10 Housewarming Gifts Homeowners Will Actually Use
Sure, a bottle of wine is a nice gesture… but what your friends really want is something special to spruce up their new space. Whether you’re on the hunt for something practical or adorable, one of these unique offerings will surely close the deal.
Metal Kitchen Bookends
A whimsical find for a cook who’s finally landed her dream kitchen. The metal bookends—also available in mint, gold, purple, and pink—expertly corral a collection of cookbooks. This unique set is handmade in the Ukraine—allow 10-15 days for delivery to the United States.
To buy: $64, designatlelierarticle.etsy.com.
Custom State Return Address Stamp
When your sister moves across the country, give her this laser-cut rubber return address stamp to increase your chances of receiving some gold old fashioned snail mail. It’s a win-win: She has a little less work to do and you get photos of your nephews.
To buy: $26, paperstreetpress.etsy.com.
Family Tree Mug
These artful mugs are perfect for that friend who finally gave up her cramped one-bedroom apartment to accommodate a growing family. The hand-drawn family tree image can be personalized with a family name and up to seven apples. (Note: Once fired the design will be a sepia tone).
To buy: $38 for two, happiestdaysdesigns.etsy.com.
The best day ever doesn’t have to be the one day they closed on their new home. This decorative mat gives homeowners and guests alike a small reminder to check their attitudes before leaving the house—every day has the potential to be the best one yet!
To buy: $45, bethereinfive.etsy.com.
White and Gold Little House Planter
A nod to her new abode, this simplistic planter brings a bit of the outside in and looks great on a bookshelf or windowsill—plus, it comes in eight colors to suit nearly any décor. At about three inches high and four inches deep, it’s the perfect vessel for herbs, succulents, and air plants.
To buy: $26, erinnies.etsy.com.
Recipe Tea Towel
What better excuse to whip up a family favorite than a sparkly new kitchen? This tea towel is printed with any recipe of your choice—and in your own handwriting, if desired! Choose the recipe for those award-winning chocolate chip cookies... and hope your recipient shares the next batch!
To buy: $35, aldaandcompany.etsy.com.
Foil Skyline Print
Welcome your friend to a new city with a glam print that exudes hometown pride. Or, at this price, gift two—one for the place she left and one for the place she landed. Each print features the name of the city in gold foil and a sketch of the skyline.
To buy: $11, sprinkleofsparklebyj.etsy.com.
Personalized Leather Luggage Tag
This leather luggage tag may not be a gift for the home, but it ensures he’ll always find his way back home. Get one tag—available in seven different colors of soft leather—for each member of the family, and have them all stamped with the new address.
To buy: $22.50, leathermadenice.etsy.com.
Our First Home Ornament
This ceramic holiday ornament comes in a variety of designs, but the message is the same: a tangible, yearly reminder of a big milestone for their family. Each ornament comes with a coordinating gold ribbon for hanging on the tree with care.
To buy: $18, mooseberrypaperco.etsy.com.
Let’s Cuddle Throw Pillow
An affordable and instant way to make their new home feel a whole lot cozier. This decorative throw pillow features the phrase “let’s cuddle” in hand lettered calligraphy, and can be printed in your choice of 16 colors to suit their décor.
To buy: $20, parrischicboutique.etsy.com.