While traditional housewarming gifts may have been about literally warming up, these gift ideas help make a home feel warm by helping the new occupants transition it into a space that is loved, lived in, and welcoming. A new home means a new decorating scheme. Help loved ones celebrate major milestones or big moves with a thoughtful housewarming gift, and you’ll inject some love and caring into a stressful endeavor. What to get the host and hostess whose invitation you never want to miss? A thoughtful gift that ensures you’re invited back again and again.
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Kitchen & Dining
Perfect for entertaining family and friends for brunch, or a fancy high tea with scones and jam, they make a lovely gift for any anglophile with an affection for marmalade or lemon curd.
Sure to inspire a burst of creativity in the kitchen, a Jot & Mark recipe box is a stylish and sturdy keeper of family favorites, magazine clippings, internet print-outs, and all other sources of delicious dining safely in one spot.
Step up an entertainer’s game with this French-made Tagine by classic cookware maker Emile Henry. From Moroccan, to middle eastern, to the cuisine of Provence, they’ll be inspired to search for the perfect recipe to highlight the versatility of the two-in-one cooking vessel, and you’ll, hopefully, get to sample their creations.
Easy to operate and perfect for family get togethers, children’s birthdays and more, this drink server keeps ice separate from tea or punch, so drinks stay full-flavored and are never weak and watery. Easier for children to operate than traditional punch bowls or pouring pitchers, you’ll prevent spills and messes with the no-drip faucet.
Frame those insta-worthy desserts in a way that keeps guests tempted with a gorgeous domed glass cake stand. Both beautiful and functional, a glass stand will keep baked goods from drying out and going stale too quickly, while showing off those delectable morsels.
A new home means new opportunities to entertain, and this crystal decanter set clearly advertises hospitality at a price that means you won’t need to hide the good stuff in your office desk drawer.
Perfect for brunch, after dinner coffee or casual drop-ins, always have hot coffee ready. Serve effortless brunches, or after dinner coffee with dessert with this insulating coffee server. Stores three liters of premade beverages while staying hot or cold for hours.
Nothing says “I’m glad you got a new place” like cookware that clearly says it’s their turn to host for the holidays. Choose a durable piece from a respected company, like this enameled cast iron model by Staub, and watch it turn into a family heirloom for generations.
Any good host or hostess will have a bottle of chilled wine ready at a moments notice. Help entertainers keep organized with this countertop wine cooler. Keep champagnes, dessert wines, and more from being forgotten in the back of the fridge behind the appetizers, chilling at the wrong temperature, neglected. With variable temperature controls, you’ll be sure to achieve the correct temperature, and sitting counterside it can’t be out of sight or out of mind.
Step your dinner party up a notch with some fresh cigars after the meal. For after-dinner drinks and cards, up the ante on the luxury factor with this home humidor for quality cigars. The included hygrometer makes it easy for anyone to ensure a proper environment, and cedar construction to ensure gentler aging and fragrance.
Toast the holidays, new beginnings, and good neighbors with some stylish glassware. These stemless champagne flutes are a perfect choice for every get together, from a backyard brunch mimosa to ringing in the New Year in full fancy party dress.
Is it really a party if champagne isn’t involved? Every hostess gets wine, so stand out with these lead-free wine glasses instead. We know offering to help sample all those bottles of hostess gifts is a real chore, but that’s what friends are for.
Decorating a new space can be overwhelming, and blending styles can stump even a seasoned eye, but the authors behind Domino magazine have the answer in this beautifully photographed and thoughtfully illustrated style manual. Filled with step by step instructions for melding form and function and buying guides for furniture, lighting, and textiles, all wrapped in a coffee table book that serves as an objet d’art on its own.
Ramp up an entertainer’s repertoire of dishes with these southern family favorites, beautifully presented by the hostess with the most-est, Joanna Gaines.
A great host or hostess always have a go-to recipe, make sure it’s easily accessible. A great hostess, housewarming, or engagement gift, this “living” recipe book is made to keep family traditions vibrant and relevant, and keep family always coming back around the table to celebrate together.
The smartest hosts obviously have the smartest house. Synergize your evening’s plans with smart devices for whole-house coordinated lighting. Managed with your smartphone, tablet, or Amazon Alexa with a compatible Echo device, these Philips Hue color-changing lights let you use color tones to decorate themed parties, set the perfect lighting tone for family photos, or gently nudge guests that it’s time to go home.
Make every space welcoming with this comforting, long-lasting candle by Yankee Candle company. With over a hundred hours of burn time, the comforting scent of baking spices can waft their way through party after party.
There’s nothing better than a little mood lighting. Encourage guests to filter outdoors onto a deck or other entertaining space with these outdoor LED string lights; perfect for livening up conversations, creating quiet spaces away from a boisterous party, and reminding smokers to keep it outside.
A programmable thermostat is an easy way to turn down those heating bills, and this smart version by Nest allows smartphone operation; avoid having to trudge out of a bed on a chilly morning by bumping up the heat before you have to rise and shine. The Nest smart thermostat is a great entry level item in the smart home. Its intuitive interface allows you to control the temperature in your home remotely; so start the heater before you leave work and arrive toasty to a welcoming space. It self programs based on your usage habits, saving money and time, and you’ll have peace of mind while traveling that your climate control system at home isn’t wasting your money keeping the furniture at a comfortable temperature.
For a hostess whose jewelry has to shine as brightly as she does, this bracelet features lab stones with certified conflict-free diamonds, so she can show it off proudly. Now if only she could guarantee everything else would be certified conflict free.
Keeping a new place clean and welcoming can be daunting, but a scheduled sweep by the Roomba means every night, the floor just cleans itself. Magic.
When home is where you want to be, it’s nice to have all your creature comforts close at hand. Whether that means a wine fridge, workshop, or an espresso machine like the Nespresso Creatista, that lets you whip up all your coffee shop favorites.
Whether renting or buying their home, there always seems to be a flood of financial paperwork, applications, and insurance documents. Lessen the stress of big life changes with this Amazon Basics Safe. Everyone needs somewhere safe to keep those important papers, family heirlooms, and priceless mementos that can’t afford to be lost during- or after- a move.
Extremely convenient for large families, keypad doors are great for letting kids in after school, or giving grandparents an access point just in case. They’re also a convenient choice for frequent travelers, to let in house-sitters or guests.
Getting locked out of a home can be expensive, and if you add in small children, loose pets, or dinner on the stove, even dangerous. Give the best gift your forgetful friends have ever gotten with this spare key hider.
Flowers & Garden
For avid gardeners who must downsize, or delicate southern flowers heading above the snow line for the first time, injecting some sunny greenery helps to smooth out the edges of a large transition.
A pop of stylish geometric design makes these succulents an easy add-on for any home style. The planters are perfect for swapping in a real succulent if the recipient has a green thumb, but since they come with faux plants included there’s no pressure to keep this gift alive and thriving.
Live plants help freshen up any new home, and these easy to care for succulents make a lovely gift to help liven up a new space. With the included detailed instructions and care guides, even a novice can keep these vibrant succulents happy, and these gift packs come in a variety of sizes, making it easy to buy and gift- or keep- as many as you like.
Subscriptions & Deliveries
Celebrate big moves and grown-up budgets by springing for real Italian, instead of delivery pizza. Williams-Sonoma offers a range of entrees delivered right to their door, and after a stressful move-in day, there’s nothing better than knowing dinner has already been handled.
Give a gift that makes a new home sparkle and shine — a gift card for a cleaning service like Handy.com. The cleaning professionals can be scheduled as early as the next day, the app is easy to use and they’ll even do your laundry. If you weren’t best friends already, you will be after a gift like this.
What’s better than wine? Wine that’s delivered to your doorstep. A subscription to Firstleaf wine club means the host and hostess will never run low on wine and that there’s a wide variety for their guests.