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40 Housewarming Gifts People Actually Want

Gifts your friends will use, including custom cutting boards, chambongs, drink markers, personalized doormats, and more!

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1. A bottle of ~good~ olive oil because you should listen to Ina Garten when she sings its praises. BTW, this is one of her favs!

Get the Olio Santo Extra-Virgin Olive Oil from Williams-Sonoma for $39.95, The Rogers Collection Morgenster South African Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Food52 for $20, or Terra Delyssa extra virgin olive oil from World Market for $7.99.
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Get the Olio Santo Extra-Virgin Olive Oil from Williams-Sonoma for $39.95, The Rogers Collection Morgenster South African Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Food52 for $20, or Terra Delyssa extra virgin olive oil from World Market for $7.99.

2. An adorable fridge refresher may look nicer than a crusty old box of baking soda they used in their old place. JK. It will definitely look nicer.

All they have to do is fill it with baking soda!Get it from Amazon for $13.99. And while you're at it, get the matching microwave cleaner for them too.
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All they have to do is fill it with baking soda!

Get it from Amazon for $13.99. And while you're at it, get the matching microwave cleaner for them too.

3. A yummy tea sampler with 20 flavors so even the pickiest of tea drinkers just might find something they like!

Promising review: "I bought this as a hostess gift for my boyfriend's mother. Boy did I earn some brownie points. The tea flavors cover a very nice variety and were very fresh. Very happy with my purchase." —JudyGet it from Amazon for $30.
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Promising review: "I bought this as a hostess gift for my boyfriend's mother. Boy did I earn some brownie points. The tea flavors cover a very nice variety and were very fresh. Very happy with my purchase." —Judy

Get it from Amazon for $30.

4. A candle as a throwback to their home state or a place they hold dear.

Get them from Amazon: state for $29.95 (50 states) or city/country for $29.95 (16 locations)PSST!...BuzzFeed makes money when you buy this.
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Get them from Amazon: state for $29.95 (50 states) or city/country for $29.95 (16 locations)

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5. A QR Code for their Wi-Fi password.

Check out the how-to guide from tixeretne.
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Check out the how-to guide from tixeretne.

6. A basic tool kit because emergencies can and will happen!

This'll cover the basics with a 16' tape measure, hammer, 18mm snap-off knife, torpedo level, long-nose pliers, slip-joint pliers, Phillips screwdriver, standard screwdriver, and a variety of mechanic's tools and bits. Get it from Amazon for $37.97.
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This'll cover the basics with a 16' tape measure, hammer, 18mm snap-off knife, torpedo level, long-nose pliers, slip-joint pliers, Phillips screwdriver, standard screwdriver, and a variety of mechanic's tools and bits.

Get it from Amazon for $37.97.

7. A legendary coffee grinder even coffee snobs will adore.

Has a 200-watt motor and lid-activated safety switch, grinds up to 3 oz. of coffee beans in seconds, yields up to 12 cups of coffee. Blades can also grind herbs, nuts, grains, and more.Promising review: "I bought this particular one as a gift; I have an identical one, which is still working after a decade. I grind my coffee beans (daily) just prior to brew time. This is great for holding just the right amount of beans for a typical 12 cup drip coffee maker. The lid is great for scooping out organic beans from a large bag. At night I fill the coffee maker with cold filtered water then fill the grinder with beans, put the lid on, and then in the morning I only have to grind and brew; the grinder keeps the beans stored very well overnight. It can be cleaned out easily, especially if you use it for more than grinding coffee beans." —Paul Andrew AndersonCheck out a BuzzFeeder's review.Get it from Amazon for $15.96+ (available in a blade, burr, or a grind and brew grinder) or Jet for $15.96 (available in a blade grinder only).
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Has a 200-watt motor and lid-activated safety switch, grinds up to 3 oz. of coffee beans in seconds, yields up to 12 cups of coffee. Blades can also grind herbs, nuts, grains, and more.

Promising review: "I bought this particular one as a gift; I have an identical one, which is still working after a decade. I grind my coffee beans (daily) just prior to brew time. This is great for holding just the right amount of beans for a typical 12 cup drip coffee maker. The lid is great for scooping out organic beans from a large bag. At night I fill the coffee maker with cold filtered water then fill the grinder with beans, put the lid on, and then in the morning I only have to grind and brew; the grinder keeps the beans stored very well overnight. It can be cleaned out easily, especially if you use it for more than grinding coffee beans." —Paul Andrew Anderson

Check out a BuzzFeeder's review.

Get it from Amazon for $15.96+ (available in a blade, burr, or a grind and brew grinder) or Jet for $15.96 (available in a blade grinder only).

8. A personalized cutting board they'll cherish for ages.

Get it from Taylor Crafts Engraved on Etsy for $24+ (available in several sizes and wood types).
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Get it from Taylor Crafts Engraved on Etsy for $24+ (available in several sizes and wood types).

9. Or a folding cutting board so less of their ingredients go to waste.

Get it from Amazon for $10.59+ (available in five colors).
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Get it from Amazon for $10.59+ (available in five colors).

10. A pretty potted houseplant so maybe they can become the old plant lady their Insta likes history would indicate.

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Get them from ProFlowers: Snake plant for $29.99 or Fiddle Leaf Fig tree floor plant for $69.99

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11. Or a set of tiny faux succulents your #1 plant killer won't have to bother watering.

Get them from Amazon for $18.99.
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Get them from Amazon for $18.99.

12. A strong bottle opener so they won't have to depend on anyone else to strong arm a bottle.

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.
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Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

13. An electric corkscrew for pulling the weight when it's vino time.

Has a built-in rechargeable battery, opens up to 30 bottles on a single charge.Promising review: "Love this wine bottle opener!! Looks great on any bar or kitchen counter. I have purchased three so far for birthday, Christmas, and housewarming gifts. Great quality product and exceptional price. Speedy delivery, too!" —BernadetteGet it from Amazon for $19.94.
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Has a built-in rechargeable battery, opens up to 30 bottles on a single charge.

Promising review: "Love this wine bottle opener!! Looks great on any bar or kitchen counter. I have purchased three so far for birthday, Christmas, and housewarming gifts. Great quality product and exceptional price. Speedy delivery, too!" —Bernadette

Get it from Amazon for $19.94.

14. An actually helpful cookbook to help break in their new kitchen.

Get it from Amazon for $18.99+, Barnes & Noble for $18.99+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.
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Get it from Amazon for $18.99+, Barnes & Noble for $18.99+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

15. A flat colander they'll never run out of reasons to use.

Get it from Amazon for $12.98+ (available in green and red), Bed Bath & Beyond for $13.99 (available in green), or The Container Store for $13.99 (available in gray).
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Get it from Amazon for $12.98+ (available in green and red), Bed Bath & Beyond for $13.99 (available in green), or The Container Store for $13.99 (available in gray).

16. And a handy guest book for a variety of important spots, like the bathroom, couch, and even the bed!!!

Promising review: "We love this book! Definitely get some amazing comments from family/friends — especially when you have some folks over for drinks! These make a great housewarming gift for your friends with a sense of humor. Highly recommend!" —Tony BauerGet it from Amazon for $12.99+.
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Promising review: "We love this book! Definitely get some amazing comments from family/friends — especially when you have some folks over for drinks! These make a great housewarming gift for your friends with a sense of humor. Highly recommend!" —Tony Bauer

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+.

17. A fire extinguisher people won't want to hide.

Everyone should have one; almost no one does. You might as well give a good-looking one! Get one from Safe T for $99+.
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Everyone should have one; almost no one does. You might as well give a good-looking one!

Get one from Safe T for $99+.

18. A customized Christmas ornament.

Get it from Little Miss Dress Up on Etsy for $100+.
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Get it from Little Miss Dress Up on Etsy for $100+.

19. And an adorable garlic house so the bulbs finally get some privacy.

Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ or Uncommon Goods for $20.
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Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ or Uncommon Goods for $20.

20. A deodorizing candle meant to erase the funk of your fav four-legged friend can also do major things for weird kitchen smells. Also, it doesn't smell like a deodorizing candle!

I'm obsessed with these slow-burning, super-fragrant candles. Read my full ~glowing~ review.Get it from Amazon for $21.85+ (available in 25 scents).
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I'm obsessed with these slow-burning, super-fragrant candles. Read my full ~glowing~ review.

Get it from Amazon for $21.85+ (available in 25 scents).

21. A gorgeous spaghetti measure to lend a loop.

Get it from Amazon for $23.16 or Bloomingdale's for $29.
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Get it from Amazon for $23.16 or Bloomingdale's for $29.

22. A customized doormat that's so cool the neighbors will want to steal it but then everyone'd know because it has the *true* owners' name on it!

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $35. And check out some monogramed mats on Amazon here and here.
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Get it from Uncommon Goods for $35. And check out some monogramed mats on Amazon here and here.

23. A mini waffle maker and waffle mix that'll help whip up a quick and easy breakfast treat!

Promising review: "It's so tiny but that's convenient for me because I don't have much storage! It cooks very well, too! Makes a good housewarming gift for college students!" —Aryes AvalosGet them from Amazon: waffle maker for $9.99+ (available in eight colors) and mix for $8.95+.
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Promising review: "It's so tiny but that's convenient for me because I don't have much storage! It cooks very well, too! Makes a good housewarming gift for college students!" —Aryes Avalos

Get them from Amazon: waffle maker for $9.99+ (available in eight colors) and mix for $8.95+.

24. A set of six "drinking buddies" can help identify whose glass is whose and also make for some extremely silly snaps.

Get them from Amazon for $9.39 or Bed Bath & Beyond for $9.99.
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Get them from Amazon for $9.39 or Bed Bath & Beyond for $9.99.

25. A personalized basket in case you can't find the perfect gift — just make it!

The baskets don't have to be big. They're best when they're personal, though.
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The baskets don't have to be big. They're best when they're personal, though.

26. A pair of chambong shot glasses as an extra AF way to make a toast.

Get them from Amazon for $24.99. Check out a set of champagne shot glasses from Paper Source for $17.95.
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Get them from Amazon for $24.99. Check out a set of champagne shot glasses from Paper Source for $17.95.

27. A custom framed photo as an excuse to make it onto their gallery wall — or for your doggo to make it onto that wall!

And yes, you can even upload an Instagram photo so you can *truly* surprise them.Get it from Framebridge for $39+.
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And yes, you can even upload an Instagram photo so you can *truly* surprise them.

Get it from Framebridge for $39+.

28. A llama looker for the folks who can't stop, won't stop sharing cute animal videos.

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $32
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Get it from Uncommon Goods for $32

29. A speaker that'll work in the shower.

Get it from Amazon for $19.49+ (available in four colors).
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Get it from Amazon for $19.49+ (available in four colors).

30. A snuggly UGG throw so they can be super comfy, even while sticking by their own no-shoes-in-the-house rule.

Get it from Nordstrom for $98 (available in 10 colors). Check out some budget-friendly blankets on Amazon, including faux-fur throw, sherpa, and electric options.
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Get it from Nordstrom for $98 (available in 10 colors). Check out some budget-friendly blankets on Amazon, including faux-fur throw, sherpa, and electric options.

31. A tissue house for the perpetually sniffly person with minimalist tendencies.

Get it from Amazon for $8.25.
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Get it from Amazon for $8.25.

32. A homemade chai tea kit to cozily sip after everyone's left the party.

Get our recipe here.
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33. A fresh set of coasters to use ASAP so that their new mid-century modern coffee table doesn't suffer from water rings post-housewarming.

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Get the pizza slices from World Market for $5.99, or stone coasters from Amazon for $12.99.

34. A sweary mug that'll fully capture their pride in their new digs.

Get it from Mugsby on Etsy for $10.99+ (available in several styles).
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Get it from Mugsby on Etsy for $10.99+ (available in several styles).

35. A pair of bookends that look like they were made to hold all their music tomes.

Get them from on Etsy for $17. And check out a similar pair of 45s bookends.
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Get them from on Etsy for $17. And check out a similar pair of 45s bookends.

36. A wall outlet they won't be able to live without.

Get it from Amazon for $18.95.
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Get it from Amazon for $18.95.

37. A tasting plate that'll hold their wine.

Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $3.99 (available in black, red, and white) or Amazon for $5.99+ (available in black, red, and white).
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Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $3.99 (available in black, red, and white) or Amazon for $5.99+ (available in black, red, and white).

38. A guac-saving gadget in case they have any left over from the housewarming party.

Promising review: "I ordered three of these as Christmas gifts, and one for myself. I couldn’t be more pleased. My guacamole stayed fresh and green for five days before I finished it. Who knows how long it will keep? It never lasts this long." —Shirley HargisRead one BuzzFeeder's full review. Get it from Amazon for $14.99 or The Grommet for $19.95.
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Promising review: "I ordered three of these as Christmas gifts, and one for myself. I couldn’t be more pleased. My guacamole stayed fresh and green for five days before I finished it. Who knows how long it will keep? It never lasts this long." —Shirley Hargis

Read one BuzzFeeder's full review.

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 or The Grommet for $19.95.

39. A tree they can watch grow.

With a little care, in a few months their tree will start to grow in its little clay pot (included), and in little over a year, they can have your tree growing in your yard. Within 10–15 years, their tree will start to yield blooms. Includes just about everything you need — just add water, sunshine and some TLC. This tree is native to the Eastern United States.Get it from Uncommon Goods for $22.
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With a little care, in a few months their tree will start to grow in its little clay pot (included), and in little over a year, they can have your tree growing in your yard. Within 10–15 years, their tree will start to yield blooms. Includes just about everything you need — just add water, sunshine and some TLC. This tree is native to the Eastern United States.

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $22.

40. Or a snuggly card even the pickiest of friends are guaranteed to adore.

Aka, this is perfect if you're scared to buy them something they can consume or use in their home. We all know (and love!) those extremely discerning people.Get it from Paula & Waffle on Etsy for $4.50 and check out some other adorable Etsy options here and here.
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Aka, this is perfect if you're scared to buy them something they can consume or use in their home. We all know (and love!) those extremely discerning people.

Get it from Paula & Waffle on Etsy for $4.50 and check out some other adorable Etsy options here and here.

Check out more easy and thoughtful housewarming gift ideas.

Looking for the perfect gift for any occasion? Check out all of BuzzFeed’s gift guides here!

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