Moving to a new apartment or house is a scary and exciting time, but it can be made less scary (and more exciting!) with the kindness of friends and strangers. Lots of times, that kindness is sent from afar, emailed, left on a doorstep, or shipped from another state. Whether you’re looking to welcome the new neighbor upstairs, send love to friend who just moved out of town, or congratulate your favorite couple on buying their first home, here are 126 creative ideas for new home gifts they’ll love.
You’ll no doubt find the perfect something (or many somethings) on this list. Mix and match to create brilliant gift baskets and combination gifts — a plant with some gardening equipment, measuring spoons with homemade bread, a cooler filled with craft beer and some fresh fruit for a garnish … you get the idea. Want some specific ideas you can buy now? Take a look at our list of favorite products that make great housewarming gifts.
A gift card to a local restaurant
A magazine subscription, with their first issue wrapped in ribbon
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A gift card to the closest grocery store
A “cake” made of toilet paper rolls
A toolbox loaded with essential tools → 11 Tools to Give Someone Who’s Moving Into Their First Apartment
A “coupon” for three hours of unpacking help
Food and Drink Gifts
Ingredients for s’mores
Warm soup gifted in a slow cooker
Homemade or locally sourced jam
All the ingredients to make a fresh batch of cookies
A handwritten favorite family recipe, along with a few ingredients
Gifts for First-Time Homeowners
A gift card to the local hardware store
Beautiful house numbers for their door or mailbox
Gifts for Anyone Living Alone for the First Time
Gifts for Partners Who Just Moved In Together
A custom map of their new location
A cozy blanket for them to snuggle up under
A framed photo of the two of them
Gifts for Renters or Small-Space Dwellers
Gifts for Anyone Making a Long-Distance Move
A comfy travel pillow for the journey
A care package of their favorite local things from their old place
A big box of postcards and stamps
Gifts for Kids or Pets
A favorite toy (goes for both!)
What are your go-to housewarming gifts? Let us know in the comments below.