Whether your friends or family are moving into their first home or fourth, a great housewarming gift is always a thoughtful gesture.
A housewarming gift is a beautiful way to wish the new homeowners wellness and prosperity in the abode they’ve chosen to lay their head. It’s offering up something special for their new space to remind them that they have awesome people (that’s you) in their life.
Whether the newly minted homeowners host an official housewarming party or opt out of that tradition doesn’t matter. They’ll still appreciate a carefully-considered gift that suits their style and personalities and are sure to have you over for a games night or dinner when they’re properly settled in.
Not sure where to begin when it comes to finding the perfect housewarming gift? No problem, we’ve done the legwork because, well, we sort of kind of love all things went gift-related. We picked out our cream-of-the-crop gift ideas, including some that are awesome just because. And, some that are super practical — especially perfect for the first-time homeowner!
Best Housewarming Gifts
1. Personalized Rustic Serving Tray
Gorgeous stained pine and cast iron make a magnificent serving tray. Make especially exceptional gift when you personalize it with their newly acquired zip code! Add a round of their favourite cheese, some fancy crackers and hot pepper jelly, and they’ll be all set for those impromptu neighbour drop-ins that are bound to happen.
2. Moscow Mule Set
Everyone deserves a gift this posh. Solid copper mule mugs hand-hammered by artisans in India are impressive enough. Add a solid copper shot glass and straws, throw in some mango wood coasters, put it all in a beautiful gift box, and *voila*. Your gift just went from “nice” to “wow!”
3. Line-Drawn Home Portrait
If you have a friend moving into their “forever home,” have it immortalized in a drawing. These home portraits are so classy and unique.
Just choose the frame and style, upload a photo of the home, and the designers at Minted will sketch it, matte it, and frame it for gifting. It’s an excellent piece for passing on to grown children as they set out into the wide world and will serve as a comforting reminder of where they came from.
4. Map Blanket
This shop can turn a map of the new ‘hood into just about anything, but we liked this blanket in particular. A cozy fleece blanket for napping on the couch is just the thing to make anyone feel at home in their new abode.
5. Luxurious Candles
Luxuriously rich (without being overbearing), these candles will fill the whole house with a beautiful scent. Choose from aromas such as sandalwood, vanilla, winter, spruce, and rose (to name just some) and help make their new house smell welcoming and homey.
6. Mason Jar Plaque
This plaque would look so cute in a kitchen or casual dining room. We’re not sure when mason jars became a symbol for ‘home’, but it just seems to make perfect sense to us. The plaques come in white with white-gold or green with gold- both are fantastic, so you really can’t go wrong.
7. Custom Pillow
A throw pillow with their new address and a few sentiments about home is such a great gift for someone getting settled into a new place. This one is handmade from soft cotton with your choice of size and ink color.
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Modern and classy were the first two words that came to mind when we found these earthenware vases from West Elm. Whether you give them as a set or solo, we think they’d look great just about anywhere. Add a fresh bouquet of flowers or stylish branches for an extra ‘wow’ factor.
9. Starburst Bowl
This bowl is so unique, it’s sure to draw plenty of compliments. Its design is described as being inspired by a mid-20th century antique and the clean lines in solid brass certainly reflect a modern 1950s aesthetic. The bowl also features a felt base to keep it in place without scratching table surfaces – practical AND posh!
10. Plant & Plant Pot
by West Elm
These pretty, multi-sized earthenware pots are a great gift! Especially if you include a philodendron or bromeliad to symbolize flourishing life and health in the new abode. We really like how the different sizes look better together. The neutral is such a flexible color, it’ll compliment any decor.
11. Record Doormat
Made from polyester and rubber, these personalized record doormats almost look real! Have their family name printed on the label for a meaningful housewarming present they’ll love for years to come.
12. Tilted Wine Decanter
Wine decanters with ice pockets in the center are the best thing since, well, regular wine decanters! If you’ve got friends settling into a new home who prefer their wine chilled, they’ll get a lot of use out of this one. Just make sure they invite you to dinner to toast the new place!
Practical Gifts And Gift Ideas For The New Homeowner
13. The Martha Manual
Does Martha Stewart have no limits to the breadth and scope of her domestic knowledge? No. No, she does not. That’s why every new homeowner should have the Martha Manual – basically the bible of comfortable living. She can teach them how to build a fire in that new deckside fire pit, how to successfully fold fitted sheets (this alone makes it worthy of gifting!), how to organize like a closet like a BOSS, and much more. Get a copy for them, then get one for yourself. You won’t regret it.
14. Grilling Tools
Hopefully, your newly-housed loved ones have a grill. If not, pool your bucks with a bunch of your mutual friends and get them one, then get them this excellent set of grilling tools! They come in a personalized laser-engraved bamboo box with a grilling spatula, fork, and tongs.
15. Salvaged Wood Cookbook & Tablet Stand
This cookbook and tablet stand is rustic yet still so feminine. We loved the brass embellishments, and each piece is handcrafted by skilled artisans in India from reclaimed mango wood. It’ll be a wonderful addition to the kitchen counter!
16. Electric Wine Bottle Opener
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An electric wine bottle opener may seem kind of frivolous. Still, it’s practical purposes are tried and true by a number of our staff members. They all attest they’re particularly handy when hosting dinner parties, and you’ve got to keep the wine flowing. It makes quick work of a sometimes awkward job.
17. Custom Kitchen Towel
Everyone needs a good set of dish towels, and these are better than your average set. Waffle woven out of a thirsty poly blend, they’re as useful as they are cute. Personalize them with the happy family’s name to make them extra show-worthy in the new kitchen.
Home Is Where The Heart Is
Cliche saying? Yes, but it’s also absolutely true. It’s such a great feeling to settle into a new place and make it your own. When you get thoughtful gifts from friends and family that contribute to that settling, it’s even better.
If you’re lucky, maybe they’ll take the hint from all that new kitchen stuff they’ve received and throw a dinner party to celebrate! Just remember to bring the wine. And cake – bring cake too. Everyone loves cake.
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