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Traditional Housewarming Gifts and Their Meanings

traditional housewarming gifts and their meanings

Upon your move into a new place, have any of your friends or family ever handed you a container of salt? It’s kind of a confusing, and seemingly random, thing. However, there are heartfelt, longstanding meanings behind those traditional housewarming gifts that predate even your grandmother’s household traditions – and we’ve broken them all down for you!

Traditional Housewarming Gifts

Traditional Housewarming Gift #1: BreadBread 

Bread is said to be given so that “your house may never go hungry”. It most likely is also related to the concept of loved ones breaking bread together.


“May your life always have flavor and spice” or, rephrased, “may your life always be interesting and enjoyable.”


“May you never go thirsty” and “May you always have joy and cheer”Traditional Housewarming Gift #4: Honey

Sugar or Honey

“May your life always be sweet” or “May you always enjoy the sweetness that life has to offer”


“May your house always be clean and free of evil and bad luck”


“May your house always have light” or “May you always have light in your darkest hours”, meaning they wish for you to be able to persevere through the hard times.

Traditional Housewarming Gift #7: CoinCoin

“May you receive good fortune and luck”

Olive Oil

“May you always have good well-being and health”


“May your house always have stability, harmony, and a solid familial foundation”

House Plant

“May your house always have life”, which could mean that they wish for your home to be “full”, in having company, or instead tying back into the statement for olive oil, meaning you, yourself, are in good health and doing well in all aspects of life.

I hope you enjoyed this article about traditional housewarming gifts! Let me know if it was of any help to you.

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