Moving house marks a real milestone, and one that’s certainly worth celebrating. But what do you buy for a new home owner, and what makes a good present? Housewarming gift ideas for friends or family can be personal, practical or a mix of the two – but it has to be something the recipient will adore (and won’t end up as clutter in their brand new abode!)
Lucky for you, we’ve found an amazing assortment of housewarming gift ideas that tick all the boxes at a variety of price points, too. So, whether you’re shopping for someone’s new dream home, a compact flat or a cool city pad, we’ve got it covered. Keep scrolling to browse our favourite picks!
23 Housewarming Gift Ideas That People Actually Want
Animal bottle stopper – Graham & Green
In some circles, the idea of an unfinished bottle of wine is sacrilege, but if you do have some left-over, keep it fresh with one of these adorable Animal Bottle Stoppers, from £10.95. Made of porcelain with gold detailing and a cork stopper, they are the perfect quirky gift.
Bird Gold Metal Cheese Knives Set of Three – Oliver Bonas
This set of Gold Metal Cheese Knives, £24, will be the talk of the table. They are kitsch and cool, made with tropical bird and palm leaf handles. Plus, giving this gift may mean the recipients are inclined to serve you extra cheese at their next dinner party, and everyone loves cheese. Bonus!
This would also make the perfect gift for the couple who has everything!
Take One Tin – Anthropologie
Cookery books make excellent presents and if your friends have just moved into their home, and are short on time, then this is the perfect recipe selection. Take One Tin, £14.99, has a host of delicious recipes based around store-cupboard stables to create simple yet speedy suppers – minimum effort, maximum flavour. Yum!
Also – what a fab gift idea for a teenage boy who is just off to uni?
Uplifting Geranium & Orange Handcare Collection – Neal’s Yard
There’s nothing nicer than having a nice soap and hand cream set in a guest bathroom… so why not give a gift you’ll get to use yourself! The Uplifting Geranium & Orange Handcare Collection, £28, looks gorgeous in Neil’s Yard signature blue glass bottles and the wonderfully floral and herbal aroma is reminiscent of a luxurious spa.
Dried Eucalyptyus Bouquet – Anthropologie
Forever flowers are big news right now, and this pretty foliage-focussed Eucalyptus Bouquet, £24, is an ideal selection that can be enjoyed for months. The hand-mixed selection of silver dollar and baby eucalyptus taps into the botanical interiors trend perfectly.
If you’re also thinking about gift ideas for your wife, we can guarantee she’ll love these.
Retro Flip Clock – Typo
Looking for housewarming gift ideas for that one friend that continuously runs late? The look no further than this Retro Flip Clock, £12. The analogue style is nostalgic in all the right ways and will maybe even help them to be on time for your next meet up – or at least give them a (not so) subtle hint.
Shiloh Plant Pot – Habitat
Petite and unique, the Shiloh glazed footed plant pot, £15, is utterly charming. This housewarming gift idea is perfect for anyone who wants to add a touch of botanical charm to their interiors, and let’s face it, who doesn’t? Gain extra brownie points by adding a succulent or spiky cactus… or a faux fern if you’re not sure how green-fingered they are!
The Super Succulents – Bloom & Wild
If there was a such thing as a plant of the moment, then succulents would win hands down. We love their fascinating shapes, intriguing textures and gorgeous colours – they’re easy to keep alive, too! This trio – The Super Succulents, £32 – comes in a chic dapple-patterned tray, cleverly made with reclaimed coffee husks! A great alternative to flowers.
This is a great gift idea for teenage girls too – they’ll love adding them to their next Instagram flat lay.
Personalised Script Font Doormat – Not On The High Street
This Personalised Script Font Doormat, £34.95, is one of those the perfect housewarming gift ideas for any new home owner. It’ll keep shoes clean and bring a smile to the faces of visitors.
Hightail Golden Monkey Bookends – Artisanti
Searching for housewarming gift ideas for a bookworm? The Hightail Golden Monkey bookends, £52, makes a fun statement. This pair of cheeky monkeys will keep guard over precious books and will certainly add an amusing, decorative accent to shelves.
Happy Place Visitors Book – Wolf & Badger
Looking for classic housewarming gift ideas? Then you’ll love the gorgeous Home Sweet Home visitors book, £59. A wonderful keepsake of your visitors, and handy, too, as there is space for addresses and contact details. It’s handmade in England by classically trained craftsman from luxurious cream paper with gilt edges, covered in lizard embossed card. Gorgeous.
Churchgate Amber and Tonka 240ml Reed Diffuser – Dunelm
Want classic housewarming gift ideas? Then perfumed diffusers are always a welcome treat. This Churchgate Amber and Tonka Reed Diffuser, £10, has a gorgeous sweet smell, reminiscent of vanilla. Presented in a brown glass bottle, the warm and welcoming scent lasts up to 18 weeks.
Lina Purple Champagne Saucers Set of Four – Oliver Bonas
Drinking Champagne always feels luxurious, but there is something extra alluring about drinking from saucers – they have a certain elegance and make a really special gift. The Lina Champagne Saucers, £34, are oh so stylish and boast a gorgeous round silhouette with a slim blush-purple stem. Ideal if you need to buy a gift for a gin lover, as well.
Niva Serving Platter & Dip Dishes – Made.com
You can never have enough serveware, it’s a fact! And the Niva Set, £35, has a luxe feel that makes it an ideal gift for new homeowners. The serving platter and dip dishes have a reactive glaze making them look high end (but at a very affordable price point).
Coaling 6 Bottle Tabletop Wine Glass Rack – Wayfair
Bottles of wine are standard housewarming gift ideas, so why not elevate it to the next level? And that next level is a wine rack, of course! And they don’t come any cuter than this hexagon beauty with retro honeycomb vibes and an on-trend brass finish. You’ll probably win a lifetime supply of brownie points if you deliver the Coaling 6 Bottle Tabletop Wine Glass Rack, £27.99, ready stocked with Malbec.
Curva Magazine Holder – Wallpaper Store
Storage gifts can be way more exciting than they sound! And the Curva magazine holder, £170, is in a league of its own. The curved brass-finished bars are contemporary and playful – it’s a real statement piece. We love housewarming gift ideas that will last a lifetime.
Ceramic Brick Vase – Graham & Green
Fans of architecture and building design will adore this earthenware vase that exudes urban style. The glazed Ceramic Brick Vase, £34, is handcrafted for a unique finish. Perfect on its own, or pretty as a picture when filled with blooms. A solid addition to the list of cool housewarming gift ideas!
Hay ‘Time’ – Wallpaper store
We love this collection of hourglasses available in a range of sizes, which would look great in any home. Time by Hay, from £11, is available in sizes small to extra extra extra large! The elegant silhouette makes it lust-worthy objet d’art with the bonus of its elemental timing function.
Lyla – Made.com
Tick tock! Looking for the perfect housewarming gift ideas for interior design loving friends? Then this is it. The Lyla Extra Large Statement Clock, £29, is all hands – two very cool hands in polished brass, to be precise.
Monkey Bottle Holder – Graham & Green
What’s not to love about this simian sommelier? Housewarming gift ideas don’t come better than this cheeky Monkey Bottle Holder, £39.95. It’s utterly charming, plus it embraces the on-trend jungle interiors trend perfectly. Double win!
True Grace Moroccan Rose Scented Room Spray – Graham & Green
A real treat of a gift, a few sprays of the True Grace Moroccan Rose Scented Room Spray, £22, will give a luxurious scent that will last for hours. It’s a really enjoyable, light smell that won’t overpower. It features soft notes of Moroccan-rose with woody undertones that prevent it from being overly sweet.
Mad About the House: 101 Interior Design Answers – Anthropologie
Before your friends embark on their property make-over, give them a helping hand with this house interiors bible. Mad About the House: 101 Interior Design Answers, £19.99, aims to solve a myriad of dilemmas. There are chapters that focus on everything from walls to floors to doors, and even furniture layout.
Auburn Throw in Teal and Pink – Made.com
New homeowners often leave the finishing touches until last, so why not help to soften things up with a cosy throw? The Auburn Throw, £29, in teal and pink, £29, is a gorgeous housewarming gift idea. It is super soft and great for snuggling in, and its muted tones will add warmth to any space.