Anyone who has ever moved into a new home knows exactly how exhausting it can be. Between decluttering your home, finding a trustworthy mover, schlepping all of your things to your new home and unpacking everything, the move-in process can seem like one endless to-do list.
If you know someone who is making the big move, a housewarming gift is always a nice gesture. The right gift can go a long way in easing in the transition of moving while getting them pumped about their new space.
Stuck for ideas? From practical kitchen tools to a comfy set of sheets, we’ve got you covered with the best housewarming gifts.
1. Custom House Portrait
If you’re looking for a housewarming gift they’ll cherish forever, custom house portraits from Etsy are the way to go. After all, what place is more personal than the one they call home? The trickiest part is choosing the right portrait style for the giftee. From detailed watercolor paintings to custom calligraphy house portraits, there’s something for every person and price point.
2. Weighted Throw Blanket
Even under the best of circumstances, moving can be a stressful endeavor. What better way to help someone relax than by gifting them a top-quality weighted throw blanket? The soft, soothing pressure of these comforting blankets has been shown to prolong sleep and provide a sense of calm. If they prefer to stay chilly at night, pick up a cooling weighted blanket that is designed to provide a sweat-free slumber.
3. A Quality Knife Set
Whether they’re a beginner cook or a seasoned chef, a nice set of kitchen knives can make cooking at home so much easier. The key is to get a set that’s nice and sharp. To make the gift more personal, you could also get the knives engraved. Just a heads up, though — if your friend is the superstitious type, you might want to include a coin to cancel out the supposed bad luck.
4. Stud Finder with Laser Level
Looking for a housewarming gift for a first-time homeowner? A top-of-the-line stud finder with an auto-leveling laser is worth its weight in gold. Perfect for hanging frames, shelves and heavy mirrors, a stud finder will help them make their house feel like home in no time. For a housewarming homerun, top your gift off with a pack of drywall anchors and a gift certificate to a local frame shop.
5. A Month’s Worth of Lawn Care
The last thing anyone wants to do right after moving into a new home is to worry about maintaining their lawn. With a gift certificate to a lawn care service, they can take their time settling into their new home without stressing about maintaining a healthy, weed-free lawn.
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6. Dream-Worthy Sheets
Nothing feels better than slipping into comfy sheets at the end of a long day, especially after hours upon hours of unpacking. If you really want to treat the homeowner in your life to a luxurious night’s rest, be sure to get them ultra-soft sheets with a thread count between 200 and 400.
7. Candle Warmer
Unless they were lucky enough to move into a newly-built abode, the smell of the previous homeowner might still be lingering in their house. Help them get rid of potential odors with a stylish candle warmer and delicious-smelling wax melts. Unlike traditional lit candles, candle warmers use electricity to melt wax, making them a cleaner and safer option for homeowners.
8. Ultra-Light Stick Vacuum
A cordless stick vacuum with powerful suction is an excellent housewarming gift for anyone, but it’s especially useful for people who live in multi-story homes. Let’s be real — nobody wants to lug a heavy vacuum cleaner up and down the stairs every week. With a cordless model, the recipient can easily keep their home spick and span without throwing out their back in the process.
9. An Ode to Their Home State
Got a friend who is getting ready to make a cross-country move? Ensure they never forget their roots with a gift that will always remind them of their home state. From state-shaped cutting and serving boards to home state dish towels, your options are virtually limitless. Along with helping your friend celebrate his or her hometown pride, these housewarming gift ideas are sure to make them feel nostalgic.
10. Pizza Stone
A pizza stone is one of those things that nobody ever thinks to buy for themselves, which is precisely what makes it such a great housewarming gift. Once the recipient uses it, they’re sure to be amazed at their homemade pizza-making skills. The pizza stone’s unglazed clay surface distributes heat evenly, resulting in a deliciously crispy crust. Goodbye, soggy pizza. Hello, pizzeria-quality pies.
11. A DIY Where-to-Eat Guide
Up for a DIY project? If your friend is moving to a new city, make a binder full of information about the best places to eat and drink in the area. Do your own research and consider including a few gift cards to places that you think will blow him or her away. On top of being a useful gift — let’s face it, nobody wants to cook a meal from scratch after settling into their new home — it’s also an extremely thoughtful gift that’s sure to put a smile on the recipient’s face.
12. Air Fryer
If the homeowner in your life has yet to discover the life-changing magic of air frying, this is your chance to enlighten them. Air fryers are a big trend right now, and for good reason. They can give food the delicious taste and texture of deep-fried food with only a fraction of the oil. From Southern-style chicken to perfectly-seared salmon, an air fryer is sure to become your friend’s new favorite gadget.
The Perfect Gift to Make Them Feel Right at Home
Gift cards might be useful, but they’re an impersonal gift that requires little effort. Why not surprise the new homeowner in your life with one of these thoughtful gifts? If you want to put a smile on their face, be sure to add a personal touch to your housewarming gift. Whether it’s throwing in their favorite candy or choosing a gift that reminds them of their hobbies, your thoughtfulness is sure to make your gift all the more special.