Has one of your loved ones recently moved house? Brighten up their new space with these housewarming gift ideas. See a wide range of first-home gifts, from decor and kitchenware, to food and drinks. Stock up that new kitchen with our favourite products, suitable for a variety of skill sets.
Expert home chefs will enjoy our tried-and-tested kitchen gadgets, including the best stand mixers, best food processors and best air fryers. Our kitchenware picks, such as mugs, glassware and serving utensils, are equal parts stylish and practical. Or, choose one of our favourite subscription services for treats like fresh flowers, artisan cheese and gourmet coffee.
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Best housewarming gift ideas
Le Creuset stoneware rainbow mugs
Fan favourite cookware brand Le Creuset offers a variety of housewarming gift ideas suitable for top foodies. We love this set of stoneware rainbow mugs, perfect for sprucing up kitchen cabinets with a pop of vibrant colour. The high-quality, dense stoneware makes these really easy to clean and scratch resistant. They even keep your hot drinks warmer for longer. These mugs are a great size for a cup of tea, and the handle is comfortable to grip. This housewarming gift is a perfect excuse to gather round for an afternoon cuppa.
Anthropologie Sandira dish towels
NINJA Foodi OP300UK multi-pressure cooker and air fryer
Air fryers are the trendiest food gadget on the market right now, but this one packs a serious punch. The multi-function pressure cooker is capable of multiple functions, saving a first-time homeowner the expense of buying multiple machines. It’s not just an air fryer, it’s also a pressure cooker, steamer and slow cooker that can sear, sauté and roast. All the removable parts (except the pressure cooker lid) are ceramic-coated, non-stick and dishwasher-safe. The sky’s the limit when it comes to types of meals you can cook in this machine. Whip up anything from oven chips to a hearty curry.
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Bloom & Wild three-month flower subscription
Flowers make the ultimate housewarming gift idea. Thankfully, you can now send some stunning bouquets through the post in letterbox-friendly packages. Send a fresh bouquet once a month for three months with this handy subscription service. Bloom & Wild’s flowers are always fresh, and last for weeks. The receiver can customise the arrangement to their liking by following the styling instructions included with the delivery. The delicate flowers are boxed by hand, and come packaged in petal protectors for added safety in the post.
Handwoven monochrome placemat
Decorating with natural materials is a great way to warm up a new kitchen. For those who prefer a more minimal style, try these handwoven monochrome placemats. They’re a practical gift for everyday use, and look beautiful on any dining table. The placemats are made from a grass called ‘ndiorokh’ and long strips of recycled coloured plastic. New homeowners will love this stylish and sustainable gift.
Blue coffee box subscription
Blue Coffee Box puts its emphasis on speciality coffee, so prepare to be surprised and delighted by the flavour. Each pack comes with a detailed card telling you about the coffee variety, process, region and flavour profile, plus more details about the producer and traceability. Choose from one type of coffee per month, or a three-variety selection box. You also get the option of choosing the roast: light, medium, dark, or Blue Coffee Box’s choice. Your subscription can arrive either every two weeks, every month or every two months. We tried the Oporapa coffee from Campbell & Syme, and loved the delicious lemon and caramel notes. It’s complex, with a lot of flavours going on, but has a good, smooth finish.
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KitchenAid 3.3-litre mini mixer
Looking to blow the budget on an extra-special present? KitchenAid stand mixers are iconic, and this slightly smaller edition of the traditional mixer was highly rated when tested alongside the best stand mixers on the market. This mini masterpiece is 25 per cent lighter and 20 per cent smaller, so is a particularly great choice for passionate bakers with smaller kitchens. Plus, it’s available in various colours.
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Mariage Frères French breakfast tea
Chai spice candle making kit
Fill a new home with the warming scent of a freshly brewed chai latte. Fragrance lovers will enjoy making their own candle at home with this easy kit. The essential oil combines notes of cinnamon, ginger, clove leaf, pink pepper and almond. The kit comes with everything you need, including a gorgeous amber jar, rustic wood wick and natural soy wax. We love that the label is infused with poppy seeds, so you can plant flowers when you finish the candle. The kit is also available in pumpkin spice and ginger spice. If you’d prefer to gift a finished candle, try the Bragga scent, infused with sage and rosemary, or the Conscious scent, infused with geranium.
Lavazza a Modo Mio Deséa coffee machine
Amateur baristas will love receiving a coffee machine as a housewarming gift. The Lavazza Deséa is about as close to perfect as a pod coffee machine can be: feature-rich, user-friendly, and capable of making beautiful coffee. There are effectively two sides to its functionality: making coffee and foaming milk. These features are enabled elegantly through a symmetrical control interface, with coffee controls to the left and milk controls to the right. We also love the sleek design, which looks great on any kitchen counter.
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Andree Jardin dishwashing gift box with copper ball
Lighten up mundane housework with some luxurious equipment. This dishwashing gift box contains a dishwashing brush with replaceable brush head, copper ball for scrubbing pans, striped dishcloth and soft pebble sponge. The brush is made from locally sourced beechwood, and looks a lot nicer than a plastic brush when displayed on the kitchen counter. Copper is great for cleaning all sorts of materials, such as stainless steel, ceramic and glass, without leaving scratches. Andrée Jardin brushes are made in small batches with natural fibres and wood from sustainably managed forests.
East by Meera Sodha
Break in that new kitchen with Meera Sodha’s cookbook, East. Home chefs will love discovering these unique flavour profiles. Vegetarian and vegan Indian, Asian and Southeast Asian cooking is given a new lease of life with her modern, authentic and vibrant recipes. From pistachio, pea & mint soba noodles and mushroom bao, to Sri Lankan beetroot curry and roasted paneer aloo gobi, there’s so much veg-packed inspiration here.
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Marcato Atlas 150 machine with tagliatelle attachment
This is the ultimate gift for any pasta lover, and a great way to step up your home cooking. Take your pasta dishes to the next level with this high-quality pasta machine. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned pasta-maker, this is an incredibly user-friendly machine, and comes with a great user guide with step-by-step instructions for following. Classic in style with its chrome steel finish, this Marcato looks exactly how you would expect an Italian pasta machine to look. It’s sturdily built and a bit heavy to lift, but that’s exactly what you want for handling thinly rolled pasta.
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Sarora Knots plant hangers
Houseplants and garden centres are more popular than ever, with more people spending time at home. Adding fresh greenery is the easiest way to brighten up a new space. Sarora Knots is an independent shop specialising in handmade plant hangers in a wide variety of lengths, colours and styles. The wide range carries muted neutrals, vibrant neons and everything in between. We love how thick and durable the material is, and the knots are very sturdy. Try picking up a couple of house or herb plants and gifting these alongside for a thoughtful set.
Blue lustre gin glasses
Raid your local Oliver Bonas for some great housewarming gifts – they’re well-stocked with thoughtful presents in elegant designs. Keep an eye out for fantastic kitchen supplies, including tableware, tea towels, ceramics and glassware. We particularly love this set of stunning gin glasses, complete with navy blue stems, gold detailing and a lustre finish. Generously sized with a classic balloon silhouette, there’s plenty of room for loads of ice and extra garnishes.
Courtyard Dairy award winners cheese subscription box
Send your loved one a selection of award-winning artisan cheese straight to their door. There are four types of cheese included in the selection, and each piece is 250g. Killeen goat’s gouda is a sweet, floral, nutty hard cheese made in Galway, Ireland. Leeds Blue is a pungent, rich and creamy cheese, made with sheep’s milk from Harrogate and cultures imported from Italy. Old Winchester is a cross between gouda, parmesan and cheddar, and packs a powerful punch. Tunworth is rich, creamy and vegetal, similar to camembert. Information included with the kit explains how to look after your cheese, and tasting notes are available on the website.
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Cuisinart FP8U Easy prep pro
Food processors make great first home gifts as they’re incredibly versatile in the kitchen, blending everything from sauces to dips, and saving loads of prep time. This is a great food processor if you’re looking for a reasonably priced machine that will do the basics with minimum fuss. The components are pared back but highly effective, working through ingredients quickly and efficiently. The materials all feel well-made, from the stylish outer shell to the strong blades. The minimal equipment makes it highly effective and a fantastic addition to any kitchen.
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Upcycled hydro-herb kits
The gardener in your life will adore these hydro-herb kits made from upcycled wine bottles. The slim, vertical design fits well into smaller spaces, which is great for those in a new flat. The lack of soil also guarantees a mess-free experience. Choose from a variety of garden herbs, including basil, dill, parsley, thyme, mint, oregano, tarragon and coriander. These versatile herbs can be used in a wide range of dishes, from roast dinners to pasta and curries. This kit comes with everything you need, including organic growth solution, to jump on the gardening craze.
Matchbox seat pads
For those looking for an eclectic housewarming gift, try these colourful matchbox-inspired seat pads. These would work well for making dining chairs extra comfy. The retro designs are beautifully illustrated, and feature birds from different regions of the world. Choose from some tropical parrots or a rustic rooster to fit your style. These cushions are incredibly versatile, and can be used in any area of the house, or to spruce up an older chair.
Tesco Finest Premier Cru Brut NV
Champagne is a classic addition to any celebration, especially as a first home gift. Made by the Union Champagne co-op in Avize, this is a wine that really punches above its humble price. There’s lemon sherbet on the nose, a full texture that’s creamy, rich and round, a good, fruity freshness and long, nutty finish. The price tag is attractive, coming in at under £20 for a top-notch bottle.
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Paxton & Whitfield raclette set for two
Another great housewarming gift for cheese lovers, this raclette set brings all the ambiance of a cosy chalet to a new home. Raclette can be a faff to make and serve, but this set quickly melts slices of cheese using simple tealights. It’s also non-stick for easy clean up. Simply melt some of your favourite cheese in the set and serve with hearty potatoes, toasted bread, charcuterie meats or pickles. This alpine-inspired set is made in Switzerland and includes two raclette pans, two spatulas, a stand and eight tealights.
Frantoio Muraglia aromatic olive oil selection
Specialty ingredients are a great choice when it comes to housewarming gift ideas. This gift set includes four different flavours of oil – IGP Rocca Imperiale lemon, celery, ginger and Calabrian chilli. Muraglia’s oils are uniquely made by pressing fresh ingredients at the same time as the olives, so the oil is infused with flavour right at the point of extraction. A drizzle of flavourful olive oil is great for salad dressings, soups, pasta and countless other dishes. Sample these signature flavours, wrapped up in beautiful packaging.
Compact swivel cheeseboard with knives
Take your cheeseboard to the next level with this extravagant new home gift idea. Made of stainless steel and bamboo, this four-tiered server transforms from one wedge into a full round for sharing cheese. Depending on the size of the set, a stainless-steel cheese knife, cheese fork and additional flat cheese knife are included. Choose from a standard 33cm size or larger 43cm size, depending on your storage space available. For added convenience, the flatware stows away perfectly in a built-in drawer.
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Aperol poster spritz aperitivo
Celebrate the taste of summer with this Aperol Spritz print. This quirky gift is a great way to brighten up any wall and make any cocktail lover smile. Choose between a canvas or paper poster, then pick a wooden frame in white, brown or black. Or, pick up a magnetised version for more convenience. This print is available in a variety of sizes and price options, accommodating a wide range of spaces and budgets.
BOSKA ceramic cheese bowl
We love the printed parmesan design on this ceramic cheese holder. At 11.5cm across, it’s the perfect size for passing around the table. Keep it full in the fridge, and the design will help keep the cheese cold when it’s out. Fill with some freshly grated parmesan cheese to pile on top of pasta dishes like spaghetti, lasagne or ravioli. Any die-hard cheese lover will appreciate this new home gift.
Sous Chef gift voucher
Make your loved one’s day with this versatile housewarming gift idea. Perfect for those moving house, a Sous Chef voucher is a fantastic option for all your kitchenware needs. Sous Chef carries everything from specialty ingredients to impressive dinnerware. Any home chef will love decking out their kitchen in professional-quality kit, like bread-making supplies, Japanese chef’s knives and authentic pasta makers. Gift vouchers range from £10-£100, allowing you to pick an option suitable to your budget.
Uashmama washable paper bags
Organise all your bits and bobs with these sturdy Uashmama paper bags. A sustainable alternative to disposable bags, these reusable bags are easy to clean and wipe down. If you’re looking for a contemporary kitchen storage solution, washable bags are a creative alternative. Load them with tomatoes or odds and ends like coffee filters and tea strainers. They can also be repurposed beyond the kitchen for holding plants, makeup and toiletries. Made using raw materials from trees and natural vegetable wax, this material is more akin to vegan leather than normal paper.
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Mbata brass candlestick
These antique-style brass candlesticks add an elegant touch to a dinner party dining table. These well-made candlesticks are solid with a heavy base, ensuring they’re very sturdy and won’t fall over. The rustic finish complements the minimal design and adds an artisan quality. These simple candlesticks are sure to fit into any home decor style. Mix a variety of heights to add more depth. For an extra treat, add some handmade taper candles to go with the candlesticks.
Signature Dishes That Matter
New homeowners will love a stylish coffee table book to decorate their living room. Part cookbook, part travel guide, part historical record, this fascinating book charts the most iconic dishes from the past three centuries, from Mark Hix’s shepherd’s pie in the 90s, to Bill Granger’s invention of now-legendary avocado toast in Australia. Read the stories at the front, then in the back, you’ll find all the recipes. Each dish is printed alongside a hand-drawn illustration.
Big drinks magnets
Designed by Australian artist Billie Justice Thomson, these colourful magnets are a playful way to decorate your fridge. Celebrate classic cocktails like an old-fashioned, bloody mary or gin and tonic. Or, display an upscale bottle of champagne with a full glass to match. Any drinks enthusiast will love this set for the graphic design and vibrant colours.
Staub 3.5l roasting pan
There’s no better way to break in a new kitchen than your first Sunday roast. Staub pans are made of cast iron that has been poured into a sand mould, hence the slightly rough feeling of the interior surface. Although this pan is not a non-stick roaster, we found that chicken, garlic and potatoes crisped nicely in its enamelled interior, with great heat distribution and no hotspots. It’s a hefty pan that’s a hefty investment, but this one is going to be in use for ages.
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