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Stuck for housewarming gift ideas? Our edit has everything from slender carafes, personalised concrete planters and even Matisse-inspired tea towels.
Is it just us, or is everyone moving house right now? So, if you find yourself with a plethora of housewarming invites you’ll face the recurring conundrum of finding something perfect to give your friend that happens to be stylish but also incredibly useful.
We’ve put together a long list of cool, useful and affordable ideas that we think any friend will be delighted to receive. From a glossy enamel vase for their weekly flower subscription to sleek, tapered dinner table candles (complete with the option to personalise them for a more intimate touch, may we add), this edit has got you covered.
Scroll down for the housewarming buys you’ll have no problem pleasing your giftee with…
Rose Works Ldn Neutral Personalised Terrazzo Trays
The terrazzo homeware trend shows no sign of going anywhere, but for those who prefer a neutral colour palette, it can be tricky to find something that isn’t too colour-drenched. Not anymore. Say hello to RoseWorks London chic personalised trays in three subtle shades.
Handmade from eco-friendly, non-toxic resin choose from The Merrett’s marble-esque grey, The Hurst’s pink, brown and white and The Jell’s khaki and cream combination. Each dish can be personalised with up to four letters to elevate your bathroom, living room, sideboards and hallway spaces with a word of your choice. Did someone say, ‘ideal housewarming gift’?
Jasmine Alice Home Ceramic Coral Bowl
Matilda Goad’s scalloped tableware, Anissa Kermiche’s body-shape vases – and now Jasmine Alice Home’s oversized coral-inspired resin bowls. These are the pieces that every statement homeware piece aficionado would be proud to put on display when friends come over for dinner.
Neatly tapping into the current “coastal grandmother” aesthetic, the bowl is roomy enough for housing your favourite fruit and vegetables or use it for stashing unopened mail. To really make a statement, though, place it solo on a visible shelf or sideboard and let its textured seaside vibes do the talking.
Catherine Colebrook Personalised Liberty Fabric Framed Picture
Like our favourite gold hoops, some prints are timeless – and topping the list is none other than Liberty’s florals. Handily, lifestyle label Catherine Colebrook got the interiors style memo with its Liberty floral-framed picture that can be customised with a word of your choosing.
Personalise it by selecting a word with up to 9 letters to feature in a bold neon pink and gold metallic typographic design. Nicknames, emotive words, street names, memorable holiday destinations in Europe… the choice is yours.
Fern & Thistle Personalised Rustic Wooden Serving Board
If you’ve been anywhere near social media lately, you’ll know that artfully arranged charcuterie or cheese platters are the only thing to serve while entertaining this season. And Fern & Thistle’s personalised serving board is just the thing for presenting a starter that everyone will want to post on their feeds.
Made from reclaimed recycled wood, the serving board comes in three sizes and features a rustic finish and botanical motif design. Plus, you can have a heartfelt message etched into it, which makes for a great gift for weddings and housewarmings. Failsafe present, here we come…
That Rebel House Six Piece Table Napkin Set
It’s no secret we love a tablescape, but there are a lot of pieces required to master this puzzle – the crockery, the centrepiece, the serving dishes, the glassware, the back-up tablecloths after an eventual wine spillage. The fuss-free answer lies in one key piece: That Rebel House’s set of mix and match 100% cotton napkins, which are available at a special Stylist price.
Fast track your way to an effortlessly styled Instagram-worthy picture with this six-piece napkin set featuring the brand’s Wild Earth, Thrive, Dusty Candy and Equus Star designs. While you’re at it, add an extra one for the interiors-addicted friend in your life and spread the tablescape cheer one napkin at a time…
Sun and Day Gold Solid Brass Large Clam Shell
With an exclusive saving only available on The Drop, we’re very busy coveting Sun and Day’s oversized solid brass clam shell for one key reason: it’s impossible to take your eyes off it.
Whether you’re looking for a housewarming gift for that friend whose house looks like it should be in a magazine or after a statement piece to upgrade your coffee table/sideboard/tablescape, its undulating curves are perfect on their own or for showcasing trinkets, using as a fruit bowl or as a really fancy dumping place for bills.
No matter what it’s used for, we can guarantee it’ll get a compliment from everyone who lays eyeballs on it.
Liga Organic Cotton Printed Coastal Tea Towels
Made from 100% durable cotton, these chic tea towels come in three eye-catching designs: navy fishes, red lobsters and our personal favourite, a gloriously green Matisse-esque seaweed print.
The mere thought of these hanging over our oven door is enough to make us start dreaming of our own photoshoot in interiors bible Architectural Digest.
Little Karma Co Personalised Initial Refillable Candle
If your giftee is a fan of typographic wall prints, imagine bringing the same aesthetic to sideboards, bookshelves and coffee tables. Here’s where Buckinghamshire-born lifestyle brand Little Karma Co and its typographic initial candles come in.
Available in four refillable sizes from mini (70g) to mega (3-wick 750g) and seven natural essential oil scents, including fragrant bergamot and rose geranium, soothing eucalyptus and lime and fresh lemongrass and ginger, each initial has been carefully designed using a chic, muted colour palette.
Colt & Willow Eco Friendly Cleaning Refill Duo
Colt & Willow’s small-batch refillable bathroom cleaner and washing-up liquid don’t contain any phosphates, parabens or SLS and also boast the wonderfully soothing and naturally sourced scents of rhubarb or rosemary, lemon and juniper berry.
Both come in a chic amber glass spray or pump bottles and are paired with a one-litre recycled refill bottle.
Concrete and Cacti Concrete Dog Bowl
Whether your giftee is a new dog owner or has been sharing a home with their canine companion for years, this Concrete & Cacti bowl is the perfect pet accessory to suit their carefully curated interior scheme.
Made with marbled concrete in a choice of five shades, the weightiness means they’re not easily upturned by eager paws. Plus, each one is finished with a food-safe sealant to ensure furry friends can eat and drink straight from the bowl.
Personalise yours with the name of your pet and, for extra ease of feeding and cleaning, add a stainless-steel bowl insert for just £3 so you can seamlessly serve your canine without turning it into a dog’s dinner.
Fern & Thistle Hanging Test Tube Block
Whether it’s hung above a cushion-laden sofa or arranged above a well-stocked bar cart, this nifty curated display will be a hit with lovers of muted interiors.
Handmade by Fern & Thistle founder Jennie, the recycled wood block holds four glass test tubes to neatly showcase a collection of stems.
Liga Tea For Two Gift Set
Cornwall-based eco-friendly homewares brand Liga does a nice line in minimalist, Scandi-esque design, and these nifty tea sets are no exception.
Available in cream, black or pale aqua, each set includes a sleek ceramic teapot and two handle-free mugs wrapped in ethically sourced cork sleeves – which, as well as looking chic, keep hot drinks hot for longer.
Concrete & Cacti Personalised Initial Concrete Pot & Plant
Wonderfully minimalist, Concrete & Cacti’s concrete plant pot is a step above the rest for two reasons. Firstly, each pot is handmade in small batches, creating less waste in the process. But, it’s the juxtaposition of the luxe gold initial imprinted on the front softening the look of the industrial texture that has us really hooked.
As well as a choice of succulent or cactus, you can pick from five different concrete colours, as well as an initial of your choosing. We’re tempted to get all three plants with pots that spell out JOY…
Sophie Home Stille Cotton Knit Throw
South-east London lifestyle label Sophie Home’s 100% cotton monochrome and red-trimmed throw is ideal for draping over an armchair to create a focal point in your living room or placing on the end of your bed for a graphic accent.
Black Belle Prints Bordeaux and Copper Leaf Agate Style Resin Coasters
When is a coaster more like a piece of art? When it’s one of Blackbelle Prints’ leaf-flaked agate resin coasters. Handmade by founder Victoria, the Afro-inspired coastal design features mesmerising details courtesy of the gold leaf swirling throughout. If you’re after a tablescaping texture boost, look no further.
My Doris Enamel Brass Vase
We know that flowers always make a lovely gift, no matter what the occasion is, but pair a bouquet with a bright enamel vase from Suffolk-based lifestyle label My Doris and your present will last for much more than a few days.
Each vase is crafted by skilled artisans in India and made from solid brass that’s hand-enamelled with glossy colour. Fans of kitsch pastels will love the bubblegum pink, while those with an earthier aesthetic will prefer the burnt orange.
Cocolulu Personalised Candle Pair in Lilac, Black, Antique Rose
Slender dinner table tapers are a timeless classic that make an ideal housewarming present. Cocolulu’s pair of dinner table candles come in three colours: spring-ready lilac, deepest black and a rose shade reminiscent of antique terracotta pots.
Better still, they can be personalised with hand-painted names, meaningful dates or phrases, and are packaged in fully recyclable wrapping and adorned with a luxury bow.
Every time your giftee lights their candles for dinner, they’ll think fondly of you.
Jasmine Alice Home Rattan Handcrafted Vintage Glass Vases
If your giftee would rather dabble lightly with the rattan trend, Jasmine Alice Home’s rattan-accented vases are the perfect entryway into the world of textured interiors.
The pair of glass jars come with a handwoven rattan sleeve and neck trim, providing a subtle boho accent, and can be used not only as a vase but also to display collectibles such as seashells or to store kitchen utensils or make-up brushes.
Bax and Gore Handpainted Lamp and Shade
Stripes or spots? It’s an age-old conundrum, but Bax + Gore’s adorable lamps make it even harder to choose. Handpainted and made to order, the striped shade with its red base brings to mind the beach umbrellas at Positano, while the red, pale pink and white spot version is the home accessory of Instagram dreams.
Steepletone LED Text Light Bulbs and Desk Lamp
When your friends are as obsessed with interiors as you are, it can be tricky to find a statement piece that they haven’t already stashed away in their Instagram ‘saved items’ folder. Relax, because we’ve done the hard work for you. Steepletone’s range of ‘Bright Ideas’ LED neon bulbs features words like ‘love’ and ‘dream’ glowing from inside.
Choose from just the bulb or add the white marble effect or grey concerete cylindrical stand for a larger present.
Rose Works LDN Initial Terrazzo Chunky Coasters
Suddenly devoid of all gifting inspiration? You need only look to the one eternal struggle that unites us all: preparing a mug of something warm and caffeinated, and finding nowhere safe to rest it. Enter: Rose Works LDN’s customisable chunky terrazzo coasters.
Made from an eco-friendly alternative to resin, all you need to do is choose between four colour combinations and then add an initial of your choice in a contrasting shade. Et voila!
Originals Studio 'Mia' Colour Block Stack Candle
First, the bubble-cube candle flooded our Instagram feeds. Then, the spiral taper took over our candle sticks, followed quickly by a plethora of handpainted dinner candles. What’s next on the agenda, you ask? The stacked geometric candle – and Yod and Co’s creations from Originals Studio are our pick of the bunch.
Available in two sizes and three different coloured stacks with a 30-hour burn time, the richly coloured paraffin-free candles are the perfect addition to any coffee table, bookshelf or sideboard.
Kiss Me At The Disco Your Year Personalised Date Print
Dates are a brilliant way to mark your loved ones’ most notable occasions. Case in point: Kiss Me At The Disco’s high-impact art prints. Created in Swansea by Welsh artist Angela Warlow, the brand’s Your Year print is the ideal keepsake, with its bright colours and statement graphics sure to make an impact.
Available with a light pink or bright green background, each date is written in retro-style 3D numbers – all with their own cheering colour combinations. Choose your preferred size and get a frame at the ready.
Northener On The Run Jesmonite Wiggle Mirror
If you frequent the same interiors-obsessed corners of Instagram as we do, you’re probably noticed the recent proliferation of wiggly mirrors. While our budget sadly can’t stretch to a high-end original from Gustav Westman or Ettore Sottsass, we’re determined to get the look for ourselves.
With a special price exclusive to The Drop, and all the undulating charm of the OG luxe styles, Northerner On The Run’s wiggle mirror is our top pick. Handmade from colourful jesmonite, each one is cut into a wavy organic shape. Available in a choice of three colours – pink marble, white terrazzo or baby blue – it’s a summer interiors must-have.
Zara Washing Up Liquid Dispenser With ContainerIt’s hard to find a washing up liquid dispenser that actually adds to your interior design. But, we’ve found just the thing from Zara that adds enough quirk and colour to your kitchen sink. A nostalgic, 60s-inspired typographical design, this is the dispenser your giftees will try and find any excuse to chat about relentlessly.
Oliver Bonas Como Fruit Glass Tumblers Set of FourThere’s no one that doesn’t love a set of citrus-inspired tumblers. Whether you’re sipping on water/juice/Aperol, this is a glass your giftee will be proud to fill up everyday. Plus, you’ll get all the satisfaction you need when they send you pictures of their morning OJ, thanking you for them every other day. Best present giver of the year? That’s us.
Anthropologie Tortua Salt & Pepper ShakersSome ingredients, like salt and pepper, are essential for our everyday cooking. So, why wouldn’t we house our prized ingredients in a shaker worthy of its value? This Tortua salt and pepper shaker set is packed with personality, making it the ideal show stopping gift for a housewarming.
French Connection Embroidered Pink CushionBotanical prints are everywhere in summer. On our dresses, on our walls and now on our cushions. Give the most summer-appropriate gift to your bestie with this pink piece, complete with tiny white line stitching for added detail. What’s not to love?
Kimchi Framed Print by We Made Something Nice, A2Is your friend a big fan of Korean cuisine? This Kimchi print is the perfect reminder of how well you know their love for the food. Not to mention, it’ll fit into almost any aesthetic they’ve got going on. It’s what we love to call a failsafe option.
Harlie Brown Studio Stripe Delight Wiggle MugMug addicts, we get it. You want something that’s stylish and roomy in equal measure to hold your beverage of the day, whether that’s a latte or earl grey tea. Look to Harlie Brown Studio’s stripe wiggle mugs and you can consider this criteria met instantly.
Sensi Studio Set of Two Corales De La Isla Ceramic PlatesIf there’s one thing we want to feel when we sit down at our tablescapes for dinner, it’s that we’re on holiday on the Amalfi coast. Thanks to Sensi Studio’s coral-hued ceramic plates, we’re halfway there.
Arket Glass CarafeIs your giftee missing a statement carafe for the lashings of wine about to come your way in future wine tastings round at theirs? This slender bright-blue option from Arket is the missing piece.
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Megan Murray is a senior digital writer for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about homeware (particularly candles), travel, food trends, restaurants and all the wonderful things London has to offer.