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37 Housewarming Gifts People May Actually Want

Get your friends something they'll be proud to use.

A housewarming party is always a good time — whether you're packed into a(n extremely charming!) one-bedroom apartment or wandering around your friend's sprawling new digs with a white fence and a yard for the dog. But showing up empty-handed is an absolute no-go (seriously, don't even think about it). We rounded up some thoughtful gifts you can bring in tow so you aren't banned from the next shindig!

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 two 16.9 oz. bottles from Amazon for $39 or one 25.4 oz. bottle from Williams-Sonoma for $39.95

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 $12.26. And while you're at it, get the matching microwave cleaner for them too.

3. 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)

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

Check out the how-to guide from tixeretne.

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


This'll cover the basics with a claw hammer, utility knife, Torpedo level, longnose pliers, combination pliers, slotted screwdriver, Philips screwdriver, multi-bit screwdriver, 72-teeth round-head ratchet, eight SAE hex keys, eight Metric hex keys, eight SAE sockets, 30 Chrome Vanadium screwdriver bits, an extension bar, and a 16-foot tap measure.

Get it from Amazon for $30.95.

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

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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. Check out a BuzzFeeder's review.

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

Get it from Amazon for $18.94+ (available in a blade or burr grinder).

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

Get it from Taylor Crafts Engraved on Etsy for $22.50+ (available in two sizes).

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

Get it from Amazon for $8.79+ (available in seven colors).

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

Get the snake plant from ProFlowers for $59.99.

Check out the best places to order flowers online.

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

Get them from Amazon for $15.99.

11. 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.

12. 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!" —Bernadette

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

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

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Get it from Amazon for $17.99+, Barnes & Noble for $18.99+, IndieBound, or find a copy at your local library.

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

Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in green, red, and white).

15. And a handy guest book for a variety of important spots, like the bathroom!

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 $13.21.

16. 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+.

17. A customized Christmas ornament they'll treasure 'til the end of time... even if they move!

Get it from Little Miss Dress Up on Etsy for $110+.

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

Get it from Amazon for $32.99.

19. 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 22 scents).

20. A gorgeous spaghetti measure to lend a loop.

Get it from Amazon for $27.92.

21. 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 a monogramed mat on Amazon here.

22. 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 Avalos

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

23. 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 $7.99.

24. 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.

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

Get them from Amazon for $19.95

26. 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+.

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

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $32

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

Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in two colors).

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

Get it from Amazon for $29.98+ (available in 19 colors and five sizes). Also check out some sherpa and electric options.

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

Get it from Amazon for $5.

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

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32. 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.,

Get them from Amazon: pizza coasters for $7 or stone coasters for $12.99

33. 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).

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

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

35. 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).

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

Read one BuzzFeeder's full review.

Get it from Amazon for $17.98 or The Grommet for $19.95.

37. 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 another Etsy option here.

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

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