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The 15 Best Housewarming Gift Ideas for Every New Home

Havana Dauncey
· January 19, 2024
The 15 Best Housewarming Gift Ideas for Every New Home

After all the stress of moving , there’s nothing better to do than throw a housewarming party to get settled in a new home. You get to celebrate the new chapter, meet new neighbours and get some housewarming gifts to transform the new house into a home.

A big question for anyone attending a housewarming as a guest is: What is the perfect housewarming gift?

Unfortunately, because everyone is different, there’s no one ultimate one-size-fits-all housewarming gift. However, there are a few winning housewarming gift ideas that you can personalise to suit your housewarming hosts.

Choosing the perfect present can be a daunting task. Fear not! In this guide, we'll explore the best housewarming gifts that strike the right balance between practicality, sentiment and style.

1. Customised Welcome Mats

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A customised welcome mat is a simple yet effective way to add a personal touch to a new home. Consider gifting a mat with the homeowner's name, a cheerful greeting or even a comical design that reflects their personality. Every time they step through the front door, they'll be reminded of your thoughtful gift.

2. Indoor Plants

Indoor Plant Housewarming GiftYou can never go wrong with a native indoor plant to bring some life to their new space. Not only do indoor plants add a touch of nature to any space, but they also contribute to a healthier indoor environment. Consider low-maintenance options like succulents, snake plants or pothos, making it easy for the new homeowners to nurture and enjoy the greenery.

3. Kitchen Utensils and Cutting Board

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For those who enjoy spending time in the kitchen, personalised kitchen utensils make for a special practical housewarming gift. Alternatively, engraved wooden spoons, cutting boards or custom-made aprons add a unique and special touch to the heart of the home. These items are both functional and decorative, making them a thoughtful addition to any kitchen.

4. Smart Home Devices

Smart Home Device Housewarming GiftIn the age of technology, smart home devices are becoming increasingly popular. Consider gifting a smart thermostat, smart speaker or a set of smart plugs to make the new home more efficient and connected. These devices not only help create a better living experience but also promote a forward-thinking and modern approach to home management.

5. Artwork and Wall Decor

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Help the new homeowners make their space uniquely theirs by gifting a piece of artwork or stylish wall decor. Think about their taste and the overall theme of their home when choosing the perfect piece. Whether it's a vibrant painting , a set of framed photographs or a decorative wall clock, some home decor can work wonders in making a house feel like a home.

6. Fresh Bedding and Blankets

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Luxurious bedding or cosy blankets are often overlooked but greatly appreciated gifts. Make sure to get high-quality, soft materials that add a touch of comfort and elegance to the new home. Consider getting neutral colours or subtle patterns that can easily complement the homeowner's chosen decor.

7. Gift Baskets

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Treat the new homeowners to a gourmet experience with a carefully curated gift basket of their favourite treats whether it’s fine cheeses, their favourite chocolates and sweets, premium coffee or a bottle of exquisite wine . You could even opt for some of their favourite self-care items with soaps, creams, bath bombs and more. With a few of their favourite things, gift baskets can help them settle in better to their new space .

8. Personalised Home Address Sign

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Help the new homeowners make their mark on their new homebase with a personalised home address sign. Choose a design that aligns with the home's architecture and the homeowner's style. A beautifully crafted address sign not only adds a touch of sophistication but also makes it easier for guests to locate their new dwelling.

9. Subscription Services

Subscription Service Housewarming GiftTo help keep your loved ones entertained in their new home, a great housewarming gift idea is a subscription service. Whether it's a monthly book delivery, a streaming service or a food delivery subscription, these gifts keep on giving long after the housewarming celebrations are over.

10. DIY or Handcrafted Items

DIY Housewarming GiftsFor a truly unique and personal touch, consider creating or commissioning handcrafted items. Handmade quilts, personalised photo albums, original artwork or custom-designed furniture pieces add a sense of warmth and character to the new home. These one-of-a-kind gifts showcase the effort and care put into giving something special for the occasion.

11. Aromatic Candles or Essential Oil Diffusers

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Create a peaceful and cosy atmosphere in the new home with aromatic candles or essential oil diffusers. Choose scents like lavender, eucalyptus, vanilla or their favourite scents to promote relaxation and comfort. These gifts not only add a pleasant fragrance to the living space but also contribute to a familiar and calming ambience, making them perfect for winding down after a busy day.

12. High-Quality Cookware Sets

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Upgrade the new homeowners' kitchen with a high-quality cookware set. Look for durable and stylish pots, pans and accessories that make cooking a joy. A top-notch cookware set not only makes cooking home meals easier but also serves as a long-lasting and practical gift for those who love spending time in the kitchen.

13. Bluetooth Speaker

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Help your loved ones fill their new home with their favourite tunes with a Bluetooth speaker that easily connects to their phone. And if they like it old-school, you can take it one step further with a record player with some of their favourite records, adding a classic and familiar feel to their fresh space. Try to find a portable and versatile speaker that can be moved from room to room, ensuring that music follows them around whether they're cooking, relaxing or entertaining guests.

14. Outdoor Accessories

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If the new home has a backyard, you can try to find a gift that enhances their outdoor living experience. This could include patio furniture, a set of comfortable cushions, outdoor lighting or a durable picnic blanket. Outdoor accessories not only extend their living space but also encourage the homeowners to enjoy their new surroundings to the fullest.

15. Elegant New Glassware

New Glassware Housewarming GiftMake an addition to the new homeowners' drinkware collection with a set of elegant glassware. Choose stylish wine glasses, tumblers or even a versatile set that caters to various beverages. High-quality glassware adds that extra touch of sophistication to gatherings and ensures that toasts in the new home are always done in style.


Now you’re all set to find the perfect housewarming gift! Don’t forget to consider the recipients' preferences, needs and the unique characteristics of their new home.

Whether it's creating a cosy atmosphere, upgrading the kitchen or personalising the living space, the key is to choose a gift that adds value and joy to the homeowners' lives.

Looking for some more inspiration? Check out our blog on the best moving away gifts to give your friends and family .

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