10 Best Housewarming Gifts

One of the best parts about moving into a new apartment is showing it off to your friends and family members. That’s why housewarming parties are so much fun– they give people the chance to flaunt their DIY window treatments and adorable kitchens.

10 Best Housewarming Gifts

But for guests, housewarming parties are all about one thing and one thing only: the gift. If you’re planning on heading to a friend’s place soon to celebrate his or her new apartment, take a look at these 10 best housewarming gifts you should consider bringing:

1. A Nice Corkscrew (And Some Wine to Go With It)

Nothing says “congratulations” like popping bottles! Wine is one of the most common host/hostess gifts for a reason– because you’ll be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like it.

10 Best Housewarming Gifts - Nice Corkscrew and Some Wine to Go With It

Get your friend a new corkscrew (perhaps even an electric one if you’re feeling extra generous) and a bottle of wine to go with it.

2. A Handy Gift Basket

Everyone needs a simple tool set they can use to hang shelves, make small repairs, and build Ikea furniture, so if you know your friend doesn’t have one yet, put together a small gift basket with a few handy basics.

10 Best Housewarming Gifts - A Handy Gift Basket

Include a hammer, a measuring tape, a multi-bit screwdriver, screws, and nails. Or, if your friend already has tools, assemble an equally handy gift with Scotch tape, duct tape, Command hooks, plastic baggies, antibacterial wipes, and other household necessities your friend will get a lot of use out of.

3. Something Scented

Candles are actually very traditional gifts for this type of gathering, but they’re still considered some of the best housewarming gifts.

10 Best Housewarming Gifts - Something Scented

Back in the day, candles symbolized the gift of light for the person’s new home, but these days they’re perfect for use in the bathroom or kitchen to keep the apartment smelling clean and fresh at all times.

4. Greenery

Plants are great for apartment warmings for a couple of reasons. First, even if another guest has the same idea, there’s no such thing as too many plants.

10 Best Housewarming Gifts - Greenery

Second, plants add literal life to an apartment, upgrading both the decor and ambience of your friend’s place.

5. A Wall Hanging

Even if you don’t have a ton of money for a nice piece of artwork, it’s pretty easy to buy or DIY a nice wall hanging without spending too much money. If you’re artistic, feel free to paint a canvas or frame a piece of your own artwork.

10 Best Housewarming Gifts - A Wall Hanging

If not, simply print and frame an inspirational saying or motto for a fun wall hanging. You can even frame something cute and silly like, “Live, Love, Laugh, Netflix.”

6. A Morning Brew Basket

Is your friend the kind of person who can barely get out of bed without a morning cup of coffee? If so, a basket full of gourmet beans, sweeteners, creamers, and a fun mug might be one of the best housewarming gifts you can bring.

10 Best Housewarming Gifts - A Morning Brew Basket

Or, for a tea-loving friend, put together a cute basket of loose-leaf varieties or high-end bags of their favorite brews.

7. Something Monogrammed

Monogrammed gifts are a great way to get a little personal– plus, monogrammed decor adds a level of sophistication to any apartment that your friend is sure to love.

10 Best Housewarming Gifts - Something Monogrammed

Consider monogrammed kitchen or bathroom towels or even a nice wooden cutting board engraved with your friend’s initials.

8. A Gift for Fido

If your friend has a dog or cat, the furball is probably pretty excited to be living somewhere new as well. So, include Fido or Felix in the celebrations by bringing him a special treat of his very own.

10 Best Housewarming Gifts - A Gift for Fido

Pick out a fun new toy or milk bone for Fido or some toy mice or treats Felix will love. After all, it’s their apartment warming too!

9. A Game Night Addition

For friends who love having game nights, a game-related gift will probably go over really well. Bring along a fun board or card game that can be played with a big group of people (Pictionary, Catch Phrase, and Cards Against Humanity come to mind).

10 Best Housewarming Gifts - A Game Night Addition

You can even break it out at the housewarming party if everyone is up for a little competitive fun! Who knows? Maybe you’ll start a regular game night tradition.

10. Bath Goodies

Nice bath and body products are some of the best housewarming gifts because they’re both practical and luxurious. Consider what you know about your friend’s favorite products or scents and pick up some similar items.

10 Best Housewarming Gifts - Bath Goodies

Things like body butter, bath salts, scrubs, lotions, and more are always a good bet for your female friends. If you’re headed to a guy friend’s party, consider aftershave, shaving cream, or a nice body bar.

Remember that when it comes to housewarming gifts, the more personal the present, the better! Think about what your friend loves, and choose something you know he or she will be able to get a lot of use out of.

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6 Tips for Hosting an Inexpensive (Yet Classy!) Apartment Housewarming Party

Make sure you've got plenty of seating for your guests. Image: Crossing at Daybreak Apt Homes, South Jordan, UT

Make sure you’ve got plenty of seating for your guests. Image: Crossing at Daybreak Apt Homes, South Jordan, UT

Throwing yourself an apartment housewarming party seems like such a grown-up thing to do, doesn’t it? Now that you’ve got your own place, you want to show it off to your friends in a way that lets them know you’ve got this whole adult thing under control.

The problem, of course, is that classy parties require cash, and that money tree just hasn’t been blooming lately. How are you going to throw a grown-up party without breaking the bank?

First of all: breathe. A housewarming party doesn’t have to be a huge ordeal. Although you do want to show off your new apartment, you don’t have to spend a fortune to do it. Here’s how to throw a nice party on the cheap.

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Apartment Olympics: Non-Dangerous Games That Bring Home the Gold

Apartment Olympics: Non-Dangerous Games That Bring Home the Gold

Break out the Team USA gear – the Winter Olympics are here! Starting today in Sochi, Russia, athletes from all over the world will come together in peaceful competition to see who deserves to stand atop a podium adorned with a medal. (The Opening Ceremonies air tonight on NBC, beginning at 7:30 EST. Competition begins Friday.)

Sure, these athletes have spent the better parts of their lives striving to compete in the Games – countless hours have been spent practicing, training, and perfecting their skills. We’re in awe of them, but we also want to have a little fun of our own while we watch the competition.

So why not celebrate by holding a mini-Olympics in your apartment? These games involve ordinary household items and won’t damage your space or, more importantly, you. Make some fake medals, invite some friends over, and see who wins gold.

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How to Throw a New Year’s Eve Party in Your Small Apartment

The New Year is almost here! Have you started planning a party?

The New Year is almost here! Have you started planning a party?

When it comes to a New Year’s Eve party, there are many types:

1. The raucous, boozy ones that the cops break up at 12:01 a.m.;

2. The lazy ones where people struggle to stay awake until midnight, only opening their eyes occasionally to see how Ryan Seacrest is doing in Times Square; and

3. The just-right ones where everyone has a good time and no one gets so drunk that they have to spend all of January 1 apologizing for their behavior.

Or maybe that is your idea of a good time. We’re not here to judge.

But if you live in a small apartment and you want your landlord and neighbors to like you, we recommend you aim for less option 1 and more option 3. (Option 2 is acceptable only if you did manual labor all day leading up to the party, or if you’re 90 years old.) The point is, your New Year’s Eve party doesn’t have to result in a citation for disturbing the peace or a certificate for Lamest Party of the Year. There’s a nice middle ground there, and we’ve got some ideas to help your party achieve it.

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Top 10 Metros for Apartment Entertaining This Holiday Season

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They’re here again!

It seems the holiday season starts just a bit earlier each year.

If you’re feeling a little “bah, humbug!” about the return of the holidays, perhaps we can lift your spirits.

Here at Apartment Guide, we’ve given some thought to the challenges of apartment entertaining.

Take a look at our feng shui tips on how to set up a comfortable party at home in your apartment this season.

We’ve also scoured our apartment listing information to find the overall best cities for apartment entertaining.

According to our data, apartment dwellers in ten certain cities enjoy the most at-home advantages that make holiday entertaining a pleasure. These cities boast the most apartments with balconies, island kitchens, dishwashers, washers and dryers in-unit, microwave ovens and extra storage space. With all these amenities, hosting a holiday party is much easier and a lot more enjoyable!

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Cute or Creepy? Tips to Transform Your Apartment into a Haunted Home

Create a tricked-out apartment this Halloween with these decor tips. Spooky!

Create a tricked-out apartment this Halloween with these decor tips. Spooky!

Whether you are throwing a freaky Halloween party, attempting to terrify trick-or-treaters, or just treating yourself to a night at home watching horror movies, it’s terribly fun to transform your apartment into a haunted one for Halloween.

The best part is that you can tailor your terror to suit your scare style.

Check out these apartment decorating ideas that give you options for cute or creepy Halloween decor!

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Killer Ideas for Your Breaking Bad Party (Spoiler-Free!)

Breaking_Bad_logo-resized for blogThe time is almost here, Breaking Bad fans. The hit AMC series will be airing its final episode in less than 72 hours. Just like you, we’re on the edge of our seats trying to predict what’s going to happen. Will Walt die? Will Jesse die? Will the pink one-eyed teddy bear make one last appearance? And what the heck happened to the ricin?

At this point, we’re the ones dying … with anticipation! If you’re a die-hard Breaking Bad fan, we’ve got some creative ways for you to pay homage to the show this weekend.

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Host a Winning Football Fete in Your Apartment

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Score a touch down this season with a winning football party in your apartment!

Weekends from now until February have been cleared for one thing: football. Even if you don’t have season tickets to cheer on your favorite team this season, you can still display lots of team spirit in the comfort of your own apartment.

Even if you aren’t a football fanatic, you can still host an awesome pigskin shindig. All you really need to kick things off is a lot of team spirit and a few fine finger foods.

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Refreshing Summer Sips: DIY Drinks and Cocktails to Make in Your Apartment

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Summertime drinks are more affordable when you make them yourself at home!

Summertime trips to the bar and the coffee shop can really add up. One source even estimates that the average American worker spends $20 per week ($1,100 per year) on coffee. But there is hope for those who’d like to keep that cash in their wallets.

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With a blender and a few key ingredients, you can create a number of cool, thirst-quenching beverages without stepping foot outside your apartment.

All you need to do is decide which drinks will really satisfy your taste buds.

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Caffeine addicts don’t need to go cold turkey this summer. Just put your vice on ice – literally! Iced coffee and iced tea have always been popular, and they’re even more delicious when you add an unexpected splash of flavor.

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Keep Calm and Make Ice Cream in Your Apartment

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Making homemade ice cream is a fun way to spend time in your apartment before summer comes to a close!

The long-awaited summer season might be halfway behind us, but there’s still plenty of time to scream for ice cream!

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If those pre-manufactured pints of Rocky Road just won’t do, you can always opt for making a creamy concoction right in the comfort of your own apartment.

Sure, some methods will take longer than others, but they all yield that creamy, dreamy, custardy goodness that’ll keep you cool and satisfied until summer’s end. Check out these methods for making homemade ice cream in your apartment.

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