Housewarming gifts and traditions have been occurring for longer than you may think. While no exact date is known of the first housewarming party, we do know that housewarming parties have been going on since medieval times. In medieval Europe, inexpensive household items were given to couples that were settling into new homes. The representation of these gifts is simply good wishes from the gift giver to the couple in their new home. The actual meaning of housewarming throughout history literally means ‘warming the home’ by starting a fire in the fireplace of the home. A modern twist to this meaning of warming the home is giving a candle. The symbolism of the candle as a housewarming gift is to bestow wishes of always having a light in their life to diminish dark times. Scented candles like those found here at FineGiftSoaps.com, particularly our LAFCO, Thymes, and Votivo candles, make the perfect gift for any housewarming shower.
Traditionally, bread was also given as a gift for newlyweds or at housewarming events. The gift of bread symbolized the wishes for there to always be ample and overflowing sustenance within the home and family. In modern times, the gift of bread has now transitioned to a bread maker. Ha! My, how times have changed. Additionally, the giving of olive oil meant the gift giver wished good health to the couple and giving different seasoning salts sent wishes that their life would be filled with flavor.
No matter the housewarming gift or tradition pursued, it’s a gift that comes from the heart, filled with well wishes for a promising future, that makes the best gift.