5 Classic Housewarming Gifts that Won’t Break the Bank

In this day and age, many people may consider the “housewarming” gift to be a bit passe. Still, even though most people do not go through the trouble of actually registering for a housewarming gift as would someone say getting married or having a baby, it doesn’t mean that a well timed, clever gift on your first trip to a friends new home wouldn’t be well received!

Here, we give you 5 clever and thoughtful housewarming gifts that won’t break the bank.


1. A Candle

Creative? Not really. Still appreciated? Yes!

Giving a candle as a housewarming gift is never a bad idea.  If you do drop a bit more then average on it, be sure to include a gift receipt just in case the host or hostess is not partial to the same scents as you.

A safe scent is Mokara from Voluspa, a lightly fragranced 80 hour burn time candle with hints of orchid, lily and spring moss.  It’s available at Anthropologie stores for just $18.


2.  Wine

Unless your friend doesn’t drink, a nice bottle of wine is not only a thoughtful gesture but doesn’t have to break the bank.  Check out THIS list of the top wines for under $15 each.

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3.  A Plant

We’re not talking about a huge, high maintenance plant here, but a smaller, well groomed plant is almost always a winner in the housewarming department! Succulents are a great choice, not only because they are aesthetically pleasing, but because they are low maintenance and can thrive even without direct sunlight.


4.  Flowers

If you suspect that your friend doesn’t exactly have a green thumb, flowers can be a welcome and beautiful alternative! Be sure to deliver them in a vase so that the host or hostess doesn’t have to stop what they’re doing in order to cut and arrange them.


One tip? Skip the roses.  Roses are usually given as a sign of romantic affection.  Stick to bright and colorful wildflowers instead.

5.  Gift Card

Some may say that giving a gift card is impersonal, but many consider this to be an old ideal, hearkening back to the days before the internet.

If you have overheard your friend be-groan their lack of something or another, why not go out on a limb and just buy it for them, or, purchase a gift card for them to use at a store where they can purchase their own?

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Lack of storage space? Try a gift card to the Container Store.

Lack of nice plates? How about a gift card to CB2?

If you know they are in need of household items, but are not sure of the specifics, a gift card to be used towards a Target or Bed Bath and Beyond if always a nice idea!