16 practical housewarming gifts for first-time homeowners

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For the first-time homeowner, there’s a long grocery list of things they’re going to need and a tighter budget to fill those needs.

They will be buying matching bowls and plates, new silverware (have they really had 17x more forks than spoons all this time?) and trying to fill their new place with decorations and nicer versions of whatever was suiting the same purpose in their childhood home or college dorm.

Since they might not have as much money as they wish when just starting out, the most thoughtful gifts often intersect with the most useful ones. The only reason they will want a piece of artwork you picked out or a portable reflection pool is if they can sell it and then stock the hallway closet with toilet paper from the sale.

Below, we collected 17 gifts that the first-time homeowner really wants, needs, and will appreciate from any of their loved ones.

A trusted cookbook to get them started on cooking

Amazon

If it's your first house or apartment, it might also be your first time really relying on your own prowess in the kitchen. A well-known, trusted cookbook like this one is both helpful and thoughtful.

Gift an Ina Garten Barefoot Contessa cookbook

A Hello Fresh gift card for groceries

food

While they get settled in, groceries or a trip to the store are things they might not want to have to worry about. A Hello Fresh gift card is one thoughtful way of taking one more thing off their plate by just delivering a bunch of healthy, pre-portioned meals to their doorstep instead.

Gift a Hello Fresh gift card

A David Jones card to get some of the best sheets money can buy

David Jones

David Jones has a range of classic, clean, and incredibly comfortable linen, which is why they're one of our favourite Insider Picks. They will probably want to pick it out for themselves, but a gift card is a perfect way to give them a luxury they will be extremely happy to have, but maybe don't want to spend the money on right now.

Gift a David Jones gift card

A gift card to frame their memories

Framebridge

If you want to commemorate the memories they have had and the people they love that will eventually make their new place feel like home, then this is a great gesture. Especially if their new spot is far from home, this is one thoughtful and sweet gift they will be increasingly glad to have.

An instant coffee maker

Amazon

One luxury they might not have but will absolutely enjoy is an instant coffee maker. If you'd like to add some K-cups to get them started, you can throw some in with your order.

Gift a Keurig coffee maker

A bouquet to freshen things up

The Bouqs Co.

Rather than have to orchestrate dropping flowers off at their new place, arrange for a bouquet to be delivered to them right at their doorstep.

Take a look at Easy Flowers' flower selection

A wine subscription or other goodies

Winc Instagram

After a long process of moving in, your giftee probably deserves a glass or five of wine. If they appreciate a bottle every once in a while, a subscription from Winc is one thoughtful way to continuously surprise them.

New members take a simple six-question survey to get a sense of their taste preferences and then receive recommendations of four bottles for their first box. From there, members can choose to continue receiving four bottles a month or skip any month without being charged.

Check out all the gifts Winc has available

A first aid kit for emergencies

Amazon

It's always good to be prepared and the first aid kit, though something everyone should have, is often one thing we always mean to buy for the medicine cabinet but never do. Remove one thing from their to-do list and grab it for them.

Gift a first aid kit

A mixologist starter kit

Ebay

If they're planning on having company in their new place, a beginner's kit for mixing drinks is a great tool to have around the house and one they might not think to grab.

Gift the Libbey 9-Piece Cool Cocktails Mixologist Set

Collapsible food containers

Ebay

Collapsible containers like these are perfect for storing food when necessary and using up little cabinet space when they're not.

Gift Fasmov Silicone Collapsible Storage Bowls with Lids

Bath bombs

Ebay

A wonderful, treat-yourself gift for someone moving all of their belongings into a new spot. One totally relaxing evening in their new home is well deserved.

Gift a bath bomb set

A fun household game

Amazon

A fun card game like Cards Against Humanity is perfect for anyone looking to have friends over to their place.

Gift Cards Against Humanity

A slow cooker for delicious, easy dinners

Target

This slow cooker took the internet by storm as a cult favourite. Your giftee can make practically any delicious meal in it with almost no effort.

Gift a 5.5L Slow Cooker

A tool kit

Amazon

Everybody needs a set of tools, but since we often don't need them until the very second that we do, they often fall to the back of the wish list. Help them get settled with the things they really need and specifically the ones they might need when trying to put together their dresser.

Gift a Stanley 65-Piece Homeowner's Tool Kit

All the necessary kitchen essentials they don't want to buy

Amazon

Grab them all the kitchen essentials they will need in one fell swoop so they can spend their money on more personalised things.

Gift the 22-Piece Home Kitchen Essentials

All the basic cooking spices

Amazon

Everybody needs them, nobody ever has all of them.

Gift Ultimate Organic Starter Spice Gift Set

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