Good housewarming gift ideas include picture frames, garden plants, dish towels, specialty olive oil, money holders with extra cash or a set of knives. If the housewarming gift is for a new neighbor, a welcome kit that includes local maps, transportation schedules, restaurant menus and other information about the area is a good option, notes the Emily Post Institute.
It is customary to bring a gift when attending a housewarming party to help homeowners settle in. The gift does not need to be expensive, but it should be an item that can last long in the home, states the Emily Post Institute. For example, plants not only decorate the home but are also a symbol of life that can represent the new beginning in the home. Another traditional housewarming gift is salt. Guests can update this idea by bringing sea salt for cooking and a saltbox. Other good luck symbols that can be included as part of a gift include items with ladybugs, horseshoes, frogs or pigs on them.
A knife set is a common housewarming gift that comes with a superstition. According to legend, the knives can cut a friendship in half, so the recipient should "pay" for the gift. Typically, this is done by giving back a few pennies.