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    39 Housewarming Gifts They’ll Actually Use And Love

    Skip the basic bottle of wine and try one of these thoughtful options instead.

    1. A vintage-inspired doormat with hexagonal tiles they can arrange into any saying they please — PG or X-rated.

    model creating a desert design on a tile mat
    tile mat that reads
    Letterfolk

    Letterfolk is a Utah-based, couple-run small biz owned by Joanna and Johnny Galbraith. Their sturdy mats come with 150 interchangeable tiles. 

    Promising review: "This mat was everything I hoped it to be and my son told me that he loved the design for his first day back to school! We also love the letter board which has grown with him through the years!" —Crystal J.

    Get it from Amazon (available in three sizes and two colors) for $75 or Letterfolk for $75+ (available in two sizes and four colors).

    2. A Framebridge gift card so they can finally frame that print they bought two apartments ago. And we're not talking any old frame, no — they'll get to pick *exactly* what they want and then it'll be handcrafted before being shipped back to them.

    model hanging a framed picture
    orange, blue, and green framebridge gift cards
    Framebridge

    Get it from Framebridge for $25+ (e-gift cards and physical gift cards are available).

    3. A pretty lil' butter bell for the friend who's all about bread, all the time. It's not only functional, but extremely cute so they can use it as counter decor. 

    reviewer's butter bell next to a loaf of bread
    reviewer's white butter bell next to a slice of buttered bread

    Promising review: "Oh my gosh how cute is this!! I have never seen anything like it before and was curious to see how easy it would be to use. I am so glad I got it! I love the idea that the butter stays sealed from the water line. It's super easy to fill up and clean. All you do it change the water every two days and that's it!! This makes the sweetest gift too for any friend or family member. Nothing like soft spreadable butter on a muffin or a fresh bread. :)" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.39+ (available in five colors). 

    4. A Capri Blue Volcano hand soap and lotion set they'd never buy for themselves but will absolutely treasure down to the last drop.

    capri blue volcano hand soap and lotion
    Anthropologie

    Promising review: "This is the perfect duo for a hostess gift or gift for a teacher or even a Christmas gift. Always grab a couple when on sale and stock up!" —Katrina L.

    Get it from Anthropologie for $42

    5. A 39-piece tool kit for anyone living on their own for the first time ever. Whether they're building a new bed frame or hanging up their favorite pieces of art, I bet they'll appreciate having an Allen wrench set and hammer handy. 

    What's included: 10-foot tape measure, claw hammer, 6-inch slip joint pliers, bit driver, bit connector, scissors, utility snap-off knife, four precision screwdrivers, eight SAE hex keys, 1-inch screwdriver bits. 

    Promising review: "Every new homeowner needs a basic tool set. This was perfect for our son as he moved into his first place. Has so many tool options and helped him put together a lot of the furniture pieces he purchased online and at Ikea. Small enough to store on a small shelf. The case is sturdy, too. It'll be a housewarming gift for all the future new homeowners we know." —gmac

    Get it from Amazon for $17.59+ (available in eight colors). 

    6. A ready-to-drink margarita bundle so they can cool off after a long day of assembling furniture or spending four hours trying to set up a bidet that promised "30-minute installation."

    model pouring the strawberry margarita into a glass
    bottle of classic lime margarita
    www.instagram.com, Bright Cellars

    Get it from Bright Cellars for $50.70+ (available in bundles of 4, 6, or 12 bottles).

    7. A stunning, heirloom-worthy East Fork dinner set — in delicious hues like panna cotta, morel, amaro, and butter — worthy of their first meal in their new home. 

    five-piece dinner set in panna cotta
    East Fork

    What's included: Breakfast bowl, everyday bowl, cake plate, side plate, and dinner plate.

    East Fork is an Asheville, North Carolina-based small biz that's been throwing and firing pottery since 2009. Today, they are a Certified B Corporation, Climate Neutral Certified (meaning they offset and reduce all of their greenhouse gas emissions), and they "partner with local non-profit, grassroots organizations and individuals working toward racial equity, community reconciliation, and the liberation of folks who’ve been systematically oppressed by white supremacy, patriarchy, and heteronormativity."

    Promising reviews: "I love everything about these dishes. We got a few sets of two different colors, but hope to add a few more if a limited run color pops up that we love!" —Kara D.

    "I've been eyeing all of the beautiful dishes on East Fork's site for years, and finally took the plunge. I'm so glad I did — I absolutely love how they look in my kitchen and feel in my hands. :) The fact that EF is a B Corp is icing on the cake!!! Thrilled with my purchase!" —Chris R.

    Get it from East Fork for $129.60 (originally $162; available in eight colors). 

    8. A crystal cocktail shaker that'll also benefit *you* in the long run as whenever you visit, they can whip up a welcome Manhattan. 

    crystal cocktail shaker with silver lid
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was 'inspired' to purchase this cocktail shaker while watching Grace and Frankie. It is far more beautiful in person than pictured on Amazon. It is a very high-end looking crystal piece and substantial in size and heft. It arrived in a lovely box that can be wrapped up for gift giving. I would definitely give this shaker as a gift, it is just that lovely. It has a nice nearly invisible gasket to prevent leakage of your favorite cocktail as you shake, shake, shake. Don't hesitate to buy this cocktail shaker!" —C. Nolan

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95

    9. A self-inking personalized stamp so they never have to write out their own return address again. If owning a house and this doesn't scream "I've got my life together," idk what does. 

    a personalized stamp for Stephanie and Jack Thompson
    iStampStore / Etsy

    iStampStore is a Shanghai–based small biz that makes literally every type of stamp you can imagine from address and library stamps to planner and loyalty card stamps. 

    Promising review: "Great stamp for house warming gift for bestie's new home purchase!" —Jordan

    Get it from iStampStore on Etsy for $19.99+ (originally $39.98+; available in 18 designs and with or without extra ink pads). 

    10. A beautiful cake stand you can gift as is or add an assortment of homemade (or store-bought — I don't judge!) goodies to so they have something to snack on as they finish unpacking that last box they've been putting off. 

    Promising review: "Not only does this cake stand look pretty on my counter, it's sturdy enough to hold whatever you want to show off! People tend to eat with their eyes, so the clear acrylic dome does just the trick! Not only does it look like a glass cover, it provides a seal on the wooden stand that provides days of enjoyment for your cupcakes, bagels, cakes, and croissants." —linda j davis

    Get it from Amazon for $31.96+ (available in two sizes).