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Housewarming Bucket

Introduction

Instead of offering the usual plate of cookies, welcome new neighbors with a bucket of practical items they'll need while settling into their new home.

Steps

  1. Step 1

Source
Martha Stewart Living, September 2007

Reviews (29)

  • GiveLuv Gift Cards 25 Mar, 2013

    This is an awesome gift! I'm a real estate agent and always give Housewarming gifts

  • MACLARK2236 9 Jan, 2013

    Love this idea! This is always my first choice as a realtor for great housewarming gifts

  • coco1101 22 Mar, 2011

    Handy Kate: Sorry I am not much of a crafter...not to handy either so to speak... But I love this idea in a big way... What could be better when you move??? I especially liked your idea to include a plunger BUT....

    How do you decorate the handle?????? Please reply, love your idea.

  • WoobyGirl 22 Mar, 2011

    On your computer, type up a list of local and community necessities with phone numbers, such as Fire Dept, Police, hardware store, doctors, Veterinarians, electrician, plumber, pharmacy, etc.

  • KGSmith 21 Mar, 2011

    Especially if you have little ones, some of the first things you need when you're in a new home are paper/plastic products, such as cups, napkins, plates, and utensils. That way there's something to eat on/with until the dishes are unpacked.

  • 3fluffyladies 21 Mar, 2011

    A clock would be nice also.

  • Cat_K 27 Mar, 2010

    Definatly add toilet paper and paper towels .. Goo Gone like in the picture is helpful too. I'd add 3M hoos/tabs as they're great for hanging things and bottled water. Handsoap is totally useful too, and no one thinks to have it readily avilable. Scissors too.

  • cherylstiles 12 Mar, 2010

    Don't forget the SMOKE DETECTOR!

  • cherylstiles 12 Mar, 2010

    How about adding to that bucket tags for utility wires etc. . a person should know which knob shuts off the hose in the yard vs. the water upstairs (my sister had to mark hers) Also, batteries,

  • tbears10 11 Mar, 2010

    A good percentage of these items are available at the local dollar store. Personally I'd LOVE a little bag of cookies hanging off the side. Yummmmmmm, LOL

  • tbears10 11 Mar, 2010

    A good percentage of these items are available at the local dollar store. Personally I'd LOVE a little bag of cookies hanging off the side. Yummmmmmm, LOL

  • HandyKate 11 Mar, 2010

    No one mentioned a toilet plunger. You never remember you need one until you NEED one. Decorate the handle and you will double the laughs!

  • GabbyCal 11 Mar, 2010

    I have to ask whether the person who came up with this idea has moved much. I have and I'm the first to stop by to welcome new neighbors with ice/drinks; coffee/milk/donuts; sandwiches, etc. Look at the contents of this bucket and do a rough estimate of the cost. That's a hefty investment for people who when the day is done may or may not have enough common interests with you to become close friends.

  • harvard44 11 Mar, 2010

    Nice idea but how about a list of the possible goodies to include?

  • twoquail 11 Mar, 2010

    My husband was a realtor...on moving in day I would take a bucket with a bag of ice, drinks and a package of toilet paper! Drinks were always appreciated and the toilet paper always got a few laughs!!

  • LynnAVL 11 Mar, 2010

    Reminds me of a gift I once recieved for a house warming. It was a large trash can filled with yard tools. It was just what I needed for my new yard.

  • weamond 11 Mar, 2010

    I'm a REALTOR, what a GREAT idea for a closing gift!

  • Hooligangirl 11 Mar, 2010

    Love this iidea... and the basic bucket can be adapted for all kinds of occasions (happy or sad)...

  • whiskygrl 11 Mar, 2010

    great idea, i did this for a friend of mine that just moved into her first house after her husband passed away and filled it with pink tools and a how to book on basic home maintenance, she was thrilled and has become a great handy woman.

  • GreenE 11 Mar, 2010

    Indeed, a wonderful idea! Love the comments and will add one ;) Use similar bucket and fill with magazine, little notes paper, chocolates, tissues and maybe some past photo's for a senior in assisted living/nursing home.

  • carolkmb 11 Mar, 2010

    On not such a happy note, I have made what I call a "berievement" basket to take to friends who have had a family member pass away. I include things that will come in handy when unscheduled guests arrive for the funeral: paper towels, paper napkins, toilet paper, soda, coffee

  • Shelly109 11 Mar, 2010

    great idea! but yes - definitely could use a suggestion list to get the creative juices flowing.

  • BusyVee 11 Mar, 2010

    Can you provide a list of all the items in the the bucket? thank you!

  • lorettakay 11 Mar, 2010

    I've done this in the past with wedding/baby showers. I've filled plastic laundry baskets and tall kitchen garbage cans with extension cords, light bulbs, manual can opener, kitchen and bathroom essentials and for baby, toys, lotions, powders, t-shirts, diapers, crib/basinette sheets, etc. It can get expensive, so start shopping early. You'll end up being more creative, also.

  • SHAARONW 10 Oct, 2008

    My niece has 3 hyper-active pre-teen boys so I figured that they would need toilet paper, hand soap, towels, light bulbs and dish soap before they would be able to find them in the packing boxes, so I showed up with these at the new house on moving day along with a rechargeable fire extinguisher.

  • juletta 22 Aug, 2008

    This is a great idea. My son just moved into an apartment and I will do this for him. I agree a list of ideas would be so much easier to work from. Thanks for the idea!

  • minnie 17 Jun, 2008

    Wonderful idea. I bought a colorful scrub/utility bucket, decorated it with ribgbon and a bow and filled it with different cleaners and rags as well as some of the things seen in Martha's picture above.

  • minnie 17 Jun, 2008

    Wonderful idea. I bought a colorful scrub/utility bucket, decorated it with ribgbon and a bow and filled it with different cleaners and rags as well as some of the things seen in Martha's picture above.

  • trekkiemom 6 Jun, 2008

    It would have been nice to have a list to work from. I know there's a picture, but lists for these kinds of things make sense. :)