Lindsay Smith
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.

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. Wine or cocktails glasses are another good option.

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.

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.

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.

If they don’t like candles (or burning them is prohibited in the lease), an air freshener or essential oil diffuser can serve the same purpose.

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.

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 coffee or tea 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.

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.

There’s almost no limit to the things you can get monogrammed, and they can usually double as functional items. Towels, pillows, and doormats are obvious, but more out there items like a cutting board, bowl, or salt and pepper shakers can be monogrammed, being nice looking and practical

8. Something for pets

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. Board or party games

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).

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.

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.



About The Author

Lindsay Smith is a Chicago-based freelance writer who uses her deadline-oriented writing skills for clients like Apartment Guide,, Womensforum Media Group and Brafton.