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Summary: Invited to a Home Warming Party and racking your brains for an appropriate gift Read on and find you answer what present should you buy for a new home!
Some religions view their place of residence as an important factor and believe that one's neighbors are an important factor in one's spiritual level. Therefore, when a Jewish person moves to a new house and holds a "Dedication of the Home" party known in Hebrew as a Chanukat HaBayit it is a lovely opportunity for friends and family to gather together, celebrate with .the new home owners and to bless them. Words of Torah are often spoken at such events and people are invited in to eat a snack and share in the home-owners' happiness. It is a nice idea to bring along a gift to such occasions and we're going to give you some ideas of appropriate gifts for such an occasion. Although some of the ideas are more aimed at Jewish home-owners we believe that there will be ideas here that can be applicable to any new home owners…
Classic and Dependable Gifts…
There are always gifts that are classic and almost faultless and one can bring them knowing that it will be appropriate and appreciated. To a Jewish Dedication of the Home party one can be sure that bringing a Mezuzah is a good move. The Mezuzah is the oblong box that is hung on the right-hand doorpost of every room in the house. Such a gift is especially appropriate for newly-weds who may not have received enough Mezuzahs at their wedding to cover all of their new doorposts. Mezuzahs also range in price, style, color and pattern which means that you should be able find one that it appropriate no matter what your price-range or what their style is.
Another great, classic gift is a "Blessing for the Home." People like to hang Hebrew/English passages by the entrance to their homes which is basically a blessing for the inhabitants of the house, wishing them good luck, health, happiness and prosperity in their new abode and hoping that no detrimental forces will enter the house.
In the event that the home-owners are of a different faith, find out what is considered a suitable religious gift for the occasion of a Home Warming and buy them something based on your research. Such gifts will be even more appreciated due to the thought you put into them…
For the Artsy types
If you know that the hosts of the Home Dedication Party enjoy adorning the walls of their home with pieces of art then it is easy to find a Jewish piece of art that will fit their taste. One can find a piece that will fit one's budget as well as one's friends' style from among the countless Jewish artists on the market. Adding color to the walls of the new house will surely give the home owners much pleasure.
If you know that the home owners are a young married couple of recent returnees to a more religious lifestyle, it may be worth finding out if they are lacking religious ceremonial objects such as a Menorah, Shabbat Candlesticks, a Kiddush Cup, etc.
There are so many gorgeous Judaica pieces on the market today and if the new home owners are very good friends or family members then it will not be considered outrageous to buy them such an object which tends to be more expensive but will be appreciated for many, many years to come. Each time they will use the objects on a daily or weekly basis or even just when the festival comes around on which they need to use it, you will be held accountable for the smile that adorns their face on viewing the beautiful object you have bestowed upon them that allows them to celebrate their Jewishness in a more refined manner.
Once again, if the home-owners are of a different faith find out what they'd appreciate receiving that is related to their religion. There is something very moving about a person of a different faith being respectful of his friend's or family's beliefs and buying an appropriate gift…
For the Ones who like Practical Gifts
Many a home owner will appreciate a gift that they can use and apart from the option of buying a Judaica object, you may want to consider buying your friends or family who have moved into a new house a more "mundane" object that is both attractive and practical. Such objects would include a fruit bowl, wine bottle holder, napkin holder, coasters, trivet, etc. Such objects will be appreciated for their usability yet at the same time can be very attractive which leads to much enjoyment on the home-owners part as they will truly enjoy using these mundane yet gorgeous pieces.