So, your bestie finally has a new apartment or, after years of sharing a bedroom wall with their kitchen, they just got the keys to their very first house. Wherever they’ve landed, choosing the right housewarming gift can be a bit of a challenge because the range of things to buy is vast.
Do you go with something that matches their unique (and sometimes questionable) aesthetic, or something you use personally and love? It is a practical gift or one that sets a mood? Should you choose something for their new bathroom, bedroom, kitchen or what about the living room?!
The truth is that when it comes to housewarming gifts, there really are no rules because at the end of the day—it’s the thought that counts.
Still need some help? We’ve got your back! Read on for 15 unique housewarming gifts that any new homeowner would be over-the-moon to receive.
New Home Christmas Ornament
If the new homeowner that you need to buy a gift for celebrates Christmas, a new home Christmas ornament makes a wonderful housewarming gift. Many new homeowners won’t think to purchase anything to remember their new home. So this will be a great gift that they can cherish for many years to come, even after moving to a new home later down the road. It’s an excellent way to remember such a momentous occasion.
Bottle of Wine
If you ask us, there’s really nothing better than a great bottle of wine. Wine is an exceptional housewarming gift for someone who is established and already has all of the home goods that they need. To spice up the bottle a bit and make it a touch more special, you can buy a custom wine label to put on it.
A doormat is one of the very first things you see when arriving at someone’s home. For a practical gift that your friend will love, gift them with a good quality doormat. You can either stick with a simple yet straightforward doormat, or you can pick one out that shows their glowing personality.
When moving into a new spot, most people don’t prioritize getting a doormat, so it’s an excellent and easy way to make their house feel more like home.
Every new homeowner needs basic tools for minor tasks like tightening loose screws and hanging pictures. Yet many new homeowners who were formally apartment-dwellers don’t have a handy-dandy toolkit because someone else used to take care of the maintenance for them.
Give your pal a tool kit with all the basics, like screwdrivers and swappable bits, to things like a hammer, hex, and other useful wrenches, as well as a measuring tape. Tool kits are also usually quite compact, helping new homeowners to save space and tuck their tools out of sight when they’re not in use.
Personalized Cutting Board
A personalized cutting board is a sweet housewarming gift, especially for first-time homebuyers or even newlyweds. You can get custom cutting boards with their names, the year they moved, or even a tasty recipe that means a lot to them. Depending on where they're relocating to, you may also be able to get one with the skyline of their new city!
With a top-notch food processor, your friend can make better salsa, hummus, and guacamole than they can buy at the store. Each dip only takes around five minutes to make, and the food processor really does most of the work! And buying fresh veggies rather than pre-made dips or pre-cut vegetables will certainly help to save them money on food each week, making a food processor a great yet practical housewarming gift.
Does your friend have little ones? What about a backyard with a sturdy tree? If you want to give your friend a great housewarming gift, consider giving them SwingTie so they can properly install a tree swing in their new backyard!
Putting up a swing in the backyard can be a major hassle without the proper materials. Luckily, SwingTie offers a fast, safe, and efficient way to mount backyard accessories like a swing to a strong tree branch, porch beam, or other hanging mechanisms.
Charcuterie and Cheese Board
Cheese and charcuterie platters are essential when entertaining. But some people look for just about any excuse to break one out. Friday night? Sounds like a great excuse to sip on a glass of wine with tasty prosciutto and Manchego, mmm!
There is no need to be boring with these, either. If your pal likes picnicking, look into a folding charcuterie board for easy packing and storage. For first-time homeowners still stocking up on kitchen supplies, look into a great charcuterie board with a slide-out cutlery drawer that comes with the cutlery set too.
Or go for a more rustic wood charcuterie board for a homeowner who enjoys the farmhouse vibe. Pick a board style that compliments your friend’s existing decor or serving ware and trust us; you can’t go wrong!
Cocktail Gift Set
A cocktail gift set is another great housewarming gift, especially if there is a housewarming party in the near future! If the person you’re buying for loves to host gatherings, this is an excellent gift idea.
Does your friend have a backyard at their new place? If so, give them the gift of ultimate relaxation with a comfy-cozy hammock! Nothing is better than laying in a hammock and soaking up the sun’s rays on a crisp summer day. Besides, after all the unpacking your friend is about to do, a hammock is an excellent way to rest their tired feet.
Just be sure to include SwingTie so they can properly install the hammock because if you ask us, nothing is worse than relaxing in a hammock, only for it to collapse due to poor installation.
Okay, so this one may seem like an odd housewarming gift at first, but it’ll get so many uses! Plus, there are a ton of cute address stamp templates that you can easily customize. It’ll save the new homeowner tons of time, especially if they will be mailing out change of address letters or invites for an upcoming housewarming bash!
Coasters are another great housewarming gift—especially if there is a housewarming extravaganza coming up where they can be used! You can either purchase customized ones for the special occasion, or there are even some really cool specialty coasters online that differ from the standard (and sometimes boring) blank coaster. Either way, new homeowners and their wooden tabletops will thank you.
Give your friend a chunky knit throw that is incredibly warm, cozy, and wonderfully luxurious to add some warmth to their new home. New homeowners can cuddle in its warm embrace or drape it decoratively over their bed, sofa, or chair, making quite a statement. There are a ton of options on the market, so look for one with your friend’s interests in mind.
Bird’s Nest Fern
There’s nothing like a new baby plant to warm up a home! The Bird’s Nest Fern is a super low-maintenance plant that prefers low light and requires less humidity than others, making it a solid choice for any type of plant parent. It’s also non-toxic to animals, so feel free to gift it to your animal-loving friend who has a dog or cat. Some other plants that make great housewarming gifts include:
- Aloe vera
In many cases, new homeowners move into much larger homes than what they previously occupied and don’t have enough artwork to cover the walls. Help them out while supporting a local artist by investing in their artwork. Choose a cool piece that represents the city in some way, or look for art that fits your friend’s unique taste.
A Final Word
Moving can be really stressful. Bring a smile to your friend’s face by giving them a unique housewarming gift that they are sure to love, like a great bottle of wine or SwingTie so they can easily set up a swing or hammock in their backyard.
At the end of the day, it’s the thought that counts and your bestie will appreciate you for your sweet gesture.