When your bestie buys her first home, there are three kinds of guests who come to her housewarming party: There’s the friend who grabs a bottle of bottom-shelf wine off his own counter at the last minute. There’s the acquaintance who shows up with a $850 leather backgammon set from Barneys—because that’s what every new homeowner needs. Then there’s you.
You want to bring something more thoughtful than a candle and less expensive than your rent. But what’s the best way to go? We’ve done the legwork for you and tracked down seven great housewarming gifts. Best of all, they’re all local—available right here in Western North Carolina. Best best of all? They’re all under $20.
White Sage Smudge from Herbiary, $8
Smudging with white sage is an ancient way to purify oneself and the environment—a perfect gift for a new homeowner. Once lit, the sage can stay in a container or be moved about the space as the plant spirits cleanse any unwanted energy. Located on North Market Street in downtown Asheville, Herbiary also has herbs, books, oils, and all kind of plant-based products.
Buy it now: herbiary.com.
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Icon Portraits from Tony Corbitt, Jr., $10+
Western North Carolina is full of amazing local art! While the price of original local art can vary widely, it’s very possible to find some really incredible pieces for very affordable prices. These celebrity portraits were spotted this week at Kress Emporium. Browse Kress, ZaPow, Woolworth Walk and other local galleries and retail outlets for the perfect item.
See it now: thekressemporium.com
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Down Home Spice Mix Variety Pack from Spice It Up, $12.95
Give the gift of several delicious dinners! This spice mix sampler includes 1/3 ounce each of Pork Rub, Savory Beef Rub, Juniper Berry and Peppercorn Rub, Red Cloud Game Seasoning, and Ginger-Citrus-Pepper Rub. Spice It Up is Black Mountain’s source for high quality, exotic teas, spice blends, oils and vinegars, and hot sauces. There’s something for every taste!
Buy it now: spiceitupinc.com
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Teacupcakes Baking Cups from Commerce Street Mercantile, $16
For friends who finally have the kitchen they always wanted, why not give the gift of baking whimsy? These four reusable, food-safe silicone baking cups come complete with saucers for an adorable presentation. Find them at Commerce Street Mercantile, a mid-century-inspired gift shop located in the historic Frog Level warehouse district of Waynesville.
Buy it now: retrogiftstore.com
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Hand-Beaded Hummingbird Ornament from All Nations Trading, $16.95
Bring a little color to the housewarming party. These gorgeous Mayan Indian hand-beaded hummingbirds are bright and cheery and look great from every angle. Choose the Ruby Throated Green or one of the rainbow styles. All Nations Trading in downtown Hendersonville works with artists from all tribes and takes great pride in every piece in the store.
Buy it now: spiritfeather.com
Archipelago Botanicals Milk Bubble Bath from L.O.F.T., $18.95
Dried milk solids and soy, oat, and rice proteins combine to produce a luxurious bubble bath that your friends will love after a hard move. If they’re not the bubble bath type, L.O.F.T. (Lost Objects, Found Treasures) has a variety of silly, naughty, pet, and practical gifts for anyone you know. Check them out on Broadway in downtown Asheville.
Buy it now: loftofasheville.com
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The Perfect Plant from A Growing Concern, $20
Is a house really a home until it has a plant? For more than thirty years, A Growing Concern Garden Center and Landscaping Company has provided Hendersonville with the best selection of quality ornamental trees and shrubs, conifers, tropicals and perennials. Whether your friend has a green thumb or requires something a little heartier, they have what you need.
See it now: agrowingconcerngc.com