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The Best Last Minute Housewarming Gift Ideas for 2022

New homeowners will always appreciate a thoughtful housewarming gift. They’ve just moved into their new home, so they probably need some things to spruce it up and make it feel a little more comfortable!

If you’re going to a party hosted by new homeowners or just visiting, chances are you’re thinking of picking something up for them as a congratulatory token. Everyone’s excited about this new development in their lives, and a thoughtful gift could be the perfect way for you to express your support and happiness for them.  

Before you start shopping, make sure to keep these basic gifting etiquette rules in mind:

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Gifting Etiquette for New Homeowners

1. Check if they have a gift registry open.

Sometimes we can get too excited about shopping for gifts and forget to check out the things that our friends really want or need. If these new homeowners have sent out a wishlist or gift registry, it wouldn’t hurt to look through them first before shopping. This lets you gain a general idea of what they actually want, and it’s almost guaranteed that they’ll love your present already! If anything, it makes your life easier - just add the item to your cart and go.

In case they don’t have a registry open, it’s also okay to straight up ask them what they’d want to receive. They’ll definitely appreciate you a lot more for taking the time to think about their needs!

2. Wrap it up or put it in a bag.

There are two main reasons for wrapping a housewarming gift: to make it look pretty, and for privacy (for both the gift-giver and receiver). Taking a little time to wrap your present can show that you put a lot more thought and effort into it. On the other hand, some people might prefer unwrapping gifts later on after all the festivities are over. They may want to keep their reaction or the gift itself private from the other guests, so it’s just a matter of keeping it respectful.

3. Include a gift receipt (just in case).

Gift receipts can be useful in the unfortunate event that you get a duplicate gift or the new homeowners don’t like the item you got them. Hopefully, the latter doesn’t happen, but if ever it does, don’t take it personally! It’s just basic gifting etiquette. A gift receipt is just something nice to have in case of necessary returns, to save your friends the hassle.

4. Try to find something personalized.

This is one of the most important rules in gifting etiquette! Nothing’s sadder than a generic, impersonal housewarming gift that will most likely just add clutter and stress to a fresh new home. Instead of getting the nth wine glass set or placemat, try to think of what your friends would really appreciate and use on a regular basis. This is where gift registries can be useful!

5. Don’t overspend.

It’s a common misconception in gifting etiquette that the more you spend, the better. This is actually a bad idea most of the time, for two reasons: you might go over your budget, and extravagant gifts might make some people uncomfortable. The best way to go is with something simple, useful, and–most of all–meaningful.

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Best Housewarming Gifts 2022

  • Embroidered Organic Cotton Placemat and Napkin Set, $130

This gorgeous hand-embroidered duo is sure to impress guests and family members whenever your friends host dinner parties or events. Its classic scalloped design was crafted in the Netherlands as a custom piece for Julie & Ev. Get this set on sale for $105 for a limited time!

  • Set of 8 Alabaster Coasters, $345

These Italian alabaster coasters go with any theme and motif, making them the perfect housewarming gift. They come with a convenient square holder for storage that ensures both beauty and functionality even when not in use.

  • Decorative Handmade Paper Mache Vase, $236

A vase is always a staple in any living area. This minimalist paper mache vase would look great as a centerpiece or on any cocktail table, in cream and neutral colors.

  • Antique Botanical Prints, $45-55

If your friends love plants as much as we do, these amazing botanical prints can be adorable gifts that don’t take up much space and add a quirky touch to their new home. A variety of these prints are available including ferns, mushrooms, and house plants.

  • Set of 3 Marble Bowl with Brass Metal Knife, $48

If you’re looking for something a little more functional, this rustic marble bowl set is sure to be a showstopper in the kitchen for spices, dried herbs, or other seasonings. This set comes in black, white, and beige marble with matching brass knives for an antique touch!

  • La Fourmi Laiton Steak Knives in Presentation Box, $179

These old-school Laguiole French steak knives are the best possible gift for any steak or meat connoisseur. Hand-crafted from Beechwood, stainless steel, and brass, these knives come in a set of 6 and their very own presentation box for safekeeping.

  • Set of 2 Rattan Hurricane Collection, $135

These rattan hurricanes can be used for candles, fairy lights, lanterns, or other unique materials as a centerpiece. Gift these to your friends if they’re after a rustic vibe in their new home as an elegant decorating accent!

  • Set of 2 Orange Trays, $110

For a quirky, whimsical vibe, these orange-shaped trays are the cutest presents for all our cottagecore homeowners. Their bright colors draw attention to any dish you serve on the table and are sure to start up a few conversations.

  • Laguiole Corkscrew with Ivory Colored Handle in Wood Box, $25

For wine moms and enthusiasts, an elegant Laguiole ivory corkscrew is the perfect accessory for those dinner parties or celebratory brunches. Its clean, gold-trimmed look is sure to steal the show. It also comes with its own wooden box for easy storage and display.


Always remember that at the end of the day, it’s the thought that counts. Find your next housewarming gift with Julie & Ev; you’ll be sure to discover the perfect surprise for new homeowners in our simple yet elegant collections!


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