35 Useful Housewarming Gifts for All First-Time Homeowners
Because home is where the heart is!
Nothing says "welcome to adulthood" better than owning your very first home. Whether you’re trading a dorm room for an apartment, an apartment for a condo, a condo for a house or just about any other combination of those dwellings, moving into a new place is a huge milestone. If you know someone who recently relocated into their "forever home," you might be in the market for a housewarming gift or two. Since it feels like everyone already owns everything these days, we stocked the following list full of unique, fun, and — most important of all — useful items perfect for absolutely any type of new homeowner. Whether they'll appreciate a new cookware set, appliance or something more whimsical, we found gifts for every kind of new homeowner. Who knows, maybe you’ll want to buy some of them for your own place too?
Dips are the snack that bring the whole party together, so why not gift the new homeowners the greatest party trick of them all? This two-piece, handmade ceramic bowl is made to maintain any dip's ideal temperature from start to finish. Fill the base with ice when serving a cool salsa or guacamole, or add hot water underneath a buffalo chicken dip your family and friends will be fighting over.
This simple yet heartwarming gift bag will take your wine bottle from zero to 100. The linen material makes this bag durable and washable (not to mention easy to regift for another housewarming), and the drawstring design is useful for quick access. Large enough to hold any standard bottle (even sparkling!), this gift bag paired with your friend's favorite wine is certain to be memorable.
Movie nights in a new home aren't complete without popcorn, and the Uncommon Goods glazed stoneware bowl makes for the perfect pop. Place the filtering disk at the bottom of your bowl to separate the irritating kernels, and enjoy your batch without worrying about chipping a tooth. The innovative colander-inspired bottom traps the kernels for easy disposal, making this popcorn bowl a movie night staple in any household.
Once you've grabbed your popcorn, curl up underneath this Ugg throw blanket that very well might put you to sleep before you can turn on the TV. This quilted faux fur blanket is a must-have on every couch, so do your friend a favor and gift them the coziest housewarming present around. Choose from one of four colors to ensure this couch accessory matches the furniture.
A new kitchen calls for some new recipes, and The Modern Proper is the ideal cookbook for fresh chefs looking to discover their go-to meal. Explore 100 different recipes from comfort food like tomato soup, to more exciting flavors like paprika chicken meatballs. This book encourages anyone to put on an apron and become their own version of Bobby Flay.
Find your "happy place" with these ultimate table additions. This set of six ceramic coasters is a fabulous combination of creativity and practicality, adding uniqueness to any new home. Read a different housewarming saying on each coaster while keeping watermarks and scratches from forming on the table thanks to the product's essential cork backing.
This brand-new gift set from Caraway Home is ideal for making dinner for two. It comes with smaller-sized versions of the brand's best-selling ceramic frying pan and saucepan, and is available in all of Caraway's beloved colorways, including their recently launched "icons," which feature bright gold accents.
All hail the Dutchess! That's exactly what the new homeowner in your life will be saying once they cook their first recipe in this gorgeous Dutch Oven from Great Jones. We can't get enough of its elongated oval shape, which is ideal for big batch meals. The Dutchess is also safe for all cooktops (yes, that includes induction!) and comes in seven breathtaking colors, including the dreamy Taffy, pictured above.
Though small, this porcelain magnet set from Crate & Barrel offers BIG help in the kitchen. The two adorably shaped magnets feature useful measurement conversions for liquid and dry ingredients alike, which your gift recipient can use while they're getting used to their brand-new kitchen.
Like the rest of the internet, we're pretty smitten with Our Place's multi-functional Always Pan. The novice homeowner in your life will be too once they see just how many ways they can use it. Hint: it's eight! The chic, nontoxic pan is also compatible with all cooktops — including induction — and comes in 11 different colors, so it'll seamlessly fit in with kitchens of any shape, style or size.
This unique dish towel from Uncommon Goods will have a meaningful place in both homes and hearts. Homeowners will find a beautiful illustration of their birth state on one side and a playful poem on the other. If the person you are shopping for had to relocate in order to move into their "forever home," this gift is a thoughtful way to pay homage to their journey.
Salt and pepper shakers might just be one of the most daily used tabletop accessories, so gifting this elegant stoneware set as a housewarming present makes a lot of sense. Along with the shakers, homeowners will find a chic dish with the words "Bon Appetit" printed across it. The gilded design also makes the set a nice fit for kitchens with a subway or French bistro-styled backsplash.
One of the more exciting things to come out of moving into a new home is getting to send and receive mail from a completely different address. This customizable rubber stamp from Etsy seller Sara Luke Creative is a cute way to "ink" this moment in your friend or family member's memory. The seller offers three versions of the stamp, plus a variety of fun and colorful ink pads.
There’s no better way to unwind after a long and stressful day of relocating than pampering yourself with a long, hot bath or shower. These vegan, wine-scented soap bars will help whoever you give them to do just that. Each bar smells just like a glass of Chardonnay, Cabernet, Pinot Noir or Pinot Grigio. The soaps can also be kept by the kitchen sink or in the bathroom for post-cooking handwashing.
Forget about "new car smells" — this simply designed candle from Insta-famous brand Homesick is all about memorializing the scent of your brand-new digs. Once lit, it smells just like freshly washed linens and contains undertones of jasmine, cedarwood, lime, sandalwood and musk. You can even customize the candle's label with whatever message you'd like!
You can never have too many oven mitts, especially if you spend more time in your kitchen than anywhere else in your home. If you know a home-owning newbie who fits this description, go ahead and buy them these vintage-looking oven mitts from Caraway Home. Each one is lightweight, machine-washable and features double layers of stain-resistant weave stitching that reacts well to both extremely hot and cold temperatures. The brand also offers these pot holders in the same material, in case you wanted to give the person a set of both!
Ensuring that your new home is adequately cleaned after you’ve finally finished moving into it is no joke. This Clean Essentials Kit from Blueland can help lend a helping hand with that task. It comes with all four of the brand’s best-selling, plant-based cleaning products, including their ultra-soothing Foaming Hand Soap, their powerful Multi-Surface Cleaner, their Bathroom Cleaner and their Glass + Mirror Cleaner.
This tiered, bamboo cheese board from Uncommon Goods makes a lovely housewarming gift, especially since there’s bound to be a lot of entertaining in your new homeowner’s future. The board’s compact, swivel design also makes storing it an absolute breeze.
If you’re looking for a present that an entire family of new homeowners can enjoy together, this DIY cookie decorating kit from Cheryl's is it. Along with 24 sugar cookies, it comes with a canister of sprinkles, plus two one-pound tubs full of fudge- and vanilla-flavored frostings. It’s a fun activity for them to complete together during their first weekend in their new digs. The kit's house-shaped box also makes it very appropriate!
This honeycomb-shaped wine rack from West Elm just screams, "I’m a sophisticated homeowner." Simple and elegant, it’s perfect for people who prefer a more minimalist approach to home decor. To take it to the next level, go ahead and send it to your gift recipient with a bottle or two of their favorite red or white wines.
Help ensure that your friend is adequately welcomed into their new home with this collection of generous goodies from Foxtrot. Inside the wicker basket, they'll find an assortment of 3 items from brands like Champagne Canard-Duchêne, Valerie and Brooklyn Candle Studio.
One of the many perks of having a brand-new address is being able to feature it on all your mail correspondences. This citrus-themed stationary from Rifle Paper Co. will help any home-owning newbie get the very zest of that experience. It comes stocked with beautifully illustrated notecards and envelopes, which can also be personalized with their first and last name, plus their new zip code!
This vintage breadbox will make your friend's first morning in their new dwellings all the more special. It’s stocked with everything they need to have a filling breakfast feast, including several flavors of Wolferman's fan-favorite super-thick and traditional English muffins and strawberry and blueberry preserves. The breadbox container can also be used as tabletop or kitchen decor after all the goodies are gobbled up!
Moving into a new house, apartment or condo is a valid excuse to revamp the inside of your kitchen cupboards. These stoneware mugs from Le Creuset will fit beautifully on any shelf. With their elegant ombre design, it's easy to see why they continue to be a best-seller for the brand. Need another reason why they make a great gift — the mugs are freezer-, oven-, microwave-, broiler- and dishwasher safe.
This starter pack from Momofuku will spice up any housewarming. It comes with 6 of the legendary noodle eatery's fan-favorite cooking staples, including their fiery Chili Crunch, their restaurant-grade Soy Sauce and Tamari, and three of their umami-rich seasoning salts.
Unpacking is one of the less enjoyable parts of moving into a new place. Even less exciting — trying to figure out a space to display all your things without crowding your new countertops or drawers. This chic utensil holder from Kate Spade can help! The stoneware crock comes with three wooden and dishwasher safe tools, including a spoon, slotted spoon and a turner. Whoever you give it to can also fill it with all their own kitchen must-haves.
This light-generated indoor garden adds a green touch to any cooking space. New homeowners can use it to grow up to 6 herbs at once, including basil, curly parsley, dill, thyme, Thai basil and mint. It's also a thoughtful and longer lasting alternative to a bouquet of flowers.
This goodie-packed gift basket from Harry & David beautifully personifies the idea of "home sweet home." Along with the brand's much-loved Moose Munch popcorn, your first-time homeowner will find a yummy assortment of flavored truffles, milk chocolate-covered cherries, mini chocolate mints and more.
This ergonomic-friendly kettle from Balmuda will make a striking addition to any kitchen counter. It's ideal for new homeowners who are very serious about making their morning or afternoon cup of coffee or tea. The kettle's smaller size also ensures that water will be heated faster than they can say, "I need a refill."
This might seem self-explanatory, but no two kitchen knives are the same. Make sure your friend's new kitchen is well-stocked with this knife set from Made In. It comes equipped with a chef’s knife, bread knife, paring knife, and the Nakiri Knife which are all molded by a 5th generation bladesmith in France. The innovative set is also available in four eye-catching shades: blue, black, red and olive wood.
Air fryers are a no-brainer when it comes to gift giving because they are one of those items that people always want, but never buy for themselves. This stunning sage green-colored one from Drew Barrymore's Beautiful line is one of the most diverse varieties out there. Not only can your gift recipient use it to cook two different kinds of foods at once, but they can program it to run at two different cooking temps too. How’s that for a "helping hand" in the kitchen?!
Every big life occasion deserves to be commemorated with a sweet treat or two. This delectable sampler pack from Magnolia Bakery comes with 14 (!!!), including the landmark's iconic banana pudding in a variety of fun flavors, like Classic, Red Velvet and Chocolate Hazelnut. Your family of new homeowners will also find a yummy assortment of freshly baked brownies and blondies inside.
Gifting this striking trio of balsamic vinegars from Kosterina is a lovely way to welcome a new family into your neighborhood. The set comes with three robust flavors — Fig, Dark Chocolate and Original — and can be used to dress up just about any dish, like dips, salads and ice cream sundaes!
New homeowners will absolutely love these durable and elegant ceramics from Fable Home. This serving set comes with an elongated oval-shaped tray, plus four miniature bowls, which can be used for everything from holding dips to displaying Instagram-worthy charcuterie spreads. The pieces are also hand-thrown and made from sustainable materials, like recycled and locally-sourced clay Portuguese clay.
Toast the new homeowners in your inner circle by gifting them this innovative and fun Bartesian cocktail maker. With just the touch of a button, they'll be able to make bar-quality drinks like gimlets, margaritas, sidecars, daiquiris and cosmopolitans right in the comfort of their new abode. It’ll also come in handy when they decide to throw their very first dinner party in their new space.