When you’ve just moved into a new house and are trying to unpack your belongings to get your life back in order, you’re probably not thinking about the little decorative touches (yet!). But it’s those little things that often make a house a home.
So if you know someone who has just become a new homeowner, here’s a list of 10 wonderful gift ideas that can help them feel at home.
These snuggly and stylish throws make cozying up on the couch to watch your favorite holiday movie even better. The best part is, when you’re not wrapped up in it, it makes a beautiful enhancement to the sofa, easy chair or bed. These Max Daniel blankets come in a wide range of gorgeous colors and patterns, with a piped or ruffled border.
Somehow, your bath towels always seem to look a little worn out once you’ve moved into your new home, and as far as we're concerned, there’s no such thing as too many towels! Add a touch of elegance to any bathroom with 100% cotton Egyptian towels. If you’re unsure of the color of your gift recipient’s bathroom, choose neutral tones like light gray or ecru.
One of the easiest ways to bring the spa experience to your own bathroom is to add a new shower head such as the Ultra Luxury Rainfall Showerhead. This one has several settings and intensities of spray, from light mist to massage, and an additional hand-held shower head. Some even have built-in filters to prevent chlorine build up on your hair and skin.
Who wants to shop for groceries, plan menus, and cook meals within the first couple weeks of moving into a new home? Gift the gift of a meal delivery service! These days, you’re sure to find one that offers organic ingredients and caters to special diets or allergies, like Fresh ‘n’ Lean in St. Louis, MO.
It can be a pain finding and calling someone to come in and take care of relatively minor, but annoying, repairs or even basic maintenance in the home. For example, if you’re a first-time homeowner, you’ve probably never replaced a furnace filter or winterized a house. Getting a simple but good DIY home repair and maintenance book (with illustrations!) like this bestseller from Family Handyman makes a great gift.
Ever used a shoe to nail in a nail? Unless you’re a bona fide handyman or woman, chances are you don’t have the basic tools at your disposal. New homeowners won’t always think of this gift for themselves until they are suddenly faced with the need for a Phillips Head screwdriver or an adjustable wrench. Home Depot offers a great, basic toolbox—a useful mix of the most-used tools at an affordable price.
If you consider yourself a multitasker or need to use your hands while Facetiming on your phone, you’ll love this FÖM™ Phone Stand. The suction cups keep your phone in place and the microbead-filled stands can be squished into whatever position or angle you want. It’s one of these little gifts that most people wouldn’t think of buying for themselves!
When I was a kid, my mom used to simmer water on the stove with a few cinnamon sticks in it to give the house a festive aroma during the holidays. Take that idea one step further with an aromatherapy diffuser like the PureSpa Essential Oil Diffuser. It diffuses 100% natural essential oils for up to 7 hours in an area as large as 250 square feet, and this model has the option of color-changing lights to create more of a mood. Add a 6-pack of essential oils and let your stressed out new homeowner choose his or her favorite scents!
The entire process of buying and moving into a new home is exciting, but not without a certain amount of stress, too. In some cases, the gift of easy-access caffeine says "I love you...but I’m going wait until you’ve had your morning coffee to come over!” A personalized coffee subscription like Driftaway Coffee (which delivers across the country) is a great idea. And with your first order, you'll get four samples of different coffee blends.
The kitchen is always a little difficult to keep clean, but this cute little crumb catcher not only keeps the counters spotless, it doesn’t even look like a vacuum so you can store it right there on the countertop. All you do is push a button to start it cleaning and empty the tray into the garbage when it gets full.