The best housewarming gifts every homeowner and renter will love - and actually use

Celebrate their new abode with our selection of the best housewarming gifts you can buy online, ideal for new apartment dwellers and homeowners alike

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From luxury finds to practical presents, these are the very best housewarming gifts you could give this year to make you everyone's favourite house guest.

Moving is a monumental occasion, be it a first home or finally getting the keys to your dream home. Etiquette suggests that it's polite, upon your first visit to someone's new home, to take a gift or small token to celebrate their new pad. 

Our carefully curated list of the best housewarming gifts is as on-trend as it is functional, covering everything from coveted coffee table books to compact appliances that make great gifts for couples.

You'll find a list of useful, timeless or thoughtful housewarming gifts below that'll warm their new home and not end up wasted - even if you're buying for a space you've never seen before.

Where to find the best housewarming gifts in 2023

Our pick of the best housewarming gifts in the UK

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1. Le Creuset 3-Piece Starter Set

Le Creuset is a brand synonymous with quality when it comes to kitchen and homeware, so there's no better way to get them set up in their new home. This 'starter set' includes the signature cast iron stoneware pan, a matching square dish for roasting and baking, and a silicone mat to rest dishes on while they cool down.

Le Creuset offers a lifetime warranty, so you know your loved ones will be set for years to come with these iconic kitchen staples. If you want to save a bit of money on the cost of this set, check out this month's best Le Creuset deals.


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2. Papier Nice and Neat Gift Set

If the recipient is known for struggling to keep their desk space neat and tidy, this Papier gift set will encourage them to reevaluate its feng-shui and improve the look of their workspace at the same time. The kit includes a rollerball pen, index tabs for keeping track of pages in notepads or books, a pen clip to attach to their favorite journal or diary, and sweet planner stickers for annotating.

Check out this month's Papier discount codes for money off your purchase too.


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3. Rifle Paper Co Citrus Floral Recipe Tin

One of the best cookbooks will always be appreciated by new homeowners, but if they're already pros in the kitchen, these recipe cards are a sweet way to keep track of all their favorite dishes. 24 recipe cards can be divided into 12 sections, from soups to desserts, all arranged in this sturdy tin.


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4. Cuisinart Mini Food Processor 

One of the best food processors, Cuisinart's mini option comes in three colorways including a 'vintage rose' shade, which will look great in any new kitchen while also effortlessly blending and chopping ingredients. There's also a five year guarantee, so you can rest easy that it'll see the recipients through lots of dinner party prep.


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5. Levoit Air Purifier

With clever technology that makes it one of the best air purifiers on the market, this Levoit option won't drain too much electricity, can reduce allergens like pollen in the air, and is quiet enough to be left on overnight without disturbing anyone. The purifier also connects to your phone for voice control and to check on how the device is working.


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6. Rayfoto 4K Projector

Your loved one will be able to set up a veritable home cinema in their new abode with this projector, which can connect to phones, laptops and tablets for easy streaming on a big screen. If they haven't had the time to kit out their new living space with the latest living room trends yet, at least they'll be able to sit back and enjoy their favorite films on this adjustable 'screen'. Plus, you can move it outside in the summer to make your very own outdoor living room/movie theatre. 


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7. The White Company Egyptian Cotton Towels

It's no secret that The White Company make some of the best towels as well as the softest sheets, so why not treat your loved ones to a bale of luxurious Egyptian cotton towels for their new bathroom? The soft, fluffy towels feel cosy and comforting, and the neutral colors available are sure to match any bathroom's color scheme.


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8. H&M Cotton Twill Laundry Bag

If they've only just moved in together - especially if they were previously sharing with others, where flatmates shared housing essentials - they may not yet have thought to invest in a new laundry bag. This H&M option is made with thick cotton twill, with comfortable handles at the top and a drawstring closure to prevent clothes overspilling.


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9. Architectural Digest at 100: A Century of Style

The iconic home brand isn't just about those fascinating celeb house tours. In this mammoth coffee table book, the editors reflect on 100 years of beautiful interiors, with insights into the homes of David Bowie, Michelle and Barack Obama, David Hockney and many more.


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10. Diptyque Oud Scented Candle

While not cheap, Diptyque candles are unmatched when it comes to quality and divine scents. The Oud candle features a smoky, woody yet fresh and enticing fragrance, and with a burn time of 60 hours, this is one of the gifts that keep on giving.


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11. Echo Dot 5th Gen

The latest generation of the Echo Dot features its most crisp, clear audio, with an LED display that shows the time, weather, the song that's playing, and more. Your recipient can even sync their Dot to other Echo devices in the house, or their TV, to create a home sound system. Placed on the bedside table, the Dot can play audiobooks, music, set alarms, and answer questions.


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12. Smeg Citrus Juicer

An electric citrus juicer is the kind of kitchen accessory your friend may not think to buy for themselves, but once gifted one, they'll forget how they lived without one. Smeg's retro-style juicer has a removable strainer (leave this part out if you like your juice with pulp), with non-slip feet for stability and a spout that distributes fresh juice into a cup straight from the device.


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13. Our Place Always Pan

One of the best induction pans, the Always Pan has been a pretty inescapable kitchen accessory on social media recently. This is due to its beautiful design, sure, but also its versatility with different cooking techniques and dishes, and its impressive nonstick coating. In our Always Pan review, our writer even named it a match for the popular Le Creuset options. The cult pan is the ideal new home gift, but there's a 100-day trial if they decide it's not for them.


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14. Lune Bakeware Spoon Rest

This hand-painted and glazed ceramic spoon rest has high sides with a scalloped design, so there'll be no pesky spillages when resting a spoon atop. If you want to gift your loved ones a whole set of kitchen accessories, there's also a butter dish, set of egg cups, measuring spoons and much more in the striking range.


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15. Wrap Up Blanket Knitting Kit

Housewarming gifts can run the risk of feeling impersonal if several friends and loved ones are gifting them similar homeware accessories and essentials. Wool and the Gang offers beginner knitting and crochet kits, meaning a new blanket will feel much more special after the hours have been put in creating it themselves. Everything they need to get started on this new hobby is included in the kit: six balls of wool, the blanket pattern, needles and a label to sew in.


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16. Blantyre Storage Jars

Handmade with repurposed local materials such as old wine bottles in Malawi, these gorgeous jars can be used to store herbs and spices, jewelry and more. There are several different lid designs (the lids are made from mahogany wood) and glass colors to choose from, so you can personalize them to your loved ones' preferences and make their new kitchen organisation stylish. 


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17. Fortnum & Mason The Housewarming Hamper

If you don't know the new homeowners too well or are just unsure of what they need, you can't go wrong with a Fortnum's hamper. Comprising of a bottle of champagne, tins of tea and coffee, jars of honey, marmalade and preserve, decadent biscuits and a thick cotton tea towel, they'll be able to toast to their new home in style.


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18. Olive Tree

Olive trees symbolize peace and friendship, so make perfect gifts to bring into a new home. The small tree will be adorned with white blossoms and, of course, olives each spring, and the pot can be engraved with a symbol or a message of your choice. A great gift for gardeners who will love the process of nurturing their new present. 


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19. Customizable Napkin Set

If you're not sure the exact design of the napkins your loved one would love best, you can mix and match between illustrations including hares, lobsters and root vegetables. The napkins are handmade from a thick, durable cotton that's made to last.


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20. Fellow Clara French Press Coffee Maker

A device with which to make coffee is probably one of the most important things to get set up in a new home, and this gift also doubles up as one of the best gifts for coffee lovers. It'll also look chic in any kitchen, with a matte black outer and walnut accents. Unlike typical French presses that require the inner lid to face a certain way when pouring coffee, the multi-directional lid on this model ensures steady distribution.


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21. Wavy Iron Wine Rack

Another new-home gift that they may not have thought to invest in themselves, this dynamic metal wine rack fits up to seven bottles. A must-have for oenophiles who enjoy impressing dinner party guests with their wine knowledge.


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22. Anna + Nina Scallop Candle

We love this beautifully designed circular candle, which sits inside a scallop-shaped holder like a pearl. As it's a small home accessory in a cream shade, you don't need to worry about it not matching your loved ones' new interior, either. Plus, once the candle is finished, they can replace it with another scented candle in the same holder. 

Where to find the best housewarming gifts in the U.S.

Our pick of the best housewarming gifts in the US

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1. Old Havana Baking Dish

A baking dish is a home gift that'll be filled with many home-cooked meals. This eye-catching, mint green stoneware dish is oven safe, so they'll be able to make all their favorite hot meals with ease. Don't be surprised if you see this dish on your Instagram feed within the first week of them moving in. 


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2. Room Essentials 20-piece Flatware Set

Help them get started on their kitchenware with an affordable yet highly-rated flatware set. My mom gifted me this 20-piece set when I first moved into my apartment, and after using them daily for almost nine months, they're still like new. This stainless steel set features four dinner spoons, four dinner forks, four butter knives, four salad forks, and four teaspoons. 


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3. Architectural Digest at 100: A Century of Style

This coffee table book is the perfect gift for the new homeowner who may need a little inspiration in decorating their space. Architectural Digest at 100 is a fan-favorite book that looks aesthetically pleasing in the home with a neutral-colored cover that complements any color scheme that opens to vibrant photographs of celebrity homes such as Barack and Michelle Obama, Michael Kors, and more.


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4. Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Generation

Gifting an Amazon Echo Dot is like gifting a personal assistant. With the help of Alexa, this smart speaker can play their favorite album, set reminders and answer any home-related questions they can think of like, can you put foil in the air fryer or how to clean stainless steel pans.  


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5. Deluxe Tool Set & Storage Tote

Whether they just moved into their first apartment post-college or just purchased a home, a tool set is essential for every homeowner or renter. This deluxe tool set includes everything they could need, such as a hammer, tape measure, an adjustable wrench, pliers, and a screwdriver, all stored in a cute and handy tote.


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6. DASH Mini Rice Cooker

Save them some time in the kitchen with this mini rice cooker that makes cooking a bit more enjoyable. This kitchen gadget eliminates the need to wait around the stove for water to boil or wonder if you added too much or little water. They'll simply just pour one cup of rice and one cup of water into the rice cooker and the machine does the rest. They can continue unpacking and cleaning while their rice finishes cooking within 15 minutes.


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7. Brooklinen Classic Core Sheet Set

You can never go wrong with gifting the best bed sheets, especially when it's a luxurious cotton sheet set from Brooklinen. Whether it's laundry day and they need to switch their sheets out, or they're looking for a cooler, more breathable material like these Brooklinen cotton sheets, one thing I learned after getting my place is there's no such thing as having too much bedding. 


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8. Chamberlain Flute Set

Break in these pretty pink flute glasses and raise a glass and toast to a new beginning in a new space. Handcrafted and uniquely designed, she'll love adding these scalloped colored glasses to her kitchen cabinet. 


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9. Dreamcloud Serenity Blanket

A weighted blanket is the perfect body de-stressor after a long and tiring moving day. Its weight and pressure will relax the body and have you counting z's within minutes. The Dreamcloud Serenity is an excellent blanket, no matter the season. It has a dual-temperature technology that absorbs body heat and keeps you cool throughout the year. 


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10. Endless Summer Marmalade Gift Set

If you're looking for a sweet housewarming gift for the new homeowners on the block, these handmade citrus jams are a nice and thoughtful way to say welcome to the neighborhood. They'll enjoy topping their morning oats or bread with lemon and honey, tangerine, and hibiscus jam.


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11. LAFCO Labdanum Signature Candle

If you want to surprise them with an impressive, long-lasting candle consider adding this woodsy, sweet fragrance to your cart. This luxury candle is rich in scent with notes of labdanum absolute, patchouli, and vanilla. And it comes gorgeous glass vessel they can reuse to hold small trinkets.


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12. Ring Video Doorbell Camera

A Ring Video Doorbell Camera is still on my apartment wishlist. This smart security camera is a useful tech gadget that allows you to view your front or back door from afar through the Ring app. You can also speak to visitors outside your door and rewatch footage from throughout the day.


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13. Shark AI Ultra 2-in-1 Robot Vacuum

A vacuum cleaner can be quite expensive. And with other bigger home buys, a vacuum might be low on their priority list. These are the kind of items that makes the best gifts. 

The Shark AI Ultra 2-in-1 Robot Vacuum mops your wooden floors while suctioning up crumbs without you having to lift a finger. It's a useful gift they won't stop thanking you for.


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14. Crest Glass Meal Prep Containers

No matter how many plastic food containers you buy, they always seem to go missing. But moving into a new place calls for new everything, like a pretty set of durable glass containers. These meal prep containers are a personal favorite of w&h's health editor Grace Walsh, with being easy to clean and made of premium quality.


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15. Hoya Heart Plant

Show your love and support by adding some greenery to their space with this heart-shaped house plant. If they're a lover of plants, chances of them already having a few are high, but as a plant mom myself, I can assure you, they'll be ecstatic to nurture such a cute plant.


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16. Master Lock Door Security Bar

Looking for a housewarming gift for your child's first apartment? This door security bar will keep your baby protected when you're no longer under the same roof. Made from heavy-duty gauge steel, no one will be breaking into their place. The security bar slides right under the door knob and is fully adjustable to match your knob's height.


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17. Command Large Picture Hanging Strips

Command strips aren't the most glamorous gift, but it's a present they'll definitely use and need. Whether they're a renter or just don't have the energy to go through their tool bag, these large hanging strips make decorating your walls a breeze and keep them clean and free of holes. Plus, you'll be saving them a trip to the store. 


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18. Ninja Foodi NeverStick PossiblePan

If they don't already have the best cookware set, save them some time and money with this multi-functional pan. The Ninja Foodi Possible Pan eliminates the need to use multiple dishes when cooking one meal. This one pan works as a skillet, steamer, fry pan, strainer, baking dish and more. 


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19. Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

When all else fails, you can never go wrong showing up with a bottle of wine. It's a classic housewarming gift. This red wine is liked by most with its flavors of dark cherry, ripe plum, and subtle hints of vanilla and cocoa. Don't be surprised if they end up pouring a glass for you and their guests.


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20. Amazon e-Gift Card

Amazon is home to many things, including the best Amazon leggings, highly favored tech items, small kitchen gadgets, organizers, and more. So instead of deciding on the best housewarming gift for them, give them the option to choose what they want and need most with an Amazon e-Gift card. You load the funds, and they'll have the gift card on their phone within seconds.


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21. Anthropologie Garden Tile Coaster

These highly-favored tiled coasters are chic, vibrant, and unique. They'll love bringing these out for guests to place their drinks on. And it's a cute way to keep their dining or coffee table protected.


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22. Ode to Home State Dish Towel

If they've just moved to a new city, help them bring some state pride into their new home with this two-sided ode state dish towel. They'll enjoy reading an acoustic poem about their state while drying the dishes. It's a sweet, sentimental housewarming gift they'll love and actually use.