14 Housewarming Gifts for the Friend Who Doesn’t Need Another Candle
Because everyone is moving these days.
Published Mar 9, 2015 3:00 PM
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If it feels like everyone’s changing locations right now, whether it’s into a cheaper apartment, back in with their parents temporarily, or even across the country—it’s because they actually are. More than a fifth of American adults say they moved (or know someone who has) due to the pandemic, according to Pew Research.
The data not only indicates a seismic shift in how we’re all living, it means you’re about to give a whole lot of housewarming gifts. The trick, though, is to present your relocating loved ones with something they’ll actually need once the moving van pulls out of the driveway. No more candles, okay? Here are 14 pretty and practical places to start.
For the Bar
Unpacking. Is. Stressful. A bottle of tequila—or a stylish liqueur—takes the edge off and looks stylish on a bar cart, too.
For the Bathroom
No one in the history of the world has ever been able to locate their hand towels on moving day. Combine checkered terrycloth with a shiny new bottle of hand soap (equally essential right now), and you’re golden.
For the Bookshelf
An empty home is a blank canvas. Help your friend pull theirs together with a little bit of decorating inspo via these two design books.
For the Coffee Table
A cute box of matches and a hand-thrown tray for holding bits and bobs are the type of items that add personality to just-out-of-the-box furniture.
For the Dining Room
Even if they’ll be eating takeout for the foreseeable future (at least until they organize the kitchen boxes), a few fresh table linens can make even pizza nights feel extra-fancy.
For the Kitchen
Stock your friends’ cooking space with tools that feel special (a glass cruet and a ceramic-coated nonstick pan)—but will also be used on a daily basis.
For the Utility Closet
Win brownie points for life by bringing over planet-friendly cleaning supplies. The broom is plastic-free and the spray bottles are refillable. Either one would be an underrated—yet so appreciated—present.
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