Whether you want to welcome your new neighbors or celebrate your daughter's first home, the right housewarming gift can really help them get started in style. Finding the right gift can be a challenge, especially if you don't know them very well.
In any case, here are some creative, thoughtful housewarming gifts for first-time homeowners in 2018 that will help bring smiles.
Kitchen Gift Ideas
Let's start in the kitchen where there are so many utensils, cookware, and tools that a couple just moving into a house for the first time might not have. These aren't your typical plates and saucers found on a bridal registry.
Personalized Cutting BoardGive them the tools they need in the kitchen to make great meals and prepare their favorites with this custom maple cutting board.
The new homeowners can cut their favorite vegetables, fruits and other meal ingredients without damage to their counter or table. Add up to 38 characters that will appear under a picture you select. They'll be sure to thank you.
That's My Pan - $11.99
Tovolo Sphere Ice Molds (Set of 2)
Help the new homebuyers celebrate their new home with ice orbs that keep their wine or other drinks cool for a long time. These sphere ice molds (check price on Amazon) add fashion to any cold drink and melt slower than typical ice cubes.
They can use them right away and place them in sodas, beer, wine, liqueur, juice, or any other drink they desire.
Sea Stone Splash Sponge HolderIf you really want to help accent their kitchen, this sponge holder is perfect for first-time homeowners and replaces those dull, boring holders with something beautiful to actually look at.
This artistic sponge holder is made with stone top pieces and a granite base, along with three aluminum rods to hold the stones in place. The sponge wedges in between with plenty of drying space.
Uncommon Goods - $24.00
Bubble Glass PitcherEveryone needs pitchers for their favorite cold beverages, but how about one that adds flair and style in a way that is different from the norm? Give them a stylish, bubble glass pitcher that feature elegant curves and a handle that graces the circumference with the look of a hole through the pitcher.
They can use it for parties, to accent their kitchen, and even to decorate with a floral arrangement.
Wayfair - $41.95
12-Bottle Bamboo Wine Rack
Celebrate their home acquisition with a 12-bottle bamboo wine rack (check price on Amazon) that blends with any décor. This rack is available in black (espresso) or natural and is a great way to kick-start their wine collection.
It can also just provide a place to store existing wines.
Keurig K55 K-Cup Single Serve Coffee Maker
Everyone needs coffee, but you often have to wait for it to brew. This instant, one-cup coffee maker (check price on Amazon) lets the new homeowners enjoy a quick cup of coffee anytime they need during their busy day working or getting situated in their new home.
Veggie Smart Storage ContainersHelp your new friends keep their vegetables and fruits fresh for a longer period of time with a set of smart containers designed to conserve space.
Each piece stacks together and includes a tall one for lettuce and other large vegetables, a slimmer one for things like carrots and celery, and two small containers on the top for strawberries, blueberries, and more. The slotted bottoms can also serve as a colander while the closable vents on the sides control air flow.
There are also charts on the lids to help keep track of freshness.
Uncommon Goods - $55.00
Red 8.5 oz. Stacking Mugs (Set of 6)If your new neighbors don't place these stacking mugs on the counter, they will surely save space in their cabinet.
The set includes 6 red, 8.5 oz. coffee cups that easily stack in a matte black rack. They are dishwasher and microwave safe.
World Market - $14.99
Monogram Elegance Cookie JarOffer a personalized way to store cookies or other similar treats by giving the new homeowners a chip-resistant, stone cookie jar.
This white jar is available in six color choices for the custom monogram you choose and it provides an airtight seal to keep the cookies fresh.
Bed Bath and Beyond - $43.99
Gifts for the Yard / Outside the Home
Personalized gifts are always highly valued as they aren't ho-hum off-the-shelf presents you spent 30 seconds grabbing at Wal-Mart. The recipients will immediately feel a connection with a gift that is unique to them. Here are a couple for the outdoors.
Family Initial and Name House DoormatHelp them welcome guests to their new home with a customized doormat made with an easy-to-clean polyester surface and a non-slip backing material.
Everyone loves personalization that shows you care and this 27"x 17" mat includes an initial, a name up to 25 characters, and a 4-digit year for the established line.
Personal Creations - $24.99
Q Tech Bluetooth BBQ Grill Thermometer
Everyone loves to BBQ when the weather allows it. Give the gift of this Bluetooth, wireless BBQ thermometer (check price on Amazon) so that they can monitor the inside temperature of the meat without constantly checking it.
Lighted Owl Solar Garden StakeWhether the new home is a rental or a purchased one, give them a gift to enhance their outdoor area. This Precious Moments solar stake includes a lighted orb and an owl above it.
It is one sure way to welcome them into their new place.
Precious Moments - $20.99
Living Room / Den
Some of these ideas are fun and some are highly practical. These items will get out in the open and be viewed every day so I didn't go overboard with any odd design choices. Again personalization makes an entrance here!
Personalized Monogram Wall Key HolderHelp your new homeowner(s) know where their keys are at all times. This customizable, wall-mount key hanger features four metal hooks and will add that extra touch to the home while also helping them stay organized.
The MDF material creates a smooth surface and the background can be customized to match the home.
Etsy - $19.95
His and Hers Key HoldersFor those that want to give a key holder that is unique and different, this set is the ticket to make the new homeowners smile. The his-and-hers pieces mount directly on the wall and include actual locks to insert the keys while the rest hang down like they do in your car.
They just pluck them out easily and quickly when they need to go. Each piece features a zinc base with a protruding person that delivers a mirrored reflection made from chrome.
Uncommon Goods - $17.00
Gold Leaf and Marble Coasters (Set of 4)Everyone needs coasters to protect beautiful surfaces from drink condensation damage and beverage drips that run down the side.
Welcome your new neighbors with a beautiful, durable set of marble coasters, featuring a gold leaf inlay design that blends with any house theme. Each coaster includes 4 foam feet to protect any surface they place them on.
Crate and Barrel - $34.95
Bliss Gardens Air Plant Terrarium Kit
Give new homeowners something to do and something to accent any room they desire with this beautiful glass terrarium kit (check price on Amazon) that features colorful plants and a 4-inch round design.
It easily fits on shelves, counters, tables, and more. The purple, awe-inspiring Amethyst gemstone adds life and beauty in conjunction with the Tillandsia Air Plants that help purify the air around the room.
Rustic Home Framed PrintGive new homeowners something to enhance their living room, hallway, or a bedroom like this rustic home framed print with a black, wooden frame and a glass cover.
The print is customizable up to 25 characters and is often used for the family's name.
It has quite a few positive reviews so your new neighbors will surely enjoy it.
Personal Creations - $34.99
Where Memories Are Made Throw PillowGive the gift of comfort with a 15-inch, personalized throw pillow that features the words "Home is Where Memories are Made." Customize it with 16 characters underneath that and a year for the established line.
They will enjoy it because the canvas is made of 100% cotton and it can be used anywhere they desire without affecting the theme of the room.
Personal Creations - $34.99
Precious Moments Home Sweet Home Table Décor with ClockGive anyone that moves into a new home this Precious Moments Home Sweet Home table décor, featuring a little dial clock, and of course a character--one that happens to be reading a book to their little pet.
Precious Moments - $30.00
Custom Home Accent LightWhen you have some new homeowners to celebrate with, this personalized, tabletop light does the job well.
It's made of wood and acrylic materials and you can personalize for them with any message up to 25 characters that will appear below the home image. It measures 10-1/4" wide by 8-3/4" high.
Personal Creations - $49.99
Google Chromecast UltraThis one may be slightly off to the far side of housewarming gifts, but it definitely makes a good one. Everyone needs access to the entertainment they love and the Chromecast Ultra gives the new homebuyers access to all their favorite videos, movies, and shows.
It mirrors their Android or iPhone devices so they can sit back on the couch and enjoy that long-needed binge break or browse pictures on their phone.
Google - $59.00
Printer's Home Office Letter File BinOrganizing is one thing that everyone can benefit from and a letter file bin is a perfect addition to keeping an office or room free of clutter.
This new homeowner gift is made of pine with a Tuscan chestnut finish. It features two roomy slots for mail, letters, and other paper materials. Give them easy access while also giving them less clutter and less lost mail.
Pottery Barn - $99.00
I hope one of these gifts will make these new homeowners feel welcome. The personalization of some of the gifts is a nice touch and everyone loves a piece of unique home decor.
What have you given as a housewarming gift recently? Let me know in the comments below. I'm always looking to keep track of good ideas for welcome gifts as we live in a military town with a lot of turnovers.