Strange Housewarming Gifts
It can be a great idea to have a housewarming party after purchasing a home. This is where you can get all the little knickknacks that you wouldn’t think to buy on your own and maybe the more common, coffee maker. Some people take the gift giving to another level and are the reason “regifting” was invented. Whether given as a gag or a sincere gift, some gifts are just too creepy to be taken seriously. Here are five of the strangest gifts given at a housewarming.
1. Stuffed deer head
I guess this means you are literally a “deer friend” to them.
“When my wife and I moved to southern Ohio, some neighbors came over to introduce themselves right when we moved in. Most people brought food and wine as housewarming gifts, but one guy brought us a deer head. A trophy mounted, taxidermy deer head. He said something like, ‘It’s for your living room!’ My wife was so grossed out that we put it in the garage and left it there even after we moved.” – Jeremy Kendall, Putnam County, NY
2. A shower head
Perhaps this gift is more of a message.
“I moved into a place in Queens, NY, and my aunt bought me a shower head for no reason. The weird thing about it was that my aunt was a very ‘frilly’ lady. Everything she wore or owned had sequins or ruffles on it, so to get something as utilitarian as a shower head—wrapped in nothing more than a brown paper bag—was very strange.” – Trish D., Long Island, NY
Although, some shower heads are extremely fancy and have multiple spray settings and would make a nice gift.
3. A broom
It’s as if the giver is saying, “This place is dirty, you’re going to need this.”
“I recently moved to Los Angeles with my girlfriend. A friend of a friend welcomed me to town with a broom. It wasn’t any sort of special broom, but he said he’d recently bought one and it was the best broom he’d ever used in his life. That apartment had hardwood floors, so it did end up being a pretty solid broom. Still, it was an odd thing to receive as a gift.” – Owen Neil, Los Angeles, CA
4. A Plunger
Ok, this one is strange. What was she thinking?
“My aunt gave me a plunger for my new house. If that wasn’t weird enough, she wrapped it in tin foil. There was not gift receipt or tag on the plunger. I really just hope to God, it was new.” – Linda B, Huntington, CA
5. 12 pineapples
Who doesn’t need a dozen pineapples, right?
“When I was a kid, my family moved to South Carolina. About a week after we moved in, a series of neighbors showed up to our front door with pineapples. Whole pineapples. We had more than a dozen at one point. Apparently, the pineapple is a symbol of hospitality. My mom made pineapple everything for the next few weeks.” – Jeff Ashworthy, New York, NY
6. Decade-old spices
“So, you thought I said I wanted to have a good thyme”
“My parents have keys to my place. One day after I moved in, I showed up after they were supposed to feed my cat. There’s this spice rack, from 1993, with geese on it, sitting on my counter with a bow. It was a spice rack from their house—I remember it from when I was a kid. They got new stuff, so they gave it to me. I never asked for it, never wanted it. The best part is that there were spices in it—from 1993.” – Will H., Cleveland, OH
7. Lots of Candy
Was it a gift or an attempt to get rid of the evidence?
“A friend brought us a basket of candy to welcome us to the neighborhood. Not a small basket, it was like the size of a laundry hamper. I think she worked at a candy wholesaler nearby and just decided to load us up. We ate some of it, but could barely make a dent in it. We probably got a few cavities, too.” – Al Crespo, Denver, CO
8. Fish tank, complete with a fish
Just a tip, never give someone a gift that eats. That’s not a gift, it’s a responsibility.
“One of our neighbors gave us a small fishbowl with a goldfish in it. I’m not sure if she thought we needed the company or what. We couldn’t flush him, so we named him Scooter. I think we had him for a full five years before he finally passed away. RIP, Scooter.” – Carlos & Karla M., Plainville, CT
9. A batting helmet
“I moved to Colorado and my neighbor brought over as a gift a batting helmet from the local high school. He talked for about a half hour on how great the baseball program was without ever asking if I had kids of high school age. Needless to say, I avoid making eye contact, especially during baseball season.”— Mike B, Colorado.
10. A dead scorpion
Yes, a dead scorpion…
“I lived in Utah for a little while. An eccentric neighbor welcomed me to the area by giving me a dead scorpion encased in a little glass orb. It was a paperweight, and it was actually pretty cool—something I feel like I could’ve only gotten out West. But, it definitely weirded a lot of people out.” – Morgan Lynn, Atlanta, GA