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30 Housewarming Gifts New Homeowners Will Actually Love

Because you know buying a home merits more than a bottle of wine.

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Chances are, you know a person (or 50) who has moved in the past year. Indeed, amidst a global pandemic with remote work being thrust into the spotlight, many people have rented or bought a new house. Now, it’s up to you, humble guest or dear friend sending love from afar, to make that house feel like home.

But we’ll be the first to admit it: Finding the perfect housewarming gift is no easy feat. And we’re telling you right now, a bottle of wine just won’t cut it. Whether you’ve got a tech geek on your hands or an art buff, we’ve searched the internet high and low to bring you the very best housewarming gifts in a variety of genres and price points.

Some are décor wins, some are functional finds, and some are splurges that you wouldn’t necessarily buy for yourself but so deserve to have (hint: treat yo’ self!).

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Coastal Chic
Lareina Tradition/Coastal Accent Mirror
Sand & Stable wayfair.com

Wayfair’s recently launched Sand & Stable brand features a calming aesthetic that’s heavy on the natural wood grains, brushed brass, and neutral tones, making it an ideal collection for fêting a new abode. We love this mirror’s coastal-inspired appearance, making for a subtle yet impressive appearance in an entryway or bedroom.

For the Art Aficionado
Pink Summer Haze Art Print
Minted minted.com

Inspired by the ethereal terrain of Arizona and Utah, this abstract print from minted.’s Open Edition Art Prints collection is just begging for some wall real estate. 

If your pals are more ocean people, our vote is this upbeat Positano Beach Aerial from the same collection. They both also come in framed canvas versions, which make for nice, compact pieces for a kitchen shelf or home office.

Best for Plant Parents
Tough Stuff Collection
Bloomscape bloomscape.com

Three plants are always better than one. If you’ve got a level three plant parent on your hands or want to splurge on something bigger, we also love the bamboo palm for its tropical look and the ficus Audrey, an easy-to-care-for plant that Bloomscape has dubbed an “it” plant of 2021. And this ethereal collection of tiny plants — Sansevieria, ZZ plant, and hoya — helps anoint a windowsill or office space in their new pad with a bit of color and visual interest.

Bonus: Brown thumbs need not worry; they’re all super easy to care for.

For a Healthy Home
My Happi Air Purifier

We’ve all developed a bit of a thing for high air quality in the past year, and this sleek air purifier and monitor is perfect for a new homeowner. The smart screen lets you keep tabs on air quality, temperature, and humidity. 

We especially dig that the handy color system shows you the quality of your air in a quick glance, and if things are taking a turn south, the Happi gets to work with five filters to remove pollen, dust mites odors, and more.

P.S. For every Happi purchased, they plant a tree in a developing country.

Best Tablescape Accessory
pH Vitality Stainless Steel Alkaline Water Pitcher
Invigorated Water amazon.com

Plastic pitchers, no more. This attractive stainless steel pitcher is made with sustainable materials (the company also donates a portion of their profits to charity: Water), and the alkaline filter removes fluoride, chlorine, chloramine, and heavy metals from H2O while remineralizing the water.  One filter lasts approximately 1,700 cups.

Make It Personal
Custom Map Serving Tray
Uncommon Goods uncommongoods.com

This handmade tray orients the recipient to their new cartography while also acting as a handy vessel for hors d'oeuvres, sundries, or bedside essentials on your nightstand. Made from mango wood, the design shows 3 square miles surrounding the address of your choosing, with a star to designate their new digs.

Ideal for Grilling Gurus
Yummly Premium Wireless Smart Meat Thermometer
Yummly amazon.com
$89.00 (32% off)

For the friends or family members who got their first place with a proper ’cue setup, upgrade their grilling game with this wireless meat thermometer that enables cooks of all skill levels to get the timing just right. In addition to being a must-have grilling accessory, the thermometer also works for smoking, roasting, air frying, and stovetop cooking.

Best for Home Cooks
Dashed Stripes Cooking Apron
Minted minted.com

For the home cook, we love Minted’s line of stylish aprons (also available in kids’ sizes) with the option to add a personalized embossed tag for free. Along with this chic blue-and-white apron, finish off the deal with a nice pair of oven mitts like these. Better yet, bring along baking victuals and break in their new kitchen with some chocolate chip cookies.

Best Cozy Gift
Throw Blanket
Brooklinen brooklinen.com

What’s a new abode without a great new blanket? Let this uber comfy blanket that’s made in Germany by a 100-year-old family mill delight your pals whether they’re snuggling up on the couch or simply looking to add a bit of visual interest to an ornamental chair.

Great for Plant Lovers
Plant Shelf
Home braidandwood.com

For the plant parents with one too many plants, give them a gorgeous way to display their green ones. The included pot can hold small succulents, air plants, and even plant propagation clippings. We’d be lying if we said we didn’t want to pick up one for ourselves, too.

Best for Pet Owners
YETI Boomer 4 Dog Bowl
YETI amazon.com

Whether they adopted a quarantine pup or have long had a four-legged BFF, help your friends break in their new home with this sure-to-be-appreciated dog bowl that keeps their pet's water or food handy for glorious yard days in a food-safe vessel. Available in two sizes and a variety of colors, you can also customize it with text, designs like "Best Bud," or an image of various dog breeds, or a logo. 

Minimalist Chic
Coiled Cotton Bowl - Grey Stitch
54 Kibo 54kibo.com

We’re swooning for just about everything from this Contemporary African housewares company founded by Nana Quagraine, but this minimalist bowl really caught our eyes. Handmade in South Africa with 100% locally sourced cotton, this is a great topper for that empty coffee table your friends don’t know what to do with yet.

Celebrate Happy Hour at Home
On the Rocks Drinkware Collection
Pottery Barn potterybarn.com

Gather ’round the handcrafted Mexican glassware and raise a glass to a new chapter! This set is equal parts festive and functional and if you’re feeling generous, throw in Dad’s famous bloody mary recipe (OK, that’s too generous).

A Healthy Gift
Daily Harvest Custom Gift Box
Daily Harvest daily-harvest.com

They’re likely in a cookie coma from all the neighbors and houseguests. Treat them to something on the lighter and healthier side that’s still spectacularly delicious, with this assortment of nine items of your choice in tasty genres like oat bowls, smoothies, flatbreads, soups, bites, and more in their plant-based catalog of goodies.

Handcrafted and Ethically Produced
Abundance Coasters
FREELEAF guudguuds.com

This set of four coasters manages to be both chic and laid-back. They measure approximately 6 inches in diameter, making them ideal for virtually any coffee mug, drinking glass, tumbler, or wine glass. Each coaster is handmade from a single strand of cotton/jute blended rope.

Great For Candle Junkies
Inner Strength Candles
Uncommon Goods uncommongoods.com

Choose from three inspirational sayings for this coconut wax candle that gives the perfect jolt of good juju to a new space. We’re definitely picking up the “Be you. The world will adjust.” lavender-sage candle for ourselves.

For Cocktail Connoisseurs
Hand Blown Drinking Glasses
Verve CULTURE amazon.com

This set of four glasses is made from recycled glassware by Mexican artists. Whether your pals are sipping on seltzer or sangria, these fun glasses add a joyful splash of color to any tablescape. (OK, or let’s be real, to your coffee table when you’re eating in front of the TV binging Manifest, again.)

So They Don't Have to Think About Cooking
Door Dash Gift Card
Door Dash doordash.com

Help the new kids on the block acquaint themselves with the best of their local culinary scene with a customizable gift card for delivery or pick-up from some 310,000 restaurants in 4,000 cities spanning more than 400 different types of cuisines. 

DoorDash users can turn any order into a gift by selecting the “send as a gift” option on the checkout page if you want to write a personalized message and send a food gift from a specific vendor on the site.

A Picturesque Whiskey Gift
High West Rendezvous Rye Whiskey
High West drizly.com

Gotta give some grateful house guests a booze option, right? Allow us to steer you to West, or shall we say, High West, to this bottle of rye featuring the artwork of esteemed American West landscape painter Ed Mell. A handsome addition to any bar, the superb drink features notes of cinnamon, vanilla, caramel, molasses, and candied fruit.

Perfect For Cheese Lovers
State Cheese Boards
Uncommon Goods uncommongoods.com

You’ll never forgive ’em for moving across state lines, so treat your kin to these serving boards in the shape of their home state, so they don’t forget where they came from, their new state of residence, or a United States-shaped board. The durable, renewable material will make this tray a staple at dinner parties for years to come.

Tea-rrific For Tea Lovers
Smarter Electric iKettle
Smarter amazon.com

That ancient copper tea kettle has charm, so we’ll never ask your pals to part with it, but once they try the iKettle, they’ll be hooked: It integrates with both Wi-Fi and voice compatibility (with Amazon Echo and Alexa, Google Assistant, etc.) and can be controlled remotely to boil water, so it’s ready when their tea or hot toddy craving strikes.

One standout tech innovation we’re particularly grateful for is the “Wake Mode” for when you get up in the morning and “Home Mode” for as soon as you walk in the door, so you can make your hands-off coffee or tea prep align with your schedule.

Make It Personal
Ode to Home State Dish Towel
Uncommon Goods uncommongoods.com

Exclusive to Uncommon Goods, these kitchen towels showcase colorful, fanciful illustrations accompanied by an ode to the state and what makes it special. The design correlates to what a state is known for, so expect landscapes, plants, animals, landmarks, and more to show off state pride. Best of all, they’re all made in the grand ol’ U.S. of A.

Great For Gourmets
Napoleon Kit for 6
Chef Francis Mallmann goldbelly.com

This spring, Chef Francis Mallmann, the famed Argentine chef best known for Patagonian cuisine (you might recall him from season 1 of Netflix’s Chef’s Table), partnered with Goldbelly to ship his famous Argentinian food experiences across the U.S. in what is the first international chef partnership for the brand. If you want to round out the sugar rush, throw in his beef empanadas with Llajua sauce, too. 

Keep Their Home Safe
eufy Security Video Doorbell
eufy security amazon.com
$169.99 (15% off)

Okay, so maybe a doorbell isn’t the sexiest housewarming gift, but we can’t think of a more thoughtful and practical gift for a close friend or family member than this video doorbell with a 2K resolution. The Amazon’s Choice product also gives you the convenience of communicating with guests via two-way audio from wherever you are through the app.

Great For Effortless Cleaning
Dreame D9 Robot Vacuum and Mop Cleaner
Dreametech amazon.com
$299.99 (25% off)

Praises will be eternal (or if you’ve got yourself a new home, give this one to yourself) over this robot vacuum with an advanced LDS laser navigation system that saves you from having your friendly new smart vacuum from bumping into the brand new furniture.  

We’re particularly swooning for the fact that this mop-and-vacuum hybrid is incredibly quiet and a game-changer for pet owners dealing with hair-everywhere issues.

Best For Homebodies
Slipper Chair
The Inside theinside.com

This elegant chair style dates back to the early 1700s and is a workhorse of a chair whether you place it in a home office or living room. The Inside has more than 100 fabrics to choose from, so you can customize the chair’s look to your friend or family member’s style. This green and pink cherry blossom look just tugs at our antique heartstrings.

Best Splurge
Gardyn Home 30-Plant Indoor Smart Garden
GARDYN amazon.com

Yes, it’s pricey, but for the urban family that always is eating their greens, we can’t think of a better way to welcome them into their new house. Make that greenhouse

This 30-plant indoor smart garden will not only have them shave hundreds off their grocery bill that only takes up two square feet of space. Users can pick from more than 50 plants, flowers, veggies, fruits, and herbs in this AI-powered garden that adds instant life (literally) to a new home.

There’s even a vacation mode on the app to automate feeding and watering settings to make it totally hands-off if you’re away or prefer not to sing for your supper.

Best Kitchen Splurge
BALMUDA The Toaster
BALMUDA amazon.com

For the family friends for whom dinner wouldn’t be dinner without that lightly toasted crusty French baguette on the table, this is the gift for them. Available in black and white, this sleek toaster uses steam technology and temperature regulation with multiple mode settings for the perfect piece of toast, artisan bread, pastry, or even pizza.

For a Calm Space
Diffuser Selection
Aera aeraforhome.com

New home, new scents. This app-controlled diffuser immerses home dwellers in beautiful scent scapes, whose strengths can be dialed up or down depending on your personal preference. You can’t go wrong with the Beach House fragrance (“ocean air, gardenia & blonde woods” or Forest Therapy (“pink pepper, cypress & ho wood”) fragrances, but there’s something to be said for Linen, too (“linen, juniper berries & bergamot”).

Even better, the scents are made with ethically and sustainably sourced fragrance and essential oils. 

P.S. It’s compatible with Alexa.

Best Outdoor Gift
Black Modern Adirondack Recycled Plastic Chair
POLYWOOD wayfair.com

If you’re going to be over all the time, you might as well make your residency official with everybody’s favorite yard lazing essential. This Adirondack chair is available in a host of colors, we’re partial to pacific blue, but they’ve also got more subdued hues like teak and mahogany.

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