The Perfect Gifts to Bring to a First Apartment Housewarming Party

Updated 04/02/19

Mikael Axelsson / Fantastic Frank

Moving into your first apartment is a major milestone, whether you just started college or are in your early 20s. It's a sign of independence, growing up, and being more responsible. As exciting as this may be, it can also be stressful to think about (and pay for) furnishing an entire space.

That's where a housewarming party comes into play. While it's not exactly customary to give large pieces of furniture like a sofa or a coffee table as a gift, taking care of smaller decorations and necessities will leave more wiggle room in the budget for the big-ticket items.

If you've been invited to a housewarming aren't sure what to bring, fret not. Ahead, you'll find a list of good housewarming gifts for college kids and young adults alike. Here are the essentials you can gift to anyone who just moved into their first apartment.

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Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

Cookbook
Amazon

A first apartment is an opportunity to learn how to cook (perhaps for the first time). That's why a thoughtful cookbook makes such a good housewarming gift for college kids or really anyone moving into a new place. This bestselling cookbook written by Samin Nosrat explains the basic elements of cooking in an exciting and interesting way. You also might recognize the title from the Netflix series of the same name.

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Potted Fern Faux Plant

Potted Plant
Urban Outfitters 

You can't go wrong with a potted plant when it comes to housewarming gifts. However, you might consider purchasing a faux plant instead of a fresh one. This way there will be zero upkeep and you won't have to worry about finding your gift wilting in the corner the next time you visit.

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Bodum Chambord Coffee Press

French Press Coffee Maker
Target 

For the coffee-lover, a simple French press coffee maker. It's a kitchen staple for anyone who enjoys a fresh cup of coffee in the morning and won't take up too much space on the kitchen counter in small spaces.

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Textured Beverage Glass

Glass
H&M

Help stock the kitchen cupboards with a few essentials. These affordable glasses from H&M are stylish and would make a great housewarming gift as a set.

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Lined Cement Soap Dispenser

Soap Dispenser
Zara Home 

Something as simple as a soap dispenser can make any bathroom feel more sophisticated and put together. This chic one features a sleek cement material that looks luxe. Anyone with an eye for design will love the small gesture.

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Woven Nayland Throw Blanket

Throw Blanket
Anthropologie 

Every first apartment could use a few throw blankets to make the brand new space feel a bit warmer and more inviting. This ochre throw blanket features a rich ochre hue and fun tassels. It's perfect for tossing on the living room couch with a few throw pillows.

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Byredo Vanquish Candle

Candle
Nordstrom 

Lighting a candle can make just about any place feel like home. It can set the mood for a cozy night or a romantic evening. Either way, it will be the center of many memories to come. Pick out one like this Byredo candle featuring scents of wood and roses.

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Kitsch Healing Crystals

Crystals
Urban Outfitters 

Promote positive energy with a few healing crystals. Displayed in a special place, they'll remind whoever you gift them to of you. These cleansing crystals from Urban Outfitters can be placed just about anywhere in the home to help relieve stress and block out negativity.

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Morgan Agate Coaster

Coasters
Anthropologie

Although coasters might not be the most exciting gift to unwrap, they'll make an apartment feel more put together. They're perfect for leaving on the coffee table in case guests come over and drinks are served.

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