The Best Gifts to Bring to a First Apartment Housewarming Party

First Apartment

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 becoming 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 gifts, receiving smaller decorations and necessities for a first apartment housewarming party gift will leave more wiggle room in the budget for the big-ticket items.

If you've been invited to a housewarming and 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 by Samin Nosrat


A first apartment is an opportunity to learn how to cook (perhaps for the first time), so 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

For a coffee-lover, a simple French press coffee maker is a failsafe gift. 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


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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Woven Nayland Throw Blanket

Throw Blanket

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 from Anthropologie 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


Lighting a candle can make just about any place feel like home. It can set the mood for a cozy night in or a romantic evening. Either way, it will be part 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


 West Elm

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

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Morgan Agate Coaster


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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Marble Soap Pump

marble soap pump


Something as simple as a soap dispenser can make any bathroom feel more sophisticated and put together. This chic one features marble that makes it look totally luxe. Anyone with an eye for design will love the small gesture.

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Throw Pillows

throw pillows

 West Elm

Throw pillows are one of those things everyone needs, yet can add up quickly when you're buying them for your couch, bedroom, and chairs. Gift them cozy pillows and they'll be forever grateful.

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