A new home marks the start of the next chapter in anyone's life, but celebrating the new home or apartment owners with the perfect present doesn't mean you have to spend a lot. "The best gifts are those that are thoughtful, not necessarily those that are expensive," advises etiquette expert Nick Leighton.
We researched the best options available that are welcoming, practical, and within various budgets. Our top picks include kitchen linens from Sur la Table, a Standard Textile cashmere throw, and the Snif Candle Bundle Kit, a trio of warm scents that add style and a signature fragrance to a new home.
Here are the best housewarming gifts.
Sur La Table Striped Kitchen Towels, Set of 3
Kitchen linens might not be the first thing that comes to mind when a new homeowner is shopping for their space. By giving them these striped kitchen towels from Sur la Table, you're sending a subtle reminder that even the littlest of messes can be cleaned with the slightest of ease. Choose your set of three in bright green or muted gray to fit your recipient's aesthetic, and our tester loved they quickly absorb and clean up messes. Even better, they have a hanging loop for easing storing and displaying.
Price at time of publish: $22
Blueland Clean Essentials Kit
Cleaning supplies might sound like a gift that's not worth giving, but when you're opting for a brand like Blueland, it's a completely different story. Their Clean Essentials Kit includes their hand soap, multi-surface cleaner, bathroom cleaner, and glass and mirror cleaner. The formulas are made without parabens, phosphates, ammonia, VOCs, chlorine bleach, or phthalates, as well as being Cradle to Cradle Certified™, Leaping Bunny (cruelty free) approved, and an EPA Safer Choice. On top of that, our tester loved the natural scents, and how the high-quality bottles cut down on plastic waste. Additionally, the system include eco-friendly dissolvable tablets to create the tough cleaning products, without hurting the environment.
Price at time of publish: $35
Snif Candle Bundle Kit
Fragrance is one of the first things you notice when walking into a home. By giving an assortment of scented candles as a housewarming gift, you're allowing the individual or couple the chance to explore a few scents, with one becoming their signature.
Editor-approved brand Snif.Co is different from others on the market. All of their candles are made in the USA and use clean-burning pure cotton fiber wicks. Their candle bundle includes three full sizes of non-toxic, paraffin-free, vegan, and cruelty-free candles rated to last for up to 200 hours of combined burn time. The company also offers mini versions, which gives anyone not gifting this set the chance to try before you buy.
Brooklinen Super-Plush Towel Move-In Bundle
The idea of wrapping yourself into a plush, clean bath towel after a shower is likely one of the only things that can convince you to turn off the water in the first place. That's where the Super-Plush Towel Move-In Bundle from Brooklinnen comes into play. Each set includes four bath towels, two hand towels, four washcloths, and one bath mat composed of one hundred percent Turkish Cotton. You'll also be glad to know that each piece is OEKO-TEX® certified for chemical safety and machine washable.
Our tester noted that the bath towel is incredibly lush and soft for wrapping up after the shower. What's more—the durable construction holds up after multiple rounds in the wash, and the classic design looks timeless hanging on any bathroom door.
Price at time of publish: $319
Dymo LabelManager 280 Rechargeable Label Maker
While a label maker may not be the most luxurious gift, it helps organize all of your recipient's items as they unpack and set up their new space. We love this pick from Dymo because of the easy setup, large screen, and multiple options for making the perfect label. You can choose from six font sizes, six pre-loaded styles, and a built-in library with almost 220 clip images and symbols as well. Our tester also loved how light and portable this pick proved to be, so the new homeowners in your life can easily carry it around their new space to find the perfect place for everything they own.
Price at time of publish: $92
Parachute Linen Bed Bundle
Parachute Home is a brand that our editors love. From their super-soft robes to their luxury sheet sets, we've yet to find a product that missed the mark from this home brand. Upgrade their bedding set to this Sateen Bed Bundle. They'll find everything they need to freshen up their look, from a fitted sheet to a duvet cover and insert. There is even a way to customize the set, so those with allergies can feel comfortable knowing their insert is made from a down alternative.
Price at time of publish: $1,266 for Down, All-season, Medium, and Back envelope
Material The Fundamentals
No kitchen is complete without the right set of tools, and that's where The Fundamentals by Material Kitchen comes into play. With ten stainless steel utensils, this set will make whipping up their next culinary masterpiece simple. Of course, we have to recognize the use of FSC-certified maple, walnut, or beech wood in the design of the stand. Rest assured, The Fundamentals will withstand the test of time and be the gift that keeps on giving.
Price at time of publish: $195
Uncommon Goods Compact Swivel Cheese Board with Knives
Charcuterie boards are a party staple for a reason. Traditionally, they include an assortment of cheeses, meats, bread, spreads, and fruits, but recently they have morphed into more dynamic ideations. No matter what style board they choose to serve, this base from Uncommon Goods will take it from ordinary to extraordinary. The board starts in a wedge shape and unfolds to a tiered circle, which creates a more dynamic experience. Coming in at two sizes, with each having a stainless-steel cheese knife and cheese fork, they'll have everything they need for the perfect soirée.
Price at time of publish: $81 for large
Standard Textile Cashmere Reversible Tassel Throw
Cold nights always call for a cozy fire, but if that's not an option, cozying up in a plush throw blanket will do. This Cashmere Reversible Tassel Throw from Standard Textile Home is crafted using 80% wool and 20% cashmere, meaning it's soft to the touch and hypoallergenic. Opt to give them one of three double-sided designs to help keep them warm in their brand-new abode.
Price at time of publish: $150
Pyrex 20 Piece Glass Freshlock Food Storage Set
Leftovers are a staple whether you're in a new home or not. The least you can do is make sure those remaining servings of food stay fresh in glass storage sets. Pyrex is a go-to for many of us, partly because the glass is BPA-free, dishwasher-safe, oven-friendly, and suitable for use in both the fridge and freezer. This 20-piece set also includes lids, so they won't have to use things like plastic wrap, which leads to more waste in landfills.
Price at time of publish: $47
All Modern 5 Piece Matinee Picture Frame Set
Gallery walls have become a design staple for most homeowners. The downside, however, is that finding the right frames at the right price can be challenging. Remove one hurdle from their decorating to-do list by giving this gallery wall frame set from All Modern. Included, you'll find five golden frames and one with an additional built-in basket for trinkets and knick knacks.
Price at time of publish: $80
UrbanStems Flower Arrangement
Let's face it, there is no occasion where flowers don't make the perfect gift. UrbanSteams is a tried and true editor favorite for a reason. With their elegant designs and swift delivery service, giving the gift of flowers has never felt more appropriate. If you want to keep the joy going past your giftee's move-in day, consider the company's monthly subscription. They deliver arrangements weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly to the addressee.
Price at time of publish: $70 for the Firecracker
Pottery Barn Artisan Vase Collection
Plants can make a home feel more inviting and bring a much-needed element of nature into an otherwise industrial space. While you might not feel comfortable picking a plant out for them, giving something to house the plant in is always a safe and welcomed gift option. These Artisan Vases look weathered and lived-in but in the most stylish way possible. With sizes ranging from larger to smaller and styles like a jug and urn, there is an option perfect for any new homeowner with a green thumb.
Price at time of publish: $79 for short round
Etsy Watercolor Home Portrait
Commemorate their new space with a watercolor portrait. Etsy shop WillowBeeSigns will take an image of their home and turn it into a visual art display with the home's name signed on the bottom. Choose from a digital download, a standard print, or a version printed on smooth finished wood with a pine frame. It's a simple, yet visually pleasing gift that will set the tone right for this next chapter in their life.
Price at time of publish: $30 for 5x7 inches
Casper Glow Night Light
If they are in a new space, odds are they might suffer from some bumps and bruises trying to navigate halls in the middle of the night. The Casper Glow Night Light was designed to light the way without disrupting sleep. By using an amber backlight, Casper ensures that your body stays in rest mode during your nightly bathroom break. Each light features motion sensor technology, so they only light up when you walk past.
Price at time of publish: $35
Ring Video Doorbell Pro
Moving into a new home can come with worries, and sometimes, those worries are about the unknown area you've moved into. If you know that your giftee is currently feeling that way, a Ring Doorbell might be the right gift to give. This motion-detecting video monitor allows you to see anyone who approaches the entrance of your home, all from your smartphone. The devices' capabilities include day and night vision, connecting to Amazon Alexa, and can allow you to respond in real-time to visitors.
Price at time of publish: $170
Dewalt 20V MAX Cordless Drill and Driver Set
For all the things that could go wrong in a new home or apartment, ensure they have the tools they need to get it fixed in record time. The Dewalt 20V Max Cordless Drill and Driver Set has enough accessories to tackle any DIY project or broken amenity you can think of. Along with the drill bits, you'll find a battery pack and charger, so no additional purchases are needed. Whether you're putting together new furniture or hanging up your recent artwork purchase, there is nothing that this power drill can't do.
Price at time of publish: $155
West Elm Terrace Bar Cart
Bar carts tend to serve two purposes. The first is a stylish conversation piece, and the second is functional party equipment. This West Elm bar cart ticks off both flawlessly thanks to the art deco design, ample space, and mobility. The two shelves are mirrored, creating a light and airy ambiance, while four wheels allow the host to glide seamlessly from room to room. It's large enough to display all of your spirits and liquor, yet small enough that it won't take up too much party space.
Price at time of publish: $549
Farmhouse Pottery Pantry Bowl
Pantry bowls are a kitchen staple for a good reason. They are aesthetically pleasing, multi-purpose, and allow for optimal organization. This trio of wheel-thrown pottery bowls from Farmhouse Pottery is crafted with care in Vermont and ships nationwide. The spout on the upper rim allows for an easy pour of liquids, and the interior ceramic means minimal sticking of doughs. They are also dishwasher and oven-friendly, which often isn't the case for commercial pantry bowls.
Price at time of publish: $50
Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) Smart Speaker with Clock and Alexa
The Amazon Echo 4th Generation is a small but mighty gift. Equipped with built-in speakers, a smart home hub, and Amazon Alexa, they can do just about any task by simply using their voice. If they want to play music, they can toggle between Spotify and Apple Music. Have a burning question? Amazon Alexa can do a quick Google search for an answer. And, arguably the best part, you can call family or friends even if your phone isn't by your side. There's not much this device can't do.
Price at time of publish: $60
Blooomscape Money Tree
In Feng Shui, a money tree symbolizes good luck, often leading to a rise in wealth. When gifted, you are welcoming the idea that the giftee deserves all the abundance that life has to offer. Bloomscape can make that possible with their plant delivery service. Included in your purchase is a pet-friendly, low-light tree that will be anywhere from 32 inches to 40 inches in height. While it will be delivered in an ecopot, you can always take it one set further and upgrade the pot if you know their design tastes.
Price at time of publish: $169
KitchenAid Artisan Design Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Glass Bowl
The idea of ample counter space in a new home is likely to send any baker into a tizzy. And, as any budding pastry chef will tell you, a KitchenAid Stand Mixer is more than just a gift; it is a lifesaver. The Series Five model comes equipped with 10-speed settings that will mix, whip, and beat any ingredients in record time. A five-quart stylish glass mixing bowl, splash guard, flat beater, wire whip, and a C dough hook are included with the mixer. Once they're in clean-up mode, they can detach all of the pieces and give them a swift toss into the dishwasher.
Price at time of publish: $479
Estelle Colored Glass Wine Glasses
If you've been around the internet recently, you would have seen the beautiful steamed glasses from Estelle Colored Glass. This collection includes six in one of nine colorways or one of three mixed color options. The brand, by Stephanie Summerson Hall, is inspired by the unique glassware from the past. Designed in Charleston, South Carolina, and hand-blown in Poland, your new homeowner will find any excuse to pull these out of their kitchen cabinets.
Price at time of publish: $185 for set of 6
Caraway Cookware Set
Nothing beats a home-cooked meal when it's made in your own space. Make sure your giftee has everything they need to create even the most challenging dishes with cookware from Caraway Home. Included in the set, you'll find a saucepan, saute pan, frying pan, and dutch oven. The coating is non-toxic ceramic, while the rest of the pans contain an aluminum core with stainless steel handles. They'll love all the meals they make and might even invite you over for one or two of them.
Price at time of publish: $445
Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Pour-Over Kettle
When it's cold outside, nothing will warm them up than sitting in their new home with a cozy drink in hand. The Stagg EKG Electric Kettle has 1200 watts for a quick heat time that will bring your water to a temperature between 135-212 degrees Fahrenheit. When 'Hold' mode is activated, the electric base will maintain your desired temperature for a full hour. And, of course, there are nine colorways to choose from, so there's bound to be one that they'll love.
Price at time of publish: $165
Architectural Digest at 100: A Century of Style
When we flip through magazines and look at stylish set-ups of different homes, there always seems to be a coffee table book present. This book from Architectural Digest pulls images from over 100 years of issues from the design authority. You'll find the homes of past presidents, actors, singers, and celebrities alike. They're sure to love using this as a design piece or something to flip through for inspiration.
Price at time of publish: $125
What to Look For in a Housewarming Gift
Warm and Welcoming
Helping a new home or apartment owner make their environment feel welcoming and inviting can be incredibly helpful. You'll want to take into consideration gifts that evoke just that, a feeling of peace. Whether that be something as helping to establish their home's signature scent or making sure they know who's knocking at the door, you're showing them that their home is exactly where they're meant to be.
Even seasoned homeowners might not have all the essential items they need, so giving functional gifts is always a safe option. Usually, you can find a necessity they need that aligns with their passions. The hostess would appreciate gifts that elevate her gatherings or take some of the pressure off them during the events. Finding a way to align these personal touches with necessity is the cornerstone of a good gift.
Finding a practical gift also means finding a perfect gift for their new space. A housewarming gift for a new house will look different from one for a new apartment. "When in doubt, or when you know someone has limited space, something that can be 'used up' is often a safer bet," says etiquette expert Nick Leighton. For example, he recommends coffee beans from a nearby roaster or a nice hand soap from a local boutique.
It's important to remember that, no matter who you're shopping for, you should never give a gift outside of your price range. We often feel a need to present items that show extravagance versus what the person we're giving to needs. In those moments, take a step back and ask yourself if this particular item is something you can gift without placing yourself in financial strife. If the answer is no, you should reassess what you're giving and consider alternative options. No matter what you end up deciding on, they'll appreciate your gesture.
What is an appropriate amount of spend on a housewarming gift?
Leighton shares that there is no one right amount to spend on a housewarming present. This will depend on your budget and how close you are to the recipient. If you are short on funds, opt for something less expensive while still being thoughtful. A handmade gift is also a great option for a cost-effective gift that still holds a lot of meaning.
What is a good practical housewarming gift?
Choosing something practical ensures that your gift will go to good use. Consider what your recipient needs in their new space before buying. This could include cookware, cleaning supplies, or even a meal delivery service for their first few nights in the new space. "Practical gifts include silicone ice cube trays, tenugui (Japanese hand towels), candles, and stationery," says Leighton.
What are the best housewarming gifts for guys?
All recipients will be different, so tailor your present to something the man in your life needs for their new space or would enjoy using in the future. Leighton suggests considering their interests first and going from there. "If they love hosting barbecues, then perhaps give them spice rubs from their favorite chef," he advises. "Or if they’re big into game nights, then maybe consider getting a bunch of “Cards Against Humanity” expansion packs. Guys with a new home gym, on the other hand, might appreciate fun new accessories, like Rogue’s Grandfather Clock grips."
Why Trust The Spruce?
Samantha Parsons re-envisioned this article to include gifts that are practical, useful, and aesthetically pleasing. Hours of research (including scouring websites, reading reviews, and analyzing current trends) lead her to carefully select each of the above items. She is also currently in the process of decorating her own home, so she is hyper-aware of what fellow consumers are looking for. When she is not spending her time writing for The Spruce, she works for a beauty brand and is constantly reading up on the latest product launches and design trends.
Expert advice was provided by etiquette expert and host of the weekly etiquette show, “Were You Raised By Wolves?" Nick Leighton.