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5 Great Housewarming Gift Ideas

5 Great Housewarming Gift Ideas

So whilst I was busy finishing up my year abroad, most of my friends here in England were graduating. It’s scary to think that people my age are already getting on with their ‘adult’ lives whilst I’m still floundering about where life is going to take me. With the housing market the way it is, the majority of my friends will be staying at home, despite the fact that they’ve got well paid jobs. There are some, however, who will be flying the nest and moving out of their family homes. Whether or not they throw housewarming parties, I think it’s a lovely idea to get them a little something to celebrate the occasion.

So without further ado… 

1. A Map

Bit of a strange one to start with but I’ve received numerous compliments about this map I received a few years for my birthday. It’s a scratch map so it arrives completed covered in gold and you use a penny to scrape it away and reveal the countries you’ve been on holiday to. Mine one looks fairly colourful because I’ve been to China, Russia and America but really I haven’t been a huge number of countries. I think this a wonderful present that will be treasured for life – plus, it’s just pretty fun scratching them off!

2. A Bread Maker

I think the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house. It’s often what makes a house a home. If your friend has just moved into their first home, it’s unlikely that they’ll have lots of nifty appliances like a smoothie machine, an ice cream maker or even a bread machine. The idea of walking into the house and smelling fresh bread is perhaps a little outdated, but why should it be? It’s one of he most homey and heartwarming moments. What’s more, bread makers these days can be used for much more than just making bread. You can mix cake batter or even make dumpling skins! Check out these Bread machine recipes by Panasonic.

3. A Cactus

Cacti are all the rage at the moment and it baffles me as to how this prickly plant has managed to make itself so popular. I now have several of these funny little plants sat on my windowsill and I’m sure most of you do too. Potted plants are always a safe bet as a housewarming gift and cacti are even better because they’re basically impossible to kill. Buy a few little ones and they’ll brighten up any room (super instagrammable no less!)

4. Books!

Couldn’t write a blog post without including books in some way could I? I always judge people when I go to their houses based on their book collection and which titles they’ve decided to have on display. I think books make wonderful decorative pieces (after you’ve read what’s inside). If you’re unsure what to go for, pick a few classics with new covers, these are all the rage at the moment and they’re so beautiful!

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5. Crockery

How adorable is this tiny teacup? Stuff like this only gets used for very special occasions but it looks great on a nice shelf or glass cabinet. I feel like people rarely buy things like this for themselves as they’re usually handed down or gifted, so gift your friend something special and delicate. You could even get it personalised!


What sort of stuff would you give as a housewarming gift?

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*This is a collaborative post. All opinions are my own.






  1. 19th Aug 2016 / 8:38 AM

    I love your housewarming gift ideas. Where do you get the map from? I love it!

  2. Hannah Latoya Bond
    26th Aug 2016 / 8:50 AM

    There is some great ideas here. Finding the right thing to buy can be tricky x

  3. Francesca Nelson
    26th Aug 2016 / 9:06 AM

    I LOVE these ideas!! The scratch map is fab, I’ve seen them around and really want one, they also really add something to a room! Also a big lover of cactus’ and books! I want to try some of John Greens books so I think they’ll be next on my collection! I know what you mean about the books people leave out on display too haha I have the same feelings!

  4. 26th Aug 2016 / 3:59 PM

    Some great ideas, I got a map where I add pin stickers to places I’ve been so I can be more exact than a scratch map. Cactus’ are always great x

  5. 26th Aug 2016 / 6:05 PM

    Some gorgeous choices there – you can come to my housewarming any time ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. 26th Aug 2016 / 7:13 PM

    Great choice there and that cactus is adorable! When i moved into my place my aunt brought me pest control spray…um not really something you go to someone when moving in. lol I don’t think she like me. xx


  7. 26th Aug 2016 / 7:14 PM

    I think we have very similar taste. I’d bring a Jo Malone candle.

  8. Melanie Edjourian
    26th Aug 2016 / 8:58 PM

    If you’re bringing a bread maker then I’m having a housewarming!!

  9. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    27th Aug 2016 / 8:45 AM

    I usually just take some wine and chocolate, as I don’t want to buy someone something that is going to clutter up their house.

  10. Helen Clark
    27th Aug 2016 / 8:55 AM

    There’s some great housewarming present ideas here. I totally agree about the smell of bread, even if it is outdated there’s no better smell.

  11. Harriet @ Toby&Roo
    27th Aug 2016 / 11:22 AM

    Very cool housewarming ideas! We bought our friends a little gift box of randomness – like scrubbers and that kind of stuff that you need but forget to buy haha!

  12. Hannah Heartss โ„๏ธโ›„๏ธ
    27th Aug 2016 / 1:32 PM

    So many great ideas – that cactus is so cute X

  13. Georgia C
    28th Aug 2016 / 8:00 PM

    Oooh these are fantastic ideas!! I really would like a scratch map for my hallway. I would probably buy a book, something that’s coffee table worthy and a conversation starter.

  14. 30th Aug 2016 / 6:39 AM

    These are all lovely ideas. We have just moved house and I’m really enjoying making it our own.

  15. 1st Sep 2016 / 4:12 PM

    These are all great housewarming gift ideas, I love plants and useful house appliances or any decor items those are always perfect gifts!!

  16. Annie Brooks
    1st Sep 2016 / 8:17 PM

    I love cactus! Never thought of giving it as a house warming gift -fabulous!

  17. Brand & Beauty
    2nd Sep 2016 / 8:26 PM

    These are such nice gift ideas, I love the golden map, I had no idea that these kind of maps even excisted. You are so lucky who have been to these amazing countries x

  18. Beautyqueenuk
    21st Sep 2016 / 1:41 PM

    So many good gift ideas and I think a Cactus is my favourite x

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