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Putting some thought into a housewarming gift is essential. If you go with something generic (hello, Yankee Candle!), you’ll just be adding to the clutter your friend is already sifting through in those stacks of moving boxes. The goal is to give something that feels special, but will actually be useful, and not end up as a fancy doorstop. Which is exactly why we rounded up these design-minded pieces that will make a statement in any new home (whether that’s yours or your buddy’s).

Ocean Shallow Bowl, $68 on Food52


This made-to-order bowl from Brooklyn ceramicist Helen Levi looks stunning on a countertop but also can actually, you know, hold food. Think of it as a functional piece of artwork.See It

Agraria Mediterranean Jasmine TasselAire, $39.94 on Amazon


This heavenly fragrance brand turns decorative tassels into diffusers that will upgrade any door hardware in the house.See It

Copper and Brass Louise Vases, $35–$195 on Food52


Place any one of these glossy vases on a side table and you’re done, basically.See It

Pendleton Motor Robe in Lost Lake Plaid, $99.48 on Amazon


You can’t go wrong with a gift from heritage brand Pendleton, but we’re partial to the warm colors on this particular blanket. Plus, this one comes with a leather carrying strap in case your friend decides to move again.See It

Dearborn Pitcher, $130 on Food52


A pretty glass pitcher like this is one of those pieces you never you knew needed until someone else buys it for you. Suddenly, the kitchen feels much more sophisticated.See It

Natural Horn Salad Servers In Gift Box, $19.99 on World Market

World Market

These sleek salad servers are subtly eye-catching and probably the type of thing we all need a couple of (especially when the dishwasher is full).See It

Hay Glass Jug, $35–45 on MoMA


This jug from Danish design brand Hay looks way more expensive than it is.See It

Marble and Acacia Wood Cheese Paddle, $29.95 on Sur la Table

Sur la Table

It’s the details that really count when entertaining and this cheese board is a good-looking workhouse that’s bound to be pulled out anytime anyone comes over.See It

Ginkgo Leaf Flour Sack Tea Towel in Golden Yellow, $16 on Amazon

Heart and Harrow

Friends don’t let friends clean up spills with ugly, stained kitchen towels that got too much use in that old place. We love these colorful tea towels that absolutely should be shown off hanging from the oven handle.See It

“The Photographer’s Cookbook” by Lisa Hostetler, $23.32 on Amazon


Compiled in the late 1970s, but published only two years ago, this cookbook brings together food-related photos and recipes from the likes of Ansel Adams, Richard Avedon, and William Eggleston. It will surely stand out on a shelf full of chef-driven cookbooks.See It

Aesop Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash, $48.94 on Amazon


Rule of thumb: Expensive soap is the number one way to give a fancy gift without going over your budget.See It

Le Creuset Stoneware Rainbow Egg Cup Gift Set, $33.91 on Amazon


There’s something both romantic and nostalgic about a soft-boiled egg (hello, “Call Me By Your Name), and the egg cup is the superfluous-seeming, but all-too-necessary item that nails the experience of eating one.See It

Hay Kaleido Tray Medium in Dark Green, $29 on MoMA

Trust us. This tray is the ultimate piece when it comes to organizing and decorating. Another one from Danish design brand Hay, which makes them in different colors and sizes so you can fit one on top of another for different geometric designs.See It

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