Best Housewarming Gifts and Host Gifts / Hostess Gifts

When you are shopping for a perfect way to say thank you to your host or hostess, it can be challenging to know what kind of hostess gifts to give. A bottle of champagne or wine is almost always welcome, but often that may not last until the end of the party.

These host gifts and / or housewarming gift ideas for your host / hostess will help you to choose a gift that is both practical and cherished, and will help the gift recipient remember your kind gesture long after they have recovered from the party.

Hostess Gifts and Housewarming Gift Ideas Beyond a Bottle of Wine

Hostess Gifts and Housewarming Gift Ideas Beyond a Bottle of Wine

Whether you choose to get something practical for the home, something gourmet for their kitchen, something funny to make them laugh, or a set of protective statues to guard over them, these ideas can help you find the perfect gift for your hosts!

These housewarming gift ideas can all be found on, so you’ll get a great gift that also has quick shipping options available.

Pair of Fu Dogs / Foo Dogs, Guardian Lion Statues

Foo Dogs, or beijing lions, are traditional symbols of Chinese guardians that protect family wealth and social status. The ancient guardian statues are always portrayed in pairs (male and female) and often displayed at the gates of temples, gardens, and house porticoes.


B.R. Cohn Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Basil & Garlic

This gourmet olive oil is produced by the winemaker B.R. Cohn out of Sonoma California. The garlic and basil add a delicious touch that pairs well with pastas, breads, and more. The olive oil is cold pressed from manzanilla olives grown on site using an all natural process without heat or chemicals.


Streamlight ProTac HL 750 Lumen Professional Tactical Flashlight

This tactical flashlight is not your average kid’s toy and is a delight to use. This solid flashlight is a beast of a performer, with an astounding 750 lumens packed into a tool that is about 5.5″ long. It has 3 modes (high / low / strobe) and a limited lifetime warranty. I was once told by a gift recipient that it was the coolest gift they’d ever received!


Valet Tray/Catchall Made from Full Grain Leather

This handmade valet tray has rustic copper rivets that were hammered by hand. Both practical and display-worthy, this leather valet comes in multiple colors and provides the perfect home for keys, phones, and more.


Modern Agate Coasters with Gold Edges and Rubber Bumpers

These natural drink coasters were sliced from agate geodes. Truly a unique gift as no 2 sets will be alike. Available in multiple colors.


Wine Glass Markers (Set of 5 Wine Markers)

These markers help your guests to make sure they are keeping track of their own glass throughout the night. The writing easily washes off with soap and water when you clean your glasses. Can be used for other things as well — label your spices, cheese plates, dinner plates, or add fun messages on an entryway mirror! These vibrant markers also include a lifetime replacement warranty!


Frida Kahlo Secular Saint Candle – 8.5 Inch Glass Prayer Votive

These “secular saint” candles come with your choice of over 20 modern icons! Choose from Frida Kahlo, Albert Einstein, Billie Holiday, Carl Sagan, Freddie Mercury, Nikola Tesla, and many more!


“New Home Who Dis?” Soy Candle

This cheeky candle is both amusing and functional! Choose size, lid color, scent option (58 choices), and a personal message for the back of the candle! Allow an extra 4 – 5 days for candle to be created.


Blush Match Striker & Ceramic Match Holder

A perfect compliment to the “secular saint” or “New Home Who Dis?” candles is this beautiful match striker. Easily light your strike-anywhere matches on the durable strike strip around the base of the cup. Handmade in the USA.


Remote Control Wireless Light Switches for Household Appliances

These remotes are great for the things that don’t need to be on a smart plug, but need the convenience of a remote control. The remotes have a remarkable 100′ range. Over 7,500 Amazon reviews on these remote control outlets — definitely an item that will be appreciated and used often.


Plug-In Dimmer for Halogen and Incandescent Bulbs

Help set a nice mood with dimmable lamps using this dimmer cord. This is a godsend for any lamps that have hard to reach switches! Available in either black or white to match home decor.


Smart WiFi Plug that works w/ Alexa Echo & Google Assistant

This smart plug allows you to turn electronics on or off from anywhere with your smartphone, with voice control (Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana), or on a schedule. The compact design won’t block other wall outlets. Requires a secured 2.4 gigahertz Wi Fi network connection.


Life Miracle Nano Towels All Purpose Cleaning Wipes

This highly rated product is made of a breakthrough fabric that replaces paper towels and toxic chemical cleaners can be used as bath towels, kitchen towels, and more. This is NOT a standard microfiber cloth. Nanolon is a new, next generation fiber PROVEN in laboratory testing to clean as well or better than chemical cleaners and paper towels using only water. 100% guaranteed and comes with a 1-year warranty.


Alligator Croc Decorative Serving Tray with Metal Handles

A great choice for anyone with a modern sense of style, this versatile decorate tray is a beautiful choice in the kitchen, living room, bathroom, and more! This highly rated piece is available in multiple color choices.


Personalized (or Plain) Wooden Tray

This tray made of barn wood is a great choice for anyone with a more rustic sense of style. It can be purchased with or without custom personalization for an extra special touch!


Personalized Throw Pillow Cover with Custom Zip Code

This custom pillow is handmade in the USA and makes a great gift for someone who is settling in to a new area. These pillows come in 2 different case colors and 16 different text colors. Allow an extra 2 – 3 days for this to be custom made to your specifications. Note that this is for the pillow cover only, but insert can also be purchased on Amazon.


Extra Large Cotton Rope Basket with Real Leather Handles

This versatile basket has countless storage uses and is a chic way to corral items around the house. The wide basket holds towels, blankets, toys, magazines, or whatever else needs to be contained. Available in multiple colors.


Sofa Couch Throw Blanket

This throw blanket is made from 100% high quality acrylic and has a soft, silky, lightweight touch. The design features a unique pattern with rolled fringed edges for a beautiful finish that won’t unravel in the wash. Machine wash cold and tumble dry low. Available is 2 sizes and in multiple colors to match any decor!


Copper Hummingbird Swing

Attract and enjoy more hummingbirds at home with this beautiful wood and copper swing. The piece is the perfect size for hummingbirds and adds color and style to a bird garden.


Duck Bag Canvas Tote, Spacious and Roomy

These super-sturdy canvas tote bags are made of 100% recycled cotton with 2 handles and an adjustable 40″ strap. These highly rated bags are available in multiple colors.


Video Doorbell w/ HD Video, 2-way Audio, & Motion Activated Alerts

This generation of Ring Video Doorbell is integrated to work with Alexa / Echo devices and lets you see, hear, and speak to visitors from phone, tablet, or PC. Monitor your home from anywhere with HD video and infrared night vision. Includes lifetime theft protection.


Keter 7.5-Gal Cooler Patio Bar Table with Legs

This versatile outdoor cooler table can be used either as a side table, or with the table top raised. The 7.5 gallons of insulated drink storage (up to 60 cans with ice) includes a built-in drainage plug for easy cleanup.


House Shaped Square Tissue Box Cover / Holder

This clever design disguises the look of ordinary tissue boxes. Tissues sticking out of the top mimc the look of smoke leaving a chimney!


6-in-1 Claw Hammer and Screwdriver Multi-Tool

This single hammer holds an additional 4 screwdrivers inside it’s handle. This is item is compact enough to go anywhere, and comes in handy just about everywhere!


Two Step Folding Step Stool with Rubber Hand Grip

This foldable step stool provides extra reach for all kinds of jobs including hanging new art, changing light bulbs, and reaching the top shelf! Lightweight and stable design includes slip resistant steps.


Buckwheat Bolster Pillow Cushion

This pillow is designed to support poses for yoga or meditation, but the bold colors and designs make it also worth of display. This highly rated pillow is available in multiple designs / colors to fit any personality.


Original BUDDHA BOARD: Relaxing Water Painting with Bamboo Brush & Stand

Add a touch of zen to a home with the easy to use buddha board. Simply fill the stand with water, dip in the bamboo brush, and start drawing, painting, or writing. Create soft, beautiful images with a rich, inky Japanese look. The creation is meant to be enjoyed in the present moment — as the water evaporates the masterpiece slowly fades away, allowing a practice of the art of letting go.


TableTopics Original: Questions to Start Great Conversations

This tabletop game asks thought-provoking questions and is perfect to kickstart unique conversations and get to know each other better. Multiple versions of the game are available including couples, girls night out, grandparents, teen, family, and more. The original edition is appropriate for ages 12+.


Hypnocube Animated Light Sculpture

Delight someone with this animated art! This light sculpture cube, designed with 64 LEDs, can each display over 4,000 colors. Sit back and enjoy the fun to watch changing display that will provide an impressive light show for years to come!

Hypnocube Animated Light Sculpture


These housewarming gift ideas / host gift idea should help you find some great gift options to delight your host. If you need more gifting inspiration, check out this list of Unique Kitchen Gifts Under $25.


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What are your favorite gift ideas? What were the best & most memorable gifts that you have received?

60 Responses

  1. Cynthia says:

    I was looking for a housewarming gift for a friend when I came across this post.  The thing I really, really love about this is the range of traditional, funny, useful and practical gifts I see here.  I think that anyone could find a great housewarming gift for any family from this list!  I have decided to get them the Hypnocube Animated Light Sculpture.  What a unique gift!  I think I’ll buy myself the hummingbird swing as well.  Thank you for posting this!

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Cynthia, I think you’re going to love the unique and beautiful lighting from the Hypnocube Animated Light Sculpture – the mesmerizing light show is an excellent choice whether you keep it for yourself or gift it to someone special!

  2. Mike Yardley says:

    There were many great ideas on your list.  I particularly like the idea of the small step stool. I have one that is very similar and I use it all the time.  The olive oil looks amazing as well and I’m considering trying it out for myself.  I personally would steer away from the smart devices, just because for me personally I like to keep all of them in one system and they may not match up, but for most people, it is probably not an issue. 

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Mike, Even the tallest people in our home need a step stool on occasion – they are definitely helpful items in our home! 

  3. Josh says:

    Very helpful to find this article on housewarming gifts. I’m actually shopping for other occasions but have found that these items are good gift choices for most any occasion. Lots of very cool items that also seem like they would be welcome around the house (I’d like to receive these as gifts anyway – lol).

    Thanks again for the versatile list of host gifts. 

  4. Harry says:

    I’m in the holiday mode of shopping now and I see a lot of great holiday gift ideas on this list. Items for the home can be a very thoughtful gift and I like the variety of options you have shared. The foo dogs are cool looking and supposed to bring fortune and protection – what a fun gift idea for my best friend who is crazy hard to shop for!

  5. Saint says:

    Thanks for sharing about the host and hostess gift selection, have been terrible when it comes to chosen gift for hosts, most of the time I spend hours in the store not knowing what to choose from, reading this give me a lot of ideas on whta to buy for host and hostess the next time I am visiting.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Saint, It is certainly easy to overthink picking outa gift — and when you multiply that by your whole gift list it can feel like a lot to do! I am glad that you quickly found some suitable housewarming gift options!!

  6. riverdogg says:

    Cool ideas for the best housewarming gifts. I’ve always found it a bit difficult to know what to get for new homeowners.. or how much is appropriate to spend. Usually I just have gone with a decent bottle of red wine or something similar. I liked the copper hummingbird swing on  your list of best housewarming gifts because I love birds and that is pretty interesting idea. Next time I think I might give one of those with my usual gift. Have a good one.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi riverdogg, I’ve always been fascinated by the wildlife that lives around an area, and as a homeowner, I love to make sure I create a space where the beautiful creatures have a welcome place to visit. The copper hummingbird swing gift is pretty to look at even when there aren’t any swinging birds! 🙂

  7. Nuttanee says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these amazing gift ideas! I love the wine markers the most. Every party I cannot seem to find my glasses and I do not want my friends to bust out a fresh one. Win win for me, a perfect gift that I can use for the future lol. The croc serving tray is also very unique, I love that. Will totally check them out . Thanks again!

    • Alyce says:

      The writable / washable glass pens are very handy — both for marking your wine glass and for other labeling projects as well!

  8. Michel says:

    We are in the process of moving to a new house and are planning a housewarming. Unfortunately, most people bring quite useless gifts with good intentions. I would be happy to get plants for the garden, as we have enough stuff for the house, coming out of a big house already.

    I must admit though the bottle of olive oil would be welcomed, as well as the wine glasses and the match holder. Maybe I should send this post along with the invitation so that people can get an idea what to buy.

    Thanks for these inspiring ideas.

    • Alyce says:

      I agree that plants are always welcome gifts at my house, but even those can be tricky to choose well (do the homeowners have pets and are the plants poisonous to them?, is there enough light for the plant?, etc). Sending along some ideas or creating a wishlist of items is a great way to make sure that you get something that you do really need for your home!

  9. Wayne says:

    There are a lot of great ideas here and many would be suitable as gifts for other occasions as well.

    I’m thinking of a young couple that is getting married in the near future and will be setting up their first home together. I think several of these would be great decorative choices for their new home.

    Those agate costers look pretty cool. Nice colour and a great gift for house warming.  Even the young couple I mentioned would probably appreciate these.  I know for a fact that she likes blue so these would be perfect.  I think they would like that Hypnocube as well.  I would like the cube.

    The wine glass markers would be a great idea for any party.  Lessens the chance of losing my drink.

    Great ideas that I think anyone would like in their home.

    I want the cube 🙂


    • Alyce says:

      Hi Wayne, That cube is definitely a cool looking piece of art, so it makes a great gift for the house (either for yourself, or someone else!).

  10. Johnny M says:

    I think as a guest at any house party you should always bring a bottle or two, wine, champagne, whatever the occasion calls for. As for the actual house warming gift, I always like to go for something I know the new homeowners would love, but would probably never buy for themselves. Of course it’s going to depend on their tastes, but some really fancy wine glasses, or maybe a cocktail bar set. An ice cream maker perhaps? The sky’s the limit, and you’ve got a lot of good things on your list already.

    Cheers 😉

  11. affiliate_ghost says:

    This is interesting and i have some new ideas for gifts i would be getting my friend who hosts me during this holiday. 

    Frank is a tech guy and it would be amazing the reactions he would get for Video Doorbell w/ HD Video, 2-way Audio, & Motion Activated Alerts as i love it and would be getting one for myself also.

    These are all great products you have picked out and would make for great indoor decor

  12. Mike says:


    I’m so bad at choosing gifts so this is exactly what I needed.

    Extra Virgin Olive Oil!!

    It was so obvious all along but everyone wants that… but nobody needs it!

    And the nano towels is literally genius. Do you have a favourite in the list?

    I’ve added them to the list for next time. Thanks so much

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Mike, I have many favorites on the list!  The Streamlight Flashlight, plug-in dimmer, video doorbell are just a few of my personal favorites. 

  13. Happier At Home says:

    Hi, Alyce!

    What a fun thing to research and write about!  I am amazed at the things we have access to – at our fingertips.  These are all great ideas for gifts!  Anyone searching for the perfect gift is surely able to choose something from the list you’re providing.  Something great for even the hardest to buy for!  You’re right- wine is usually always welcome, but it just doesn’t last.  Why not grab something that lasts a while!  

  14. Ron Mendoza says:

    All are great ideas, Alyce.  If someone would give me one of these as a house warming gift, I’d be so happy if I get the Video Doorbell — I’ll install it right away!  It’s nice that you can connect Alexa with it and you can see who’s outside through your mobile device.  The Streamlight ProTac isn’t bad either. 

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Ron, We actually had a friend give us a Ring Doorbell as a housewarming gift. We were thrilled to get that gift and it’s a very useful thing to help answer the door from anywhere (with 2-way audio) and monitor who visits the house. It’s really cool. 

      The Streamlight ProTac flashlight is something that we often give as a housewarming gift, and since we also have a few of them at our own house, we know how awesome it is to have a solid flashlight for the times when the power goes out. 

  15. Kathleenf1 says:

    Wow, your website is awesome!

    I love the list of hostess and host gifts! It shows hours and hours of dedicated searching on your part, to find just the right item. You have done work for the customer, and lay out the choices in a easy stylish format.

    I like everything you chose, Such nice gifts to say thank you with 


  16. Chloe says:

    A nice array if gift items I must say. I have always been the wine and champagne gift guy. Some  tikes I find it really difficult to think of a particular gift fir someone. These are certainly the nicest list if gift I have come across. And the price’s are very friendly. I’ll go for the 5 set wine glass markers for my next gift to he given out. Nice being here.

    • Alyce says:

      Those wine glass marker pens are such a fun idea… plus it’s nice if you want to write a temporary message on other glass around your home for a special occasion (holidays, congratulations, birthdays, etc). 

  17. George says:

    Hi Alyce. A really nice set of housewarming gifts. I really like quite a lot of them. I like the Guardian Lion Statues because in my house I have something similar but with monkeys (3 monkeys one with closed ears, another with closed eyes, and the third one with closed mouth).

    The Remote Control Light Switches will certainly be a great to give (or be given) as a gift. Everyone likes remote controlling things and in this case where it’s practical it’s all the more reason to have.

    Well who won’t like the Hypnocube as a gift. From the image with the ratings and the reviews, I guess almost noone!

    I’m really happy I to have come across your article. I might revisit later to see if any more gift candidates were added!. Have a nice day.

    • Alyce says:

      I am definitely a fan of products that can make my life easier or add a bit of flair… the remotes have been super useful in my house and cool art (statues or changing light displays) are also high on my list for making a house feel like home! 🙂

  18. patriciawwell says:

    Thank you for sharing wonderful gift ideas. I am very glad about having this article. I was searching for a good house warming gift for my sister. Your gift ideas help me a lot in choosing my ideal gift for my sister. I want to gift a customized pillow cover for my sister. I hope she likes it. Thank you again!

    • Alyce says:

      I was given a similar personalized gift by a friend and I found it to be a very thoughtful gift. I hope your sister also enjoys her housewarming gift!

  19. SeunJeremiah says:

    Thanks for this informative article,  finding a gift could be a difficult task most especially for someone like me who finds it difficult to pick the perfect gift for a special person, this post is going to be of good advantage to me as you’ve brought me so many gift varieties. Much appreciated. 

  20. jessetoikkanen says:

    A great article and your site look amazing! 🙂 Simple, short but informative enough details and descriptions about gift ideas. I prefer this style to preview those gifts and products rather than very long and complicated stories. Smart Wifi Plug with Alexa looks great, I will take a further look for it, seems to be pretty cheap as well. 

    • Alyce says:

      Thanks so much! I’m glad you appreciate the format that gives a short gift description, but an easy to click link for anyone who wants to learn more about any of the gift ideas!

  21. Nazmun Nahar says:

    Wow, amazing housewarming gift ideas. Sometimes, it is hard to find out the perfect gift for either host or it could be for the hostess. We have holiday end party in one of our friend house next week. I was thinking about what gift should buy for them. It should be unique with reasonable price. I love all of your ideas. But especially I liked remote control wireless light switch . I think they gonna love this gift item. Thank you so much.

    • Alyce says:

      Those remotes have been very well received when I’ve given them out as gifts… it’s something that a person just doesn’t know how much they will appreciate until they have been able to enjoy it in their home!

  22. Richard Brennan says:

    I like some of these gift ideas.

    Certainly more original than a bottle of wine, but as you rightly say, that is always welcome!

    I chuckled when I saw the wine glass markers – I never let my glass out of my sight, or even out of my hand!

    Someone bought us a pair of Foo Dogs / Beijing Lions when we moved into our new house and 3 moves later, they still take pride of place. 

    There’s a sort of spirituality with anything like that, I feel. As such, I think that anything along that particular line is a great gift to give someone for a special occasion such as a housewarming, marriage, or a new baby, etc. We like to give and to receive gifts like that and they always seem to create a warm, feel-good factor for both the giver and the receiver.

    We had some Chinese pictures given to us, rosewood inlaid with mother of pearl, depicting ‘The Coming Of Success’ and they’re beautiful.

    There’s definitely some inspired and original ideas here.

    • Alyce says:

      Haha, you are smart to keep your hands on your wine glass! 🙂 

      I’ll have to look up “The Coming of Success” pictures. It sounds very nice!!

  23. Christine says:

    I was looking for a house warming gift for my brother who is moving to his new home next month. I’m glad I landed on your site. You have interesting gift ideas.
    I like the Hypnocube Animated Light Sculpture. I think my brother will love this.
    Thank you for sharing your ideas.

  24. Sharon says:

    Gift-giving can be challenging at times. It is rather personal as not everyone likes the same item. Anyways, you have a good and large collection here. The one that caught my attention is the Pair of Fu Dogs. This is most appropriate for a Chinese family. A friend of mine just moved into her new home. Although a Housewarming party is not planned, perhaps later, I will very likely be buying this for her when visiting. Thanks for your ideas!

    • Alyce says:

      It is very thoughtful of you to consider your friends in their new home and what kind of gift they might most enjoy. I know a number of people who would really love to receive a pair of Fu Dog statues as both a symbol of protection for the home and as a reminder of great friendships. 

  25. Ronald Otochi says:

    I found you article at the perfect time, I need to buy a gift but am not really good at getting people gifts. Right now am thinking the fu dogs or the Frida Kahlo Secular Saint Candle. Overall nice article & I love how you put an add of each item after the description. One question I did have was can someone set up a registry for house warming gifts?

    • Alyce says:

      Amazon does allow people to set up registries. To set this up for a housewarming, simply create a “wish list” and make sure it’s set to “public” so that your friends and family are able to see your list when you share it!

  26. Peter says:

    I love your website and this post. You are 10)% correct about the wine. Sometimes you feel guilty handing it over as a housewarming present because you have been too lazy to think of anything more practical. Cue – don’t look them in the eye when you hand it over.

    I am a firm believer in the older you get the more practical the presents you actually want, so the 2 step folding ladder, or the Patio Bar/Cooler are stand outs for me.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like getting the wine also, however it lasts the night, the tangible practical gift will provide more sentimentality. 

    • Alyce says:

      I totally agree Peter! Wine is always a welcome gift at my house… it will never go to waste. However, other gifts definitely seem to last a bit longer. 🙂  In the end, I’m happy just to see my friends in my home, no matter if they arrive on their own or bearing gifts. I believe that my group of friends all feel the same way too, but if I can help it, I like to take a little something special to treat my friends when they are hosting. 

  27. C says:

    Thank you for these great gift ideas. I think all of these gift ideas are a very good idea. I like the guardian lions, that will be really Nifty especially if they don’t already have any statues to decorate the front of their house. My second favorite would probably be the olive oil, and my third favorite would be the Nano towels. 

    Throw blankets are always nice, I usually get one as a gift every year but I’m not sure everyone does that. So it’s a good chance that they will appreciate a throw blanket. The Hypno Cube looks really cool. Thanks for all these great suggestions. I like the style of your articles.

  28. Dennis says:

    What an excellent site!

    Thank you for this article. I find that getting gifts for anyone at any time is a challenge. Usually when I shop for someone I think “What a great idea” at the time of purchasing the gift. Then when they unwrap it I’m thinking “What was I thinking..?!?”

    You have some great ideas for presents and as I find gift shopping challenging to say the least, I will be back often!

    Thank you

    • Alyce says:

      Thanks Dennis, I hope the gifts you give in the future are all well received and leave you with no regrets. 😉

  29. Ramos says:

    Oh! This is excellent and it contains some of the best household needs ranging from appliances to normal house needs and this makes this a worthy read for me. A colleague at work just moved to a new apartment to which I would be going with them to stay a couple of days and as such, I dont want to be a bad guest by not taking anything along. You’ve given some nice suggestions and like they said, little things make the difference. I will pick a couple of these along. Thanks

  30. Henderson says:

    This is a very great lost you have put up here. I’m glad I was avke to go through everything here. Its is true that a wine is a good gift but what happens when you and your host drinks it all while you’re still there? That’s why its most advisable to get something that’s not edible and having checked this list, they aren’t so expensive and There’s a saying that the little things aew moat appreciated. Your list is overwhelming and I might have to pick so much because this ideas are great, thank you!

    • Alyce says:

      I agree. Wine is always a welcome gift but it never seems to last long when you’re hosting friends and family. I suppose that is the point…  but it’s also nice to share something that the host will be able to use for a while longer too. 

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