These Affordable Housewarming Gifts Are So Much More Thoughtful Than a Bottle of Wine
When we get invited to a housewarming party, our first gifting instinct might tell us to pick up a bottle of wine. And while a favorite vintage will surely be appreciated, it isn't necessarily the most thoughtful present—and it might not feel special enough if you are celebrating a major life step of a person or couple you are particularly close with (buying a new home, even if it isn't their first, is always a big deal!).
If you are interested in going the extra mile, consider the below list, which is filled with beautiful and useful things, from kitchen sheet pans and green cleaning supplies to eco-friendly serveware and pretty candles. Best of all? The majority of these gifts are affordable—meaning well under $100—but we peppered it with a few splurge-worthy ideas for someone extra special.
Good Things Book
A new home comes with all kinds of challenges, from simple repairs to reworked organization systems. Luckily, this book by Martha offers a solution to most homekeeping problems—and helps makes life better and brighter.
Shop Now: Martha's Very Good Things Book, $14, amazon.com.
Encourage them to host another smaller gathering, post-housewarming, with these wine-themed invitations.
Shop Now: Dear Annabelle Wine-O-Clock Invitation Set, $80, dearannabelle.com.
Painted with whimsical botanicals, this spoon rest will look right at home in their farmhouse kitchen.
Shop Now: Anthropologie "Dagny" Spoon Rest, $14, anthropologie.com.
Sustainable Sponge Cloths
Oil and Vinegar Cruet
This olive-and-vinegar cruet moonlights as a piece of countertop décor.
Shop Now: Cultiverre Artisan Glass Oil and Vinegar Nesting Bottle Cruet, $24, cultiverre.com.
Instead of bringing a single bottle of wine, set them up with this California-centric tasting set. They just might discover a new favorite vintner.
Shop Now: In Good Taste California Wine Mixer Tasting Flight, $65, ingoodtaste.com.
Wine Glass Set
Pair the wine flight with this stemware collection, which features glasses for both red and white wine.
Shop Now: Riedel "Ouverture" Wine Glasses Gift Pack, $150, bloomingdales.com.
This hand-thrown ceramic butter crock has a food-safe glazed interior that creates a seal when filled with an inch of water; it's a present that will come in handy, especially if the giftee prefers to leave his or her butter out.
Shop Now: Amber Interiors Ceramic Butter Dish, $42, shoppeamberinteriordesign.com.
Salad Serving Set
Kick their serveware up a notch with a handcrafted salad spoon set. We love the ribbed handles, which offer just the right amount of texture.
Shop Now: Beige Home Wood Salad Serving Set, $35, beigelr.com.
Perfect for a coffee table display or Sunday brunch, this woven tray is an entertaining staple.
Shop Now: Karen Jai Home Suwon Tray, $32, karenjaihome.com.
Available in a broad array of colorways, these circular placemats are both functional (they protect tables from water rings and scratches) and stylish.
Shop Now: Uashmama Round Placemats, $12 each, uashmama.com.
A spin on your average cutting board (which is typically wooden and rectangular), this disc block makes meal prep that much more fun.
Shop Now: HAY Round Chopping Board, $35, us.hay.com.