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July 14, 2021
36 Best Housewarming Gifts That Are (Mostly) Under $100
Books, coasters, candles, and a bunch of other useful gift ideas.
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Written by
Sydney Fogel

Moving into a new home is a momentous event. It’s a big change, and it’s both exciting and, undoubtedly, a little stressful too. So when your friend or family member relocates, they deserve a gift to celebrate the big move (even if it was just to a place down the street).

While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with showing up to the new home with a bottle of wine, you should know that your gift options extend far beyond that. To help you with ideas, we have this list of awesome housewarming gifts that all kinds of hosts will love. Below, you’ll find something for everyone and every interest — like cocktail-making essentials, flavored olive oil sets, and colorful wool coasters. We even have a mindfulness kit to help with de-stressing. The act of giving housewarming gifts isn’t necessarily a competition, but with one of the items below, you’ll come out a winner.

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An Iconic Housewarming Scent

Anthropologie’s Capri Blue candle has a cult following, and it’s because this candle truly does smell amazing. Don’t worry about being cliché by giving this gift to your host — it’s popular for a reason.

Get an Anthropologie Capri Blue Iridescent Jar Candle ($32) →

A Fancy Serving Set

These serving utensils are made from the fancy/modern combination of marble and wood — and they’re the real deal too. The wood is acacia, and the marble is sourced from Agra, India. You can’t go wrong with this beautiful set.

Get a Be Home Pavia Serving Set ($78) →

Superior Salt

Maldon is known for its flaky, pyramid-shaped sea salt. The company has been harvesting the salt since 1882, so if they’ve been able to stick around for nearly 140 years, then they’re definitely doing something right. This is the type of gift your host will get good use of, especially when adding a finishing touch to dishes.

Get Maldon Sea Salt ($8) →

A Fun Cheese Board

Let your host represent their state of choice with a state-shaped cheese board. It’s a little slice of home that you can cover in an elaborate charcuterie spread.

Get a State Cheese Board ($48) →

For A Cozy Home

Comfort is key when it comes to settling into a new home, and this super cozy throw blanket should provide plenty of it.

Get a CozyChic Throw Blanket ($147) →

Not Your Average French Press

This Bodum classic French press has a fun pop of color thanks to an exclusive collection with the MoMA. If your host is a coffee lover (or even a casual coffee drinker), they’ll appreciate it.

Get a Bodum Caffettiera French Press ($25) →

Get Some Coffee Delivered

Your host is going to need some coffee to make in that new French press of theirs, and a coffee subscription from Yes Plz Coffee is the perfect way to help with that. Each week, Yes Plz delivers a new, unique blend of fresh coffee beans right to your door. Customers can choose the amount of coffee and the frequency of the deliveries — but you can also order a single bag if that’s all you want.

Get Yes Plz Coffee ($17-$25) →

A Harmonious Mug

Continuing with the coffee theme, a mug is also a solid option for a housewarming gift. We love this one from Society6, but they also have a plethora of other options on their site.

Get a Thalia Roman Yin And Yang Pink Pattern Coffee Mug ($17) →

A Better Way To Give Wine

A single bottle of wine is a perfectly acceptable housewarming gift — but a box of wine is better. Fortunately, we have our own wine club (in partnership with Parcelle, one of our favorite wine shops in NYC), and there are options for everyone. You can get three bottles a month, six bottles a month, or a one-time order with a box of some of our favorite wines.

Get a subscription to The Infatuation and Zagat Wine Club ($75-$170) →

Colorful Wool Coasters

These Graf Lantz coasters are so cute that you may be tempted to keep them for yourself. Wool is an unexpected material for coasters, but it’s actually highly absorbent, which will ensure the table stays dry and watermark-free.

Get Graf Lantz Felt Coasters ($25) →

Bloody Good Garnishes

Long gone are the days of having a Bloody Mary with just a single stalk of celery in it — the garnishes have gone above and beyond. This set of Bloody Mary garnishes comes with pickled carrot sticks, garlicky asparagus, spicy beans, and petite cornichons. Think of them as an appetizer to your meal.

Get the Tillen Farms Bloody Mary Condiment Collection ($28) →

A Fragrant Oil Diffuser

Fill your host’s home with a sweet scent courtesy of a Voluspa oil diffuser. You can choose from a few different fragrances, including lavender and lychee.

Get a Voluspa Japonica Fragrant Oil Diffuser ($24) →

Anything-But-Basic Olive Oil

Olive oil is a kitchen staple, and why have only one basic olive oil when you can have some tasty artisanal ones too? This variety pack from Brightland comes with lemon, chili, and basil olive oil, in bottles designed by three different artists.

Get a Brightland The Artist Capsule Olive Oil Set ($115, was $120) →

To Complete The Bar

This 10-piece bartending kit has everything you need to be your own bartender: a cocktail shaker, a double-sided jigger, a muddler, a mixing spoon, a strainer, two liquid pourers, ice tongs, a corkscrew, and a wood stand to store it all in.

Get a Mixology Bartender Kit ($50) →

The Drinks To Make

Throw in a cocktail recipe book while you’re at it. We suggest this one from Robert Simonson, which features 60 recipes for tequila and mezcal cocktails.

Get Mezcal & Tequila Cocktails By Robert Simonson ($18.99) →

Straight Shooters

If making a tequila or mezcal cocktail seems like too arduous a task, just take a shot. (And use these Himalayan salt glasses.)

Get Himalayan Salt Glasses, 4-pack ($28, or $30 with tray) →

A Personalized Stamp

A custom return address stamp is a great, thoughtful way to celebrate a friend or family member’s new home. This one comes in three different design options.

Get a Stamp By Me Studio Return Address Stamp ($16+) →

Sparkling Sips

Bringing Champagne as a housewarming gift is a no-brainer, but you’ll really leave an impression if you include these prism Champagne flutes. They’re chic, but also super fun.

Get Corkcicle Prism Glass Flutes, 2-pack ($45) →

A Toaster To Put On Display

This item costs a little bit more than some of the others on the list — but c’mon, you know it’s worth it. Smeg retro toasters are where it’s at, and they look great on a kitchen counter too.

Get a Smeg 50s Retro Style Two-Slice Toaster ($180) →

Wanderlust From The Living Room

Another item that looks great on display, this coffee table book is filled with gorgeous pictures of the Amalfi Coast.

Get Assouline Amalfi Coast ($95) →

A Bathroom Accent

You already know Brooklinen is a trusted source for sheets, but they make great towels too. Take their 100% Turkish cotton waffle hand towels — they’re fast-drying, lightweight, and have an undeniably cool texture and pattern.

Get Brooklinen Waffle Hand Towels ($32, was $35) →

The New Essential

Sometimes, you just need to have fun with your housewarming gift. This bathtub wine glass holder is the perfect example. If the host loves baths and wine, they’ll almost definitely be into it.

Get Arra David And Anne Johnson’s Bathtime Essentials Wine Holder ($38) →

Get Organized

An organized, clutter-free home is always the goal, and you can help your host get one step closer to this with the book The Home Edit Life, brought to you by the gals behind the Netflix series Get Organized with the Home Edit.

Get The Home Edit Life By Clea Shearer And Joanna Teplin ($16) →

A Great-Smelling Soap

Pretty much everyone loves this fragrant Aesop hand wash, so you can’t go wrong here. Plus, washing your hands is pretty important right about now (and always).

Get Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash ($39) →

For The Wannabe Green Thumb

This housewarming gift is perfect for any aspiring green thumb, as it requires minimal effort or knowledge. All you need to do is insert the plant capsules, plug in the planter, add water once a month, and the device takes over from there.

Get a Smart Garden Grow Kit ($100) →

For The Home Chef

A custom cutting board is an awesome outside-the-box idea, and this one comes in three different wood options and five different sizes/shapes. Just select a board, then add your personalized text.

Get a Dragon Forged Studios Custom Cutting Board ($32+) →

Something Mindful

Not every housewarming gift has to actually be for the house. Sometimes, it can just be a present you think the host will love. This little kit encourages you to take 10 minutes (with the help of an hourglass timer) to fill out journal prompts and simply sit in the moment. It also comes with pencils, so there’s no excuse not to do it.

Get an Anthropologie Take 10 Mindfulness Kit ($33) →

Get Spicy

These spice blends take the forever-adored sriracha seasoning and add other flavors to create six distinct blends: black truffle, candied “bacon,” honey garlic, miso teriyaki, Thai lime, and smoked maple.

Get a Sriracha Spice Blend Set ($38) →

Smiley Kitchen Tools

We learned about this wooden spoon and spatula set from Dan Pelosi (AKA, @grossypelosi) and we’re glad we did. These utensils are lightweight, made from bamboo, and super fun too.

Get Time Concept Wooden Bamboo Cutlery ($10) →

A Book To Cook

This cookbook has been everywhere, including the New York Times bestseller list. Author Molly Baz delivers simple yet delicious recipes that your host can conquer from cover to cover.

Get Cook This Book By Molly Baz ($20) →

For The Planner

Nothing compares to physically writing down your daily tasks (and nothing is as satisfying as crossing them off). If your host is into planning and staying organized, check out this beautiful weekly planner pad with 50 pages to get them through the year.

Get a Once Upon A Tuesday Weekly Planner Pad ($18) →

Tune In

You can never go wrong with a Bluetooth speaker, especially if it’s as cute as the one featured here. Between the throwback design, the monochromatic coloring, and the fact that it’s actually an FM radio as well as a Bluetooth speaker, there’s a lot to love.

Get a Lexon Tykho 3 FM Radio & Bluetooth Speaker ($60) →

A Festive Dish Towel

This tropical toucan dish towel will liven up any kitchen (and help with any spills).

Get an Anthropologie Tropical Toucan Dish Towel ($20) →

A Jungle For The Home

Whether your host considers themselves a plant parent or not, every home could do with a good house plant. Monsteras, sometimes called the “swiss cheese plant,” are known for their gorgeous wide leaves that often have holes in them (don’t worry, it’s natural). It’s a beautiful plant, and we love that this one from The Sill comes in a variety of modern planters.

Get The Sill Monstera Deliciosa ($57) →

The Snack Starter Pack

Since you’re attending a housewarming event, it’s obvious that your host likes entertaining and could therefore do with a few good serving trays. This appetizer serving set is made from bamboo and comes with one long tray and three small bowls for endless snack possibilities.

Get an Ekobo Bamboo Appetizer Serving Set ($29) →

Stylish Vases

When all else fails, grab some flowers (or felt flowers) and a cool vase, and you’re good to go.

Get Silc Stuff Mid-Century Ceramic Vases ($35+) →

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