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).
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
This heavenly fragrance brand turns decorative tassels into diffusers that will upgrade any door hardware in the house.See It
Place any one of these glossy vases on a side table and you’re done, basically.See It
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
This jug from Danish design brand Hay looks way more expensive than it is.See It
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
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
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
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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