101 Ideas for Creative & Thoughtful Housewarming Gifts

101 Ideas for Creative & Thoughtful Housewarming Gifts

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Taryn Williford
Sep 21, 2015
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Moving to a new home is a scary and exciting time, but it can be made less scary and even more exciting with the kindness of friends and strangers. So for that new neighbor upstairs, or that friend who just moved far away, or your favorite couple who just bought their first place, here are 101 creative ideas for housewarming gifts they'll actually love.

You'll no doubt find the perfect something (or many somethings) on this list. Mix and match to create some brilliant gift baskets and combination gifts – a plant with some gardening equipment, measuring spoons with homemade bread, or a cooler filled with craft beer and some fresh fruit for garnish.

Traditional

Useful

Entertaining

To Help with Moving (great for new neighbors!)

  • Measuring Tape
  • Goo Gone
  • Moisturizing hand soap
  • Vacuum seal bags
  • A coupon good for 3 hours of unpacking help
  • A coupon for baby or pet sitting
  • "We've Moved!" cards
  • A gift card to the closest grocery store
  • A cake made of toilet paper rolls
  • Paper plates and cups

Something to Eat or Drink

Little Luxuries

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For First-Time Homeowners

For Renters & Small-Space Dwellers

  • A laundry bag
  • Rolls of quarters for the washing machine (fits in with the traditional "coins" gift, too)
  • A planter or window box with their apartment number on it
  • A personalized welcome mat
  • Anything that collapses flat – like measuring cups, colanders, or dish drainers
  • Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces

For Anyone Making a Long-Distance Move

  • Maps of their new city
  • A takeout menu organizer (with a few already inside)
  • A care package of their favorite local things from their old place
  • A big box of postcards

Something for the Kids or Pets

What are your go-to housewarming gifts?

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