Each guest or family should bring a small present to the new house, though it does not have to be an expensive item. Â The gifts should be placed on a table set up near the entrance and, because the host will probably open them after the party, itâ€™s a good idea to attach a card or nametag. These gifts should serve to welcome the person or family to the area, as well as provide a practical use. Some gift ideas include a local map, cookbook, guest towels, personalized return address labels or a decorative household item such as a vase, candle holder or picture frame.
If a person moved from a larger house to a small one or already has a number of household items, a better gift would be something edible or consumable. For example, a bottle of good wine, cheeses, fresh baked goods, flowers or a plant for a garden.
Some traditional gift ideas carry symbolic meanings. For example, a gift made out of wood could mean stability. Food items, such as traditional dark breads in the German tradition, are a wish that the inhabitants of the home never go hungry. Gifts of wine symbolized happiness and joy in the home. In Japanese culture, fresh fish is the most special type of gift and delivers wishes for good fortunes.
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