noritake Plates The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady Edith Holden 1906 Poetry Pink White Floral Dessert Dishes Vintage 1970s

Dogwood Rose Noritake Plates

Housewarming Gift Idea – Jennifer Allison from JenniferAllison:

I’m all about Christmas and what better time to have a house-warming fiesta? I would bring this sweetie…a little decor for the upcoming holiday and something vintage and homey.

Vintage Red Kitchen Scale w Pinecones & Holly

Vintage Red Kitchen Scale with Holiday Pinecones

Housewarming Gift Idea’s – Robyn Campbell from RobynFayeDesigns

I have coasters scattered through out my house, on the table, the arm chairs and bedside drawers – you can never have too many. I think they make a great house warming gift, something useful and a little piece of unobtrusive art as well!

Mountain coasters, fabric drink mats, fabric art, makeforgood, scenic day night, sunrise, sunset, blue grey coaster set, insulated mug rugs

Mountain Coasters

Housewarming Gift Idea’s –  Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns:

There is nothing better to make a house a home than sharing food with family and friends – and handmade tablewares make these celebrations even more special!!

Ceramic Bowl

Housewarming Gift Idea’s – Jerry and Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady:

If the guest knows the hostesses’ design favorites (for example, owls) a paper towel holder might really make her day.

Owl Decoration, Owl Paper Towel Holder, Owl Kitchen Decor, Miss Muffin the Owl, Owl Gifts, Owl Decorations, Custom Owl Gifts, Cute Owl

Owl Paper Towel Holder

What lovely housewarming gift ideas, just wonderful! Thank you for posting your thoughts and Etsy items in the CIJ Housewarming Gifts thread.

Vintage pickins – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Vintage sellers have a love of all things old and timeless.

The memories these items invoke are amazing.

Here at Christmas in July we want to know “How do you decide what to pick?” Are there certain items you love, that are more in demand. Why do you pick what you do?

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says while I make ceramic tableware and jewellery, I also create upcycled jewellery, which I sometimes combine with original ceramic components.

The materials I choose are wide and varied, but I love vintage buttons, and have been collecting them for many years from many sources. Some I don’t re-purpose into jewellery because I want to keep them!!

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Upcycled Gray and Blue Button Ring

Leila Valois from ValoisFelts said I too love upcycling my vintage finds. I pick things up from charity shops and fairs – buckles are one of my favourite things right now.

I’ve made a few ‘fairy windows’ with them. They have gorgeous colours and designs that inspire what I felt in them. This pearlescent one had a fantasy/scifi feel about it.

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Alien UFO Fantasy Window- Miniature Painting-Needle felted brooch

Jennifer Allison from JenniferAllsion  states I almost always post vintage goodies that I would want to keep for myself (and often do…krikey!). I like to find things that I can re-purpose…give new life to…and could spend hours just browsing antique stores and garage sales for items that remind me of warm memories and simpler times. I recently found a cardboard puzzle from the 1950’s and fell IN DEEP LOVE with the graphics…knew I had to find a way to give it new life.

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Washington state puzzle piece magnet

msmadmax from madmaxshop says fashion constantly refers to the past for inspiration. Especially today when the current forecast can be seen borrowing from a previous successful trend in fashion featured two decades ago, i.e. sequins and sparkle, romantic ruffled blouses, done up denim

Wearable fashion trends for 2016 have been inspired by the trendsetting fashions of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. I like to post vintage items that can easily blend in with current fashion but still evoke a trendy look and feel of yesterday…

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80s Vintage Blouse

Dana Hamant from LilybeanzBowtique said I adore the vintage look. I love to use fabrics and designs that invoke this. Recently a friend requested a planner band to adorn a notebook she had. She wanted something “vintage-looking.” I found these vintage-style wooden buttons and knew they would be perfect. After I had created her one-of-a-kind piece, my creative juices kept flowing.

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Custom Fabric Tutus and headband set

Sue from MissIvyVintage discussed I have always loved vintage linens of all sorts…Embroidered, crocheted, tatted, and prints. I find a great deal of pleasure when I find a linen that at one time brought joy to a child. I find these linens especially charming and when I list, I hope the item will bring joy to another child. I have only this one.

Vintage handmade Childs Santa Claus Pillowcase

Vintage handmade Childs Santa Claus Pillowcase

Shelly from ShellysSelectSalvage states I have loved vintage items since I was a child. Their history calls to me and I think of all the hands it has passed through and how it was cherished before. Now I feel like I save them for others to enjoy.

I like looking for unusual items and miniatures, something that will catch the eye.

I personally collect vintage linens as I love the old smell, softness, and look. I have a huge vintage pillowcase collection and love using them on all my pillows.

I love this little guy – such a funny face.

Cow Bottle Opener and Corkscrew

Cow Bottle Opener and Corkscrew

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says My daughter and I are fans of Marie Kondo, so we are always looking for items that “Spark Joy!”

We love the graphics and idea behind this Balloon Pump.

Gag gift Party Decor Vintage Inflato Balloon Pump

Gag gift Party Decor Vintage Inflato Balloon Pump

Kira from TrellisLaneVintage said my love of vintage is rooted by my mother, many years of looking for and living with antiques. I love the 50’s through 70’s and fill my shop with items that catch my eye. I try to focus on items that are functional and fun!

Vintage chip and dip set,Indiana glass set

Vintage chip and dip set,Indiana glass set

Jackie Irvin from JackJacksWayart discusses that my love for drawing began at a very young age. I have been enjoying creating custom design door decor for a few years now.
I also love working with pastels painting portraits, making jewelry, chalkboards and much more.

Old World Santa Door Art

Old World Santa Door Art

Catherine Caramanica from BlkBttrflyDsgns discussed that It’s in my nature to choose items that are unusual, unique, one-of-a-kind, edgy. I love to bring eclectic offerings to the table. These boots are for a confident woman. A woman who isn’t afraid or apprehensive to wear something that stands out. They’re an outstanding pair of boots.

Tony Lama Cowboy Boots-Ladies 7B

Tony Lama Cowboy Boots-Ladies 7B

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms says buttons are always popular with sewers and crafters. Vintage buttons hold a special attraction with their beauty, originality and craftsmanship from a bygone era.

I have gathered buttons for my stash for as long as I can remember. As children our Sunday afternoons were often spent playing with my mother’s button collection. She stored it in a large tartan painted biscuit tin. My stash is now much larger than that one and it is time for me to share the love-and my buttons!

4 Large Gold Black Tone Metal Shank Vintage Buttons

4 Large Gold Black Tone Metal Shank Vintage Buttons

toysfrom70s from toysfrom70s said my wife and I recently downsized and as the old saying goes you can’t take it with you, we’re selling off our childhood memories. Sharing the love of 1970s toys and collectibles. We didn’t realize how many people also loved some of the items we have sold over the year, the notes they send tell us we’re not alone in cherishing memories and it is rather humbling knowing we’re spreading smiles across the USA with our items.

Just listed maybe it may bring back a smile to you of childhood.

1974 Vintage Growing Up Skipper Doll

1974 Vintage Growing Up Skipper Doll

Alicia Holman from MemaAntiques discussed that we love vintage items. We love the history regarding each item we obtained. This item for instance came from a home in Orangeburg SC. This was a wedding gift given to the family in the 1940’s. The female in the home kept it in her china cabinet and never used it. She wanted it to always be in perfect condition.

Her son told us how she would fuss at the children and the grandchildren if they came near this dish. Reminds me so much of my grand parents and their favorite items.

It is so much fun. All items in our shop has a story behind it or we can tell you were it came from.

Fenton Green Grapes and Leaves Carnival Glass Candy Dish

Fenton Green Grapes and Leaves Carnival Glass Candy Dish

Cher Loose from LooseChipsWoodWork says when an item reflects a memory in my heart I pick it up and cherish it… we have a rule in gift giving and buying… it is if we like it ourselves then someone else will too! (and if they do not, they will return it to us and that is okay too!) example: My husband remembers the Western Electric Company in Reading PA, before it was bought out by AT&T and he even worked there for a few years, actually using a slide rule. So this is why I sell this, in hopes someone else will find someone who likes to collect slide rules or maybe put it in their pocket and show another generation how to use one for fun…. on Christmas Morning in December or in July!

Vintage Collectible Slide Ruler and Instructions

Vintage Collectible Slide Ruler and Instructions