Flying the nest
As you’re moving into that phase of your life, where you fly the nest and make it out on your own in the world, you come to realise VERY quickly just how much you took for granted at your family home – and I don’t mean your parents, food being cooked for you and bills being paid. I mean the things you don’t know you need until… well, until you NEED them. And trust me - you will come to need them and you will rage if you don’t.
When I first moved into my place, I thought I had it all and I was ready to ace domestic life. I had been so super pre-occupied with being able to flex my stylist hand in my own home that I didn’t think of the simpler things that would be a necessity. And then I needed to open a package. Turns out you need a pair of scissors to open things (mind blown). THEN, I needed to hang some artwork on the wall – I didn’t have a hammer. Don’t even get me started on when I needed to fill out a form… I didn’t even have pens. It’s these simple things that are always in a well-lived family home that you’re not going to realise you need until right up til’ the last second.
The frustration I felt set me on this mission to make sure my friends and family receive a housewarming gift that wasn’t only unique but a practical necessity. Here are some cool pressies to pass on to your friend when they move out or you could ask for yourself!
Handy tool-kitEver had to create furniture from flat pack? If you’re lucky enough to have purchased a flatpack that gives you all the tools you need - most times you’re going to find that you’re missing a few things. In this kit, I suggest only giving the basics, as tools can come at a hefty price.
- Tape measure
- Philips head set
- Allen key set
- Stanley knife
A great way to gift this to someone is to package it all up in a compact toolbox and either wrap it all up or chuck a bow on top.
Spick + Span kitI’m a bucket person. One bucket is never enough for me, and I always find use for them. You can soak clothes in there, carry water inside or out or throw up in after a night out – Plenty of options! So, this little kit might sound boring at first but you’re going to use it over and over.
- Bucket (obviously first)
- Rubbish bags
- Micro-fibre cloths
- Liquid cleaners (Windex, dishwash, handsoap, floor and toilet cleaner etc.)
- Gloves (especially when you move into an old rental)
- Bug spray
I’d present this in a bucket and like before, wrap it up or throw a bow on it.
Pencil it in kitAs I’ve said, I have been thrown a loop once before and never again where a pen is concerned. The way I see it, if you’re not needing a pen or pencil, a guest may have a need of it and being an awesome host who is prepared is something to aim towards.
- Pens! (Lots and lots of peeeens)
- Sticky tape
- Elastic bands
- Scissors (Notice a theme here?)
Who knew with email and phones you would ever need an envelope again. But if you’re paying cash or you have paperwork to hand over, you’re gonna find these guys more than useful. I love small vases and trivets as a way to hold my stationary, and suggest using something like this to gift this kit in.
Greenthumb kitBet you never thought you’d end up missing your dads garden shed, huh? This one goes out to all the budding green thumbs who want to raise some plant babies either indoors or out. I’m a notorious plant killer, but give me a plant sale and you betcha’, I’m gonna get myself another plant.
- Spading fork
- Self-watering spikes
- Garden gloves
- A pot with base!
If you’ve ever been to Bunnings on a weekend, you know every Tom, Dick and Harry are going to be there in full force. And when I’ve found a super cool plant and am in need of garden supplies to try and keep it alive - I do NOT want to be headed here and wish someone had of got me this kit. Give this little present over in a beautiful pot and wrap it up like a mini hamper of garden goodies.
Foody kitI didn’t move out of home until I was in my mid 20’s and I had grown up as a foodie in a foodie home. Little did I know that things I would brush off as not necessary on my first ever shop for the new place would end up being the essentials that I had taken for granted that were readily available at home. Prepare yourself or a mate with these pantry ESSENTIALS.
- Salt + Pepper
- Basic herbs + spices
- Matches (or lighter)
- Tea, coffee + sugar
- Oil + Vinegar
- Flour, baking soda + baking powder
Aiming for non-perishables allows you to have this stuff last for a long time even if you’re not a foodie yourself and you will come to need these things in time. You can always amp this kit up depending on how much of a foodie you or your friend is with wine, canned goods or fresh goods.
As boring as these gifts might seem to the people who need high priced or keepsake gifts when they move out, they are super practical and helpful when you’re starting out on your own. You’ll be ready for domestic life in no time with this stuff. I was super lucky in that, I had always wanted gifts to be for the day I moved out and had collected pots and pans, cutlery, knife sets and crockery before I flew the nest.
Hopefully these little kit ideas help you out. Comment below if there was anything you wished you had of had when you moved out!