House Warming Gift Ideas required!

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  • ibenam 11 Oct 2012 13:44:02 3,068 posts
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    Need to buy a house warming gift for a Business colleague,

    Dont want something too gimmicky where one minute you think "oh thats cool" and the next it's in the drawer gathering dust.

    Wouldnt want to spend more than £20.

    Linky's would be good!
  • richarddavies 11 Oct 2012 13:46:39 5,984 posts
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    I moved house last week and had the week off work to move in. Came back in on Monday and I got a few general household bits as presents but one of my work mates got me a baseball bat as a gift..... I really didn't see it coming I'll say that.It's taken pride of place at my front door though. Get em one of them.
  • Tonka 11 Oct 2012 13:49:03 26,265 posts
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    Bowls. Sallad bowls, snack bowls, mixing bowls, glass bowls, plastic bowls, ceramic bowls.
  • ComradePete 11 Oct 2012 13:52:02 562 posts
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    Crown green bowls?
  • Mageme 11 Oct 2012 13:54:40 2,196 posts
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    Candles or scent sticks. Or scented candlesticks.
  • Blakester 11 Oct 2012 13:54:55 4,217 posts
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    A spitoon.
  • mrpon 11 Oct 2012 13:56:19 33,613 posts
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    A handheld hoover. One minute you think "oh that's cool" and the next it's gathering dust.
  • smoothpete 11 Oct 2012 13:57:42 34,206 posts
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    Tradition would suggest buying a plant of some kind. I usually buy my friends a cactus when they move house. It's good luck, if you are superstitiously inclined.
  • Mr_Sleep 11 Oct 2012 14:42:01 21,261 posts
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    Can't go wrong with decent wine glasses. You should get a decent enough pair for £20.
  • THFourteen 11 Oct 2012 14:48:23 45,794 posts
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    spice rack with extra hot chili powder from the proper indian shop
  • Blakester 11 Oct 2012 14:48:25 4,217 posts
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    Serious answer.....a bottle of Honey Jack Daniels.

    They will thank you profusely afterwards.
  • THFourteen 11 Oct 2012 14:50:53 45,794 posts
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    i hate whiskey.
  • DaM 11 Oct 2012 14:56:46 16,795 posts
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    ComradePete wrote:
    Crown green bowls?
    /applauds

    Rice cooker or popcorn maker.
  • Blakester 11 Oct 2012 14:58:37 4,217 posts
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    THFourteen wrote:
    i hate whiskey.
    It's not whisky, it's bourbon. :)
  • Sid-Nice 11 Oct 2012 15:02:12 15,848 posts
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    A Molotov Cocktail guarantees to warm any house.
  • Deleted user 11 October 2012 15:03:05
    A Camembert Baker?
  • shamblemonkee 11 Oct 2012 15:05:29 17,498 posts
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    B&Q or other DIY style voucher in combination with a potted plant
  • ronuds 11 Oct 2012 15:07:21 21,781 posts
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    A gift basket with fruits, chocolates or something. Something most enjoy and they don't have to keep.
  • Benno 11 Oct 2012 15:07:28 11,683 posts
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    Buy them a slow cooker. Instant ticket to batch cooking wonderful stews!
  • roz123 11 Oct 2012 15:08:44 7,112 posts
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    A banana hanger, as these days bananas are too good for bowls

  • Pac-man-ate-my-wife 11 Oct 2012 15:09:10 7,030 posts
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    How about a traditional one of Bread, Salt and Wine? (Which I know from "It's a Wonderful Life")

    Bread so the house may never know hunger
    Salt so that life may always have flavour
    Wine so that joy and prosperity may reign forever

    It's a little cheesy but I like it!
  • ronuds 11 Oct 2012 15:09:51 21,781 posts
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    That tube one is fancy. Be a pain if I wanted a green apple, though.
  • Razz 11 Oct 2012 15:13:08 63,254 posts
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    I usually buy people a novelty dressing gown, shoe tidy or magazine rack for the bog.
  • SClaw 11 Oct 2012 15:27:11 826 posts
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    It wasn't really a house warming gift as much as a wedding gift, but I think it fits. Two giant ceramic spheres. I bit like these, but much bigger and neon blue:

    [img]
    http://www.nordenhake.com/images/Artists/Vital/1/2.jpg[/img]

    Someone else was meant to get something that looking like a cock to match, but they wussed out.
  • Lt_Drebin 11 Oct 2012 15:48:41 275 posts
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    The best housewarming gift I ever received was my bonsai tree. Always wanted one and it was awesome (until I killed it).
  • Mikeeeboy1 11 Oct 2012 16:32:08 167 posts
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    A nice morta and pestal.
    They will think your coultured
  • Deleted user 11 October 2012 16:53:17
    A food flask and a Tesco sandwich.
  • BinaryBob101 11 Oct 2012 17:44:09 26,502 posts
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    With a side order of a pair of fans. So he can sleep properly.
  • ibenam 11 Oct 2012 22:43:56 3,068 posts
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    ronuds wrote:
    A gift basket with fruits, chocolates or something. Something most enjoy and they don't have to keep.
    Cheers for all of the suggestions,

    Ive gone for Mr Round's sensible & practical idea.

    The Banana/Fruit dispense by roz123 came a close second only becase i think it will be a pain the in the ass to constantly re-stock!

    Bonsai tree by Lt_Drebin came third but it reminded me too much of this :'(

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