Housewarming is a tradition that is worldwide. A version of it can be found in most cultures. The origin is a wish to bring good fortune to the new home of friends and family. The tradition continues in the modern time. Whether the house is traditional or contemporary, you can bring gifts for the home so as to celebrate a new life therein.
Giving plants as a gift symbolises a wish for a prosperous life. If the owners of the home are gardeners, then the gift can be garden items, gifts for the garden or accessories for the garden. They can put these gifts to practical use. If the owners of the house have flower gardens, then perennial flowers would be a meaningful gift. If the owners of the house do not have a garden, then a flowering tree or a berry bush or a fruit tree would be a gift that would give continual bounty each season.
Salt is another traditional gift that can be given to the owners of contemporary homes. According to tradition, the salt can be sprinkled on the window sills and door thresholds so as to invite good luck into the home. The salt does not have to be plain salt. It can be kosher salt as well. This is pure salt that has no ingredients and is often a staple in gourmet recipes. Other varieties of salt can be given as well. Examples are: Fleur de Sel, Grey Salt, Hawaiian Sea Salt, Italian Sea Salt, Kala Namak, Smoked Sea Salt and more.
Broom and coin
A broom is a traditional gift which is used to "sweep away the evil." The broom can form a set with a dustpan, a traditional corn husk broom, Magis Mago brooms or it can be bright pink with polka dots. A coin is a traditional housewarming gift that is meant to represent the desire for the homeowners to have good fortune. The coin can be in the modern currency or a coin that was minted in the same year as the house was built. They can also be a bag of chocolate coins with one coin that cannot be eaten.
Bread and honey
Bread is the last traditional gift. The bread is to represent the desire for the homeowners to never be hungry. The bread can be bought at a special bakery or it can be artisan bread which is baked by yourself. Honey represents the desire for sweetness in the new owners' lives. The honey can be raw or locally flavoured.