When people move into a new house or apartment, it’s common to give them housewarming gifts. It’s so exciting to own or rent a new property, and it’s also a huge accomplishment. It’s definitely worth celebrating, which is why people give gifts to the new homeowner. Maybe you know they need something, or you just want to be thoughtful and get them something small.
Either way, a housewarming gift is one of the nicest things you can get for someone, even if it is something small. The size and price don’t matter in this case. It is absolutely the thought that counts! If you aren’t sure what to get someone or if you are on a budget, don’t worry: there are still plenty of options for you. We’ve put together a list of 20 DIY housewarming gifts that are sure to make any new homeowner happy.
1. A Basket of Bath and Body Products
There’s nothing more thoughtful than choosing some high-quality and fun bath and shower products for the new homeowner in your life. Head to Spongellé, where you will find an amazing collection of bath sponges, pedi buffers, lotions, candles, and more. Our most popular item is our bath sponges, which act as a three-in-one product that cleanses, exfoliates, and hydrates.
Buy a big basket of your choosing, and stock it with bath and body products that are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. Add pretty tissue and ribbons, and you’ve got a DIY gift basket ready to go.
2. Ingredients to Bake Cookies
This is a perfect gift for friends and family that love sweets. Who doesn’t love the smell of freshly-baked cookies in their home? Plus, they’ll need to break in the oven anyway, so you might as well get them started with something tasty. This is a gesture that anyone is sure to love and enjoy.
Simply measure out all of the dry ingredients for your favorite cookie recipe. Add the ingredients to a mason jar, and attach a note with the list of wet ingredients they will need and the baking instructions.
3. A Painting of Their New Place
Don’t skip over this idea, even if you aren’t an artist. Although, if you are, a custom painting would make for an amazing and beautiful gift that is truly DIY and creates something from scratch. However, if you’re like us, then art might not be your strong suit. Don’t fret, because you’ve got options!
There are tons of companies that sell paint by numbers paintings, and you can completely customize the painting. Find a company you like and then send in a photo of your friend or family’s new house. They will send you back a canvas that has an outline of the image. Match the paint number to the number on the canvas, and the end result will be a museum-worthy painting.
4. Make Them a Candle
This is actually a really simple and fun craft that can be totally customized and personalized. It only takes a few materials to make. You will need a glass jar, wax, essential oils, and a wick (a string also works, depending on the material). If they have a favorite scent, get that scent as an essential oil. Melt the wax and add a few drops of the essential oil, depending on how strong you want the scent.
Lay the string in the jar and make sure it reaches the bottom of the jar and extends out the top. Pour in the wax mixture, then move the string to the center of the jar and smooth out the surface before the wax hardens.
5. Make Fun Clay Coasters
Everyone needs coasters! Coasters can act as a fun accent piece and double to protect your table from water stains. Did you know that it’s super easy to make your own? You will need polymer clay and a glaze finish of your choice. Choose your colors and flatten the clay out. Then use a circle cookie cutter to make a perfect circle shape.
Bake it in the oven according to the clay directions. Then, after it cools down, use a brush to paint a shiny glaze topcoat to finish it off.
6. Put Together a Wine and Cheese Basket
Figure out what the new homeowner’s favorite types of wine are, and get them a couple of bottles of each type they like. Then, go to your local market and pick out cheeses that pair well with the wines you got. You can also add in meats, crackers and bread, and chocolate. Put everything in a big basket and top it off with a bow.
7. Make Them a Meal or Order Them Food
If you want to stick with the DIY theme, gather some supplies and whip up a delicious, home-cooked meal. Moving into a new place is stressful, and your friends or family will be so thankful to have the night off from cooking. If you don’t consider yourself to be a chef, then feel free to pick them up carryout from their favorite restaurant instead.
8. Infuse Some Olive Oil
If the new homeowners like to cook or use oils on their food, then this is the perfect gift for them. First, decide on the flavor you want to infuse. Common ideas include garlic, lemon, rosemary, or other herbs. All you have to do is add your herbs, garlic, or lemon peels to a glass bottle, and then fill the bottle all the way up with extra virgin olive oil.
Give it at least a few days to infuse before you gift it. For a nice touch, print out a label or attach a tag stating the type of olive oil you made. You can also try doing a few different infused oils in a mini size, so they have options.
9. Bake Them Some Bread
Who wouldn’t enjoy a fresh and delicious loaf of bread dropped off right at their door? Baking bread is a trending hobby that many people picked up during quarantine. It’s super easy to do and only requires a couple of ingredients. There are endless options for your bread, and you can add in herbs, cheese, and even fruit or chocolate. People really appreciate it when you put time and effort into something, which is why they will love receiving a homemade loaf of bread!
There are tons of recipes online that are easy to follow. There are also plenty of video tutorials as well, which can be super helpful. There are also other baked goods you can make, such as pretzels, rolls, croissants, and scones, which would be equally as thoughtful (and delicious).
10. Gather Some Random Essentials
When you move into a new home, there’s a lot you have to do and remember. Even if they are fully moved in and have all of their home supplies, chances are they might’ve forgotten a thing or two. Make them a box of random essentials that are great to have on hand. It can include things like batteries, a spare charger, a set of nails, bandaids, paper clips, rubber bands, and anything else you can think of that you should always have in your house.
10 Other Housewarming Gift Ideas
Need even more ideas besides the ten we listed in detail above? We get it; sometimes, you need to think outside the box! We have a few more suggestions up our sleeve, just in case you need them. Check out this list of ten more great DIY gifts you can make:
- A wreath for their front door
- Different seeds for them to plant and grow
- A sign with their last name or address printed on it
- A set of linen napkins stamped with their initials
- A lemonade kit with all the supplies
- Spray paint a welcome doormat
- Gift them all of the basic cleaning products they will need
- Make homemade, all-natural laundry detergent
- Put together an ice cream sundae box
- Make your own air freshener in a jar
From a basket filled with Spongellé bath products to cookie recipes and homemade candles, there are so many creative DIY gifts you can make and give to someone as a housewarming present. Choose something thoughtful and meaningful that you know will put a smile on the new homeowner’s face. Even the simplest DIY gifts are sure to make that person happy and thankful!