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Buying a home is a huge deal, so saying congratulations with a thoughtful gift is always a good idea. When shopping for a new homeowner, you'll want to pick something that serves a purpose—think beyond a bottle of wine (although that's always appreciated!) and go for practicality. After all, your friend is busy turning their new house into a forever home, so they'll need items that will make a real difference in their new abode.
From cozy bathroom towel bundles to yummy food kits, these out-of-the-box gift ideas are the perfect way to help a new homeowner settle in.
Here, the best gifts for new homeowners.
Brooklinen Super-Plush Towel Move-In Bundle
Is there anything more appealing than brand new bath towels? Hardly, and Brooklinen's Move-In Bundle is the perfect gift to help new homeowners jazz up their primary bathroom. This set has everything they need: four bath towels, two hand towels, two washcloths, and one bath mat, all made with luxe long-staple Turkish cotton in a deliciously plush weight. There are five standard colors to choose from, as well as an ever-changing variety of limited edition hues—and since you build your own set, you can mix and match for endless options.
Five Two Wooden Spoons
Kitchen utensils aren't exactly the first thing you want to splurge on when you buy a new home, and that's why they make such a good gift. This set of five wooden spoons from Food52's Five Two line is a great choice for your friend who would never buy something so fancy for themselves—it includes five artisan-crafted utensils made from teak, which not only looks good but is also super durable and water-resistant. They'll have (and use!) these spoons for many years to come.
Clare Digital Gift Card
One of the best parts of buying a home is the decorating that comes after, although DIY costs can add up fast. Help your friend out with a gift card to paint brand Clare—you get to choose the amount, ranging between $50-$500, and they'll get to pick the paint that'll best complement their new home. All of Clare's paints are GREENGUARD Gold certified and free from VOCs, and prices start at $59 per gallon.
Horti 3-Month Plant Subscription
Plants are a surefire way to make a house feel like a home, so get your pal started on a new plant collection with a 3-month subscription to Horti. Every month, Horti will send a curated plant kit, which will include a plant and 6-inch hand-painted pot and saucer, plus information on how to care for the plant. There's a pet-friendly option if your pal has a curious pet or two, otherwise Horti will select the plant of their choosing. And if you really want to go the extra mile, you can purchase a 6- or 12-month subscription instead.
The Laundress Best Sellers Kit
Give your pal the gift of luxury laundry products with this kit from The Laundress. It includes some of the brand's bestsellers, including the Signature Detergent, Wool & Cashmere Shampoo, Delicate Wash, and Sport Detergent, all at a bundled price that's lower than the cost of buying each product individually. All the formulas are plant-derived and suitable for any type of machine.
Kasa Smart Plug 4-Pack
If you want to gift something truly practical, consider a pack of Kasa's Smart Plugs. Compatible with Alexa, Echo, and Google Home, these plugs can dim the lights, turn on the fan, and more, either from an app or with voice control. If your friend has a slew of Smart Home products, or wants to start now that they've got their own place, these plugs are a handy (and affordable) gift idea.
Luxe Dominoes Domino Set with Spinners
For the friend who always hosts game night, consider this surprisingly gorgeous domino set from Luxe Dominoes. Available in six fun colors and including jumbo sized two-tone dominoes with spinners, this set is meant to be shown off as well as played. Not only will it be a hit at their next game night, but it'll also look like contemporary décor when displayed on their coffee table or bookshelf—and who wouldn't love such a versatile gift?
Anvil 76-Piece Home Tool Kit
A comprehensive took kit is another practical gift that's always appreciated, and this 76-piece kit from Anvil is a fantastic option for new homeowners. It includes screwdrivers, bits, pliers, hex keys, a wrench, and more—basically everything they'll need to conquer general home repairs and DIY projects. Everything is enclosed in a hard storage case that's easy to put away in a closet or cabinet when not in use, and each tool has its own spot so you can grab it and go quickly.
The Organic Company Kitchen Towel Set
A good kitchen towel set is the true workhorse of any kitchen, and this set from The Organic Company stands out for its style and functionality. It includes two washcloths, two hand towels, and one extra-large towel/apron, all of which is made from 100 percent GOTS-certified organic cotton. The result is durable, absorbent, and pretty enough to be displayed, especially if you go for the fun coral color scheme (although gray and clay colorways are available if you prefer something more neutral).
W&P Porter 8-Piece Fridge Bundle
Break in the new fridge with this food storage bundle from W&P. It includes top products from the brand's Porter line, including three bowls, two bottles, and three bags, all of which are made to store everything from leftovers to smoothies and soups. All the goodies are dishwasher-safe and totally reusable, plus they're available in five actually stylish colors. It's a way better option than the orange-stained tupperware they've had for years!
Baggu Standard Baggu, Set of 3
Say goodbye to plastic grocery bags and upgrade your friend to a set of Baggus, which are machine-washable, recycled nylon bags that can hold up to 50 pounds each. Each Baggu in this set of three has a unique print around a specific theme—and there are plenty to choose from, including smiley faces, fruits, veggies, and even the kids from "The Simpsons". These bags can be used for everything from groceries and errands to packing for trips and commuting to the office, so your pal will get tons of use out of them.
Omsom Best Seller Set
A food gift is always a good idea, and Omsom's Best Seller Set is sure to make your friend's new pantry happy. The set contains 12 starters for four different meals, including Vietnamese Lemongrass BBQ, Thai Larb, Japanese Yuzu Misoyaki, and Korean Spicy Bulgogi. In total, they'll be able to make 24 meals with these starters—all they have to do is add the protein and veggies of their choice!
Trade Gift Coffee Subscription
Moving is stressful and getting settled takes lots of time, so keep your friend energized with a coffee subscription from Trade. You choose the number of bags (2, 3, 6, 9, 12, or 24), and your friend will handle the rest. Trade will send them a quiz to curate the right blends for them, and then your friend will choose the order frequency, grind setting, and flavors. It's a win-win!
Brooklyn Candle Studio Set of 3 Scented Candle Gift Set
What's better than one candle? Three! Help get their new home smelling fresh with a candle set from Brooklyn Candle Studio. Each set contains three candles in your choice of theme: Forest, Meditation, or Garden. No matter which one you choose they'll get three high-quality candles made with 100 percent soy wax that are vegan, cruelty-free, phthalate-free, and petroleum-free.
Mouth All the Snacks Gift Box
Get their pantry in tiptop shape with this gift box from Mouth. Inside you'll find a carefully curated selection of delicious snacks, including cookies, dried fruit, artisanal hard and chewy candies, savory cheese crackers, popcorn, jerky, and a whole lot more. Snacks not their thing? Check out Mouth's entire inventory of tasty food gifts—they have options for every taste bud, including boxes focused on chocolate, cheese, iced coffee, liquor, and even pickles.
Craighill Wilson Keyring
You definitely don't need to spend a lot to find the perfect housewarming gift, and Craighill's Wilson Keyring is proof. Unlike your standard flimsy key rings, this brass piece will last for years—and look really good while keeping their rings secure. Buying a home is a huge deal, so why not give their keys somewhere great to live?
Blueland The Clean Suite
Eco-friendly cleaning products are the gift that keeps on giving, and this kit from Blueland is a no-brainer. The Clean Suite consists of Blueland's best-selling cleaning products for the whole home, including hand soap, laundry detergent, dish soap, dishwasher detergent, multi-surface cleaner, bathroom cleaner, and glass/mirror cleaner. They'll get seven reusable containers for each, as well as plastic-free refill tablets all made without parabens, phosphates, ammonia, VOCs, chlorine bleach, or phthalates.
Minted Milkmaid Press Modern Crest Skinnywrap Address Labels
If your friend loves sending thank you cards and has their own personal stationery, chances are they'll love these modern address labels found on Minted. Unlike traditional labels, the Skinnywrap labels wrap around the envelope for a fresh, stylish look. There are three font colors to choose from, and you can order anywhere between 25-750 labels for your pal. And if you don't love this specific style, there are plenty more to choose from on Minted's site.
54kibo Diani Basket
When shopping for a new homeowner, functionality is key—and that's why a storage basket is such a great gift. Endlessly versatile, this handmade basket can be used for storage, laundry, and décor in just about any room in the house. It's made in Kenya from locally-sourced sisal and finished with leather handles, making it as sturdy as it is beautiful. Plus, they can even use it for running errands as an exceptionally good-looking bag.
Judy The Safe Emergency Kit
Emergencies happen and it’s best not to be unprepared—especially once you're a homeowner. This pre-packed, expert-approved Judy kit is a thoughtful and practical housewarming gift for any person or family. The Safe includes 24 preparedness items like meal bars, water packets, a first aid kit, a crank radio, and waterproof matches, all designed to sustain a family of four for 72 hours. There are three other kits to choose from, and there’s also a Judy text line that offers tips, alerts, and more.
What to Look for in a Gift for a New Homeowner
When shopping for a homeowner, functionality is key. Avoid gifts that aren't exactly useful and will only add to clutter, like tchotchkes and coffee table books, and instead focus on gifts that will genuinely make a difference in your friend's new home. Also consider the type of place they're moving into—do they have more space than they did before? Are they moving to a new city altogether? Consider what will be most helpful in those circumstances, like a food or coffee subscription if they're figuring out where to shop for groceries.
You'll also want to consider what stage your friend is at in life. Is this their first home, or a second or third home? Are they living solo or moving in with a partner? Is there a wedding on the horizon that you'll also be buying a gift for? A bigger gift makes more sense for someone who just bought their very first house, while a smaller gift is totally fine for someone who is taking a less major leap.
First and foremost, only spend what you're comfortable spending. Consider your relationship and the type of move—for instance, you might want to spend a little extra if you're shopping for your best friend who just bought a house with a significant other in a new city. No matter what, you'll probably want to spend at least $20, with a good rule of thumb ranging between $20-$50. If you want to buy a more expensive gift but are worried about the cost, consider splitting the total cost with a friend.
Why Trust MyDomaine?
This article was written by Nicole Lund, MyDomaine's commerce editor. She has worked in the home space for four years, and is an expert at shopping smartly for the home and choosing the perfect gift. To write this gift guide, she considered each product's functionality, style, and price, taking care to select items that serve a specific purpose.