12 Little Luxuries That Make Lovely Housewarming Gifts

updated May 1, 2019
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When your friends or family members move into a new home, you want to celebrate with them. And while you can go the practical route (cleaning supplies or pantry staples they might have tossed are always appreciated), it is also nice to warm their home with a splurge that they wouldn’t buy for themselves.

Need some ideas? Here are 12 good-for-everyone gifts that will add a touch of homey luxury to their new kitchen.

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Geo Bottle Stoppers (Image credit: West Elm)
  1. Geo Bottle Stoppers, $49 from West Elm: We’re always of the opinion that going glam is perfect for bar tools, and these highly giftable bottle stoppers do not disappoint.
  2. 10- x 14-inch Cheese Board, $33 from Brooklyn Slate: These simple (and affordable) slate boards are the perfect addition to any kitchen. Pair them with your favorite cheese for a well-cultured present.
  3. All-in-One Kitchen Tool Set, $40 from MoMA Store: Ideal for someone with a small kitchen, this colorful set includes everything from an egg masher to a citrus juicer, and it takes up barely any cabinet space.
  4. Acacia Wood Cake Stand, $49 from Kaufman Mercantile: A cake stand makes a great gift because it’s more versatile than you might expect. When not holding a baked confection, it can stand is a holder for olive oils and seasonings by the stove or as a place to display specialty liqueurs and bitters on a bar.
  5. Short Stack Editions Complete Set, $105 from Short Stack Editions: The complete set of the mini, single-ingredient cookbooks from Short Stack Editions would make a very generous gift. You can also choose your favorite ones a la carte.
  6. Indigo Pomegranate Print, $45 from Etsy: Adding artwork is one of the things that really pulls a kitchen together. This colorful print from artist, Anek, is a stunning addition to any space. She also has several other produce prints if pomegranates aren’t your thing.
  7. Sky Map Napkins, $58 from Anthropologie: Cloth napkins and candles on the dining table are two of the things that really pull together a dinner party. Splurge on these constellation napkins for friends who love to entertain.
  8. Artisan Chocolate Bars, $44 from Mast Brothers: It’s hard to go wrong with chocolate, and this sampler from the Brooklyn-based company looks just as good as it tastes without even having to wrap it up.
  9. Origami Wine Tote, $25 from MoMA Store: Of course you’ll score bonus points if you bring along a bottle of your favorite vintage to go with this wine tote.
  10. Enamel Bake Set, $100 from Blue Ribbon General Store: Another splurge, this bake set is perfect for someone who is ready to really upgrade their kitchen, and get rid of those flimsy baking pans.
  11. Wooden Cheese Serving Set, $28 from Terrain: We defy you to find a set of cheese knives (with a holder!) as beautiful as these carved wood ones for less than this. Your friends will only think you’ve spent a fortune.
  12. Pitcher, $72 from Heath Ceramics: And for the person who has everything? A simple and elegant pitcher from California favorite Heath Ceramics. The housewarming brunch mimosas will taste better when being poured from one of these.