39 Thoughtful Gifts New Homeowners Will Actually Want

It's easier than ever to welcome new homeowners to the neighborhood! Whether you are celebrating the purchase of a new home or helping a college student decorate an apartment, use these thoughtful ideas to help them feather their nest.

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At a housewarming party or moving celebration, it's customary to bring a small token of congratulations to the happy homeowners. Help family and friends settle into their new home (or apartment!) with the perfect gift for a fresh beginning. Choose a customized piece of artwork to fill empty walls, spring for a traditional broom gift, or give small items that allow the homeowners to build new memories in the space. These gifts for new homes and yards will help loved ones transform an empty house into a comfortable, personalized home.

Welcome Mat

brown doormat that says 'oh hello' in black script
Courtesy of Etsy / HamlinRowShop

If homeowners want to give a welcoming first impression to the neighborhood, a doormat can be an easy first step. The scripted “Oh, Hello” flocked on this sweet, welcoming mat is certain to add a little sunshine to any front porch. The 18x30-inch design is handmade, and the Etsy shop, HamlinRowShop, offers plenty of varieties to fit your family’s style.

Wine Bag & Cooler

four colored wine bags and coolers
Courtesy of Food52

Celebrate a new home with a bottle of wine placed in an understated fiber cooler. The lightweight paper of this chilled wine bag is designed to look like leather, but it also provides water- and stain-resistant properties. The beautiful Italian wrapping is available in blush, grey, brown, and black, and it’s designed for reuse. Cheers!

Serving Tray

eco friendly floral bloom serving tray
Courtesy of Society6

This colorful serving tray features a stunning watercolor print that will brighten every home. The Society 6 accessory is made out of eco-friendly bamboo, and it’s pretty enough to sit on a coffee table when not in use. Bonus: The same company offers its beautiful bloom pattern on an assortment of other living room necessities, like throw pillows and coasters.

Moscow Mule Mugs

set of copper mugs
Courtesy of Wayfair

If your new homeowners enjoy handmade cocktails, consider investing in a nice set of copper Moscow mule mugs. The vintage-style vessels are marked with small indents that make them adorable to leave sitting out in the open. To take this gift to the next level, pick up a few ingredients to make Moscow mules, and surprise the new homeowners with a sip “on the house.”

Mini Wreath

mini eucalyptus wreath hanging on home
Courtesy of Etsy / WildRidgeDesign

Give friends a sweet-smelling, welcoming wreath that doesn’t overwhelm the senses. We love these small, farmhouse-chic wreaths that are lightly scented with your choice of fragrance. Pick a long-lasting artificial grapevine wreath, then add a favorite smell like eucalyptus, vanilla cinnamon, or spring tulips.

Personalized Tassel Key Tag

tassel keychains
Courtesy of Mark & Graham

Let new homeowners add that brand-new house key to a classic keychain made from leather and steel. The timeless accessory can be monogrammed with your choice of letters and font, allowing you to fully customize the thoughtful housewarming gift.

Succulent Subscription Box

subscription box succulent studios plant
Courtesy of Succulent Studios

Help friends fill their home with organically grown plants by purchasing a short-term succulent subscription box. Recipients will get two baby succulents each month for the duration of the subscription through Succulent Studios. It’s a thoughtful gift that says welcome to the neighborhood—and plant parenthood! Plus, succulent care is almost goofproof.

Custom Painting

house painting
Courtesy of Etsy / SintiqueArtworks

Document the first home with a customized home illustration they will cherish no matter where they move. These beautiful watercolor paintings capture the facade and charm of individual houses, and once framed, they make a perfect housewarming gift.

Homebody Book

Home Body Joanna Book
Image courtesy of Harper Design

What would Joanna do? Let new homeowners gather wisdom from the “Fixer Upper” star with her guide to designing a home that represents the personalities who live there. The book, Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave by Joanna Gaines, offers tips for blending decorating styles and sketching new plans of your own.

Welcome Sign

oversized welcome sign on front porch
Courtesy of Etsy / RusticDesignWorks

Say it loud and proud: “Welcome!” An oversize front-door sign is sure to send a creative curbside message. This 6-foot pallet sign is hand-painted, adding a thoughtful touch to the beautiful porch decoration.

Pizza Baking Stone

pizza on baking stone
Courtesy of King Arthur Flour

Ready for a homemade pizza night? New homeowners will love receiving this bread and pizza baking stone from King Arthur that promises a crispy crust to rival stone ovens. This made-in-America gift will be adored for the date nights and delicious dinners it provides for years to come.

Letter & Key Holder

madewell key holder
Courtesy of Madewell

Never again wonder where the keys went! This metal and wood mail holder and key hook offer a quick and easy spot to drop small essentials upon entering a new home. The design is sturdy yet stylish, so every homeowner can appreciate it.

Seed Delivery

yellow flower heirloom seed savers delivery
Courtesy of Seed Savers Exchange

Give your new homeowner’s garden the best foundation from seed to sprout. A package of heirloom seeds from Seed Savers Exchange will give gardeners the most delicious products, and you can order everything from miniature bell peppers to mountain sweet yellow watermelons. If you aren’t sure what seeds your new homeowners need, consider a gift card instead.

Plaid Throw Blanket

gray and white plaid blanket on a beige couch
Courtesy of Target

A classic plaid pattern makes a stylish and cozy addition to any living room. We love this warm wool blanket as a hygge-inspired household addition for fall mornings and winter nights. The fabric is machine washable, making it an easy choice for new homeowners.

All-Purpose Brooms

all purpose brooms black and gold colors
Courtesy of Lostine

According to superstition, homeowners are supposed to receive a new broom when they arrive at a new home to symbolize a fresh start. The old broom is said to carry all the negativity remaining from the old home into the new house. While we don’t believe that, it does provide the perfect opportunity to buy your homeowners a simple yet beautiful barn broom.

Cheese Board with Knives

13-Inch Compact Swivel Cheese Board with Knives and snacks
Courtesy of UncommonGoods. Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

We love any excuse for a DIY cheese board, and hopefully, your new homeowners do too. This round bamboo cheese board transforms into a stacked wheel with extra storage for serving tools, including an all-purpose cheese knife, a flat cheese knife, and a cheese fork. The easy-to-store design makes this housewarming gift both functional and pretty.

Cheese Markers

chit chat markers with pastries on cutting board
Courtesy of MoMA Design Store

Say cheese—or whatever your heart desires! These cute and budget-friendly Chit Chat Markers come recommended from the Museum of Modern Art design store, and homeowners are sure to love their dry-erase simplicity. The pack of 12 allows a quick label for each item served on your DIY charcuterie board.

Flannel Sheet Set

bedroom flannel sheet set
Courtesy of L.L.Bean

This new homeowner gift is certain to bring comfort and warmth to a new house. The fan-favorite L.L. Bean ultrasoft comfort flannel sheet set is true to its name, and it promises to resist shrinking, fading, and pilling. Brushed cotton flannel is ideal for winter nights, but homeowners will be grateful for their beautifully made bed year-round.

ZIP Code Pillow

personalized pillow with zip code numbers
Courtesy of Etsy / SweetHooligansDesign

What’s our new ZIP Code again? Help new homeowners adjust to a new address with a pretty, personalized ZIP Code pillow. The handmade throw pillow adds a rustic touch to front porches, residence halls, and living rooms.

Keurig Slim Coffee Maker

keurig slim machine amazon
Courtesy of Amazon

Help the new homeowners prepare for their first house guests with this ultra-slim coffee maker. They can use it in the kitchen if they don't already have a K-Cup-compatible machine, but it can just as easily be placed on a small coffee station in the guest room for an extra cozy welcome.

Vase Bookends

bookend vase
Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

Add bright, natural blooms to bookshelves with a set of vase bookends. The set of terracotta bookends are ideal for small storage, and we love seeing florals among the stacks. To complete this thoughtful housewarming gift, consider getting silk flowers that match your friend’s style.

Picnic Towel

black and white picnic blanket
Courtesy of Alaina Organic

It’s time to explore the new neighborhood! Whether your friends are stargazing, camping, or going to the beach at their new home, a large picnic towel will go a long way. This oversize towel is made from organic cotton and since it's meant to be regularly laundered (unlike many blankets), it's a natural choice for an Instagram-worthy picnic.

State-Theme Candle

iowa homesick soy candle on book shelf
Courtesy of Homesick

Home is where the heart is, but sometimes you still miss it. If your new college student or homeowner is worried about adjusting to a new state, consider gifting him or her a familiar memory. The state-theme Homesick candle line channels iconic scents designed to bring back memories of an old place and time.

Magnetic Knife Storage

personalized magnetic knife rack with set of knifes
Courtesy of Etsy / NordenDesigns

A simple knife strip is an overlooked but highly appreciated homeowner gift. Order your friends and family a personalized knife holder made from cherrywood, and watch them delight over the intricate design and personalized engraving. The magnetic wooden surface is fixed with keyholes for quick and easy hanging and storage.

Polka-Dot Pillow

black and white polk dot pillow
Courtesy of Society6

Give homeowners a preppy accent pillow designed to brighten their living space. The black-and-white speckled design of this throw pillow seamlessly fits alongside most styles, making it an easy present for new arrivals in the neighborhood.

Homeowners Tool Set

homeowners tool set blue handles
Courtesy of The Home Depot

Tasks in a new home are bound to come up, and it’s best to be prepared. Give new homeowners an appreciated dose of pragmatism with a high-quality Anvil tool set. The 76-item kit comes with everything beginners need to tackle life’s little jobs.

Decorative Globe

blue and white globe
Courtesy of Wayfair

Add a modern, worldly feel to a new home with a miniature globe. The blue and white design is perfect for bookshelves or desks, and new homeowners will love the reminder that the world is theirs for the taking.

Squirrel-Resistant Bird Feeder

wire globe bird feeder with three yelow birds eating inside
Courtesy of Target

Welcome cheerful songbirds to a new backyard with a high-quality mixed-seed feeder. The globe design offers squirrel guards, so the bird feeder is virtually guaranteed to be a safe haven for new birds—and not their unwanted companions.

Folding Step Stool

black stool
Courtesy of The Container Store

If you are searching for a practical gift that will get a lot of use, take a (stool) step forward. This isn’t a glamorous gift, but a folding step stool is incredibly useful and easy to store. Homeowners can keep this handy accessory in bathrooms for children, the laundry room for storage, or the kitchen for hard-to-reach shelves.

Wood and Metal Wall Organizer

black and wood wall organizer
Courtesy of 1Thrive

Moving is almost always stressful, but you can help relieve a bit of the pressure with a pretty-yet-functional wall organizer. This option has it all: A calendar, chalk board, key hooks, cork board, and more to help keep all those important papers and new keys all in one place.

Swirl Baking Dish

baking dish with large blue swirl
Courtesy of MoMA Design Store

Beautiful and baking-ready? Sign us up. This marbled dish is created with hand-dipped blue-and-white enamel that is swirled to perfection. Each piece is one of a kind and can transition easily from oven to tabletop. Bonus points for being dishwasher safe.

Metallic Map Art

custom street view gold foil art map
Courtesy of Minted

Give that new mantel a touch of metallic beauty! This customized foil art from Minted allows homeowners to receive a street print of their favorite address. Remind newlyweds of where they met, or simply mark the location of their newest beginning.

Muffin Pan

gold muffin pan on a gray background
Courtesy of Target

The versatility of a muffin tin is hard to overstate. If you’re doubtful, consider egg muffins, mini mac-n-cheese pies, pizza cups, and a plethora of sweet desserts. Get your new homeowners a set of regular or miniature muffin tins, then print a few of our favorite muffin tin recipes to complete the clever housewarming gift.

Bath Caddy

over the tub caddy
Courtesy of Target

Unpacking is finally finished, and it’s time to relax with a bubble bath. This adjustable bathtub tray rests easily along a ledge to hold a book, wineglass, and candle. New homeowners will appreciate the reminder that it is finally time to kick back and enjoy their home.

Countertop Blender

ninja blender amazon
Courtesy of Amazon

The last thing you want to do after a move is spend more money, which is why a practical gift will always be appreciated. Gift the new homeowners an upgraded appliance, and pair it with a thoughtful gift, like limes and tequila for at-home margaritas they can make with their new blender.

Dutch Oven

white and gold dutch oven
Courtesy of Target

It’s hard to beat an enameled cast-iron Dutch oven at this price point, especially for roasting and bread baking. Buy this 5-quart dish for a new homeowner who is still learning the basics, but invest in a higher-quality item if your new homeowner is a dedicated chef who needs more high-temperature versatility.

Sushi Kit

bamboo wraps, spoons, and chopsticks
Courtesy of World Market

It’s sushi date night! Give new homeowners an exciting and delicious opportunity to make fancy sushi for dinner with an inexpensive yet effective kit. This present comes with chopsticks, rolling mats, a rice paddle, and a rice spreader. From beginner level to sushi-rolling master, this gift will be appreciated by all.

Magazine Rack

black wire magazine rack mounted to the wall
Courtesy of Wayfair

A modern wire wall hanging doubles as storage for magazines and vinyl records. Homeowners can easily organize the media while unpacking, and the high-quality metal is built to last from home to home.

Bird House

wood birdhouse
Courtesy of Target

Greet fluttering friends with a small wood and iron birdhouse. New homeowners will love the opportunity to hang this simple wood birdhouse near a window where wildlife can be appreciated by all.

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