Buying gifts for friends and family when they move into a new home is a time-honoured tradition. After all, moving house is an expensive business, and we all need a bit of help filling a new home with furniture, appliances, and items that will make the place feel… well… like home!
If you know someone who has recently moved and you’re looking for new home gifts that will be warmly welcomed rather than left in a cupboard gathering dust, read on – we’ve pulled together a range of new home gift ideas that will inspire you whether you’re buying for a couple who are building a homely nest, or a mate who will need a good laugh once the move is complete.
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The new home gifts to look out for
It can be tricky to buy friends or a family a new home gift that fits in with their interior design plans, and no one wants to turn up at the housewarming with a boring old pack of tea towels..
Fortunately, there are certain new home gift ideas that always go down well, and we’ve included a few of the best below.
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New home gift ideas for couples
Kitchenware is the classic gift for couples making a new home together, and casseroles and cast iron pans remain a popular choice for good reason – they are always useful and will last forever (no pressure on the happy couple…!).
Champagne flutes and wine glasses also make great new home gifts, and you can order personalised glassware to give the nesting lovebirds a memento of their milestone move.
Personalised gifts can help your friends to put their own stamp on their new abode, and you can order everything from chopping boards and coasters, to doormats and key holders with initials or names engraved in them for a present they’ll treasure.
New home gift ideas for him
The bachelor in your life might yearn for nothing more than a six pack of beers after a hard day moving house, but you can be a little more imaginative when buying new home gifts for him.
A wine rack is an ideal gift for adding a touch of class to a new home, along with the exciting potential of stocking it up! And if he’s a budding chef, then a spice rack for his new kitchen will have a similarly positive impact.
Other culinary gifts that tend to go down well in bachelor pads include coffee makers, from the more affordable French press to the fancier espresso machines, and barbecues that he can use when getting his mates round for a cookout in the new yard.
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New home gift ideas for her
While many of the men in our lives are quite content to put up with cardboard boxes and piles of clutter during the weeks after a big house move, it’s a good idea to look for something bright, colourful and cheery to lighten the place up when choosing new home gifts for her.
Plants are a wonderful way to give a home a lift, and you can stimulate all the senses in your friend’s new digs with a scented flowering herb bouquet, or treat them to a personalised new home plant pot containing an easy-to-nurture succulent.
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Self-watering planters make great new home gifts, given that they take away the worry of your gift dying a death! But you can also brighten up the sights and smells of her brand new space by bringing round reed incense diffusers, personalised cushions, or elegantly scented soaps for the new kitchen and bathroom.
Funny new home gift ideas
Thank God for the hoards of creative jokers out there who are always dreaming up crafty new gifts to guarantee a laugh! Choose from the likes of doormats that say ‘Come back with a warrant‘ on them, spice racks that look like laboratory test tubes, Godzilla garden gnomes, and R2D2 teapots!
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You might think we’ve made these up but have a browse for yourself and maybe pick up a Viking drinking horn or a sushi bazooka for a truly novel new home gift idea!
New home cards
Whether you want to say ‘Congratulations’ or ‘Here’s to 25 years of debt’, our range of colourful, cheeky, sweet, and sincere new home greetings cards will likely have just the message you’re after – so take a look and see which one goes best with your present! Alternatively, for more gift guide ideas, check out our blog.