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It’s no secret that moving is extremely stressful. So once all the boxes have been packed (and then unpacked) and all the papers have been signed (and initialed), it’s a moment worth celebrating. And to properly toast the occasion, look to these housewarming gifts to help their new place feel like home.
From a soap set that can adorn their new bathroom counter, to a return address stamp that’s personalized with their new residence, and an essential oil diffuser that’ll sweetly scent their space, we’ve found a collection of housewarming gifts that combines practicality with luxury. There’s something for every homeowner, renter, or cohabiter, and at every price point, too, proving you don’t need to spend a ton to thoughtfully christen their brand new space.
Here are the best housewarming gifts that'll score you the title of the best guest ever.
A leafy, green plant or blooming potted flower can instantly breathe life into a new home. But you don’t want to gift your friends a huge responsibility (especially on top of any household repairs that are now on their to-do list), so be sure to choose a hardy plant that doesn’t require too much maintenance. That’s why we love this Philodendron Green plant from the The Sill: Not only are its trailing vines and heart-shaped leaves fresh and vibrant, but it can tolerate low light and only needs to be watered once a week. Choose from five bright planter colors to match perfectly with your pal's new home.
How gorgeous is this gleaming, gilded piece? Crafted from sturdy iron, this wine rack can hold up to six bottles of wine or bubbly with ease. And to make it stun and sparkle, it’s finished in a shiny brass hue and unique Morrocan-inspired detailing all along the intricate frame. If you want extra points, you can pair this housewarming gift with a bottle of their favorite white or red blend to really send it over the top.
Sure, candles are great and all, but they’re not exactly a unique housewarming gift. Instead, look to these floral fragrance jars from Anthropologie for a still scented (yet way more special) present. Inside each of these hand-blown glass jars sits a beautiful display of dried botanicals and fragranced wooden beads. The lovely scents—an airy vanilla-based option, as well as a tangerine and greenery scent story—waft out of the ventilated metal lids, while the artful array of floral and fauna serves as simply stunning, nature-inspired decor. That old candle has got nothing on this botanical beauty.
Your friend will cheers to their new home in serious style thanks to this bar tool set. Complete with everything they’ll need to craft a couple of delicious cocktails (except booze that is), like a bottle opener, muddler, stainer, and double-sided jigger. All the bartending essentials are made of sleek stainless steel and sit pretty in a white marble and mango woodblock, which can be displayed on a bar cart or countertop (since it's much too cute to stash away in a kitchen drawer!). Pair the set with a bottle of their favorite liquor for the ultimate housewarming gift.
Celebrate their new home by turning it into a literal work of art. Just upload a photo (perhaps that one that they Instagrammed as soon as getting the keys) and, thanks to Minted, it will be transformed into a letterpress portrait. You’ll be sent a proof to make sure every detail, from the landscaping to the roof shingles, is correct, and then the finished piece will arrive professionally letterpressed and ready for hanging. You can choose from a large selection of color stories (20 to be exact), as well as three size options and a collection of frames. (We take no responsibility if this brings a tear to the new homeowner’s eye).
For a housewarming gift that scores high in the usefulness category, scoop up this soap set at Williams Sonoma. It comes complete with a pair of pump-top bottles of hand soap and hand lotion, plus a metal wire caddy, so they can display it all on their bathroom counter. With a blend of pine, eucalyptus, and lavender, the scent is fresh and calming (which will definitely be appreciated after the stress of moving!), while the formulas feature moisturizing elements like aloe vera, natural shea butter, and botanical oils. Bubble up!
Just imagine all the fruit and cheese spreads that’ll be served on this beauty at all their future dinner parties! Courtesy of CB2, this serving board is large and sturdy, measuring in at over a foot in diameter. But our favorite part of this pretty platter is that it’s totally one of a kind. It’s crafted from petrified wood logs foraged from Indonesian forests that are then machine-cut and hand-polished, so each and every finished piece boasts a unique coloring, grain pattern, and shape. They’ll be so proud to show it off when guests come over.
For at-home date nights and future dinner parties, they’ll be thankful they have these playful linen napkins to reach for. While table linens might be seen as overly formal by some, this set of dinner napkins boast a lighthearted pattern full of brushstrokes, ink blots, and abstract details so it’s nowhere near stuffy. Printed on either premium cotton, linen, or a lighter weight linen, the napkins are finished with a rolled-edge hem, are available in three pastel-hued base color options, and are machine washable. All in all, they make for a sweet and simple housewarming gift and an easy way to bring a bit of personality to any table setting.
Get them started on stocking their new kitchen with this gorgeous gift box from Loved and Found. Inside they’ll find an array of treats and trinkets that include a four-piece marble and wood coaster set, a bottle of savory salts, fresh basil pesto, a tasseled tea towel, a box of chocolatey salted caramel cookies, and some seasonal dried flowers. Wrapped up in a rustic wooden crate and tied with a ribbon, this gift feels so special and the culinary goodies will definitely help put the “sweet” in “home sweet home.”
If you want to get literal with the term “housewarming,” you can make their new home extra cozy on winter nights with the gift of a beautiful throw blanket. We’re head-over-heels for this option from West Elm. Made from 100 percent cotton and featuring a tight seed stitch, these throws are lightweight enough for cuddling up all year round, and there are six warm hues to choose from. They also support the Better Cotton Initiative which works to improve the working conditions of laborers and lower the environmental impact of cotton production.
Now that their new address is official, we bet that they can’t wait to show it off. That’s what makes this housewarming gift so damn perfect: They’ll be looking to send anything via snail mail just so they can proudly stamp their new residence on it! This vintage-inspired return address stamp is fully customizable, so you can add the recipient’s name and locale, and self-inking so it can hold up to all the upcoming holiday cards and correspondence they’re sure to send (the first being a thank-you note to you, of course!).
Comforting fragrances like lavender and vanilla just smell like home. Help your friends feel at ease in their new space by giving them a high-tech way to fill the walls with these soothing scents. This Vitruvi diffuser is minimalist in appearance (we’re obsessed with that natural terracotta hue!) yet does the most in scenting a space thanks to a BPA-free plastic water reservoir and ultrasonic technology. Just load it with essential oils and choose between a continuous 3-hour runtime or an intermittent 7.5-hour runtime. Either way, the diffuser will do its thing and then turn off all on its own. It’s a great way to make a house feel like home.
How great is that feeling to have those keys in hand? While they may never want to let them go, you can give them a special spot to place them with this personalized key hanger. Crafted from 12 inches of stained wood, it can be customized with the recipient’s first or last name or with a short phrase that'll be displayed in a pretty white script. It comes complete with sawtooth hangers so it can be securely hung from an entryway wall, plus six black hooks—enough to hold the keys of the entire fam!