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Got friends who are finally moving into a new apartment? Upgrading to home-ownership? It’s a momentous occasion, but everyone wants something different for their space, and a pharmacy greeting card isn’t going to cut it.
It’s stressful to pick out the perfect gift for friends and family, because they know what’s best for their domain — culinary-minded home cooks would thank you profusely for a cast-iron pan, but others might let it collect dust in favor of ordering takeout. Moving doesn’t always mean they’ll have a registry like a wedding, but just giving cash can feel impersonal.
We’ve found the best housewarming gifts that’ll be sure to impress, whether your friend cares more about their home audio set-up, or creating the most zen bedroom space possible. Regardless of what you choose, know that they’ll be grateful that you’re helping liven up their space for the next stage of their life.
1. Roku Streaming Stick+
While you don’t have to get your home-owning pals a brand new TV (although you can help them carry theirs up the stairs), Roku’s Streaming Stick+ is an exceptional device that can transform any run-of-the-mill T. It’ll give them the ability to stream their favorite movies and television shows with the press of a button — just plug the Streaming Stick+ into an HDMI port, and give your friends a streaming upgrade without the premium price tag.
2. Pink Himalayan Salt Tequila Shot Glasses
Thinking about getting your moving buddy some normal, everyday glassware? Yawn. These Pink Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses are a unique, handmade gift that makes for a great house party conversation starter. They’ll naturally add the perfect nuanced, salty note to their favorite tequila, and they can even be used for serving small appetizers, like ceviche.
3. 1-by-One Turntable With Speakers
Normally during a move, you’ll try to get all the essentials in order (like kitchen supplies, bathroom toiletries) before even thinking about setting up a home audio system. But 1-by-One turntable is an all-in-one audio system, combining a record player, receiver, and speaker into an ultra-compact package designed to fit in any room.
4. Always Pan
This Instagram and TikTok-famous nonstick cookware is one of the few gifts that your friends will actually be able to use in their next apartment, and the apartment after that. The Always Pan supposedly replaces “8 traditional pieces of cookware,” and are up to any task, from braising the perfect short rib, or steaming dumplings, all in a lightweight, 2.6 quart package.
5. Skylight Digital Calendar
If your friends are juggling a busy schedule, or have a big family, than Skylight is an absolute lifesaver. While it may look like a digital photo frame, it was easy to connect the calendar to WiFi, sync up Outlook or Google or schedule events manually from the touchscreen, and customize the color-coded display by the day, week and month.
6. Alcohol Delivery
Look, we can’t understate enough the value of giving a solid bottle of wine or high-quality tequila. It’s one of the most popular housewarming gifts for a reason, but now’s not the time to skimp out. There are plenty of spirits that feel like a treat, including Lagavulin’s 11-Year-Old Islay Scotch Offerman Edition, made in collaboration with actor Nick Offerman, ranked number two among Drizly’s offerings this year.
7. Personalized LP Record
For the friend that’s got all their records meticulously organized, or the couples that love to celebrate that one obscure concert that they had a date at. Uncommon Goods (who features many non-lame, customizable gifts) works with Jeff Davis, a U.S. artist to make a personalized, upcycled vinyl LP that shows off your favorite retro stylings, with up to five songs on display.
8. Vitruvi Stone Diffuser
For the first month of the move, you know they’re going to be stressed out of their minds with boxes have open cluttered around the space. Give the gift of an aah moment with this Vitruvi Stone Diffuser, scents your home with essential oils and looks great doing it. The cover is crafted from matte ceramic, it doubles as a piece of decor—great for a tabletop (or a cardboard box used as a tabletop).
9. The Sill Plant
Don’t bring over supermarket flowers that’ll die within a week — The Sill is known for stylish plant-and-pot pairings, and you can even choose plants based on low-light spaces (or too-bright apartments). There are brick-and-mortar locations in New York, L.A., and San Francisco that offer online order pickup, but we like that the site also has faux plants and preserved options, if you know your buddies don’t exactly have green thumbs.
10. eufy RoboVac 11S
Functional gifts can be pretty hit or miss, because honestly, who wants to be reminded about the huge new space they have to clean? But robot vacuums take the work out of thinking about sweeping up, especially for new homeowners, and we like this one from eufy that’s a quarter the price of a Roomba. The RoboVac 11S (the “s” means it’s Slim) measures just 2.85 inches in height (enough to clean under cabinets and bookshelves), but delivers a ton of power. The vacuum’s “BoostIQ Technology” automatically increases suction power when needed.