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Perfectly Practical Housewarming Gifts That Will Get You Invited Back


By Patricia Cunningham

You’re really, really happy for your friends who’ve just purchased a brand new place. A gorgeous house with all those designer finishes you’ve been coveting on Pinterest—marble countertops, wide-plank floors, chic lighting, not to mention windows that don’t face shaftways. Now it’s time for the big housewarming party. And even though you’re still living in a walkup with a persistent squirrel problem and a radiator that clanks all night long, you just can’t wait to go and share in their joy!

But what to bring? You want the perfect gift, one that communicates your excitement, your esteemed taste and your complete lack of envy, but, most importantly, one that helps your friends turn their beautiful house into a home. Well, we’ve scoured the Internet and, come up with the ultimate list for you. Whether it’s a friendly little whatnot you’re looking for, a kitchen necessity or a keepsake with staying power, you’re going to find the perfect housewarming gift here.

Nest Petite Diffuser Trio Set

Nothing says fresh start like this bursting-with-fragrance diffuser set. Includes Ocean Mist & Sea Salt, White Camellia and Grapefruit.

BUY FROM: Sephora, $50

Circle Monogram Custom Stamp

Make snail mail fun again with this personalized ink stamp.

BUY FROM: Paper Source, $29.95-$39.95

Tree-To-Be Kit

A tree to grow along with a household, what could more apropos?

BUY FROM: Uncommon Goods, $22

Beaches By Gray Malin

Take a mini vacay with this stunning collection of aerial photographs of beaches around the world. Perfect coffee table book material.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $24.09, Hardcover

My Cinema Lightbox

Because who doesn’t want to see their name in lights?

BUY FROM: Amazon, $46.99

Glass House Bird Feeder

A bird feeder with a modern twist—for the most discerning house finch.

BUY FROM: Terrain, $34

No Place Like Home Pillow

This super cozy handmade pillow is sure to hit the soft spot, and it’s totally on message.

BUY FROM: Uncommon Goods, $97

Pastel Palette Cheese Knives

Cheese knives so pretty everyone will be saying “pass the Gouda.”

BUY FROM: Anthropologie, $32

Fix-It Kit

An indispensible set of tools to keep things in a good state of repair. Comes in pink!

BUY FROM: Uncommon Goods, $30

Pineapple Taper Holder

Tap into the crazy-for-pineapples design trend with this stylish candle holder.

BUY FROM: Anthropologie, $36

Chef’s Kitchen Gift Set

Each set includes a striped linen tea towel, teak serving board, acacia wood condiment bowl, lavender balsamic vinegar, lavender sea salt, and a packet of lavender seeds to plant a kitchen garden.

BUY FROM: Terrain, $74

Monogramed Wine Glasses

Sophisticated? Yep. Practical? Yep. Thoughtful? Yep. Nailed it!

BUY FROM: Sur La Table, $50

Metallic Bar Cocktail Shaker Set

Shake things up like a pro.

BUY FROM: Urban Outfitters, $39.00

Linnea’s Lights Weck Candle, Spearmint Sage

This hand-poured soy candle provides a civilized way to “burn the sage” and purify a new home.

BUY FROM: Terrain, $48.00

Kate Spade Stainless Steel Tea Kettle

An adorable teapot that looks good in any kitchen and whistles while it works.

BUY FROM: Wayfair, $50.00

Berry Baskets

These porcelain versions of fiber berry-picking quarts take an average fruit tray to the next level.

BUY FROM: Wayfair, SALE $15.99 each, (Regularly $19.00, 16% Off!)

Rosé All Day, By Katherine Cole

A pretty-in-pink sourcebook on the wine that has taken everyone’s evening chill-out by storm.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $14.50, Hardcover

Mr. and Mrs. Salt and Pepper Grinders

Distinguished guests for any dinner table.

BUY FROM: AllModern, SALE $34.99 (Regularly $45.99, 24% Off!)

Blue Apron Wine e-Gift Card

A two-month subscription to award-winning wines…clink!

BUY FROM: Blue Apron, $65.99/month for six 500-ml. bottles

Havahart Squirrel Traps

Because we hate to say it, but you never know…

BUY FROM: Lowe’s, $23.48

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