So, your friend just moved into new digs and has invited you over to take a look. You don’t want to show up empty-handed, of course, but you also don’t want to surprise her with something that she’ll never actually use. And while there’s nothing wrong with bringing a bottle of wine, it usually carries an ‘I just picked this up on the way here’ subtext. So, when it comes to gift-giving, you want to ensure that you’re selecting more personalized items for friends and family (like a custom pet portrait) and general crowd pleasers—like a throw blanket or diffuser—for neighbors you’d like to get to know. Don’t know where to start? Fear not, friends: We’ve rounded up the best housewarming gifts so you can give with confidence (and ensure that you get invited back).
40 of the Best Housewarming Gifts for New Homeowners
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Need something for your Mom’s new pad? This luxury candle carries a scent with meaning. From the starched collar of a white button-down shirt to the faint crease of a linen pillowcase, BYREDO designed this fragrance to evoke childhood memories of freshly ironed laundry. Hints of blue chamomile complement linen and white cedarwood, while the mild headiness of sweet musk creates a clean yet cozy palette.
New home = bare walls. Help your pal solve the problem with a custom-made portrait of their beloved furry companion. A cheerful and beautifully-framed photo is sure to warm the heart and the home of any pet lover—and all you need is access to a smartphone and a fur baby to pull it off.
People are obsessed with Barefoot Dreams' blankets—and for good reason. They’re made of a soft, luxuriously plush fabric that’s perfect for keeping you warm and cozy on cooler nights (and they won’t fall apart in the wash). This one is available in a range of ten snuggly colors and patterns, and we guarantee it’ll elevate any room where lounging is encouraged.
Finding a gift for your boho-chic BFF can be tricky; you have to strike a balance between eccentric and trendy without trying too hard (and we’ll never understand how she does this so effortlessly). Nevertheless, the quirky, broad green leaves of the Monstera deliciosa plant make it a fail-safe option that’ll compliment her unique decor. Not to mention that this tropical beauty was found to be one of the most effective greens at reducing overall air pollution.
Fact: That new crib won’t feel like a crash pad if the bed is well-dressed. The cost of quality bedding can be prohibitive, but this starter sheet set from Brooklinen—made of breathable cotton with a sateen finish and velvety feel—is budget-friendly and luxurious to boot.
Need something sophisticated without the splurge? This salt and pepper shaker set is made with genuine marble, so you don’t have to worry about them looking cheap (even if they are just $22). Plus, the containers’ sealed-lid design keeps things fresh by preventing moisture and residue from getting inside, and it’s super easy to clean.
Yet another seemingly splurge-worthy item, this electric wine opener has a matte black and rose-gold finish that will look stunning on your friend’s new quartzite countertops. What’s more, it’s a game changer for happy hours at home; just press a button and voila—wine without the struggle. The gadget also has a cordless, portable design that’s easily accessible, and the included wireless charging base makes it a compact kitchen staple. Oh, and did we mention that it comes in white too?
This trio of bestselling votive candles contains a bouquet of Maison Louis Marie’s most memorable floral scents—including cassis, sandalwood and grapefruit—that’ll be sure to make a luxury statement. While it’s hard to pick a favorite, we’re partial to the Antidris Cassis candle, which features a white rose base enhanced by warm notes of bergamot, black currant, oakmoss, tonka and clean musk.
After a recent move, everyone wants their new place to be comfortable enough to accommodate guests. Help a friend out with a luxe hand care set for the main or guest bathroom, and they’ll be one step closer to hosting time. Or maybe they’ll just enjoy several months of silky, heavenly scented hands themselves; it’s a winning gift, regardless.
Now that your friend has a beautiful new kitchen, she’s probably itching to whip up something delicious. Presenting: Only the Good Stuff: PureWow’s Top Recipes of the Past Decade. Divided into five chapters—breakfast, main courses, sides, appetizers and dessert—it’s a compendium of the recipes that never fail to impress (in our uh, not-so-humble opinion). Think: a skillet-sized cinnamon roll (served by the slice), absurdly tender chicken tikka masala meatballs and dangerously addictive popcorn cauliflower.
Decorative objects are essential when it comes to giving a new home some personality. That said, they can be hard to buy for someone else. Enter: this elegant shagreen tray, which is available in several eye-catching colors that can work with any surrounding decor. Plus, there are a million different ways to put it to use, so this gift scores points for functionality, too.
Can you ever have too many dish towels? The answer is no. Gift your friend one (or two) of these charming fringed towels, and she’ll be sure to put them to good use.
As far as housewarming gifts go, this one is definitely a big-ticket item. But when it comes to extravagant keepsakes, there’s only one way to go: Baccarat. This set includes two crystal flutes from France that simply ooze sophistication. Gift it to your favorite newlyweds as a combination housewarming-and-wedding-gift so you can be a part of every champagne-filled milestone or celebration.
This truffle pizza kit includes a jar of black truffle dipping oil, two pounds of wheat flour, tomato and truffle pasta sauce, a jar of "Tartufata" black truffle sauce and easy-to-follow instructions (which any host would be glad to have on hand ahead of a housewarming party). And when the pizza’s gone, they’re left with a stainless steel pizza cutter for the kitchen utensil drawer. Aren’t you thoughtful?
Yet another heavenly scented candle option, this signature Voluspa scent juxtaposes sharp and woodsy sandalwood with the soft warmth of vanilla for a relaxing aura that’ll transport your new neighbors to their happy place. And if you’re really looking to impress, gift this guy with a set of bath salts (below) so they can light this baby up when they test out their new soaking tub.
With this bath salt gift set, you won’t have to choose between something that’s extra relaxing, detoxing or delightfully scented. It features pure Himalayan salts infused with lavender, green tea and rose, plus a foot lotion and rose essential oil for the ultimate at-home spa treatment. It’s also the perfect gift for a friend who could use some serious R & R after a stressful move.
Some welcome mats feel the need to spell it out for you, but we prefer the sophisticated and timeless look of this multi-mar, two-by-three-inch flatweave instead. Plus, this one is a performance rug, so even though it looks like it’s made of soft, natural fibers, it’s actually constructed with durable, weatherproof and easy-to-clean polypropylene—so it’s a nice, cushy place to step out of your shoes before you enter the house.
Sometimes a pot without the plant is the best housewarming gift you can give—perhaps your pal already has a plant, but it needs a home with a little more character, or maybe she’d prefer to pick her own botanical. Either way, this textured, hand-painted cement pot will be a charming vessel.
We’re not sure which feature we love most about this ultra-plush terry robe: the mid-length design, its deep pockets or the cozy shawl collar. Looks aside, this number is soft, warm and very absorbent (i.e., functional)—a combination that guarantees the recipient will be feeling nice and cozy in their new digs. Bonus: This bathrobe can also be personalized for an extra thoughtful touch.
Need something for your caffeine-addicted boss? Look no further. This stainless-steel mug comes with a charging coaster that can keep beverages at the perfect temperature all day long. It also has a spill-proof warming lid and an auto shut-off feature to ensure that every sip of coffee tastes like the first.
All new homes come with an empty refrigerator, which is fine if a good friend does you a favor and gifts you a week of free chef-prepared meals. Sunbasket meal delivery kits can be customized to suit specific dietary needs and come with all the ingredients needed to quickly prepare a healthy meal—and that means more time to devote to unpacking.
A chic olive oil dispenser might not be a necessity, but it sure looks good in a brand new kitchen. Case in point, this sleek number from Olipac, which boasts a stainless steel construction to prevent air, light and random odors from messing with your future salad dressing.
This potent reed diffuser looks oh-so-pretty on display, but the real selling point is the perfume it releases: Aromatic basil, sweet mandarin and punchy lime combine to make a fragrance that’s clean, elegant and downright swoon-worthy. For a new home in need of a signature scent, this one is a winner.
We love a sweet-smelling scent, but a diffuser alone won’t boast the main character energy that our gift needs. Enter part two of our present: a smoking lips incense holder from L’Objet. Matte white and porcelain, this holder is a striking and oh-so-chic decorative object—and the ideal size to use as display-worthy shelf decor, too. Because a fashionably badass accent is just the sort of thing that a person might covet, but never actually buy for themself (i.e., prime gifting material).
Air plants are funky, pet-friendly succulents that don’t need soil to grow, so technically you can forgo the pot entirely for this gift. That said, when you have the option of a swanky gold hanging planter that turns an air plant into an eye-catching accessory, the choice is clear—right?
A molcajete (i.e., a Mexican mortar and pestle made from volcanic rock) is a lovely addition to any kitchen, and a game-changer when it comes to whipping up guac. This attractive one was handmade in Mexico and arrives with a colorful basket to keep tortillas warm and a book of recipes, too.
This cotton storage basket—which comes in green, light pink, dark grey and black—gives off a relaxed coastal grandmother vibe. And aside from the obvious aesthetic appeal, it’s also supremely versatile: linens and blankets, magazines or even large, potted plants will feel (and look) right at home here.
Fresh flowers are always welcome, but their beauty is fleeting. Instead, opt for a housewarming gift that sticks around: This artificial bouvardia flower branch can be grouped together in an understated, elegant arrangement that’s pretty enough to hold its own in a vase (below).
The clever, reversible design of this handmade glass vase allows for sparse arrangements and fuller flower bouquets alike. The pop of vibrant color from the interior piece adds visual appeal with a modern vibe too—so no matter what you put in there, this decorative item will still look lovely.
OK, you may want to go in with a few friends on this, but the collective splurge is worth it. The beloved Bearaby weighted blanket gets all of its heft from pure organic cotton. Yep, no glass beads or foam pellets—just a big warm, cotton hug. Aside from ensuring a peaceful snooze in a new space, this hand-knitted throw blanket also comes in a wider variety of solid colors to suit the interior of any home.
Moving is hard work, but the unpacking phase is a whole different beast when there are kids in the picture. As such, one of the best gifts you can give to a new homeowner who is also a parent, is the gift of time...as in time to break down boxes while the kids watch Moana.
This Mediterranean serveware set—which includes a shatter-proof cheeseboard and serving knife, appetizer plates and 20 cocktail napkins—is sure to get a lot of use. (Hint: Spanish cheese, olives and a bottle of bubbly are welcome, but not required, accompaniments to this practical gift.)
Macrame is back, friends, and we’re not mad about it. Here, a macrame plant hanger with a mid-century modern twist and a pop of color. This guy can be used to hold a small to medium-sized plant or a fruit bowl—either way, it will lend some bohemian charm to a new space.
There are few things we love more than a functional piece that doubles as decor—and this one takes the cake. Not only is this agate crystal base incredibly chic, but it doubles as a wireless phone charger (see ya, messy cords).
Take the guesswork out of growing herbs and edible plants indoors with this smart garden, which features adjustable LED grow lights and an automatic watering system. In other words, you’re giving the gift of fresh, home-grown goods year-round—no green thumb required. Who wouldn’t want one in their kitchen?
These dainty, hand-crafted nesting bowls are true romance: Gold leaf rims, a flower petal shape, the faint fragrance of real lavender buds, and a neutral palette that’s easy to work with. Bottom line: You’d be hard-pressed to find a more charming trinket dish.
40. Button Fern
Last but not least, another greenery-minded gift—because nothing brightens up a sterile new pad quite like a few live plants. And, while some houseplants are pickier than others, the Button Fern is a low-maintenance and beginner-friendly option that will lend color and texture to any space (without becoming a burden). And this one even arrives in an understated-but-pretty ceramic pot.