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The right housewarming gift is personal, thoughtful, and functional. Many housewarming gifts, though given with the best intentions, end up collecting dust because they don’t check off all of these boxes. Instead of trying to give a little piece of ourselves, we prefer to think solely about the gift’s recipient, and what can be of most use to them in what’s both an exhilarating and exhausting time.

So, whether you’re sending a housewarming gift straight to their door, or attending a party gift-in-hand, there’s a few rules of thumb to follow that will ensure you have the best present everywhere you go.

  1. Gift Something Essential

premium coffee

Things getting lost, broken, and disassembled are par for the course when moving – there’s a reason a move is the third most-stressful event in a person’s life! So, if you’re sending a gift to an address pre-party, we love an essential pick-me-up: coffee, baked goods, or juices are all well-needed energy boosts that will be welcomed during the chaos.

For Canada: Balzac’s 2 Bags of Roast Coffee Beans ($29)

Kitten and the Bear Signature Tasting Box ($28)

Present Day Housewarming Box ($130)

For US: 24 Brazilian Truffles ($45)

Black Fuel Trading Co Coffee Duo ($36)

  1. Gift Something Simple

succulent box

The upside of a move is getting a blank canvas – a fresh start to create the space of your dreams. Receiving something very design-heavy, with a specific aesthetic attached, tends to impede that process, even if you meant well.

Make sure your gifts are appreciated, not re-gifted, by sticking with something essential and effortless.

Maple Cutting Board Set: $195

Original & Deluxe Zebra by Lula’s Garden $85

  1. Gift Something Tipsy

mule beer set

Moving is stressful, so when the work’s done, drinks are definitely in order. For an on-trend gift with a classic feel, stock your friends’ new bar with quality spirits or beautiful barware. It’s the best – and most fun – way to break in your friends’ new space!


First Place: Coolbreather Carafe ($78)

Repeat: Kwaf Grains & Grapes Box  ($59)

If it’s their first place:

Fountain Greetings The Bottle Popper Gift Box ($100)

Fountain Greetings Moscow Mule Essentials Gift Box ($95)

If they’ve done this before: Winc California Trio ($85)

  1. Gift Something Comforting

unique book

A house doesn’t become a home overnight, but the right gift can speed the process up. Also, there’s nothing anyone who’s moving wants more than a nap. That’s a fact. Gifting something with emphasis on unwinding will create a relaxing, homey ambiance that’s more appreciated than a kitchen gadget or a book.

Canada: Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way To Live ($22)

US: Diptyque Candle ($64)

  1. Gift An Escape (Or An Escape-In-A-Box)

housewarming gift box

There’s nothing that ruins the excitement of a new home like actually moving into it. The tornado of boxes, bubblewrap, tape and logistics is stressful, and can make your new walls feel like they’re closing in fast. You need a break!

We love gifting experiences, which provide well-needed time to decompress, refresh and forget about hooking up the cable box. These are especially great if your giftees have just moved to a new place – get them outside to explore it!

US: Teak & Twine The New Home Gift Box ($148)

NYC: Cafe Boulud 3 Course Brunch for Two ($175)

Canada: Present Day Housewarming Box ($130)

Toronto: Colette Brunch for Two ($108)

Are you headed to a housewarming this fall?

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