13 Practical Housewarming Gift Ideas That Aren’t Boring

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When you think of housewarming gifts, you probably think of the same old things always shown in movies: wine charms, dessert spoons, cheesy quotes on a canvas, coasters–the list goes on and on. These are presents everyone gets and probably stuff in the bottom drawer, never to be used again. It’s time to pop the champagne and get something different for your friends and family, something they never even realized they needed. If you’re out of ideas and want to get away from typical housewarming gifts, try these practical gift ideas that are functional, but not boring.

Best Practical Housewarming Gifts:

We’re kicking things off with LE TAUCI Ceramic Pasta Bowls. These bowls are a life-changer in the kitchen and make a perfect housewarming gift for people of all ages. I purchased them for my new apartment a few weeks ago and I am so glad I did. They may have pasta in the title, but they can be used for pretty much everything else, like ice cream, soup, rice, beans and much more. They’re high-quality, durable and easy to grip–plus they’re microwave, oven and dishwasher safe.

It’s finally time to organize all your K-Cup Pods, and this is the way to do it. The Keurig Under Brewer Storage Drawer is exactly how it sounds–a convenient way to keep all your delicious java right under your Keurig machine. Made from durable metal with a black finish, the rolling drawer holds up to 35 K-Cup Pods (or 15 K Carafe Pods). It will fit under all Keurig classic and plus series coffee makers.

Recycling bins can be tacky looking sometimes. This clever bag from Uncommon Goods is trendy, aesthetic and just the right size for a paper grocery sack. Reviewers rave about how simple it is to wipe down from any liquids that may spill and how well it protects your floor from getting stained. It’s available in both black and white.

What better way to ring in your friend’s new pad than with cute and chill wine tumblers? Host Freeze Cooling Cups have insulated walls filled with a cooling gel. Put one in the freezer for white wines or in the fridge to keep red wines at cellar temperatures. The sturdy BPA-free plastic can be used indoors and outdoors for all occasions. The cups have an insulated silicone band for comfortable handling.

The Amazon Smart Soap Dispenser is a welcome addition to any kitchen or bathroom. The automatic timer lasts for 20 seconds, the CDC-recommended minimum for hand washing. Unlike most other dispensers, you get to choose the amount of soap you want; the farther down you put your hand from the nozzle, the more soap you’ll get. One charger can keep the battery going for up to three months! Keep in mind the dispenser only works with liquid hand soap. Make sure you don’t fill with foaming soap or hand sanitizer.

The Cora Refrigerator Storage Rack from Urban Outfitters is ideal for folks with tiny kitchens. It rests on the side of the fridge via a magnetic bar, keeping all your favorite spices right within arm’s reach. The rack has a convenient rounded bottom edge with hooks to display towels, potholders and more. It’s made from 100% stainless steel and has two shelves for storage.

I firmly believe you can never have too many juice glasses. Enter these colorful unbreakable tumblers from SCANDINOVIA, which are BPA-free and produced in Japan. They have the look and feel of actual glasses without any risk, so the four-pack would be perfect for families with small children. The unique dappled design means the cups won’t stick together when stacked.

Ice cube trays can get really irritating, really fast. The Marbrasse Storage Container Set alleviates the headache so you can keep your drinks cool without a worry. It comes with three ice cube trays and a roomy container with a four-hinge locking system and silicone sealing lid. It’s a space saver and an easy way to always keep your ice fresh, no matter what strange smells are floating around in your freezer. The trays and the box can be put in the freezer, microwave and dishwasher (top rack only).

This striking red can opener from Amazon Basics does all the work for you. The stainless steel blade opens cans with zero snagging, and the magnetic lid holder will stop the lid from falling in. It’s got an aesthetic, modern design that won’t take up too much space in your kitchen. The machine also has automatic stop, on/off and release/locking mechanisms for added safety.

Sick of the remote(s) getting lost in between your couch cushions? The Uncommon Goods Sofa Essentials Side Pocket is the solution you’ve been looking for. The gray pouch hangs off your couch and keeps everything in arm’s reach, whether it’s your Kindle, glasses, phone or iPad. The bottom has a small opening to run a charging cable through. The whole thing is then secured with a flap that fits different sofa arms widths.

Elevate your sleep with luxurious satin pillowcases from Bedsure. These boast a whopping 233,000 reviews on Amazon, with 73% of those being five stars. Satin fabric is gentle on your hair and skin since it’s not as drying as cotton. Yes please! When it’s time for laundry day, turn them inside out, put into a mesh laundry bag and wash with a mild detergent.

Our plant friends deserve a nice place to rest, too. This bamboo plant stand offers that and more, with a sturdy frame, practical materials and foldable design. It can be used indoors and outdoors. There are three tiers to display every one of your thriving plants, plus a rod at the top for those that hang. The spacing of the crossbars ensures adequate lighting, ventilation and water drainage. COPREE also offers one that’s 70 cm wide for those who need even more space.

LED strip lights take a basic room and turn it into a rainbow of color with the touch of a button. These ones from Hyrion are 50 feet long and work with Alexa, meaning you can set voice controls to turn the lights off, change the color and make them brighter. There are 16 million different color choices, so the possibilities truly are endless. The LED strip has a timer function, too; you’ll never again forget to turn off your lights before bedtime. Download the app to use with it or grab the nifty remote control.

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