If you have friends or family who are moving into a new house, the chances are you want to buy them something to mark the occasion. Check out this list of practical housewarming gifts that nobody else will ever think of buying, from a steampunk light switch to an indoor herb garden that looks after itself. Unusual these gift ideas may be, but once they have them, they’ll realize they’re the gifts they never knew they needed.
Just Ripe Fruit Bowl
Most people have had to throw away fruit because it ripened too fast, but the clever Just Ripe Fruit Bowl can save them the waste. The glass bowl at the bottom is ideal for holding not-ready fruits, while the bamboo lid is perfect for those ready-to-eat goodies – there’s also a banana hook.
If you’re looking for a stylish and practical housewarming gift, look no further than the Martini Bartender Kit. Made from stainless steel and coated in a beautiful rose gold finish, it includes all the tools they’ll need for making cocktails – from the shaker to the double jigger – presented in a bamboo holder.
Ideal for smaller kitchens where there’s not much countertop room, this Personalized Compact Swivel Cheese Board ‘folds’ into a compact triangle, but opens up into a full circle, providing plenty of attractive space for serving cheeses and fruit, as well as the included two knives and a fork.
If he likes savory while she likes sweet, solve the arguments before they start with this handy split pie maker. Measuring 9.8” in diameter, the tin is divided into two halves, allowing two separate fillings to be cooked at the same time. And when they agree, the divider can be removed, too.
Inject a little sass and attitude into their new home with this hilarious Blue Q Oven Mitt. Made from cotton with super thick quilted insulation, this mitt features a retro-style yellow and gray design, and the words ‘Droppin’ a New Recipe On Your Ass’ above a vintage image.
Keep their drinks and nibbles all neatly in one place with this personalized wine and cheese carousel. Made from Cherrywood and personalized with a monogram and family name, this carousel includes a holder for 6 glasses and a bottle, and a lazy Susan for cheese, fruit, crackers, and nuts.
If they are of the belief that a house is not a home without a dog, treat them to one of these adorable dog breed wall clocks. Handmade from steel and wood, this silhouette pooch features a white clock face with no numbers, and a tail that wags with every passing second.
Photos add a personal touch to any home, but if you want to give them a way to display them a little differently to the norm, try this macramé hanger instead. Supplied with 25 removable wooden clips, this hanger will add a definite bohemian vibe to any hippie home.
Housewarming parties will be all the better for having these Bottle Loft magnetic strips in their fridge. Each strip (there are two in each pack) sticks to the ceiling of the fridge and features three extra-strong magnets to hold onto beer bottles, meaning there’s more space for the food on the shelves.
This unusual candle will burn for approx. sixty hours, and will make a unique feature in any new home. Supplied with a copper finish plate holder, the coiled design can be fed through the integrated clip, offering a fascinating new way for adding a cozy atmosphere.
Empty coat racks can seem untidy, so solve that problem with this very clever – not to mention attractive – solution. Made from beech wood, this coat rack folds flush against the wall, but each of the 25 wedges will flip down to accommodate a hat, coat, or scarf when it’s needed.
First homes or downsizing often means small kitchens without much storage, so help them streamline with the Always Pan. Available in seven stunning colors to suit any home, the Always Pan can take the place of 8 traditional pieces of kitchenware – searing, straining, sautéing and more – and is the ultimate multitasker.
Stirring sauces is essential to avoid lumps, or even worse, burning, but that time could be put to better use. Give them a helping hand (and free up some extra minutes) with this automatic pan stirrer. Fitted with a timer, this gadget will stir what they want when they want it.
Swing shelves not only look amazing, but they are incredibly easy to install, too. All they need are two hooks hammered into the wall, and they will be able to hang this pair of rustic looking shelves up, ready to hold plants, books, or other items that make the house a home.
The perfect practical housewarming gift for those who have less room or like the minimalist look, this hanging cocktail bar is attractive but unobtrusive. Folding up into a neat unit with storage space on top, this bar opens out to reveal more storage, plus a shelf for mixing or serving.
There’s something quintessentially English about the smell of lavender, and this self-watering growing kit will allow someone to cultivate their own plant that can eventually be planted outside. Supplied with a pretty ceramic pot, seeds, growing medium and more, it can be enjoyed as it is once grown, or used for culinary purposes.
Super sleek and a stylish addition to the kitchen, this cookware set will make a welcome housewarming gift. With four pans supplied, including a Dutch oven and a fry pan, this set comes in 5 fabulous colors and even includes the storage for the lids and the pans.
This unusual garden feature will be endlessly fascinating to anyone who happens to be watching it as it rains. Based on Archimedes’ Principle on buoyancy, the inner blue tube rises as it’s filled with rain, providing both a gauge for rainfall, and an attractive copper ornament for the ground or tabletop.
Even the smallest of spaces can have a beautiful indoor garden, and this one turns it into a fabulous feature. Designed to hang on the wall, this frame includes a shelf for plants, and a hidden grow light to ensure they get the necessary light they need in order to thrive.
Give them a way to turn even the mundane into a fun feature with this brilliant toilet paper holder. Made from concrete, this ‘shelf’ attaches to the wall and allows spare loo rolls (8+ for standard and 12+ for large) to be added which collectively resemble a floating cloud.
They can create a windowsill herb garden with these pretty Mason Jar Hydroponic Systems. Self-regulating and soilless, these jars come in a variety of different herbs, from organic Genovese basil and cilantro, to non-GMO rosemary and organic sage, and need barely any care at all, just a nice sunny windowsill.
Butterflies are one of our most important pollinators, so ensure they have a place they can call home with this intriguing and fascinating biome. The A-frame structure folds down in the spring and summer to allow for feeding, and folds up in the colder months to give them somewhere cozy to hibernate.
Even the least green fingered person you know can make a success of growing fresh herbs and fruits with this sleek and stylish Smart Garden Grow Kit. Choose from basil, parsley, tomato, or strawberry, and they will have an abundance of delicious plants with no gardening knowledge necessary.
Are they moving into a new house and just adore Victoriana or steampunk décor? If so, this toggle switch will make the perfect practical housewarming gift. Made from laser cut plywood and finished with attractive brass hardware, this plate can be fitted directly over any existing switch.
Give them all the atmosphere and warmth of candlelight without the actual flame with this curious and totally beautiful Minimalist Glow Candlelight. The brushed metal base and slim design will fit in with any décor, while the LED wick will stay lit for up to 12 hours on a single charge.