- Here are ten ideas for meaningful housewarming gifts
- 1. Something for their front door.
- 2. A set of coasters.
- 3. Glassware.
- 4. A cutting board.
- 5. A shower curtain.
- 6. A welcome mat.
- 7. A gift card to a local furniture shop.
- 8. Something for their front yard.
- 9. A personalized candle.
- 10. A pair of matching robes.
When someone moves into a new home, it’s customary to give them a gift. Known as a housewarming gift, some homeowners might host a small party to welcome people into their new space.
Originating in France, housewarmings are a way for close friends and family of the new homeowners to celebrate moving into their new space. It’s traditional to give the new homeowners a gift for their home.
Here are ten ideas for meaningful housewarming gifts
1. Something for their front door.
New homeowners like to show off their new space, letting new neighbors and guests know which space is theirs. A welcome sign with their last name is a great custom sign for a home that they can put on their front door, or right next to it. If you don’t want to use their last name, you can put their house number or any other personal info you think they might like to show off on their front door.
2. A set of coasters.
Coasters are a great housewarming gift. Many couples like to keep their furniture in pristine condition, and wood is an especially temperamental material for furniture. Too much moisture from a glass or mug can cause warping or the infamous “mug ring” to appear on wooden furniture.
Coasters are how people keep their furniture safe from water damage. Give your friends a set of coasters for their housewarming! You can have them customized, or you can even consider making them yourself! A little modge podge and scrapbook paper can go a long way on sawed ceramic tiles to create a truly unique set of coasters.
If the new homeowners like to host people and parties, then a set of glassware is perfect for their housewarming. Make sure you bring a bottle of water, scotch, or other beverage for everyone to enjoy with the new glassware! If their new home has a bar area, or if they’ve put a bar cart into the space, you can give them their glassware with some other fun bar gifts they’re sure to love. Whether it’s a neon sign or a decanter, they’ll love expanding their glassware for their new home.
4. A cutting board.
Housewarming gifts should be just as beautiful as they are practical. A cutting board is a great housewarming gift because the new homeowners can choose to display it or use it — the choice is entirely up to them! Some use it as a way to plate food at parties, while others use it to cut meat, produce and anything else they’d like. You can order them a personalized cutting board that features their initials, the state they live in or even where they’re from. Perfect for a housewarming party!
5. A shower curtain.
If they’ve upgraded to a bigger home, there’s a chance they’ve now got more bathrooms than they had before. If so, then they might be in need of things to outfit their newest bathroom. Consider getting them a new shower curtain, or one they can use as a backup if needed.
It’s always a good idea to have a backup! Many homeowners love practical gifts as much as they do the ones they will simply place on a bookshelf, so a shower curtain is a great idea. Go for a neutral color so that it blends well with any decor scheme they have.
6. A welcome mat.
Whether you choose a funny, sentimental or bright and cheery message for the new homeowners, a welcome mat is a great housewarming gift. They can rotate it out throughout the seasons, or they can leave it up year-round. They might want a new one for their space, especially if they live out in the country and frequently used their old one to the point where it’s frayed and has some missing spots. They can be tough to clean, too, so having a replacement is always a good idea.
7. A gift card to a local furniture shop.
While some people view gift cards as the easy way out, some people actually prefer them over physical gifts. If the new homeowners have a smaller home, then storage space might be limited. With a gift card, they can go shopping for the things they actually need instead of accepting different gifts they might not use.
If you think your friends or family hosting a housewarming actually would prefer a gift card to any other type of gift, then get them one to a local furniture store! This way, you’re still supporting small businesses without guessing at what they’d want to put in their space.
8. Something for their front yard.
If this is the first time they’ll have a front yard, consider getting them something for it! A seasonal personalized garden flag, walkway lights, or even a set of wind chimes are all great housewarming gifts for their front yard.
If they live in a condo or townhome where they might not be able to do much decorating with their front yard, placing their gift in a pot with rocks is a way they can easily set it by their front door without violating any community rules.
9. A personalized candle.
Why not give their home a unique, custom scent? Get a personalized candle especially crafted for them and give it to them as their housewarming gift.
If candles aren’t really their thing, you can also consider incense as an alternative. Try to go for soy-based candles, as they burn cleaner than traditional candles and don’t cause nearly as many respiratory issues in people.
10. A pair of matching robes.
Let them relax in their new bathroom in style with a pair of matching luxury bathrobes. Perfect for when they want to spend a day pampering themselves or relaxing after a long day of work. Choose matching colors and designs, or get them a set that shares their monogram. Don’t forget the plush slippers to go with it! The full set is perfect for new homeowners to use in their new space.