Housewarming Gifts Your Friends Will Love (and Actually Use!)

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Moving into a new home is incredibly exciting. Of course, there are a few grueling weeks of unpacking, arranging furniture, hanging art, and generally getting settled, but once moved in there is only one thing to do: throw a housewarming party! It’s the perfect excuse to get your friends together, show off your new space, and have a few cocktails.

If you are on the receiving end of this invitation, you’ll want to bring a thoughtful yet practical housewarming gift. Instead of filling up a friend’s home with useless knickknacks, give them something they will actually use. Here are a few gifts your friends (and your wallet) are sure to appreciate. 

 

1. Cozy Throw 

Netflix and a soft blanket go together like chocolate and peanut butter—no couch is complete without one. Be sure to choose a neutral color so it will easily match any furniture. 


1. Sierra Ombre Throw | 2. Seabreeze Cotton Throw | 3. Modern Wool Throw | 4. Gray Wind Farm Patterned Throw

 

2. Cheese Board 

Everyone loves a good charcuterie and cheese spread to nibble—what better way to serve it than on a beautiful board?


1. Marble and Wood Cheese Board | 2. Pineapple Cheese Board | 3. Cheese and Crackers Serving Board | 4. Olivewood Slice Cheese Board

 

3. Set of Juice Glasses 

Instead of gifting a set of wine or champagne glasses, opt for something a bit more practical. Your friend will think of you every morning!


1. Polka Dot Glasses Gift Set | 2. Color Pop Juice Glasses | 3. Jadeite Tumbler | 4. Squeeze Juice Glasses

 

4. Custom Stamp

What better way to celebrate a new home than with a custom address stamp? Pick a design and font that reflects your host’s personality—Etsy is definitely your friend on this one. 


1. Flourish Design Co. Custom Stamp | 2. Fawnsberg Drift Stamp | 3. Sycamore Street Press Branches Custom Stamp | 4. Bike Address Stamp

 

5. Fancy Flavorings 

There are a few things each kitchen must have, so why not upgrade kitchen basics (salt! olive oil!) to something more flavorful? 


1. Nudo Olive Oil | 2. Antico Frantoio Muraglia EVOO | 3. Le Creuset Stoneware Salt Crock | 4. O & Co. Fig Balsamic Vinegar | 5. Olde Thompson Himalayan Pink Salt 

 

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  • All beautiful pieces! My preference is to always go for something edible – that way if they already have a beautiful cutting board, I’m not adding to the clutter. The custom address stamp is a great idea. I’d love one, but I never know how long I’ll be in a place!

  • Blondes & Bagels

    I totally have a housewarming to go to next weekend – you’re a life saver! Love the idea of a cheese board or a custom stamp. Thanks for the ideas!
    http://www.blondesandbagels.com

  • I love and would want all of these gifts! Great list!

    Her Heartland Soul

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  • Jessica

    Great gifts! I always go with Phoebe’s recommendation from FRIENDS: bread so you’ll never go hungry, salt so your life will be full of flavor and a candle for the bathroom. Practical gifts with great meaning! 🙂

  • Loving the custom stamp suggestion! Great way to add a little old world sophistication to a home.

  • Jessica

    As someone who just got married, stop with the cutting/cheese boards. Yes they’re a great gift, but everyone knows that they are. I got 6 or 7…..way too many!