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Old 30-08-2007, 11:41 AM
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Hi Guys!

My cousin and her husband are just about to complete on their first house. She is expecting a house warming gift, and would expect it to be expensive .

I don't have much spare cash and was wondering if anyone had any ideas for cheap, but nice presents. They currently live together and have recently got married so have a lot of stuff.

Part of me isn't happy about giving her anything as she expects it and has already been asking people what they are going to give her , but I know it will be wrong it I don't and to be honest I like an easy life!!

All ideas will be welcome.

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Old 30-08-2007, 11:46 AM
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Know what you mean .... I would feel the same!!! Actually my MIL is like that every birthday and xmas.

Don't know what to suggest other than have a look in TX Maxx or somewhere like that in their homewares dept. Got a nice crystal vase in there once for a tenner.

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Old 30-08-2007, 11:48 AM
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A Housewarming gift in my eyes is a pot plant or similar. They already have furntiture etc so it seems like they are after something for nothing! Stick to what you can manage and do not be sucked into paying too much for something that will gather dust and will then be sold on at a carboot sale when they declutter!
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Old 30-08-2007, 11:49 AM
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I know, she's like this with everything, I'm dreading the day her baby is due although that's after the new year!
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Old 30-08-2007, 11:51 AM
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babies are much easier - think of all the sale bargains around Xmas
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I did see some lovely an inexpensive bird feeders which I know her husband would love, I don't think she would be to impressed though!
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Old 30-08-2007, 11:54 AM
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sounds perfect
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housewarming gift... buy a large terocota pot (approx £2) then buy some crystals (not the real ones) fake ones from a hobby shop and glue (approx £3) and decorate the pot (free) then go to the garden centre and buy some flowers to fill the said pot (approx <£5) total approx £10 and if you have £10 spare a £10 garden voucher :confused: = £20

baby gift... nappy cake (see the special occasion board) approx £25 and recycle one fo you xmas gift sets (smellies) for the mother or is that just too savey

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babies are much easier - think of all the sale bargains around Xmas
That was my thinking, I should be able to get, baby shower (I know she'll have one!), Birth and First Christmas if I think about it. Oh and Christening.
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Super Pap

That's great! I'm just not that up to speed, I've really only just started thinking about Christmas!!

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for Christenings they do a lovely silver cross chain in Argos for a fiver, comes in a little bible gift box too
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I agree with the OP's. A nice planter, some nice flowers , the bird feeders sound great. Or why not make her some nice home made muffins or cookies? You could get a pretty tin or perhaps a storage jar(Got a lovely one from IKEA for 1.15 last week). She sounds a nightmare!! Have fun.
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Old 30-08-2007, 12:09 PM
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I'm sure I'll think of something. Planter sounds good, I'll have a look in the sales on Saturday (assuming that they are still running!)

Oh and she is a nightmare!
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Are you crafty? (I mean crafty-arty, not crafty-sneaky!)

postingalwaysposting's idea of the plant pot is good, and there are lots of things you could make looks good:

- Papier-mache plant pots (again), decorative bowl / vase, or a pretty plate to put candles on (make sure you fireproof it!!!)
- Sew / embroider a nice cushion or throw
- Paint a canvas (these days, large plain blocks of colour are popular so doesn't have to be a work of art to look expensive). Paint can be emulsion samples.

I had a lovely housewarming present once, which was very simple - a goldfish bowl with glass nuggets and shapes (in this case fish), and co-rdinated floating candles. Filled up with water, it was a bit special and looked great in the bathroom, but couldn't have been more than 8-10.

It also depends on whether your friend appreciates the personal touch - some people are unduly snobby and think that homemade means cheap... but you don't have to tell her! Peel a 60 price tag off something and pretend you accidentally left it on :-D
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Old 30-08-2007, 12:14 PM
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I am a bit arty but i am not sure she would like it. But really does it matter? she should be grateful she's getting anything.

I bought a friend of ours a bottle of wine, which we sat in the garden drinking a couple of weeks later.
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For my friend's housewarming in July I went to Debenhams and they had some beautiful glasses (the type you might drink vodka+mixer out of or even juice! - she hates wine) on sale down from 6 each to 1.something. I got 4 and then bought a gift box (couple of quid) and put them in it. She loved it, it looked great and was cheap! You could try there - wasn't so long ago.
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She does sound a nightmare! Shame you feel obliged to bother.

Was wondering if you have any clubcard vouchers and could get a subscription to "good housekeeping" or someother homes magazine.

Or check out one of the magazine sites as they sometimes have a free gift with subscription too.

Good Luck!
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How about lots of home made sweets, things like truffles, fudge etc? There are lots of really easy recipes on the Old Style recipe database. You could buy some little clear bags, tie with ribbon and pop them all in a suitably sized basket from somewhere like Wilko's and if you can stretch to it, add a bottle of Cava in the middle.
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I've done the bottle of wine gift for housewarmings, alos a B&Q or Gardening voucher for the garden
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One of the nicest housewarming gifts I ever got was a student friend of mine went round the area we were buying in and picked up all the takeaway menu's, got maps for the nearest cinema's, shops, hairdressers, vets. Found out when the bin day/recycling day was and phone numbers for window cleaners and milkman and put them all in a pretty file for us. She then gave us this tied up in a big ribbon with a little pot plant.
It was just fantastic and so invaluable.
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