Foods, household tools and garden supplies are items you can include in a housewarming basket. Snacks, painting supplies and picture hanging equipment are other ideas.
Thoughtful housewarming baskets often focus on a theme. A baked goods basket may include breads, cookies, pound cake and perhaps the recipes as well. For a baking theme, use baking mixes, a baking pan, a wooden spoon and a wire whisk. Pancake mix, syrup and jelly fit a breakfast theme. For a snack theme, include crackers, cheeses and olives. A basket with a casserole, paper plates and a dessert offers your new neighbor an easy-to-prepare dinner. When giving food, it is best to consider possible allergies and eliminate foods that contain nuts or peanut butter.
A basket-of-tools theme includes basic household tools such as a hammer, screwdriver, picture hanging wires, light bulbs, and small screws and nails. A garden basket can feature small plants, seeds or bulbs, gardening gloves and a trowel. A basket filled with a map of the neighborhood, a local calendar of events, the trash and recycling schedules, and menus from nearby restaurants is another helpful basket idea. Other theme ideas include a basket of coffees and teas, either local or from around the world, and a basket of cleaning items.