The 5 Best Housewarming Gifts for $5 or Less

Living in an apartment means our neighbors come and go quickly. Recently a new tenant has moved in. We don’t know her and have yet to pass each other in greeting. We do know, however, that we need to welcome her to the complex. Enter a housewarming gift.

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It should be noted that I would never spend over $10 on a housewarming gift. You never know if you’re actually going to like the person, and it’s the thought that counts, right?

The Perfect Housewarming Gift

1. Cleaning Products

I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of a germophobe. I love Clorox wipes! There is nothing better. And every time we move into a new place, you’ll find me with my sleeves rolled up, latex gloves donned, and a massive tub of Clorox wipes in hand. I go so far as to wipe out all the cabinets, scrub the walls, everything. And I refuse to unpack a room until the whole thing has been wiped down.

So, in my opinion, cleaning products would be an ideal housewarming gift! Make a run to the nearest dollar store and fill up a small laundry basket with disinfecting wipes, rubber gloves, sponges, and toilet bowl cleaner or whatever else you can find for a buck.

2. Plants

This is actually what I intend to give our newest neighbor as her housewarming gi(ft. While I thought about cut flowers, potted flowers, or even potted herbs, I opted for a pot-it-yourself type of gift.

I headed to the nearest dollar store and bought a surprisingly stylish flower pot, a small bag of potting soil, a pair of gardening gloves, a packet of seeds, and a garden sign that matched everything and says “Welcome.” Could it have been more perfect? All for $5, too.

3. Kitchen Utensils

I’m sure you’ve seen the adorable little gifts of silicone spatulas, brownie mix and oven mitts. And, if you buy everything at $1 a pop, you’re only out $3. Cheapest deal so far!

4. Wreath

In our apartment complex everyone has a wreath. It’s a big, unspoken deal, but everyone has one and each one is unique and speaks volumes about who lives inside. You can see ours here.

But, I did consider getting the new neighbor a wreath, because she’s the only door without one. Again, enter a dollar store and go crazy in their craft aisle with wreath forms, faux foliage, ribbon, etc. $5 for a nice statement piece.

Get on your new neighbors good side by gifting a fantastic housewarming gift (for under $5). It's the thought that counts, but a gift is great, too!

5. Treats

How can you go wrong with gifting treats? We recently had some Christmas carolers show up at the door and they left a bag of sweet treats. It was wonderful! And delicious!

The only real worry about gifting treats is whether or not the person has allergies. And with all the food allergies our family holds, you never really know how those treats might go down. Remember, it’s the thought that counts, even if your well-intentioned treats end up in the trash.

Now, the cutest housewarming treat idea I’ve seen, though, is a loaf of fresh baked bread. And, with all the grocery bakeries around, you don’t even have to make it yourself. Either way, if you spend hours kneading and rising and kneading again, or you purchase it at the Publix bakery, you can tie a tag on it that says: “Let us know if you ‘knead’ anything!” Could that be more adorable? I would love to get that as a housewarming gift!

Get on your new neighbors good side by gifting a fantastic housewarming gift (for under $5). It's the thought that counts, but a gift is great, too!

Keep it a Simple Housewarming Gift

So, there’s five simple gifts that will make you not only the Mom of the Moment, but the Mom of the Neighborhood! What are your favorite housewarming gifts to give and get? Tell me in the comments!

Get on your new neighbors good side by gifting a fantastic housewarming gift (for under $5). It's the thought that counts, but a gift is great, too!

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