47 housewarming gift ideas that are genuinely useful

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Whether your best friend just bought their first home or your sibling finished moving into a new apartment, you’ll want to help them celebrate (especially if they’re hosting you).

Great housewarming gifts really run the gamut — they can be incredibly useful appliances they won’t buy themselves or small but sentimental trinkets that symbolize an exciting new chapter in their lives.

To aid in your search, we rounded up some of our favorite housewarming gifts, from must-have kitchen accessories to gorgeous decor you know they’ll love.

An elaborate cheese board

Uncommon Goods

Uncommon Goods Sliding Cheese & Snack Board 

This ingenious board slides out to nearly double its size, leaving room for all the cheeses, snacks, and charcuterie essentials they want. It also comes with four cheese tools that stash away neatly in the board itself.

A customized bottle of wine

Mark & Graham

Cheers Custom Wine

This wine bottle label can be customized to include a family name and date, making it the perfect gift for a special event in their home or a belated wedding gift. You can choose between a cabernet or rosé, both made in California.

A beautiful candle (or three)


Otherland Candles

Otherland’s candles are well-known for their unique scents and sleek packaging, making them a foolproof, easy gift for practically anyone. You can choose one, buy a pre-made set, or build your own gift by mixing and matching candles you think your recipient would love the most.

A classic Le Creuset for home-cooked dinners

Le Creuset

Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast Iron Round Oven (5 1/2-Quart)

The Le Creuset Dutch oven is one of the most sought-after cookware pieces for any home kitchen. From braising to roasting, this popular Dutch oven evenly heats and is big enough to provide hearty portions. 

A set of gourmet olive oil and vinegar


Brightland The Essential Capsule Olive Oil and Vinegar Set

Brightland makes some of our favorite olive oil, and this four-piece kit includes two bottles of oil and vinegar (respectively). It’s a high-quality product, from the taste to the packaging, and one they will likely restock once they’re out.

Slipper socks to keep their feet warm


Bombas Gripper Slipper

Bombas makes our favorite socks, and its slippers are no different. These feel like a mix of gripper socks and slippers, offering a comfy fit and a slip-free experience.

A huge box of charcuterie supplies

Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma Beehive Cheese Gift Crate

Moving into (or renovating) a new home makes it harder to cook full meals, so charcuterie boards are a great, lowkey way to enjoy a fancy dinner. This crate features cheeses, nuts, fruits, salami, crackers, and anything else they need for their cheese board.

A stunning puzzle that doubles as wall art

Piecework Puzzles

Piecework Puzzles Garden Party Puzzle

Piecework makes 500- and 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles out of high-quality, maximalist photographs, offering a unique challenge as well as a hangable piece of art when they’re done.

A delicious set of Sichuan crisps

Fly by Jing

Fly By Jing Sichuan Flavor Set

The perfect gift for anyone who loves heat (or just a whole lot of flavor), this five-piece set features multiple chili crisps and sauces, as well as an 11-ingredient spice mix. It’ll tide them over as they build up their hot sauce collection.

The softest throw blanket


Anthropologie Sophie Faux Fur Throw Blanket

Even if they already have a throw, they likely don’t have one this luxe and soft (and if they do, you can never have too many!) It comes in a range of colors, from bright pink and yellow to neutrals.

A famed multi-purpose pan

Our Place

Our Place Always Pan

The Always Pan is internet-famous for its claim to replace eight pieces of cookware (and looking cute while doing it). It comes in multiple matte colors and functions as a frying pan, sauce pan, skillet, steamer, and more.

A dried bouquet they can keep for years

East Olivia

East Olivia The Botanical – Bud

Dried flowers are very trendy, and not just because they last longer than live bouquets. This arrangement is subtle and beautiful enough for any home, though it’s also available in larger sizes as well.

Gourmet delivery from their favorite restaurant


Goldbelly Food Gifts

Goldbelly is a great service for gourmet food delivered all across the country, whether your recipient is craving bagels from New York, BBQ from Tennessee, seafood from Maine, or sweets from practically anywhere in the US. If you’re not sure what they’d like, you can also grab them a gift card, too.

A set of trendy wine glasses


Anthropologie Morgan Wine Glasses, (Set of 4)

Whether they drink wine, cocktails, or mocktails, everything just tastes better in a cute glass. These rectangular pastel glasses will definitely elevate their hosting game.

A mini personal fireplace


FLÎKR Fire Personal Fireplace

If their new digs don’t include a fireplace, help them enjoy one anyway with this sleek personal fireplace. It’s also a lot easier than readying a real bonfire: Instead of logs, all they need is some rubbing alcohol and a candle lighter to get the flame going.

A gorgeous casserole dish

Great Jones

Great Jones Hot Dish Ceramic Casserole Dish

For the dinner hosts who love snapping a pic of their masterpieces, this hot dish features a beautiful design that’ll immediately elevate their Instagrams. It comes in a few different colors and can be used for everything from mains to desserts.

A lovely heart-shaped spoon

Uncommon Goods

Uncommon Goods Hand-Carved Heart Serving Spoon

If you’re looking for a lowkey, affordable housewarming gift, this sweet serving spoon will be very appreciated. Each spoon is made by a collective of artisans in rural Kenya, making the one you gift truly unique.

A chic table lamp

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters Little Glass Table Lamp

It’s hard to imagine a design aesthetic that this minimalist lamp would clash with. Available in plain white or a few fun colors, it offers a warm, subtle light that any room could use more of.

An electric kettle for the tea or coffee lover


Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Kettle

Your giftee can wake up in their new home to coffee or tea with this sleek and modern electric kettle they’ll love displaying on their kitchen counter. The Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Kettle has temperature control and a keep-warm mode that will maintain their water at a set temperature for up to an hour.   

A set of stackable plates they’ll love to display

Our Place

Our Place Hand Painted Ceramic Main Plates

Dinnerware sets are great housewarming gifts, and Our Place’s Main Plates are functional, dishwasher and microwave safe, and stackable. Your giftee will enjoy using them for all their meals. 

An ingenious candle warmer lamp

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luzdiosa Candle Warmer Lamp

Beyond functioning as a chic lamp, this gift also warms candles without lighting them, making them last longer and avoiding the hassle of using matches. It’s the kind of thing they may not have known existed but will be so glad they own now.

A cookbook filled with comfort food recipes


“Modern Comfort Food” by Ina Garten

If they’re craving a nice, home-cooked meal after days of packing or unpacking their kitchen, gift them Ina Garten’s “Modern Comfort Food” cookbook. It offers 85 classic recipes that are warm and cozy refined twists on childhood favorites. 

You can find more of our favorite cookbooks here.

A quirky planter


Anthropologie Grecian Bust Pot

This pot simultaneously looks classic and eccentric, immediately giving their place a good dose of personality. It’ll especially be appreciated if your giftee is a big history or Greek mythology buff.

A set of adorable cheese knives

Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma Marble Honeycomb Cheese Knives (Set of 3)

These marble cheese knives are the bees knees, featuring gold bees on each one. You can get them on their own or pair as a set with a matching cheese board or honeycomb-shaped coasters.

An easy indoor garden system

Click and Grow

Click and Grow Smart Garden 3

They might not have a green thumb for an outdoor garden, but this self-watering indoor garden is almost impossible to kill. In time, they can grow small produce and herbs to help spice up their meals.

Pretty crystal coasters


Anthropologie Gilded Agate Coaster

If they don’t have them already, coasters are always a small but highly appreciated gift. These crystal ones feature a gilded border for an extra elevated look.

A high-brow print for hot dog lovers

Urban Outfitters

JESHAKA Dance Art Print

Sure, it’s a parody of Henri Matisse’s Dance featuring smiling hot dogs, but honestly, this is art all on its own. Gift it to a hot dog lover or just anyone with a great sense of humor.

An oven pan with a functional design

Our Place

Our Place Oven Pan

The checkerboard pattern has a hidden purpose: They can use it to measure out how far apart to set cookie dough. Plus, the pan looks cute as a serving dish, too.

A fun board game to play together


Wingspan Board Game

If your giftee is a fan of games, this one is a must-have. Featuring an adorable premise and setup (mini eggs included), it’s a great way to spend time together when you come over.

A personalized BBQ carving board

Mark and Graham

Mark and Graham BBQ Carving Board

Mark and Graham makes a wide range of customizable products, including this carving board you can embellish with your giftees’ names or initials in practically any font you can think of.

A low maintenance houseplant

The Sill

The Sill Parlor Palm Plant

If your giftee is a plant lover, they’ll appreciate The Sill’s low-maintenance Parlor Palm plant. This houseplant doesn’t require much sunlight, making it one less thing they have to worry about while setting into their new spot. 

The cutest mini waffle maker

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Dash Mini Waffle Maker

Even the tiniest kitchens can accommodate this mini waffle maker, which can be used for everything from traditional waffles to hashbrowns and even paninis. 

A tracker tag to locate their keys or bags


Tile Pro

Every new homeowner’s worst nightmare is losing their keys, making TilePro a worthwhile gift. They can attach this gift to any essential item; if it’s ever lost, they can track down their item via Bluetooth. 

A soothing sheet set for a restful night’s sleep


Sijo Eucalyptus Sheet Set

A premium sheet set will ensure they get a great night’s sleep in their new surroundings. These hypoallergenic eucalyptus sheets are eco-friendly, super-cooling, and softer than silk. 

A set of woven placemats

West Elm

West Elm Handwoven Fishnet Abaca Placemats (2-Pack)

Once they’re settled in, your giftee is likely looking forward to some entertaining in their new space. These woven textured placemats will complement any dinnerware set with their neutral light brown color, and make a great addition to a kitchen or dining room table.  

A cheerful dumpling nightlight


Smoko Lil B Dumpling Ambient Light

For fans of all things cute, this little dumpling can be used as a nightlight or just added ambience in any room. It’s the perfect dose of adorableness to charm their new home with.

A nostalgic candle


Homesick New Home Candle

It won’t take long for their new home to truly feel and smell like theirs, but commemorate the fresh feeling of a blank canvas with this “New Home” scented candle. They can light it whenever they want to be transported back to the magic time when they first stepped into their new space. 

A cold brew coffee maker


OXO Brew Cold Brew Coffee Maker

Morning coffee is a given for the homeowner that works from home. This OXO coffee maker prepares up to 14 cups of hot or cold-brewed coffee that’s smooth and low on acidity. 

A custom map of their new city or hometown


Grafomap Custom Map Poster

Gift the new homeowner a map of their favorite place, childhood home, or new town. Your giftee will enjoy this thoughtful home accent and can hang it on any wall. 

A tortilla press kit for a fun night in the kitchen

Verve Culture

Verve Culture Cast Iron Tortilla Press Kit

Fresh tortillas are a game changer when it comes to tacos. Gently encourage your new neighbor to host Taco Tuesday with this tortilla press (just let them know you’ll bring the guacamole).

A bar cart to store their favorite wines and glasses


FirsTime & Co. Francesca Bar Cart

A bar cart is something your giftee probably wouldn’t buy on their own, but would love and appreciate as a gift. They can unpack all their favorite wine glasses and dinnerware and store them in this metal bar cart. 

A blanket that splits right down the middle

Uncommon Goods

Uncommon Goods Couple’s Split Blanket and Sheet Set

If they live with a partner, this ingenious split blanket makes sharing the covers a lot easier. This blanket and sheet set splits down the middle, allowing both partners to sleep comfortably with no interruptions. 

A monthly pasta subscription with unique flavors


Sfoglini Pasta Subscription Box (3 Months)

If they are a fan of pasta, they will enjoy this monthly pasta subscription from Sfoglini, a pasta company known for being the first to make cascatelli, the “perfect” pasta shape. Your giftee can enjoy unique pasta flavors and shapes for three or six months. 

An Alexa smart plug for all their home appliances

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Amazon Smart Plug

You can turn their new home into a smart one with this Amazon Smart Plug. They can plug any appliance or device into the smart outlet and control it through the Alexa app or any Alexa-enabled device. 

An Instant Pot and air fryer duo for all their cooking needs

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Instant Pot 11-in-1 Air Fryer Duo Crisp plus Electric Pressure Cooker (8 Quart)

This multitasking air fryer is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, and air fryer all in one. Whether your giftee enjoys cooking or needs a kitchen appliance that’ll do all the cooking for them, the Instant Pot Duo Crisp is an excellent gift.

A bamboo bath tray to hold their favorite book and drink


Rebrilliant Gardner Freestanding Bamboo Bath Caddy

After a long move, your new homeowner can unwind by reading their favorite book with a nice drink in their new tub with this bamboo bath caddy. The tray is adjustable and fits most tubs.

A countertop wine rack to display their favorite wines


Soduki Rustic Wood Countertop Wine Rack

If you’re looking for an affordable and thoughtful gift, this Amazon countertop wine rack is perfect for the wine enthusiast turned new homeowner. They can display and store their favorite wines right on their kitchen island or bar table. 

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