What would you most like to receive as a housewarming gift? Obviously a huge pot of cash would be ideal, but failing that, a thoughtful, beautiful gift is always appreciated. These suggestions are affordable and sure to make your recipient feel loved.
You may even be tempted to get a little something for yourself….
Our favourite affordable housewarming gifts
First off, house plants. Plants have been proven to improve your mood and reduce stress levels. This makes them the ideal housewarming gift. If you’re concerned that the recipient will struggle to care for a plant, consider gifting a realistic artificial one. Another affordable option is to make a terrarium in a gorgeous jar, which requires very little watering.
Be careful if you are gifting plants to someone with pets. Check that any real plant is safe. for example, lilies are highly toxic to cats and ivy can harm dogs.
2. Coffee Table Book
If you know the person you are gifting to very well, a coffee table book on a subject they love is a great idea for a housewarming gift. This is an obvious choice for someone who is a huge fan of a particular artist, director or designer. Many sci-fi and fantasy authors have large and beautiful books featuring fan art, maps and more. This kind of gift can be dipped into at any time and serves as a focal and talking point for visitors.
If you don’t know the person that well, perhaps a book token with the suggestion of buying themselves a coffee table book is a better idea. Here are some ideas for starters.
3. The gift of art
Art is such a personal thing (like anything pertaining to individual taste). I therefore wouldn’t recommend buying art for someone unless you know them incredibly well. However, you can absolutely gift vouchers to be spent on art. Degree Art offer vouchers that you can purchase online, which is a wonderful way of supporting and investing in the artists of the future.
4. Fresh flowers
Fresh flowers are welcome at any time, but especially when you’re striving to make a new home feel your own. We love Bloom & Wild (click here for £10 off your first order) because they can be posted through your letter box and last for ages. If you know the person well, you might also gift them a pretty vase (or a set of small posy vases).
5. A throw or blanket
Add some comfort to their new home with a quality blanket or throw for the bed or sofa. This one requires some research. What colours has the new homeowner chosen for their lounge or bedroom? Can you find a soft, cosy throw that will work with these colours? A neutral shade that will work with their decor is usually best, but if you’re unsure, you can always include the receipt so that they have the option to change it.
6. Scented candle
One of the most affordable, yet welcome housewarming gifts is a scented candle. In my opinion, one can never have too many because they constantly need to be replaced! If you know that the recipient loves a particular scent (floral, woody or zesty for example), this will make it easy for you to choose. If not, just go with something fresh and neutral. We love Price’s open window candle, which is perfect for banishing any musty, cooking or pet odours.
What better way to celebrate a new home than with a bottle of bubbly? This is a great gift no matter your budget. From Aldi’s organic prosecco (which has never given us a hangover!), to Dom Perignon, a good glass of fizz is always welcome. If you want to spend a little more, gift some vintage champagne glasses or a lovely wine cooler along with the bubbles.
8. Personalised stationery
One of the most thoughtful housewarming gifts is personalised notecards, with the recipient’s new address on. This is a lovely way for them to share their new address with family and friends, without having to write it out multiple times.
We love these chic, yet affordable, personalised notecards from Papier.
9. A welcome mat
Many people overlook a new door mat when they move home, but we often need one! This embossed paw-print mat is the perfect housewarming gift for anyone with kitties. Or if you are buying for someone with bold and colourful taste, perhaps one of these bright designs from Bombay Duck would be better?
10. Trays for days
Finally, a chic and stylish tray is a great housewarming gift. So useful for serving tea and cake to visitors, or enjoying a well-deserved breakfast in bed after moving day!
So there you have it. Our top ten suggestions for affordable housewarming gifts. I’m sure you’ll agree, there’s something here to suit all tastes and budgets.
And of course, you can find lots more tips, trends and inspiration for interiors here.