As someone who has moved more than 20 times, I know how truly appreciated practical housewarming ideas and gifts are. It can be overwhelming moving into a new home, and a practical gift that can make life easier, is simply the best gift you can receive. These more than 110 tips and ideas for the best gifts fit every budget and need.
Originally published July 24, 2019 and updated September 23, 2022.
Not only have I moved 25 times all over the world into all sizes and kinds of homes (thanks to the military), but I’m a professional organizer and that means I’m a problem solver. I look for items that really do make my life easier.
Let’s be honest, life is too busy for most of us, so a gift that makes life easier is invaluable. And those are also the best housewarming gifts you can give.
So, whether you’re looking for gifts for new homeowners or housewarming ideas for retirees, the practical housewarming ideas are always much appreciated.
How to Find a Practical Housewarming Gift
- If you know the person, consider their personality and what they already have and don’t have.
- If you’ve seen their new place, think about what is lacking and what would make day-to-day life in the new home better.
- Think back to conversations and what the person has complained about the new home.
- Consider what are basic, everyday tasks that could be made easier with just the right gadget or item.
- Do your research and look for practical housewarming ideas that are suggested by trusted sources or professionals not just by brand advertising.
How much should I spend on a housewarming gift?
The amount you spend on a housewarming gift depends on your budget and how close you are to the person. You can certainly find a great housewarming gift for under $25, like many of the ideas below. The average amount spent is between $25 and $100. The perfect housewarming gift shows you care and are celebrating their new place. It is not dependent on the price tag. I’ve included great ideas below that are budget-friendly DIY gifts.
What are some cheap housewarming gifts?
You can find many budget-friendly gift ideas included in the ideas below. You can find useful housewarming gifts at your local dollar store. Some nice and inexpensive new home gifts are:
- Favorite coffee, beer or cookies
- Welcome mats
- Scented candles
- Flashlight and various sets of batteries
- Several basic spices
- Spice jar labels
- First Aid Kit
- Favorite pie or cake
- Candles and candlesticks
- Ice cream scoop and favorite ice cream
- Essential oil diffusers
- Set of new dish towels and pot holders
- Set of chalkboard labels
- Set of coasters
- Certificate for you to help in the future with a home or yard project
Practical Housewarming Ideas
I’ve gathered all the best housewarming gift ideas so you can find the perfect gift for your favorite person. Practical housewarming gifts for:
- A first home
- A housewarming party
- A new homeowner
- A renter
- A big move
The red underlined text and the images below are clickable links to the gift ideas.
Last Minute Thoughtful Gift
Available from Amazon Prime or at a local store.
- Wine Glasses
- Charcuterie Board or Cheese Board
- Key Holder
- Gift Certificate for a Family Portrait
- Artisan Olive Oil and Vinegars
- Wine Rack
- Front Door Wreath
- Potted Plant
- Fancy, scented hand soap
A Great Mattress – We all know that a good night’s sleep is priceless. My daughter has this exact mattress and I can attest to it being incredibly comfortable. Brentwood Home makes luxury mattresses, pillows and bedding in their California factory. They focus on handcrafting their products with non-toxic materials to provide the best night’s sleep and healthy lifestyle possible.
Amazing Pillows – These vegan memory foam pillows have great reviews and are made right here in the USA. Another high-quality Brentwood Home product that will make any new home a palace.
Throw blanket – They come in a variety of styles and a great gift can be found for under $20.
SockDock ® Whether there is one pair of feet or twenty in a home, it’s a hassle to keep track of socks in the laundry and sorting them after the wash is an additional hassle that no one needs. The SockDock® makes it simple to keep sock pairs together in the laundry and can be taken straight from the dryer to be hung in the closet with no sock matching or folding. It comes in 5 different colors so you can assign a different color SockDock ® to each family member to make keeping track of socks even easier. Check out my video showing how to use the SockDock®.
Thrive1 Command Center – Organization that is gorgeous and increases productivity while reducing clutter and stress. Different styles to meet unique needs and homes. Add accessories to customize this stylish organizer.
You can personalize the lids and even add your own image or logo starting at $15.
Acrylic Organizing Bins These acrylic bins are perfect for organizing the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or any space in the home. They are easy to clean, sturdy, stylish and versatile. This 4-piece set is a great starter set or you can choose a larger set with more sizes of bins.
Organizing products are always a good idea. They help make a new space look and feel put together. These are products that can be used in the kitchen, bathroom, office, and bedroom.
Caraway Cookware Set – Caraway is known for producing top quality, gorgeous cookware designed to make life easier and healthier without toxic chemicals. This set includes:
- 10 1/2 inch fry pan
- 3 qt sauce pan with lid
- 4.5 qt sauté pan with lid
- 6.5 qt Dutch oven with lid
- 2 organizing products
- Lid holder
- Magnetic vertical pan racks
Treleaf™ is a woman-owned business that makes and sells unique handmade plant accessories. Each piece is designed, sustainably made and hand-finished in the USA.
Use code Organized31 for a 10% discount!
They make ideal gifts for plant fans or to give with a new plant.
Motion Sensor Light “I have too many top-quality lights in my home,” said no one ever. There is always a space, a closet or a pantry that is just too dark to be functional. These motion sensor lights are stylish and can be placed almost anywhere since they’re battery operated. They can be attached with screws or by the adhesive that comes with the light fixtures.
Motion Sensor Trash Can How many times do you head to the trash can with your hands full, just to realize that the lid is closed and you either have to call someone to open it or backtrack to put what’s in your hands down just so you can open the lid? A motion sensor trash can removes one simple hassle from your day, every day. They come in a variety of sizes and colors to match every decor and need.
Echo Dot A very affordable and perfectly functional way to bring the convenience of Alexa to any home or to every room in the home. Check out the more than 50,000 skills Alexa brings to the home and daily life.
Front Door Mat Your day starts and ends at the front door and it’s the first impression made on guests. A decorative and hardworking door mat makes a statement several times every day.
Tool Kit A small starter tool kit is invaluable for most recipients, especially when setting up a new home. This set comes in it’s own case, so nothing gets lost or misplaced. They even come in a variety of color choices, sizes and even sports teams.
Outfitting a new kitchen can be a daunting task for new homeowners. Since the kitchen is the heart of the home, items for the kitchen are some of the best housewarming gift ideas.
Instapot A pressure cooker that has become the must-have item to help busy families eat healthy, home-cooked meals. This version combines the convenience of 7 kitchen appliances in one; Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Marker and Warmer, allowing meals to be prepared up to 70% faster. The options below come with different options and in different sizes, including the smaller capacity pressure cooker in the third option.
Air Fryer – This is the newest popular kitchen appliance. It’s easy to use and helps create healthier versions of traditionally fried recipes.
Air fryers come in different colors to match the décor of the new home. They also come in different sizes so you can find one for a small apartment, too. The option on the right below is ideal for a smaller kitchen.
Coffee maker – Three popular options are a Keurig machine, Nesspresso or coffee maker. They come in options for a new house and for a small apartment.
There are many popular kitchen appliances that make useful housewarming gifts.
- Slower cooker or Crockpot
- Immersion blender
- Stand mixer
- Toaster oven
- Hand mixer
- Food processor
- Rice cooker
Stainless steel appliances are always a good choice if you don’t know their décor or color preferences.
Kitchen staples and the right tools are always a practical housewarming gift. It’s the perfect opportunity to make a fresh start in a new home.
Fire Extinguisher Let’s all hope that this is a gift that is never needed, but whether it is or not, it will be greatly appreciated. Safety is an invaluable gift and chances are your recipient hasn’t had time to get a fire extinguisher yet.
Document Safe Keeping your personal documents secure is an important part of being an adult and having your own home. Having a waterproof and fireproof safe to protect your personal documents and valuables is priceless.
Wireless security system with HD camera – Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant.
Cleaning tools that make the job easier. Cleaning is never fun, but bending over and cleaning on your hands and knees is even less fun. Trying to reach cobwebs or dust that is out of reach is simply frustrating. And wearing yourself out scrubbing is so unnecessary.
- Shower Scrubber with Extension Pole
- 20-foot High Reach Dusting Kit
- Under Appliance Microfiber Duster
- Rechargeable Battery Power Scrubber
Robotic Vacuum The iRobot Roomba is almost as good as a full-time maid. It works with Alexa and is great for hardwood floors and carpet, and even pet hair.
Fill a useful and cheerful cleaning caddy with cleaning tools and supplies.
Unique Housewarming Gift Ideas
- Custom House Portrait
- House Number Sign
- Personalized Gift Basket
- Welcome Sign with the Family’s Last Name
- Housewarming Candle
More Helpful Gift Giving Ideas
I’ve collected all my favorite organizing products in my Amazon shop if you’d like to look for housewarming ideas that are more focused on organizing.
If you’d rather make a DIY gift, there are over 80 easy DIY gift ideas, including many that make wonderful housewarming gifts.
Check out these creative ways to wrap gifts to make these practical housewarming ideas and gifts even more fun.
Pin for later practical housewarming gifts inspiration. You never know when you’ll need to give a traditional housewarming gift or a fun housewarming gift.
Find all our best gift ideas for everyone on your list in the table below. You can scroll though the table and look for ideas or search for specific ideas with the magnifying glass in the upper right-hand corner (on desktop). Click on the topic and then click through the specific article.
I’m a mom of 3, a veteran and military spouse. I’ve moved into 20+ homes all around the world. My passion is helping busy people make the space and time for what’s really important to them.