5 great housewarming gift ideas

A lot of our friends are moving at the moment which means that we have had a fair amount of housewarming gifts to purchase. You know me I love to contribute to any interior decor so I have selected 5 gift ideas to impress any host while helping them decorate their new home. Lucky me,I have received or bought for my own house all the gifts I mention below, after all sometimes you need to ‘treat yo self‘!

A nice candle


By nice what I really mean is to get a well-known brand candle, these always impress! I have a preference for Diptyque because well… French! But anything by Jo Malone or The White Company is also great. Now you may be thinking “But Claire, these are EXPENSIVE!”, I would answer that it can be as expensive as you want it to be. This little Diptyque Figuier candle on the picture is ยฃ26 which is pretty reasonable. The Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt candle retails for ยฃ45 and the big Diptyque Baie costs ยฃ62. If you are not sure which scent to pick I have done a Diptyque guide which you may find helpful when shopping for someone else (or yourself!).

A plant in a decorative planter


Houseplants are very popular at the moment. They bring nature into the most urban home and help to purify the air while making a place look pretty. They are also a very affordable gift to give. I love to offer succulent plants because they are low maintenance and hard to kill. When I do so, I make sure to also get a nice decorative planter, like these Anthropologie and Oliver Bonas ones on the picture, so the host doesn’t have to worry about getting soil and planting it. The two planters I have are old but I found some similar-ish ones here, here and here.



No one likes wine stains on their furniture. The stubborn circle marks have a tendency to especially appear on hosting nights such as housewarming parties. So how about getting your hosts a gift they can start using straight away? I am not a coasters fan, I often find them cheap-looking and tacky but these West Elm marble ones are the dream for interior aficionados like myself. They look so good! Made.com also have a version of these which is a bit cheaper.

A Bialetti coffee maker


A great gift for any coffee lover which will also serve as a nice vintage-looking decorative item in any kitchen (see it as the affordable version of the KitchenAid mixer). Mine looks battered because I have been using it a lot since my university days. If you are getting it for someone living alone get the 2-cups one, if you are offering it to a couple or flatmates the 6-cups version should come in handy.

Designer tins or boxes


This is a great way to invest in an affordable ‘designer’ gift as tins and boxes are made by most famous interior brands and usually don’t cost a fortune. They are a great way to inject some edge into an interior and will impress anyone who knows a bit about interior design. We actually received these Orla Kiely tins as a housewarming gift and I have been using them ever since! They are left on display in our kitchen and are home to Buffer’s food, oats and tea bags. Another storage box I love for any pet lover is this cat (they also have a dog one) glass jar by Alessi, we got one ourselves!

This housewarming gift guide should help you impress any hostess with the mostest!

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22 thoughts on “5 great housewarming gift ideas

  1. YES TO COASTERS. I can’t tell you how many pieces of furniture got ruined when we moved from everyone popping their brews around the house willy nilly. Can’t go wrong with a good candle too. We moved last year and had pumpkin candles on the go, and now this season will always remind us of that time ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Great gift ideas. I love giving plants as I feel they can really help inject some life into a space. I find candles quite tricky as I think scent is an extremely personal thing and for that reason I don’t like to receive them so I rarely give them.


  3. Great housewarming gift ideas. I have always loved giving plants or candles or something very useful. Never thought of coasters and a Bialetti coffee maker. Will keep in mind. Typically I gift something that I would love to receive and all 5 ideas in the list of gifts would be lovely to get from someone too ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. Some pretty nice stuff. I need to decorate my home a bit more, but I am too lazy. Need new housewarming party and share this post with friends in advance.

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  5. Very lovely gifts, Claire! I looooove candles of all kinds and those with cool fragrances are my preference. I also love those decorative tin boxes, alas, I’m trying to be as sustainable as possible so I’m not adding any more items to my apartment cos if I add something new, 2 things must be removed.

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  6. These are really good idea for housewarming gifts. It’s useful and this time of the year so many people are moving into new places so I will definitely be able to put these idea into good use.

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