Buying a new home is an exciting event. It can also be very stressful and time-consuming. Since 92% of houses in the United States are sold through a broker or agent, new homeowners have just spent a lot of time negotiating contracts and spending money to get the house they love. If someone in your life has just bought a home, you can celebrate by giving them a gift basket full of things they will love. Here are some tips to build the perfect housewarming basket!

Know Your Budget Going In

You probably want to splurge and buy everything the new homeowners could possibly want. This is a very kind impulse, but make sure that you know your budget and stick to it. You can find cute things at any price point and you want to make sure that your basket is both appropriate and cohesive. By having a budget, you can plan out all the parts of the basket in advance, setting you up for success.

Consider Their Tastes

You want to have a basket that the homeowners will actually enjoy. So personalize it to fit them. If they’re athletic types, add in some fun smoothie ideas to keep them energized as they settle in. Maybe they enjoy nerdy decorations or cooking. Base your ideas on what they enjoy, not just what you think they should have.

Buy New and Replacement Items

Many new homeowners are going to be coming from other homes or apartments of their own. This means they likely already have the necessities for their home. In this case, you have a few options. You can buy them non-essentials, filling the basket with luxury products they likely wouldn’t buy for themselves. Or you can buy replacements for some of their items that might be worn out. If you go with this option, just make sure that you’re buying based on their tastes, not your own. A third option is to combine these approaches. Buy a few luxuries and a few replacements so that they can have a little bit of both.

Get Indulgent Foods to Celebrate

A gift basket full of food rarely goes wrong. Even if they tend to prefer a healthy smoothie to take out, a gift of luxury foods and wine is a special treat perfect for a special occasion like purchasing a house. If you are unfamiliar with these types of foods, get a professional to help you. Sweet or fatty foods tend to go well with wine since its acidity cuts through them. So you’ll probably want a combination of these things to create the ideal basket.

Keep It Sweet and Simple

Don’t go overboard with your basket. If you have a theme in mind, stick with that theme. If you don’t have a specific theme, still keep things simple. Only go until you’ve filled the basket. A simple basket is easy to arrange and will leave the new homeowners thankful and gracious instead of overwhelmed.

Consider the Entire House

When someone buys a home, they have to furnish that entire house. As you build your housewarming basket, consider gifts that fit with every room. If you’re getting a smoothie maker for the kitchen, pick up something for the living room as well. If they have a yard, maybe throw in a little yard decoration. Rather than focusing only on the kitchen, you have an opportunity to add a little bit of happiness to every room of the house.

Building a housewarming basket doesn’t need to be difficult. Finding the perfect things to fill it can be a fun puzzle and you’ll be motivated by how happy your friends will be when they open it. By following these tips, you can create the perfect basket in a way that works well for you.