What to Put in a Housewarming Basket for New Homeowners

Article by BlissLights LLCFri, Oct 28, 22
What to Put in a Housewarming Basket for New Homeowners

If your friend or loved one is moving into a new home, they’ll likely throw a housewarming party once they feel settled. You should show up with a housewarming gift basket to help liven up their space and make their house truly feel like a home. Read on to learn more about housewarming parties and what to put in a housewarming basket.

Who throws the housewarming party?

Typically, whoever owns or rents the home throws the party instead of friends and family doing so. It’s more common for friends and family to instead plan wedding showers, baby showers, and perhaps surprise birthday parties.

Housewarming gifting etiquette FAQs

As excited as you are to attend your friend’s housewarming party, maybe you’re unsure what to bring. Here’s what you need to know before you go.

Do I need to give a housewarming gift?

It’s polite to give the new homeowner or renter a housewarming present when they invite you over. The person who’s hosting wants to settle into their new home, and you can help them with a gift that ties their space together.

How much should I spend on a housewarming gift?

The price of the gift doesn’t matter – it’s the thought that counts. You can choose to spend $40 on a kitchen utensil set or opt for a $400 stand mixer. It’s up to you how much you want to budget for helping your loved one take their new home to the next level.

Should I ask the new homeowner what they want or need?

Sometimes, it can be challenging to find a present for a housewarming event, especially if you’re not sure what your friend already has. If you’re struggling to find a great gift, you can always ask your friend if they need or want anything for their new home.

stand mixer

What to put in a housewarming basket

The possibilities for what to put in a housewarming basket are endless, from practical ideas like tool kits to exciting ideas like treat baskets. If you’re struggling to assemble the perfect housewarming party basket, use the below ideas as inspiration.

Smart speaker and smart lights

A smart speaker and smart lights can be fun gifts perfect for entertaining guests or adding unique effects to solo movie nights. The Velarus, for example, is a smart LED aurora light with app control and immersive color options.

With the Velarus, new homeowners or renters can shine a mesmerizing aurora in shades of pink, purple, teal, and more. Your loved one can set their lighting to change with the weather or time of day as well. With just a tap on their phone screen, they can create an enticing scene that expands their new world.

velarus aurora projector in living room
velarus smart multicolor aurora projector with app control

Velarus Aurora Light


Vibrant aurora lighting with app control.

Fun food and snack gifts

You can put together an entertainment-themed housewarming basket filled with everything from homemade sweet treats to salty snacks. You can even add a fun theme to your housewarming basket such as movie night or head chef. Get creative with it – with an especially unforgettable housewarming basket, you can cast ordinary snacks in a whole new light.

Cleaning supplies

Home cleaning supplies such as dish soap and trash bags are sure to come in handy for your new homeowner or renter friends. You can present these atop a little bouquet of dish towels to add some visual appeal to your housewarming basket. Add some magic erasers too, so your loved one can fully transform their home into a sparkling masterpiece.

A tool kit

A measuring tape and screwdriver can always come in handy for homeowners and renters, as can wrenches, pliers, and so many other tools. That’s why a tool kit filled with all of the above and more is one of the most practical housewarming gifts. Present it as a warmly decorated housewarming basket rather than a rigid toolbox to elevate the everyday experience of housework.

hammer and tools in orange tool box

A cookbook

If your loved one could use some help in the kitchen, a cookbook can make for a great housewarming gift. Choose a cookbook that includes tasty recipes that align with the new homeowner’s taste. This housewarming gift can broaden all sorts of horizons in your loved one’s new kitchen.

open cookbook

Seasoning and spice kit with rack

Instead of going the full practical route with kitchen supplies, go practical and decorative with a spice kit and rack. This housewarming basket should include basic spices such as cinnamon, paprika, salt, and pepper along with some fancier seasonings. Try adding your own personal favorites to add a bit of flavor and spice up the new homeowners’ lives.


Relaxing gifts

For a housewarming basket that’s still practical but may be more enjoyable, make relaxation the theme of your gift basket. Fill your basket with at-home spa essentials such as a pair of slippers, a small blanket, a bath bomb, and a candle. Then, add an ambient mood light to really help your loved one reach relaxation.

The BlissRadia, for example, is a smart ambient mood light that fills your whole room and seamlessly transitions among colors. Your loved one can shine a calming blue, a soft pink, or anything else as they soak in the tub after a long day. Through the BlissHome app or voice control, they can set effects they can use to transcend the everyday. You’ll be giving them a quick ticket to a zen paradise, right from their new home.

blissradia smart ambient mood light in grassland green
blissradia is an led ambient light with app control that shines in multiple colors

BlissRadia Smart LED Mood Light


From desktop to bedside, light the way to concentration, stimulation, or relaxation.

Tips for putting a housewarming basket together

Now that you have a better idea of some directions you can take your basket in, it’s time to put yours together. Here are a few tips on how to build your own DIY housewarming gift basket.

  • Get creative Tips like the above are just starting points – you can really do whatever you want with a housewarming basket. If you feel like knitting your own beet-red woven basket and adding a bunch of different red gifts to it, go for it. No idea is too out there for bringing bliss home to your friends.
  • Think practical. When searching for the perfect gift basket items, consider options that the new homeowners or renters will put to good use. For example, a cookbook or utensil set might be a more practical gift option than a large rug for a small room.
  • Be resourceful. Instead of using tissue paper inside your basket, line your basket with something non-disposable like a dish towel. This way, your basket will look put together, and your loved one can enjoy something nice for their kitchen.
  • Include variety. Your basket should be diverse – kitchen supplies, small household items, and lighting options can all have a place. And with BlissLights, you can get all sorts of lights that are perfect for housewarming baskets.

Create the best housewarming gift basket with BlissLights

No matter what you put in your housewarming basket, your goal is to add new dimensions to your loved one’s everyday surroundings. That makes colorful lights a great gift – they’re practical, and their colors can set moods to elevate any occasion.

LED strips, ambient mood lights, and galaxy projectors are all great housewarming basket lighting options, and you can find them all via BlissLights. Browse the BlissLights collection now to create a housewarming gift basket that truly transforms your loved one’s surroundings.

About BlissLights

BlissLights has been a leader in the laser lighting industry since the company was founded in 2006. Our team of experienced engineers and technicians helped create award-winning special effect lighting for major theme parks before minaturizing ourpatented technology for home use. BlissLights is dedicated to laser safety and education, and is registered with the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).

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