When I bought my first home, I was inundated with thoughtful gifts as my friends and family came to see my new digs (and sat in my folding chairs and ate from my mismatched crockery – buying property these these days leaves no room for much else). Even when I went from renting to overpriced renting before buying, I always remembered welcome gifts that were both useful, stylish, and unexpectedly appreciated, so I think it’s my duty to share what I have learned.
Whether you’re heading to a housewarming party or just want to buy a gift for the new owner in your life (2022 is a huge achievement, they deserve it!), here are the most thoughtful gifts they ‘ will like and nothing they will not like.
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NOTE: Prices correct at time of publication.
Two-piece drink set
Carafes and matching tumblers are all the rage these days, with a cute set like this taking center stage on the bedside tables of thirsty sleepers and the work-from-home desks of those too busy to get to the kitchen.
Glowpear Urban Garden Mini Self-Watering Bench Planter
Gifting houseplants can be tricky – what if they only manage to keep the succulents alive and you show up with a very temperamental fiddle-leaf fig? Avoid causing more work for your gift with this self-watering mini planter. They can decide what to grow (who doesn’t love an easy way to grow their own herbs, fruits and vegetables?) and with the built-in self-watering system, they don’t need a green thumb to maintain their crop alive, the planter will do anything! Ideal for apartments, it can live indoors or outdoors.
The Broadsheet Melbourne Cookbook
Owners will agree, the days of eating out and eating takeout most nights are long gone. Budgets are tight, which means it’s time to get creative in the kitchen to make mealtime delicious. Enter: The Broadsheet Melbourne Cookbook.If they can’t get to the best restaurants and bars in town, why not bring the recipes to them. With recipes from Supernormal, Huxtaburger, Mamasita, and Chin Chin, you’ll be hoping for an invitation to dinner.
Malfy Gin GIN ROSA Sicilian Pink Grapefruit
When in doubt, a bottle of gin is always a crowd pleaser.
Bamboo Cheese Board Set
Featuring four stainless steel knives and slots for delicious things like crackers and olives, this is the ultimate cheese board. Perfect for when they invite you back for cheese and wine.
Cook This Book: Techniques That Teach and Recipes to Repeat, by Molly Baz
Again, your new homeowner friends are going to be spending a lot of time in the kitchen, so give them this cute (and handy) cookbook from Molly Baz. They will learn cooking techniques and recipes that they will repeat, as the title suggests. Plus, as an added bonus, this hardcover looks great on display.
Relaxdays Pineapple Bookend
Bookends are a great way to subtly break up a cluttered bookshelf for your reading buddies. It’s also a clever way to create a reading nook on a bare shelf or bench. Our favourite: these pineapple motifs in the interior color of the season, gold!
Huski Wine Cooler
This award-winning wine cooler is made to be treasured, so gift it to your friends who appreciate a chilled rosé. The Huski Wine Bucket will keep wine chilled at a perfectly chilled temperature for up to six hours – if not empty before then – no ice needed!
OZoola 100% Turkish Cotton Beach Blanket
You don’t realize how useful a beach blanket is until you own one. Very different from your standard beach towel, this 100% Turkish cotton blanket is ideal for the beach (obviously), but even more useful during a picnic, and it looks great draped over your terrace – close at hand. for cooler evenings enjoying a vino on the aft deck – for anyone who considers themselves a bit of an interior designer.
Blue Agate Coasters (set of 4)
Coasters are usually an afterthought once someone’s hot drink has left a white ring on your brand new wooden table. Don’t let that happen to your new owner friends with these very unique agate coasters.
Tom Ford 002
Looking to give a fashion fan the perfect gift? Chances are they already have the Tom Ford hardcover coffee table book in black, so add the 002 in white to their collection, to complete the set.
Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Round Cocotte (24cm)
If they love to cook, they’ll need a Le Creuset of their own. It will last a lifetime, so this pan will have you covered with housewarming gifts for the rest of your life.
Czsycdsf White Ceramic Vase
Gift this unique ceramic vase with a few flowers and you’ll tick the thoughtful box, and more.
No one appreciates a silk pillowcase until they sleep on it. Made from 22 momme mulberry silk (the finest quality, FYI), this pillowcase keeps your hair smooth and your skin wrinkle free – give it a week and you’ll understand what all the fuss is about. Buy one for your gift and one for yourself and thank us later.
Diptyque Black Berries Candle – 10.2oz
Perhaps any candle lover’s most treasured possession is the Diptyque Baies candle – it’s always a welcome gift.
Krosno Connoisseur wine decanter with a beech wood stopper
This chic one-liter carafe is the gift that will keep on giving each time they place it on the table at their next get-together. Pair the gift with a set of glasses and you’re a winner.
Riedel Extreme Oaked Chardonnay glasses
To accompany the carafe, perhaps? These diamond-shaped Chardonnay glasses are an original gift idea for the couple who enjoys wine in style.
Bamboo bath caddy
First make sure the owners you are buying for have a bath, otherwise this gift will make them reconsider their purchase. Perfect for those who enjoy lounging in a comfortable bubble bath with all their relaxation essentials close at hand.
Multi-functional cake stand and serving tray
It might seem like this cake stand can’t do much more than showcase a pretty dessert, but it actually has a bunch of other uses. You can use it as a serving platter, punch bowl, salad bowl, fries and crackers. flat, simply by inverting the lid and flipping the stand – like magic. Our tip: Bake them a cake and serve it in their new cake stand.
Batch & Bottle Hendrick’s Gin Martini cocktail
Batch and Bottle has taken all the hard work out of making a gin martini by bottling a Hendrick’s gin martini cocktail ready to pour and enjoy.
Herfeceal natural marble top
This luxurious looking marble top can live in any room of the house – in the bathroom to hold skincare bottles worth displaying, on a stack of magazines on a coffee table , in the bedroom as a jewelry holder or in the kitchen as a drink server. The options are endless.
Cutlery set Lemeya matt gold 20 pieces
Not to add chaos to their most likely silver cutlery drawer, this matte gold set is a “special occasion” gift that offers the possibility of an elegant aesthetic for special occasions, like dinner parties with you!
Godinger cut glasses (set of four)
These coupe glasses are made to stand out, long before a gin and tonic is served.
Slim Aarons: Style, by Shawn Waldron and Kate Betts
For the budding photographer or fan of the Slim Aarons aesthetic, this picture book is the coffee table book for them!
Le Creuset stoneware carafe (350 ml)
If gifting a Le Creuset slow cooker isn’t in your budget, this carafe is a cute option. Every kitchen deserves Le Creuset, so give new owners what they deserve.
Russell Hobbs Salt and Pepper Mills
Forget manually cracking salt and pepper, it’s 2022, everyone’s seasoning their food with the press of a button. Help them season their food smarter, not harder.
Glass water carafe and two tumblers
If you’re looking for a bedside water jug for two, you can’t go past this option. But it’s not just an amazing set for the bedroom. With a playful gold trim and decorative striped pattern, it’s a candle way to stay hydrated.
Oggi Double Wall Stainless Steel Wine Cooler
Perfect for any table, this stainless steel wine cooler is ideal for any dinner party where the plates to share are overflowing and there is no space for anything else. Compact and elegant, your friends will take full advantage of this wine cooler.