We all know the feeling of moving into a new space-especially when it’s our first time! The thrill of starting fresh, and getting to design everything from scratch is pretty exhilarating. And while some people have their projects planned out from the beginning, others just need a little help in figuring out what direction to take.
So whether you’re looking for something as thoughtful or useful as these 10 gift ideas for your friend who is renovating their home or not, hopefully, this guide will help you find the perfect present for your special someone.
1) Gift Cards
First and foremost, perhaps the most practical gift you could give is a gift card to the hardware store! This lets your friend pick out paint colors, hinges for their cabinets, new knobs for their dresser drawers-whatever they need to get the job done.
2) Power Tools
You can’t go wrong with a classic power tool or speciality device that your friend may not have thought of getting for themselves. Things like a table saw, jigsaw, sander-the possibilities are endless!
If you’re feeling particularly generous, you might want to buy your friend a tool kit! This will give them all of the basics they need to get started on their renovation project. Plus, it’s always nice to have an extra set of tools around just in case.
Giving some sort of art as a housewarming gift is always a good idea. It doesn’t have to be anything specific as long as it’s something that they will enjoy and want on their walls! In fact, if you don’t think they will appreciate hanging up new pieces right away (e.g., your friend lives with roommates), maybe consider putting together a gallery wall on canvas or poster board first and giving them the completed product as a housewarming gift instead.
If you’re an artist yourself, think about doing a portrait of their dog, painting a scenic landscape behind the tub in their master bathroom, or doing something else that they can enjoy. If your friend is someone who doesn’t like spending money on themselves (or you share this habit!), maybe consider setting aside some money and putting together an account for them to take pictures of things they like and use as inspiration when working on the house. Then every now and then you’ll be able to remind them that they have money set aside to buy art if inspiration strikes!
4) Plant Pots
Another great idea for housewarming gifts is planting pots! Pot up succulents or cacti for your friend’s kitchen windowsill-these plants don’t need much water or attention, but they look really great!
Some plants you could get your friend as a housewarming gift include:
-a fern or Boston fern
-a spider plant
5) A Big New Mattress
When renovating, think about what every room will need. For example, a big mattress is a great housewarming gift! Make sure you know what size your friend’s bed frame is first, and ask them about their preferences for firmness and softness. Since you don’t often need to replace mattresses until every seven to ten years, this would be a very thoughtful present for them!
A good mattress is important for a number of reasons. First and foremost, a good mattress will give you a good night’s sleep, which is essential for your health and well-being. Additionally, a good mattress can help to improve your posture and reduce back pain.
6) Laundry Supplies
While most people think of getting a new bedroom or bathroom décor as their number one priority when moving into a new place, don’t forget all the things that go along with it-like laundry supplies! A brand-new set of sheets, towels, soap scum remover, etc., will make it feel like they have a whole new home.
7) Pots and Pans
Just like laundry supplies, kitchen necessities (and the tools to accomplish them) are another great gift idea for people moving into a new place. A nice set of pots and pans is always useful, even if you already have some at home! Plus, it makes cooking that much more fun when you’re using new equipment.
In addition to pots and pans, there are a few other kitchen essentials that your friend may not have yet. A nice set of knives is always a good investment, as is a quality cutting board. If your friend is into baking, maybe think about getting them an oven thermometer or a set of measuring cups and spoons. And if they’re into cooking as well, a mortar and pestle may be the perfect present for them!
8) A Wine Cooler
Another housewarming gift that will come in handy whether your friend is a wine enthusiast or not is a new wine cooler! If they enjoy good wine, going on a picnic or going to the park with friends, then this will be so useful.
9) A Coffee Maker
If you know your friend likes their coffee as much as we do, why not get them a personalized coffee maker? It’s such an easy way to make someone happy since it’s something they’ll use every single day. Just don’t forget to sign it!
10) Candles and Diptyque Roses
Sometimes all it takes for your home to feel like home again is the right scents. Try getting candles with fall scents, like apple and cinnamon, or even scented rose petals for your friend to put around the house. This is such a thoughtful gift that anyone would love to receive as they settle into their new place!
Whether you’re a friend who’s moving into their first place or are looking for the perfect housewarming gift for someone else, this article should have given you some great ideas. And if your budget is tight and can’t afford to spend money on gifts that cost more than $10, don’t worry!
There are plenty of affordable options out there-we’ve even included a few in our list above. Make sure to check them all out before settling on one idea as the best thing ever (even though we think they all are). Your friends will appreciate it and be so thankful when they receive something they’ll use every day!