Moving into a new apartment or buying a new home is a big milestone to be celebrated, but it can be tough to know what housewarming gifts to give. You want to give your friend something special they would not ordinarily get, but you do not want the item to be so out there they do not use it. Here are 14 housewarming ideas that everyone should consider — from olive oil gift sets to digital photo frames:
Fancy coffee machine
Coffee people are very particular about making their coffee, so it is always a good idea to check in with your friend before splurging on the expensive espresso machine money can buy. However, if your friend gives you the go-ahead, they will use this fantastic housewarming gift for years.
You cannot go wrong with an electric kettle if you want something more versatile than a coffee maker. These kettles boil water in just a few minutes and do not take up valuable space on the stove. They also come with nifty features that standard kettles do not have, such as keeping the water warm for an extended period.
Air fryers are the healthiest, easiest way to fry food at home without messing around with hot olive oil, which is why they are at the top of our list for great housewarming gift ideas. They take up a bit of space in a cabinet, so they are not the best gift for tiny apartment dwellers, but new homeowners will love this super handy kitchen appliance.
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Cast iron Dutch oven
If you prefer an analog cooking gift, you cannot go wrong with a cast iron Dutch oven (or a skillet if they already have a Dutch oven). We recommend a 6-quart Dutch oven when first starting. This mid-size oven is neither too big nor too small, and it is light enough that most people can lift it even when full.
Elevated pantry essentials
Most people clear out their food stores before moving, meaning they need to restock their fridge and pantry immediately, making pantry essentials a thoughtful yet practical gift. Choose elevated basics, such as raw honey, chili-infused olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. Your friends will think of you whenever they cook a meal in their new place!
Digital photo frame
Your recipients will never have to worry about printing a photo again with a digital photo frame. They can send digital pictures directly to the frame from their phone and swap the images whenever they want. They can set the frame to display only one image like a traditional frame or rotate between a whole album to show all their pics to guests.
For your techie friends, consider getting them a doorbell camera, which allows them to see who is knocking, watch for package deliveries, and more. These can be a bit of a splurge, so you might want to go in on it with a group, but the new homeowner will surely appreciate this security measure for their new place.
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Smart light bulbs
If you want a techie gift that gives off fewer surveillance vibes, smart light bulbs are a nice option. These light bulbs connect to apps that allow you to turn them on and off remotely, and some offer additional features such as motion activation or changing color for extra flair.
Nice bed sheets
If your friends are still sleeping on the same sheets from college, it is time to upgrade them in the form of a premium bed sheet set. Look for a high thread count and luxury materials such as genuine cotton, bamboo, and silk to help them sleep well in their new place.
Premium bath towels and mats
Giving your friend a set of premium bath towels and bath mats as a housewarming gift is a great idea in the same vein as the bed sheets. Again, look for premium materials such as cotton or bamboo and choose bath towels and mats with a high pile for maximum fluffiness.
If your friend is moving into a place with a bathtub, then you should get them a bathtub caddy. These extendable platforms reach across the tub’s width and securely hold items so someone can read a book, enjoy a glass of wine, or snack on a cheese plate while soaking in the bath.
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Essential oil diffuser
Candles are a classic housewarming gift, but they tend to burn down quickly, so we prefer an essential oil diffuser for an upgraded facility. These diffusers mix potent oils with steam and diffuse them into the air for a long-lasting scent you can customize to your heart’s content.
Personalized welcome mat
We love to give a personalized welcome mat as a housewarming gift due to its customization and universal appeal. Like all personalized gifts, this one will require some lead time, but it will be worth seeing your recipient’s face when they open it.
Houseplants are housewarming gift that keeps on giving. Choose a hardy, easy-to-care-for variety,y such as a pothos plan,t so that even your friend with the black thumb can enjoy a little greenery in their new house. Make sure to get a cute pot with a drainage hole if the plant does not already have one! Forget flowers, which die in a couple of days anyway.
What is the best housewarming gift you have either given or received? Let us know in the comments below!