Like shopping for a dedicated lover of fashion, housewarming gifts can be a bit tricky. Why? Because not only does your chosen gift say a lot about your host, but it also says a lot about you. The best housewarming gifts exhibit your knowledge about their recipients—and if they’re not carefully chose, they might show off a lack of consideration. You never want to shoot so far from the mark that your gift might not ever get put to use.
But housewarming gifts also reflect on your thoughtfulness as a guest—ultimately, they’re a way you can help a friend or holiday host get the most out of their homes long after you’re gone. Taking a few moments to really think about what your host might need in their new space, or what quality items may last a long time will certainly pay off in the long run. Plus, giving a memorable gift is a great way to ensure you’ll be invited back in the future.
Below are a few ideas that’ll please a variety of tastes—and tastemakers, too.
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Venus Et Fleur Eternity Gypsophila
You can never go wrong with bringing flowers. Take it one step further and throw in a great vase. These sculptural containers and blush plants are ideal for warming up any space and are sure to be appreciated by any homeowner.
Open Studio: Do it Yourself Art Projects by Sharon Hurowitz
It’s one thing to bring someone a coffee table book that features large pictures of beautiful art. It’s another to gift an option that allows readers to create pieces of their own. This interactive art book brings together a group of premier modern artists who each offer lessons on techniques you can try at home.
Arne Jacobsen Egg Lounge Chair
The original Arne Jacobsen designed Egg™ lounge chair continues to delight with its ergonomic form, revolutionary shape, and high-quality craftsmanship. The embracing curves tell a story of extraordinary crafting excellence. A masterpiece of Danish design, it remains as relevant today as when it was first created in 1958. (As shown $17,847.)
Boy Smells Holiday Votive Candle Set
People love scented candles, but it’s hard to pick just one that a holiday host will love. So, what’s better than one candle? Options. This set is a great way for your friends and loved ones to try a variety of scents—and you can send them the full-sized candle when they figure out which one they like best.
Tom Dixon Brew Coated Stainless Steel Cafetiere Set
For the caffeine addicts and lovers of good coffee, this six-piece set from Tom Dixon is the ultimate housewarming gift. Like a multi-step skincare routine, making coffee with these tools every morning feels ceremonial.
Wild: The Legendary Horses of Sable Island
Fashion turned wildlife photographer Drew Doggett captured the magic of Sable Island, off the coast of Nova Scotia, and the wild horses that roam free there. As a visual treat, both inside and out, this coffee book is perfect for those who are interested in the beauty of the natural world.
House of Hackney Saber Midnight Large Velvet Pillow
Get this pillow for the maximalist homeowner—or your most daring friend who doesn’t shy away from pattern, color or excitement. From the tassel details to the velvet fabric, this is an accessory for someone who loves fun.
By Japan Hirota Glass Carafe and Glasses Set
Whether your holiday host needs help starting their home bar or finishing it, this carafe set adds an elegant touch. It’s sculptural and artistic without being too excessive, which means it can work in almost any room you put it in.
Georg Jensen Silver Cobra Medium Candle Holder Set
These sinuous candlesticks add a sleek touch to any space. Dress a dining table with them, or place them on a fireplace mantel. Wherever they may be, these two fit best for the homeowner who likes a modern aesthetic—but isn’t married to straight lines and right angles.
Ralph Lauren Brennen Leather Letter Rack
The truth is, lots of us need more assistance getting organized than we’d like to admit. Why not offer a helping hand? Though a bit of a tongue-twister, this leather letter rack is a great gift for anyone who gets mail—and its sleek build and supple material make it the furthest thing from an eyesore.
Caraway Cookware Set
If someone is starting fresh, odds are, they’ll need to build a reliable arsenal of kitchen supplies. This cookware set from Caraway Home is complete with a frying pan, saucepan, saute pan, Dutch oven, magnetic pan racks, and canvas lid holder that’ll help the budding home cook find their own culinary style.
TRNK NYC Nimbus Table Mirror
Too often, vanity mirrors are utilitarian—concerned way more with function than style. That’s not the case with this design from TRNK NYC, which swivels to meet your host’s face at a variety of angles and looks just as handsome as they do.
West Elm Keraclay Incense Burner
Owning a home can be stressful, so gifts that encourage serenity are especially thoughtful. This incense burner’s stylish dark glaze elevates it above standard-issue models, and its elegant holster adds a pleasant twist.
If you or someone you know needs interior design inspiration—and a coffee table book for guests to flip through—then Liaigre’s new Rizzoli tome is the perfect gift. Over the course of its 30-year tenure, the French brand has become synonymous with luxury design for its top-of-the-line, bespoke furnishings and custom finishes made of peerless materials. Creation chronicles a few of the more recent highlights, from a St. Moritz villa to a modernist palace in New Delhi.
Dyson Lightcycle Morph
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Dyson’s lamp is among the best in the biz. Not only will it illuminate all your various day-to-day tasks, it does so in a way that’s good for your health. The famed vacuum-maker’s light has LEDs that are engineered to emulate the sun’s rays, counteracting any blue light from computers, tablets or smartphones that may stunt melatonin hormones and keep you up at night.
Arhaus Curiosity Cabinet
Everyone loves vintage furniture, and Arhaus’s cabinet set gives that vibe—no sifting through 1stdibs required. Inspired by old apothecary drawers, you can purchase different versions of the model with additional drawers and form a whole new organization system for your home office, desktop mess be damned.
Michele Varian Brass Primary Shapes Table Lamp
Lighting is almost as important as seating and storage. For the new homeowner that likes to have fun with their home aesthetic, consider this modern-shaped lamp. Its sleek appearance works well sitting on an office desk, or adding low-light on a bedside table.
Gunia Project Teacups
For the romantic friend that loves both a handcrafted gift and starting their day with a warm drink, a set of teacups from Gunia Project is a perfect go-to. Inspired by the glass icons of the Carpathian region, this ceramicware adds the right dash of personality to a home.
Misette Table Bubble Glass Pitcher
For the hosts who love to entertain, consider this bubble glass pitcher by Misette Table. It’s a piece that elevates the mundanity of pouring a beverage, and anything that wields the power to romance the everyday deserves all the flowers. It’s elegant, without missing out on the fun.
Sien + Co Cuero Throw
Adding in a throw onto a couch or accent chair is an easy way to help a home achieve that much-sought-after layered look. They add texture while making a room look more complete and liveable. Take the Cuero Throw, for example. With its fringed ends and merino wool, it’ll inevitably elevate any space that it’s set in.
Toast Sheepskin Hot Water Bottle
Luxury does oftentimes find itself in the smaller things.For the colder months to come, opt-in for a chic sheepskin hot water bottle that puts elegance in practicality. Any new homeowner that likes to live well would appreciate a gift that’ll also keep them warm.
Marni Market Cake Stand in Metal and Green PVC
Whether they’re a baker or an art aficionado, homeowners will be pleased by this Marni cake stand that follows in the footsteps of the brand’s playful aesthetic. Plus, it’s multi-faceted. If you’re not so much into sweets, this can easily be used for healthier alternatives like fruit.
Hermes Voyage en Ikat Vase
Is the new homeowner teaching themselves how to play Chopin on the piano? Do they prefer a classic oxford shoe over a sneaker? Perhaps this Hermes vase would fit perfectly with their ornate and classic aesthetic.