Best Housewarming Gifts To Impress And Delight Your Friends

Moving to a new home is an exciting and often stressful time for your friends. Whether they’re renting their first apartment or buying a house, a housewarming gift is a great way to show your support and help them settle in.

But with so many options out there, how do you choose the perfect gift?

In this article, we’ve compiled a list of the best practical housewarming gift ideas that will impress and delight your friends. These gifts are not only thoughtful but also functional, making them ideal for helping your friends create a warm and comfortable space they can call home.

So, whether you’re shopping for a close friend, a relative, or a coworker, keep reading to find the perfect gift that fits your budget and their style.

Is there a difference between moving day gift baskets and housewarming baskets?

Gourmet gold gift basket

For years, housewarming baskets have been a way to welcome someone to the neighborhood or their new home.

In the early days of our country, people would welcome new neighbors with a basket of food that they had baked, grown, dried, or canned. A tin of freshly baked biscuits and a jar of jam, jelly, syrup, or honey made the move much more pleasant for the newcomer.

These gifts of homemade goods later became what is commonly referred to as “housewarming gift baskets” filled with an assortment of foods and beverages.  They were given to the new resident either at the time they moved into their new home, at a housewarming party, or even several days or weeks after the move.

In today’s world, however, there is a rising trend to give “moving day baskets.”  We want to clarify right from the beginning that these two are basically the same thing but with a twist.

If you ever moved or helped a friend do so, you know how much stress this process brings with it. It seems like there is an infinite number of things to think about during relocation. So, if you want to help your loved ones achieve the successful completion of this task, you can give them a moving day gift basket.

On the other hand, housewarming baskets are usually gifted when people have already moved into a new home. They’re not here to help them relocate but to give them a hand with settling down in a new place.

With that being said, this doesn’t mean that moving day baskets can’t serve the same purpose. You’re choosing what you’re going to put inside of them, so you can decide what they’re for. It doesn’t matter when you give them.

Now, let’s get started on gift ideas that would delight your friends on moving day or afterwards.

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Moving Day Gift IdeasApartment welcome gift

Typically, people tend to forget to bring basic things like soap, towels, and even food when relocating.  There are too many things on their minds, so forgetting these necessities isn’t surprising. If you are delivering the gift on moving day, you might want to include the practical things like toilet paper, paper plates and utensils, soap,, and even trash bags in a basket or gift box.

Or they could appreciate your filling their refrigerator with the necessary grocery essentials for their first few days in the new home.  This could be things like milk, juice, cereal, bread, lunch meat with condiments, etc.  Don’t forget to include paper plates and utensils.  This is one gift that they will remember forever.

A Bottle of Wine

wine gift basket with three bottles of wine plus gourmet foodA bottle of Wine is something you may think of first.  But be careful here.  Not everyone drinks and there are those hidden alcoholics that you may not be aware of.

If we are creating a custom basket for you, we can’t include wine since the federal government requires companies to have a liquor license to sell alcohol.

If you do decide to create a DIY gift basket and include wine, don’t forget to add a corkscrew and a couple of wine glasses in case they haven’t unpacked theirs yet.  You could always  include an assortment of non-alcoholic beverages.

Even though we don’t have a liquor license and can’t include wine in the baskets that we create, we have arranged with a company in California to ship wine gift baskets to our customers and friends.  They have the license and can ship directly to that special someone who would enjoy a bottle of wine and all the goodies to go with it after they have settled in their new home.

A Meat and Cheese Tray


Unless they are vegetarian, a meat and cheese gift basket can be very welcome.  So why not welcome your friends into their new home with a lovely selection of sausages, cheeses and more.

This easy-to-eat with no preparation cutting board filled with a nice selection of cheeses and sausages is a very practical gift that will be appreciated as they unpack all those boxes.

The cutting board can be used long after the move is complete and will always remind them of you and your thoughtful gift choice.

A Gourmet Gift Basket

Large gourmet gift basket for family or officeGourmet simply means “Good Food.” and a gourmet gift basket is always a welcome gift on moving day or anytime after they have moved in.

There are so many different types of gourmet gift baskets, that you can easily find one that they will love.  Some ideas are snack foods, a dinner in a basket, a variety of breakfast foods, a coffee or tea themed basket, or even a sugar free gift basket.

You can order a gourmet gift basket online or make one yourself.  You can buy or create one to fit your budget.  This will be a gift that will be appreciated and remembered.

Practical Gifts for Their New Home

When choosing a gift for their new home, think of their personal style, interests, and needs.

While decorative gifts are nice, practical gifts are often more appreciated.  Think about what the new homeowners might need in their new home, such as kitchen appliances, or gardening tools.  You could also consider a gift card to a local home goods store which gives them the opportunity to choose what they really want or need.

Are they moving into a larger space or downsizing?  Do they love to cook and would love a new kitchen appliance, gadget,  cookbook, or even a gift certificate to a local specialty food store?  How about gardening or do they prefer house plants or no plants at all?

If you are considering giving a personalized gift, it’s important to consider their style and taste.  A piece of art that is customized with their name or initials can be very personal.  Or a personalized doormat can be a very practical gift.  Personalization can be fun or sophisticated, depending on their preferred style.  And don’t forget personalized towels or bedding.

Here are some ideas for practical gifts that they could need or love:

Kitchen Essentials and Decor

The kitchen is often the heart of the home, so gifting something that can be used in the kitchen can be a great gift choice.  There are so many different ideas to choose from that you can have a great time shopping.  How about an Instant Pot, a Kitchen Fire extinguisher, or even a gift basket of gourmet ingredients such as exotic spices, oils, and sauces.

Etsy has some very unique gift ideas in their kitchen section. One idea is this handmade wooden stovetop cover.

Or how about a personalized cutting board.  They will think of you everytime that they use the uniquely different kitchen towels that you choose for a gift or to include in a kitchen themed gift basket.

kitchen-stove-cover watercolor-painting-home

A gift that will be appreciated for years to come is a watercolor painting of their new home.

Home decor items can also be practical.  Consider gifting a comfy yet stylish throw or pillow, a decorative vase, wall hanging, or a se of high quality candles which can add both ambiance and fragrance to their new home.

Custom Doormat

You won’t immediately think of a doormat. However, it makes an excellent housewarming present. There are so many different designs to choose from that you’ll have a hard time deciding.  Shown in the photo is just one design    Since you can tailor it to your friends’ personalities, you can create something unique that will bring a smile to their faces anytime they come home from work. We’re sure their guests will notice and love it, too.

Personalized Doormat - Welcome to Our Neck of the Woods

Relaxing Gift Ideas

Lavender scented spa gift basket

After a busy moving day, something to help them rest and relax would be appreciated.  A  Spa Gift Basket   will encourage your friends to have some well-deserved rest and pampering after an exhausting move.

House plant

House plants make great housewarming gifts because they last a long time, unlike flowers.  A beautiful plant is a great way to add some life to a new home.  It can be a symbol of growth and fresh start. This can really help if the new homeowners are first-time buyers and don’t have much decor at the moment.

Plants are definitely among the best housewarming gifts because they easily fit into any interior design. Plus, plants come with many health benefits and are the best way to help bring nature into your friend’s new home.  A unique plant gift idea is a bonsai tree which will make them remember you for years to come.

Even if your new homeowner friend is a brown thumb, don’t be discouraged from buying them a plant. There are plenty of gorgeous and low-maintenance options that will make any home feel instantly welcoming and homey.

Welcome to Your New Home gift basket

Welcome Home Gift Basket with gourmet foodsYou can’t go wrong with a welcome to your new home gift basket!

We already mentioned the wine and cheese option, but the beauty of gift baskets is that you can make them with anything you want. Think about what your friends like and might need in their new home, and give them a gift they will love and appreciate.

Their Favorite Beverage

Coffee Gift Basket

There’s no better way to make them feel at home in their new place than with something that will make their morning routine even more enjoyable. Anything from custom coffee mugs and French press to the box of their favorite brew will work.

Or, you can make your life easier and get them a fantastic coffee or tea gift basket.  Any true coffeeholic or tea lover would be thrilled to receive such a gift!


No Place Like Home Gift Basket

There's No Place Like Home Housewarming Gift Box

No Place Like Home  is a little different way to send something other than sweets for them to enjoy.  This Home Sweet Home gift box is filled with an assortment of gourmet treats and snacks and will make them feel at home.

Gifts for the Kitchen

The kitchen is among the most important rooms in any home. That’s why there are so many things you need when your friends are setting up a new one. It’s also why the kitchen is a great place to start when you’re thinking of the perfect welcome gift idea.

If they like to cook and spend time in the kitchen, a collection of kitchen tools, a variety of spices, kitchen towels or even a cookbook to add to their collection will be appreciated.

Perhaps they need a new coffee pot or toaster or have told you that they would like to try an air fryer.  Surprise them with it.

As they transition from living at home with their parents or in a cramped city apartment, many college students and first-time homeowners find themselves in need of a number of basic household products and tools. They will most likely prioritize buying basics like a toaster. Get them something fancy like a coffee grinder so they can make their own coffee, a waffle maker, or even a smart speaker, and you’ll really impress them.

Personalized Cutting Board

A wooden cutting board can be customized with a quote, names, or even a family tree.  This is a gift that can be used in the kitchen as a cutting board or for creating a charcuterie board.  You could even order the board in advance and then create a charcuterie board for them as a housewarming gift.

A Photo Album

A new photo album or a digital photo frame will allow them to document all the memories they make in their new home.

A Gift Card

A gift card to a home improvement store or plant center will help them with any new projects they wish to tackle to update or make the new home and yard more personal.

A gift card to a special restaurant will make it easy for them to enjoy a night out without having to cook after doing all that unpacking and arranging that comes with moving to a new home.

A Ring Video Doorbell

If they haven’t already added one to their front door, a Ring Video Doorbell will add to their safety and security.

Personalized Address Stamp

A personalized address stamp will make it easy for them to send out change of address cards or any other kinds of mail.

Outdoor Gift Ideas

If they are moving into a house for the first time, they may find themselves in need of a variety of tools, equipment, and furnishings for their new yard.

Maybe the new homeowner can’t wait to get their hands dirty and start growing their own fruits and vegetables.  Include gardening gloves, tools for digging and weeding, and starter plants in a personalized gift bucket or wheelbarrow.

You can also help them get ready for BBQ season with some cool equipment.  Gear for barbecuing, including utensils and a selection of sauces or rubs, and cedar boards for grilling are all great housewarming gift ideas for close friends! And don’t forget the lawn chairs.

Voucher for Your Time

If you’re strapped for cash but want to help the new homeowners out, or if you just want to be more useful to them, then simple assistance is a wonderful present.

Don’t know how to help your friends move? You can give them a hand when settling in in many different ways. Babysit their kids or dogs while they move, assist them in unpacking, assist them in decorating or cleaning up before they move in, or assist them with completing any of the numerous other jobs they will have on their to-do list. You can make a DIY voucher for this, and your friends will definitely find it charming!

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