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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 meanings behind those housewarming gifts that predate even your grandmother’s household traditions.

Bread
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.

Salt
“May your life always have flavor and spice”

Wine
“May you never go thirsty” and “May you always have joy and cheer”

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

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

Candle
“May your house always have light” or “May you always have light in your darkest hours”

Coin
“May you receive good fortune and luck”

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

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

House Plant
“May your house always have life”