The Best Housewarming Gifts for Your Long-Distance Friends or Your Fellow Pod Members

Chinazor Offor
·5 mins read

It may seem weird to think about the best housewarming gifts right now—but hang with us. Although the state of birthday parties and baby showers is in limbo, people are still moving to new homes. And that’s a perfect excuse to buy a friend a thoughtful housewarming gift—even if you can’t use said gift as an excuse to drop by and check out the new place. Sending a dependable cast-iron skillet or a powerful-but-compact blender will make you a part of your friend’s new home (and, more important, the meals they cook in it), even when you can’t accept a dinner invitation. Oh, you two are doing that pandemic pod thing? Then arriving with a new set of cloth napkins or flatware will be just the thing. We’ve curated a list of fun yet useful kitchen and tabletop items that will add life to any new space.

Buffalo Check Dinner Napkins

This classic-but-versatile pattern feels at home on the table for any occasion, from summer barbecues to the winter holidays. The black-and-white color palette goes as well with bright, multicolored melamine plates as it does a candlelit wintry tablescape.

Buffalo Check Table Napkins

$17.00, Amazon

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Juliska Berry & Thread Loaf Pan

A simple loaf pan is a must-have to make any space cozy (can’t get hygge without warm pumpkin bread, you know?). This pan from Juliska is understated yet elegant with subtle detailing around the top. It’s also oven-, dishwasher-, and freezer-safe, so your pal can use it in ALL of her fancy new appliances.

Juliska Berry & Thread Loaf Pan

$52.00, One Kings Lane

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Le Creuset Stoneware Shallow Square Covered Baker

This stoneware baking dish from the luxury cookware brand Le Creuset offers a chance to give a classic and homey piece of cookware from a trusted brand—but at a lower price than the classic Dutch oven. The baking dish comes in over 15 different colors and it can be used for Thanksgiving sides, breakfast casseroles, and even one-pot oven dinners.

Le Creuset Stoneware Shallow Square Covered Baker

$60.00, Williams Sonoma

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Instant Accu Slim Sous Vide

The Instant Accu Sous Vide may be the best housewarming gift for your more experienced culinary comrades, but it’s simple enough to use that it can easily elevate even the most novice cook’s skills. Explain to your friend that this gadget is perfect for cooking buttery salmon filets and breaking down tough cuts of meat such as a pork shoulder.

Instant Pot Accu Slim Sous Vide Immersion Circulator

$80.00, Amazon

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Mano Sprinkles Spoon Rest

This handmade spoon rest serves as both a pretty decorative object for your countertops and a landing place for soup-dipped ladles and tomato-sauce coated wooden spoons. It comes in playful sprinkle or polka-dot patterns and the purchase supports a small-business owner.

A Mano Sprinkles Spoon Rest

$28.00, West Elm

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NutriBullet Blender

There’s power in the basics—especially if you’re giving a housewarming gift to someone moving into their first solo space. Everyone needs a blender, and this one is powerful but tiny—perfect for a friend who makes a single smoothie every morning.

NutriBullet Pro

$89.00, Amazon

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Victoria Cast-Iron Skillet

A cast-iron skillet is perhaps the most essential kitchen workhorse. And Victoria’s is one of the hardiest on the market: It’s virtually indestructible and boasts both even heat distribution as well as heat retention, making it optimal for searing. Give this gift and you’ll see it out on your friend’s stovetop every time you come over, whether they’re sautéing, frying, searing, baking, braising, broiling, or roasting.

Victoria 12-Inch Cast-Iron Skillet

$30.00, Amazon

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Sabre Tortoise Flatware Set

Is flatware a utilitarian gift? Yes. Is it a little weird to choose somebody’s flatware for them? Maybe! But this showstopping cutlery set is anything but bland—and chances are your friends will be grateful for that every time they set the table.

Sabre Tortoise Flatware in Brushed Stainless Steel

$17.00, Coming Soon

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Salt & Pepper Grinders

Salt and pepper grinders are a must in any kitchen. These grinders can hold up to three ounces of seasoning each and are easily refillable. They can also grind at varying degrees of coarseness, meaning you can get large, crunchy bits in your cacio e pepe and fine, delicate specks on your fried egg.

Stockholm Salt & Pepper Grinder

$35.00, Food52

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Wooden Salad Bowl

This wave-shaped bowl is generously sized, which is essential for optimal salad tossing. It can be used to spruce up presentation of any kind of salad, or to serve as a centerpiece for a diverse assortment of fruit.

Wooden Salad Bowl

$23.00, Amazon

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Artisanal Kitchen Supply 15-Inch Pizza Stone

This pizza stone is the unexpected necessity for any saucy pie lover, sure. But it’s also great for avid bakers of any kind. The 15-inch ceramic stone is perfect for evenly cooked oven-baked (or grilled!) pizzas and crusty sourdough loaves, plus it ensures even heat distribution in your oven. The stone is built with sturdy handles, making transferring it from oven to countertop easy.

Artisanal Kitchen Supply 15-Inch Pizza Stone with Stainless Steel Tray

$40.00, Bed, Bath, and Beyond

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Acacia Wood Cutting Board

This classic and sturdy cutting board is truly multifunctional. It’s reversible, so you can go from prepping fruits and veggies to serving an aesthetically pleasing charcuterie board simply by flipping it over. The deep groove around the edge is also ideal for catching juices, preventing them from seeping onto the counter.

Acacia Wood Cutting Board

$60.00, Amazon

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Mixed Material Utensil Set

Here’s another great one for beginners. This set covers the bases of all the utensils your friend will need to get started in the kitchen: slotted spoon, a fish spatula, tongs, wooden spoons—and a stainless-steel crock that keeps all the tools in one place.

Mixed Material Utensils, Set of 6

$47.00, Williams Sonoma

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Originally Appeared on Epicurious