Do you have a friend or loved one that just bought a new house or condo? Whether they have an official housewarming party or not, it's always nice to send them a special gift.
If they're new homeowners moving into their first home, there are probably tons of things they need. But if they've just moved from their old house to a new home or a new apartment, it can be trickier to select a housewarming gift that they'll actually use.
In either case, make sure you bring a gift when you visit their new digs for the first time! Need some ideas on what to bring? Here are 17 of our favorite housewarming gift ideas to warm their heart and make their home more stylish, more functional and more unique.
Personalized gifts make for the most thoughtful housewarming gifts, if only for the fact that you took the extra time to customize it.
There are dozens of welcome mats for sale on Etsy, but we particularly love this personalized doormat for its cool, ombre design. It comes in a variety of sizes and can be printed with a variety of bold colors that make it a unique alternative to the traditional brown mat with black lettering.
You can have it printed with the new homeowners' names or a custom greeting to make it even more fun.
Available at Etsy, $35 and up
This sign is made from brushed steel and can be customized with the homeowner's first names at the top, last name and initial in the center, and the date they moved into the home at the bottom. They can hang it on their door, on the side of their house or on a shed.
It's a great way to distinguish their new house from their neighbors, especially if they live in a community where most of the houses look the same.
Available at Metal Unlimited, $39.95 and up
Regardless of their style or what they already have, a new set of bath towels is always a welcome gift! The Martha Stewart Collection Spa Bath Towels are some of our favorites, not just because they're super soft and absorbent, but because they come in a slew of great colors.
From classic, neutral colors to pretty pastel shades, these towels are perfect for use in any guest bath or master bath suite. Matching washcloths and bath sheets are also available.
Available at Macy's, $20 per towel
Jo Malone London makes some of the most incredible fragrances on the planet… and those beloved, coveted scents are also available in candles.
A Jo Malone London Candle is the perfect housewarming gift because it can be used in any room of the home. These candles come in a variety of amazing scents, but our favorite is far and away Orange Blossom. Burn this in your living room, bedroom or bathroom when you're in the mood to boost your mood.
Available at Macy's, $69
The best housewarming gifts are the ones that you know will get a lot of use. And for people who love to throw parties and entertain, a cool cocktail shaker is a must.
Made from stainless steel, the Viski Rocket Cocktail Shaker features a fun, playful design in the shape of a sleek rocket ship. It's whimsical, chic and completely functional – a perfect tool for making gimlets, Moscow mules, daiquiris and a ton of other tasty drinks!
Available at Macy's, $41.99
Nothing says congratulations quite like a bottle of wine. White, red or rosé, a single bottle of wine from your local liquor store is the perfect housewarming gift. And if you hand deliver it when you visit their new place for the first time, there’s a good chance you’ll get to enjoy it as well!
To make your gift even more impressive, create a gift set by pairing a bottle of wine with a Personalized Wine Serving Tray. This tray can be customized with a family name and year to commemorate the purchase of a new home, an anniversary or any other big occasion.
Available at Uncommon Goods, $85
Need a housewarming gift for someone who loves to entertain guests? The Tuscany Classics Stainless Ice Bucket is a beautiful addition to any bar or serving table.
This ice bucket features an elegant design with convenient side handles and double wall insulation, so you don’t have to worry about adding a liner. The clean lines and stainless finish make it super easy to coordinate with other drinkware and barware types.
Available at Wayfair, $72
Call them dish towels or call them tea towels, whatever name you prefer, cotton linens are an easy way to add some personal style to a kitchen. And of all the retailers that sell dish towels online, Anthropologie always seems to have the best selection.
We love this set of six Gabriella Dishcloths, made from soft cotton in an array of colorful vintage-inspired designs. But we’re equally as obsessed with these Fruit Dish Towes, which come in a set of three and feature vibrant fruit patterns and pop color trim.
Anthropologie has dozens of unique patterns and prints to choose from, so you’re sure to find dish towels to suit anyone’s personal style.
Available at Anthropologie, $28
A return address stamp is the sort of housewarming gift that you can be certain will get lots of use. This gift is available in a variety of sizes and fonts and can be easily customized with any name and address.
You can choose from a self-inking version or a classic version with a wooden handle. If you opt for the wooden handle variety, be sure to include an ink pad as well.
Available at Etsy, $18.74
No matter how big or small their new place may be, everyone can benefit from having some additional storage. This Macrame Catch-All Basket is ideal for anyone decorating their place with a boho, rustic or casual, laid back vibe.
These open top baskets come in a range of small, medium and large sizes, making them easy to use in clusters or place on any shelf or in any house corner.
Available at Urban Outfitters, $24 and up
Rustic and charming, the Mason Jar Indoor Herb Garden is a great option for anyone who likes to cook or grow plants. Each jar is sold separately and can be filled with your choice of basil, cilantro and other delicious smelling herbs.
This herb garden doesn’t require any messy dirt or planting or growing skills. It’s a hydroponic system where herbs grow in a reservoir of water.
Place one or two of these on a windowsill that gets sunlight and you’ll have growing success – even if you don’t have a green thumb.
Available at Uncommon Goods, $20 each
A new home or new apartment often means new furniture… and the best way to not ruin a brand new table is to always place a coaster beneath a drink.
Customizable with a name or a specific message, these Custom Wood Coasters are sure to be a hit. Handmade to order in natural bamboo, each coaster is neatly engraved with a name and wreath. They’re rustic, they’re natural and they’re an ideal housewarming gift.
Prefer some that’s more chic than rustic? These natural Agate Coasters from Anthropologie are a great alternative. Each one has its own individual characteristics and is trimmed with brass plating that adds a sleek, modern touch.
Available at Etsy, $28 and up
Celebrate where they’ve moved to or where they’ve come from with this State Cheese Board. The perfect serving platter for some brie, bread and grapes, this wooden cheese board isn’t for cutting – it’s for serving.
Available in the shape of any U.S. state, this bamboo cheese board exudes hometown pride. It’s a great gift for anyone who’s recently moved to a different state or moved back to the place they were born and raised.
Available at Uncommon Goods, $48
The money tree is known as a symbol of good fortune, and we don’t know any new homeowner who doesn’t want that! Pre-potted in a green ceramic pot, this Money Tree Plant has a cool, unique look with a braided tree trunk and lush leaves.
We love a money tree for its unusual braided trunk. But what we really love about this plant is that it’s super easy to take care of. Money trees require very little light and water. As long as it’s kept out of direct sunlight, it should grow and thrive!
Available at Harry & David, $34.99
If the new homeowner isn't a fan of candles, the Naturalist Collection Diffuser is a great alternative that will make their new home smell amazing.
Diffusers come in all different shapes and sizes and offer the option to enjoy all sorts of different aromas and essential oils. Our favorite is the Linen scent. It's fresh and clean with fruity accents, and it comes with a glass diffuser as well as an assortment of reed sticks.
Available at West Elm, $35
This Chopping Board from Hay is hygienic, useful and functional – but what we really love about it is that it comes in a bunch of unexpected colors.
This cutting board is made from polyethylene material that makes it perfect for chopping everything from meats and proteins to veggies, fruits, and cheeses. It’s the kind of gift they’ll use over and over again, and it’s a super easy way to add a pop of color to any kitchen.
There’s only one slight drawback to this awesome design – it is not dishwasher safe.
Available at Hay, $50
Made from natural white marble, the Marble Wine Cooler is an easy and stylish way to chill and keep a bottle of wine cold. The perfect alternative to an ice bucket, this marble cooler has a timeless, elegant look that’s ideal for placing on any tabletop or serving tray.
If the new homeowners aren’t big wine drinkers, it can also be used as a vase to hold flowers.
Available at Crate and Barrel, $29.95
What Should You Buy Someone for a Housewarming Gift?
Not sure what to buy a best friend or loved one that just moved into a new place? In addition to the ideas on this list, there are lots of other gifts you may want to consider.
Wall art, serving trays, coffee table books and throw blankets all make for excellent gifts – as long as you know the homeowner’s personal sense of style. Not sure of their particular design style? Wine glasses, coffee mugs, bakeware and cookware are all useful gifts that everyone can enjoy.
And, if you’re really at a loss for what to buy, you can take the quick and easy route and give the gift of an Amazon gift card. Gift cards may not be the most personal or memorable gift you can give, but there’s one thing we know for sure: they’re always appreciated!
You might also be interested in: The 17 Best Going Away Gifts to Say Bon Voyage
17 of our Favorite Housewarming Gift Ideas:
- Personalized Door Mat
- Personalized Family Name Sign
- Martha Stewart Bath Towels
- Jo Malone London Candle
- Viski Rocket Cocktail Shaker
- Classic Stainless Steel Ice Bucket
- Kitchen Dish Towels
- Return Address Stamp
- Storage Baskets
- Mason Jar Herb Garden
- Drink Coasters
- State Cheese Board
- Money Tree Plant
- Naturalist Collection Diffuser
- Hay Cutting Board
- Marble Wine Cooler