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11 Great Gift Ideas for the New Homeowners in Your Life

 Buying a home can be one of the biggest decisions we make in our lifetime. Emotions can range from exciting to scary to surreal. Sometimes, you may even feel all three at the same time!


With that being said, whether you’ve been through the home buying process or not, you have the opportunity to help out your loved ones as they settle into their new home. Check out these gift ideas for a new homeowner that can help them celebrate the fact that they’ve achieved the American Dream of homeownership!


1. Hammock Chairs

Man swinging a woman in a hammock chair by the lake.


Hammock chairs, also known as hammock swings, are a wonderful gift for a new homeowner! Hammock chairs are fun and functional, and can be used year-round both indoors and outdoors if you purchase a stand. The price range can vary, but you can typically find one that fits within your budget.


2. Copper Mugs

Two people sitting down holding copper mugs.


These trendy copper mugs are a must-have gift for new homeowners. Perfect for him, her or even a couple, these mugs are perfect for the traditional Moscow Mule, hot chocolate, coffee or your drink of choice. Many retail stores also offer personalized copper mugs with an initial or inscription making this the optimal personalized gift for a new homeowner.


3. French Press

A French press coffee maker on a wooden tray next to a coffee mug.


If the new homeowner you’re buying for is a coffee lover, a French press coffee maker, also known as a coffee press or a press pot, could be the best choice for a gift. This affordable gift option can produce excellent coffee or tea, is easy to clean and won’t take up too much counter space like traditional coffee makers can.


4. Movie Night Gift Basket

A man and woman on the couch with kids eating popcorn.


Some of the best gifts I received from my friends when I purchased my first home were gift baskets they put together. Specifically, I loved the movie night gift basket my best friend gave me!


This simple new homeowner gift basket can be as inexpensive or as expensive as you want because you get to build it from scratch. 


How to Make a Movie Basket for a New Homeowner: 

  1. Grab a cute wicker or wire basket from your local store
  2. Add some popcorn
  3. Add your friend’s favorite drink
  4. Throw in some movie theater candy
  5. Add a DVD or a gift card for an online streaming company
  6. Arrange all the items in the basket
  7. Wrap with cellophane and a pretty bow


Voila! You have the perfect present for your friends or family who are new homeowners. And now you can invite yourself over to enjoy the wonderful gift!


5. Portable Record Player

A woman sitting on a blanket holding a coffee mug listening to a portable record player.


A fun and quirky gift that a new homeowner might not think to buy for themselves is a portable record player. Vinyl is back in style, and your friends will love joining the trend with a stylish, portable vinyl record player that they can use in-home OR on the go. These come in a wide variety of styles, colors and designs, so check out your local retail stores to find what would best fit your friend’s style!


6. Decorative String Lights

String lights in front of a home, above a picnic table.


Once your friend becomes a new homeowner, you’ll notice that they will be more eager to decorate their new space. Decorative string lights are a great gift option because they’re trendy but timeless and can be used indoors or out. Also, if your friends use them to decorate their outdoor space for an outdoor dinner party, you may also get to enjoy them!


7. A Doormat

A doormat that reads “home” with a heart as the “o”.


A fun doormat to match their personality can make a new homeowner feel right at home. And of course, one of the first things you want to do in your new home is get a doormat so guests can wipe their feet before they walk in the door.


A unique doormat can make a home feel warm and inviting, even if the moving process isn’t quite finished. Find a doormat with a message that fits your friend’s unique style, and help them make their new house a home.


8. Porch Accessories

A prefabricated home porch with a potted fern and patio furniture.


It might sound cliché, but one of the best gifts I received as a new homeowner was a potted fern that now lives on my front porch. No matter what time of the year it is, a porch accessory such as a one-of-a-kind throw pillows, outdoor furniture or evergreen potted plants as your friend’s housewarming gift is thoughtful and it could become one of their favorites!


9. Bathtub Tray

A wooden bathtub tray laying across a bathtub.


This is a great do it yourself gift for new homeowners! Moving into a new home is a lot of work, so your friend will love this bathtub tray that will help them relax after a long day. If you would prefer to buy a premade bathtub tray instead of making it yourself, check out your local retail store or search online to see what bathtub tray options are available.


You can also turn this idea into a new homeowner gift basket by filling a basket with bath bombs, essential oils, candles and other spa-like relaxation items!


10. Breakfast-in-Bed Tray

A wooden breakfast-in-bed tray sitting on a bed with food and coffee on it.


If the person you’re buying for is less of a bath person and more of a breakfast-in-bed person, a breakfast-in-bed tray could be the perfect gift! If you’re crafty, this can be a great do it yourself project, or you can find these at many department and retail stores.


11. Cleaning Supplies Basket

A person scrubbing the floor with cleaning supplies.


Last, but certainly not least, in our list of perfect gifts for new homeowners is a basket of cleaning supplies!


I know what you’re thinking – there’s no way that’s something people actually want; however, I would argue that this is one of the best gifts to receive. A gift basket I once received came in a trendy wire basket that I now keep my cleaning supplies organized in.


This new homeowner gift basket included quality products for cleaning windows, products for countertops, paper towels, a grout brush, reusable rubber gloves and a plethora of other fantastic cleaning related items.


Cleaning supplies may seem lame, but this is the one new homeowner gift that is guaranteed to be both loved and appreciated. This could also be categorized as a practical gift idea for new homeowners or the perfect gift for clean-freak family member.


A woman holding the keys to her new prefabricated home.


Whenever you decide what to buy a new homeowner, regardless of the actual gift(s), your friends and family will more than likely just be excited and happy that you thought enough of them to get them a gift. So, don’t stress about it – it’s the thought behind the gift that counts. If you’re a new homeowner, you could even treat yourself to one of these gifts. Go ahead. You deserve it!




Throw a housewarming party in your new home!




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