6 Housewarming Gifts Every Raleighlite Will love (and Actually Use)
by Paige A. Mitchell
Buying a house is always an exciting milestone, and welcoming a friend or family member to the Triangle is certainly cause for celebration. Housewarming gifts can be tricky to buy. They should be thoughtful, personal, and useful—but, it’s often difficult to find something that fits all three categories. Here are six housewarming gifts that any Raleighite will love and actually use.
DECO in downtown Raleigh might be the best place to get a truly unique gift for someone who has just bought a house in the Triangle. You’ll find mugs, apparel, tea towels, and artwork with the state of North Carolina stamped all over them. DECO also has handmade trinkets that make beautiful finishing touches for a new house as well as crazy cool gadgets that’ll come in handy when you’re least expecting it.
If your loved one is new to Raleigh or moved to a suburb they aren’t familiar with, a one-year subscription to a local magazine is the gift that keeps on giving. Raleigh Magazine, Indy Week, Our State, and Midtown Magazine are all glossy candidates. A subscription The News & Observer is also a generous gift.
Raleigh is a city for foodies. If the new homeowner has a diverse palate and enjoys trying new cuisine, a gift card is a no-brainer. After all, it can take a few days for moving boxes to arrive let alone to unpack everything and get back into a regular cooking routine. Some popular Raleigh restaurants include Raleigh Times, Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, and Flying Biscuit.
Monetary gifts with a handwritten card are just as thoughtful too. Chances are, your friend or family member had to put a good chunk of change down on their new house, so they could probably use the extra cash. New homeowners could put monetary gifts toward decorations, a new home warranty, or a night out on the new town.
A new ingredient
As mentioned above, Raleigh practically revolves around food. A new ingredient is a great gift to welcome someone to the city. Penzeys is a spice shop that’s centrally located in Cameron Village. You’ll find all sorts of yummy treasures there. Some restaurants also have their secret sauces for sale, like The Pit’s barbecue sauce or Durham’s Counter Culture Coffee. It’s hard to overlook it because it’s so big, but don’t forget the state Farmers Market, which is an awesome place to find locally sourced ingredients that you can’t get anywhere else.
Springtime is almost here, which means we’re all gearing up to get back outside. There’s so much to do in the great outdoors of North Carolina from kayaking on Lake Johnson and picnicking in Pullen Park to hiking in Asheville or horseback riding around the Outer Banks. If the new Raleighite is the outdoorsy type, they’ll love some gear from the Outdoor Provision Company located in Cameron Village.
Here’s one you might not have thought of yet. Choose a calendar that best suits the homeowner—whether it’s 12 months of fresh flowers, national parks, or yoga dogs. Then, personalize it by penciling in Raleigh events that you think your friend or family member would be interested in attending. You can find a list of local events and happenings online at Visit Raleigh.
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