Buying a house is one of those milestones that deserves a celebration, and what better time to do it than over the holidays? Chances are, your loved one needs a lot of new stuff to make their house feel like a home, which leaves ample opportunity to pick out the perfect gift. And with a wide-ranging (and, dare we say it, beautifully curated) selection of gifts for new homeowners, we’ve got you covered.
Whether you want to give your pal something practical, like some pots and pans, or a set of towels, or something they definitely wouldn’t buy for themselves now that they’ve got a mortgage to worry about, like a $165 backgammon set, keep scrolling for a selection of gifts that are sure to get you invited to all future house parties to come.
The best gifts for new homeowners, by category
We’ve got you covered, room by room.
Whether the recipient is a kitchen newb or a five-star chef, they’re guaranteed to appreciate Carraway’s colorful pots and pans. Beloved by food bloggers everywhere (you’ve probably seen these bad boys on TikTok), they do a whole lot more than look pretty on the shelf: They’re nonstick and oven-safe, and the set includes everything anyone could possibly need to make their kitchen feel complete.
A knife set is one of those annoying home things that no one wants to buy for themselves, so why not do it for them? This one comes equipped with three chef’s knives, a pair of kitchen shears, and a sharpener, which are housed in a minimalist block that will look like a work of art on any countertop.
There’s something that feels wildly grown up about having a coordinated set of oil and vinegar holders (though, I guess, so does owning a home). This chic white duo will match any kitchen decor, and make the recipient feel like Ina Garten any time they go to toss a salad.
There are few things in life that are more universally popular than personalized gifts and a good charcuterie board. Give the gift of both in one with this monogrammed piece, which is just as much a piece of art as it is a functional serving platter.
Consider this spice organizer the perfect gift for the friend who has watched The Home Edit on repeat ever since going into escrow. Not only will it help to clear up their counter (and cabinet space), but it will likely become the most #oddlysatisfying thing they own.
These candy-colored wine glasses will be the centerpiece of any at-home event. Gift these to your favorite hostess, and reap the benefits when they have you over for their housewarming.
With notes of vanilla orchid, amber resin, sandalwood, this warm-scented diffuser is the perfect complement to snuggly winter nights. It lasts for up to six months, which means it will keep your pal’s living room smelling earthy and woodsy ’til spring.
You really can’t go wrong with a set of picture frames—especially if you make them more personalized with a few thoughtful photos. This duo works in any room of the house, which means the options for use are endless.
This set of candles feels a whole lot more luxurious than its $85 price tag implies. It includes some of Diptyque’s most famous fragrances—including Baies, Rose, and Figuier—and the recipient will be able to add a signature scent to each room in their home.
A humidifier can be ultra helpful in keeping your hair and skin hydrated (especially during the winter months), and this one fits beautifully on even the smallest WFH desktop. You can infuse it with one of the brand’s signature essential oils, which, in addition to keeping the air moist, will also make it smell amazing.
Swimming in a sea of chargers can make any desk feel cluttered, and this dock can help streamline things. It’s got space to hold your phone, AirPod pros, and Apple Watch while they juice up, and keeps them all in one place so you’re never left wondering where the heck they’ve disappeared to.
This “functional fragrance” is made with stress-busting scents, and makes for the perfect room (or wrist) spray to spritz throughout the day.
These energy-boosting adaptogen supplements make a great swap for a 3 p.m. cup of coffee, and give you a boost of energy without the usual “jolt” and jitters of caffeine. Do yourself a favor and snag one for yourself while you’re shopping for your loved ones.
The next best thing to a gift card to their favorite massage spot is this at-home massage cushion that comes with eight massages nodes that knead into your entire back, really working out those stressed muscles. While the nodes work their magic, the massager offers heat to further relieve tension and increase blood flow. This particular massager reaches the upper back and lower back.
Casper’s mini glow lights are a must-have for anyone who hates getting out of bed on the darkest of winter days. You can set them to brighten in the morning (and dim at night), and they work with your circadian rhythm to help make waking up (and falling asleep) more bearable.
This air-freshener makes for the perfect White Elephant gift, particularly because it has so many uses. It can be used as a room freshener, hung up in the car, or—our personal favorite—placed into a closet or lingerie drawer to add a little fragrance to your fabrics.
Help your friend finally break up with their pre-bed phone habits with this alarm clock. It features a night light, a built-in sound machine, and a Bluetooth speaker that links up with your streaming account so you can start (and finish) your day with any sound you choose.
Though your loved one’s likely already got a full set of sheets, help them kick their bed game up a notch with this organic silk pillow case. Sleeping on silk offers all kinds of benefits to skin and hair (it’s said to prevent wrinkles and breakage), and beyond that, it just feels pretty damn luxurious.
Arguably the best gift you can give to someone who is stressed about the new responsibilities of homeownership is a solid night of sleep, and this candle helps with exactly that. It fuses the relaxing scent of fresh lavender with notes Hinoki cypress, lotus flower, and sandalwood, which will make drifting off to dreamland a breeze.
Weighted blankets don’t exactly have a reputation for being “chic,” but this one breaks that mold. It’s made from chunky-knit cotton and comes in five colors and four different weights (ranging from 10 to 25 pounds), making it just as good a couch accessory as it is an anxiety reducer.
Wall art is usually the last thing people invest in when decorating their homes, so why not help speed the process along? This dreamy quote (courtesy of one F. Scott Fitzgerald) makes for a great bedside addition.
Brooklinen’s towels are so plush, they’ll make any bathroom feel like that of a five-star hotel. The move-in bundle comes with four bath towels, two hand towels, four wash cloths, and a bath mat, which is enough to make any brand-new space feel like home.
This makeup mirror is a beauty blogger favorite, and makes it easier than ever to perfect your cat-eye (or just… properly blend your foundation). It’s got LED lights and 5x magnifying capabilities, plus a phone stand to help any aspiring influencers capture their looks.
If rubber duckies made bathtime fun when we were kids, this bath caddy serves the exact same purpose now that we’re all grown up. It’s perfect for propping up a book, an iPad and—most importantly—a glass of wine to make the experience as relaxing as possible.
Treat your loved one to a full set of Drunk Elephant’s hair and body products, which do more than just look great in a shelfie. The ‘Trunk” includes a shampoo, conditioner, scalp scrub, body lotion, heat protectant, body wash, lotion, and deodorant, plus a hair brush. In other words? Everything any beauty-lover needs for the bathroom of their dreams.
Just a few spritzes of one of these aromatherapy sprays will make any regular old shower feel like a full-blown spa experience. Choose from five different scents—a “Breathe Easy” lemon and peppermint combo; a sleep-inducing lavender and orange blend; a stress-relieving lemongrass, eucalyptus, and orange scent; or a “Wake Up” spearmint and citrus fusion—or go all out and gift the entire set.
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