Holidays can get stressful, especially if you find yourself spending hours deliberating over the perfect gift choice. The same can be said for housewarming gifts. You hope to please your friends or family members and celebrate their new home, but you also don’t want to add clutter by gifting something that is less than useful. While many people enjoy giving and receiving common items such as wine, spirits, baked goods and candies, try something different this year.
If you have someone on your Christmas gift-giving list who also moved into a new home over the past year, you are in luck! Combine housewarming and holiday gifting, and you’ll not only have a clearer shopping roadmap, but you might give your friend or loved one something that they will cherish for years. Here are eight unique and inspired gift choices that will let a new homeowner know that you care. These meaningful gifts are sure to provide years of use and enjoyment.
1. Walden Theory Magnetic Wooden Key Holder
Here is a simple, minimalistic gift that will be used almost every single day. Give the new homeowners in your life a place to keep their keys. Traditional key hangers usually have small hooks for hanging key rings. These hooks can wear out over time, rendering a wall-mounted key holder useless. With a modern and stylish design and super strong magnets, the Walden Theory wooden key holder secures keys without clutter.
2. Customized Welcome Mat
Welcome mats serve two functions. First, they announce a warm greeting to visitors. Then, they provide a spot for wiping muddy and snow-caked boots and shoes before entering a home. Everyone can use a welcome mat, and there are countless options. Provide a unique gift with a personalized mat or one with a custom message.
3. Classic Cookbook
Whether your recipient is a culinary master or a kitchen klutz, a classic cookbook is always appreciated. Instead of a trendy book of recipes, opt for a time-honored, homey collection of comfort classics. For Italian food-lovers, gift Marcella Hazan’s “Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking.” If you’re not sure about your friend’s favorite cuisine, try Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” which contains foundational recipes for many classic dishes.
4. Personalized Cutting Board
Those classic cookbook recipes are going to require some chopping. A serious cutting board stands up to years of knife abuse, so gift a quality board with a personalized touch. This customizable cutting board comes in a choice of woods, with a laser-engraved message of your choosing. Add a recipients’ names or just say “happy cooking.”
5. Jacobsen Sea Salt
Salt is a classic housewarming gift, as it gives the promise of flavor in a new setting. The flaky finishing salt crafted by the Jacobsen company of Oregon is some of the best available. Jacobsen’s finishing salt is hand harvested from the Netart’s Bay on the Pacific.
6. Unique Salad Bowls
New homeowners also enjoy and make good use of a boldly patterned serving bowl. For friends who like to entertain, the vintage-style hand-painted bowl by La Jolie Muse is vivid and large enough for party use.
7. Cold Brew Coffee Maker
Coffee is an all-around excellent Christmas and housewarming gift. Try a different approach this year. Instead of gifting coffee beans, a fancy travel mug or stack of Starbucks gift cards, dazzle a coffee-lover with a cold brew coffee maker kit. In the spring and summer when many holiday gifts are tucked away in storage, your gift will be churning out icy brews.
8. Landmass Travel Map
If your new-homeowner friends or family aren’t the cooking, entertaining or coffee drinking type, but love to travel, give them a spot to track and show off their trips. The Landmass Travel Map is like a giant, wall-mounted lottery ticket. Each destination gets scratched off, but the jackpot is filled with experiences and memories.
Crush your holiday and housewarming gift giving this year with these unique and memorable gifts.