25 Best Housewarming Gifts for New Homeowners
From entertaining essentials to cozy must-haves, these are the best housewarming gifts to help new homeowners (or apartment dwellers) celebrate.
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Securing the keys to a new space is cause for celebration. Whether your loved one is closing on their first home, moving to a new city or decorating a new apartment, help them commemorate the occasion with a thoughtful gift.
We found the best housewarming gifts for every type of homeowner. From cozy finds, to fragrances and decor, these picks quite literally warm their new digs with love.
New Home Candle
Much like a new car, a new home has a scent all its own, and this candle helps make the most of it. It’s a fresh, clean combination of cedarwood, sandalwood, musk and jasmine, great for burning in any room of the house. These food-scented candles are great, too.
Ode to Home State Pillow
If their new home is taking them to a new state, gift them a memento from their former roots. This ode to home state pillow hits all the right notes—and may even make them tear up. The front is adorned with beautiful illustrations of state icons while the back carries a sweet poem with references to their former home state.
Brighten their new digs with a low-maintenance houseplant. A snake plant is one of the best housewarming gifts because it’s believed to release positive energy and cultivate good luck. All that’s left is picking a pretty pot for this beauty!
Coasters can be an afterthought—that is, until a drink stains the homeowner’s nice new coffee table. That’s why they make a great gift, and we’re big fans of these charming agate coasters. They’re as beautiful as they are functional.
It’s called a housewarming gift for a reason, and what better way to “warm” your loved one’s new pad than with a cozy cashmere candle? Patchouli, vanilla and a hint of lime will fill their home with cozy warmth. It’s almost too pretty to burn!
Whether they’ve closed on a new home or moved into a new apartment, it’s a cause for celebration, nonetheless. Treat them to a wine subscription to help them celebrate by popping the bubbly (or bottle of red or white). It keeps the celebration going for weeks—or months. These food of the month clubs are also a good idea.
Seasonal Wreath Subscription
Now that they’re homeowners, they’ll have a front door to decorate as they please. This wreath subscription sends them a fresh wreath each season, full of the colors and details unique to the time of year. They’ll have the prettiest front door on the block (or hall)!
Pretty Board Game
Classic board games like Monopoly should basically be required for anyone with a new home or apartment. But why opt for regular Monopoly when you can have pretty Monopoly? It’s a coffee table decoration, really, and it’s guaranteed to draw compliments when guests come around.
Personalized Cheese Board
We can’t recommend cheese board gift ideas enough. Fit for any occasion, they’re pretty, functional and best of all, yummy. A personalized cheese board makes one of the best housewarming gifts. And if they love hosting guests, they’ll get plenty of uses out of it. We love this wood and marble pick because it’s functional and elegant.
Every new house deserves lots of comfy textiles to make it feel like home. This beloved throw blanket from Brooklinen is made of soft, warm, sustainably-sourced wool in a neutral gray color that creates a serene feeling no matter where they place it.
New Home Gift Box
When in doubt, care packages make a thoughtful housewarming gift. Send your congrats for planting new roots with this succulent gift box. It boasts all the essentials for “warming” their new place: A candle, houseplant and soothing soap.
Movie Night Set
Here’s one of the best housewarming gifts they’ll look forward to using over and over again. This popcorn variety pack has everything they need to season their next movie night—literally. Pair with their favorite drink or candy for the ultimate gift. Speaking of snacks, here are the best housewarming party food ideas.
Whether they’re starting fresh with their cookware or appreciate the latest and greatest kitchen gadgets, the Our Place Always Pan makes a beautiful housewarming gift. The Our Place Pan is loved by one of editors and is so pretty it doubles as stovetop decor. As a saute pan, fry pan, steamer, nonstick skillet, braiser and serving dish, it’s meant to be the only pan they need—or want—to use. (We’re suckers for the lavender hue!).
There are regular doormats, and then there are Ruggable doormats. This personalized pick adds character to their front door, but the best part? It’s washable, so it stands up to grimy tracks from little ones and doggos alike. The brand also makes kitchen and bath mats.
Wine gifts also make the best housewarming gifts. And we’re going to bet they don’t already have these unique wine glasses. Elegant and sturdy, they’re an affordable yet high quality gift for nearly any occasion, housewarmings included. They’re so pretty we’re tempted to gift them to ourselves as a little treat!
Smart Fragrance Diffuser
Help them keep their new digs smelling fresh with a smart fragrance diffuser. They can set schedules via an app for when to diffuse the fragrances, which come in a variety of fan-favorite scents from Capri Blue (you know, like the iconic volcano candles) and seasonal scents. As someone with a Pura fragrance diffuser, I’m in awe over the scent collection and that I get to choose when I want them diffused. I want to add one to every room in my apartment.
A decoration and cooking gift all in one, an herb garden instantly adds curb appeal—even if they’re technically living indoors. And if they’re not big on cooking with herbs, they make fun drink garnishes or window sill decoration, too. Best of all? They don’t need a green thumb to keep them alive.
Sunny Spoon Rest
File this under best housewarming gifts for cooks. This spoon rest adds cheer to the mundane moments (although if they love to cook then time in the kitchen is never mundane). No matter their decorating aesthetic, it’s a fun vintage-inspired piece to welcome their new kitchen.
Minimalist Utensil Crock
What’s better than a pretty utensil crock? One that doubles as a wine chiller! This sturdy yet minimalist utensil crock adds modern flair to any kitchen aesthetic. Gift it with a bottle of wine inside for one of the best housewarming gifts.
Conversation Card Game
Whether you’re attending a housewarming party or sending congrats from a far, a conversational card game is a fun gift idea for the loved one who loves hosting friends and family. The “Where Should We Begin?” game is all about storytelling and getting to know people. It’s the perfect go-to when guests come over, and it helps inspire new table topics with new friends.
Take it to the next level with a tricked out espresso machine. They’ll look forward to their morning—or evening—espresso all day, everyday. It’s a treat for you, too, when you come over to their new pad.
Home Sweet Home Ornament
This adorable home sweet home ornament is the perfect Christmas gift for the new homeowner on your list. It’s personalized with their name and year they moved in. Even if they’ve been living there for a year or two it’s a special way to help them remember the occasion.
Here’s a housewarming gift idea you probably haven’t seen before. For when your loved one is hosting parties or hanging out with friends, they’ll love capturing all the little moments with this polaroid camera. It’s a fun way to welcome guests into their home (everyone must take their own polaroid picture to enter!) and collect mementos. When they’ve printed a handful of pics, they make a heartfelt keepsake when displayed in a large frame.
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