Whether it’s starting from scratch with a first home, or upsizing to a new place, moving house is a big deal, and often, a big job. As the fantastic friend that you are, you’re excited to mark the occasion by giving a wonderful housewarming present. That, however, is easier said than done! Your friends or family that have moved may not have decided how they’d like their new home to look, and you don’t want to be the person to decide for them. Making a house into a home is extremely personal, but we’ve found some of the best housewarming gifts that everyone will love.
This way, you’ll avoid any interiors faux pas and not have to resort to buying something ‘practical’, though, some of our new home gift ideas tick that box, too!
#1 Seagrass Belly Baskets
Anyone who has moved home recently knows that storage is a big concern. Especially how to maximise storage space in a discreet way. That’s where belly baskets come in. They’ve become increasingly more popular and it’s no surprise why! They’re both chic and extremely practical. Made from natural seagrass, belly baskets will blend seamlessly into any room’s décor and are the perfect place to store books, toys and linens. They also look great when filled with large house plants. Ours are from Olli Ella and each one is handwoven by artisans in Vietnam using traditional methods. They’re both Fairtrade and eco-friendly, so all in all, one of the best housewarming gifts you could give!
A doormat is probably the last thing you think about buying when you’re moving home, but every home needs one. That’s especially if you want to keep those new carpets looking clean! And of course, we’re not just talking about any old doormat. Our contemporary star doormat from Garden Trading makes a stylish and unique housewarming present that no one else will have thought of. A* for originality!
#3 Coffee Table Reads
Every home needs a few carefully placed books lying around. So instead of going with tradition and buying someone a houseplant for their new home, give them a book on how to style them or better yet, how to keep them alive! Did we just remind you to water yours too? We’re big fans of Sophie Lee’s ‘Living with Plants – A Guide to Indoor Gardening’ and ‘Botanical Style’ by Selina Lake.
Candles make some of the best housewarming gifts because they can easily be moved around from room to room – if nowhere else, there’s always space for more candles in the bathroom! Plus, a lovely, fresh scent is great during post-moving unpacking and decorating to dispel any mustiness or lingering aromas of paint. The trick with gifting a candle is to choose one in an attractive pot. We love Paddywax’s mini foundry candles as their stylish pot can be reused long after the candle is finished to home plants or other bits and bobs.
Like candles, you can’t really go wrong with a subtle reed diffuser. We stock many of Paddywax’s interesting scents, including blood orange and citrus, fresh fig and cardamom and dandelion and clover, among others. Why not find the matching candle and create your own gift set?
We’ve shared five go-to ideas for giving the best housewarming gifts that everyone will love (and use!) In fact, they’re so good, you’ll want to keep them for yourself.