CNET logo Why You Can Trust CNET

Our expert, award-winning staff selects the products we cover and rigorously researches and tests our top picks. If you buy through our links, we may get a commission. Reviews ethics statement

22 Great Housewarming Gifts Starting as Low as $15

Our picks of the best gifts you can get on a budget for someone who just moved into a new house or apartment.

Robin Mosley Former CNET writer
Robin Mosley (she/her) formerly wrote commerce deals for CNET about beauty, fashion and other essential gear. Before that, she freelanced for Healthline, Simply Recipes and Nerd Street. She is a Chicago native living on the East Coast who is a fan of all things beauty, food, gaming and tech. When she isn't writing, she's at a restaurant, shopping online or making YouTube gaming videos.
Robin Mosley
2 min read
$34 at Amazon
Star Wars cheese board
See at Home Depot
home depot gift card
Home Depot or Lowe's gift card
$28 at Amazon
amazon wine glasses
Wine glasses (set of four)
$70 at Vivino
Cabernet Sauvignon Silencieux
$17 at Amazon
Cleverfy Aromatherapy shower steamers
$80 at Amazon
Granite Stone Diamond 10-piece nonstick alumnium cookware set
$80 at Best Buy
Image of Amazon Smart Thermostat
Amazon Smart Thermostat
An affordable smart thermostat
$169 at Ruggable
Jonathan Adler Inkdrop black and ivory rug
$36 at Amazon
Bayco glass storage containers with lids
$296 at Williams Sonoma
Le Creuset Coupe 16-piece dinnerware set
$115 at Amazon
Microcomputer controlled rice cooker
$271 at Cozy Earth
Image of Cozy Earth bamboo sheet set
Cozy Earth bamboo sheet set
$50 at Amazon
Amazon Echo (4th Gen)
Save $40
$103 at Amazon
Image of Hamilton Beach 4-quart stand mixer
Hamilton Beach 4-quart stand mixer
$40 at Amazon
SpaRoom PureMist essential oil diffuser

Moving into a new apartment or house can be stressful and exhausting. I speak from personal experience from a recent move. While it was a long and arduous journey, it was worth it once I got the keys to my new digs. But as soon as I moved in I realized I needed a bunch of new things for my bathroom, kitchen and living room.

Housewarming gifts help a lot. When you've just spent a bunch of money on the mortgage or a security deposit, you don't want to spend even more on things for the new place. As such, housewarming presents can be a blessing for first-time homeowners and new renters. You get all types of presents that will help fill up a new home, ranging from basic necessities to extravagant items, available at a variety of prices.

Don't know what to bring your friends or family for their new crib? Here's our list of the 22 best housewarming gifts. 

Uncommon Goods

Give a unique and lovely housewarming gift without breaking the bank. This sushi set includes two plates, two dipping dishes and two sets of chopsticks. Perfect for homemade or takeout sushi and sashimi.


Moving into a new home means plenty of new opportunities to entertain. This cheese board and knife set is perfect for the diehard Star Wars fan in your life. Find more great Star Wars gifts here.

Home Depot

Sometimes the best thing you can give a cash-strapped new homeowner or renter is money, so you can hand them a gift card for just about anywhere. But if you get them a gift card for Home Depot or Lowe's, they'll be grateful. A card like this one can go a long way to jazz up a home.


Want to celebrate over wine? Bring these all-purpose wine glasses over as a way to catch up and chat about the whole homebuying ordeal -- or not. Either way, glasses are always appreciated for people who love to entertain with wine.


Red wine can please the fussiest palate. But you also don't want to get something that will break the bank, so Venge Vineyards' Cabernet Sauvignon is a good, happy medium. This wine has blackberry, oaky vanilla and smoky notes and pairs well with cheese, beef and game meat.


Coffee and tea drinkers all love nice mugs. This one can be personalized with the first initial of the homeowner's name, and the design on the mug is stunning, too. 


Wine can be a difficult thing to buy people, especially if you don't know what someone likes. But you can still get something that will make wine enjoyable to drink. Grab a hyperchiller that will chill wine in no time. Check out our list if you want more suggestions for the best gift for wine drinkers.


Everyone deserves to be pampered, and sometimes that happens in the shower. Help that new homeowner or renter get the relaxation they need by gifting them this aromatherapy variety pack. There's lavender, watermelon, grapefruit and other calming aromas that dissolve away the stress.  


This 10-piece set comes with everything you need to get started in a new kitchen and makes for a perfect upgrade for anyone who needs a whole set to match their new kitchen. This nonstick cookware set is oven-safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. I have this set and couldn't be more satisfied. 

Yankee Candle

You can't go wrong with a good set of candles, and Yankee Candles are my go-to choice for great scents. My personal favorite is Lavender Vanilla. Shoot for the larger candles for $17, as they last longer.

Chris Monroe/CNET

Amazon's Smart Thermostat is our favorite in that category, and it's surprisingly affordable. It has a clean, modern touchscreen design, and it's easy to use, whether you're adjusting the temperature at the thermostat, through the Alexa app or with Alexa voice commands with a compatible Alexa-enabled speaker or display. It earned a CNET Editors' Choice award for best value smart thermostat.

Read our Amazon Smart Thermostat review.


This Jonathan Alder model is a nice neutral but graphic choice for a rug. Once you choose your rug style (area, runner or round), you can get it made with a classic or cushioned rug pad, which is best for standing and bending. My rug is larger, so it's more costly, but the 3x5 version is just as nice to spice up a room, and it's affordable. Ruggable models like this one are machine washable -- that's a lifesaver if you spill something on it.


There's nothing too fancy about these containers. This is a 18-piece glass container set that can be used to store meals or just hold food that's not in use. Whether you use these to freeze food or toss them in the microwave, all food will be good to go. Read more on why we love these containers in our round-up of the best meal prep containers.

Williams Sonoma

What better way to feel welcome in a new home than a quality dinnerware set? Not only is Le Creuset a coveted brand, this set also has enough to host a few people. You can choose between three colors -- nectar, French grey, and white. There are four dinner plates, salad plates, mugs and the choice of pasta bowls or cereal bowls too.


As CNET's best rice cooker overall, the Tiger rice cooker can transform uncooked rice to fluffy goodness in 21 minutes. This machine has four simple controls: white rice, brown rice, slow cook/steam and synchronized cook settings that allow two things to cook at once. 

Cozy Earth

Sweat-wicking and breathable, these bamboo sheets feel great against your skin, so you can comfortably sleep through the night. This set has two pillowcases, a top sheet and fitted sheet from twin to split king sizes. These sheets are made to never pill and come in seven different colors. Pricing for queen-size sheets is $271. I absolutely love these sheets and find it hard to sleep on anything else.

The spherical, 5th-gen Amazon Echo is an easy entry into smart home gadgets. This version offers the usual Alexa smarts in a great-looking gadget, and the sound quality is a nice step up from the smaller Echo Dot, especially if you pair two of them together for a stereo setup

Size 4 quartsWattage 1,550Controls DigitalCooking modes Air fry, roast, reheat, dehydratePrice $120

As CNET's best overall air fryer, the Ninja AF101 is not only the most powerful we've used, but also the fastest because it can zap chicken wings and fries into crispy meals in no time. With simple controls, anyone can use it without fuss. 

Read our Ninja Air Fryer review.


Indoor gardens like the AeroGarden Sprout can work well for people who don't have a green thumb, as well as for budding chefs looking for fresh herbs to add to their dinner. This AeroGarden has a light hood that grows everything five times as fast and has simple controls that anyone can use. 


This Eufy RoboVac is our best budget vacuum for picking up low-pile, medium-pile and pet hair fairly well on hardwood floors and carpets. While the navigation is not as good as the Roborock S7, it still gets the job done. The Eufy RoboVac can be connected to a wireless network and accept commands via smartphone or voice when paired with a smart home speaker and touch. Read our Eufy RoboVac 25C review.

Hamilton Beach

This Hamilton Beach stand mixer is a 7-speed powerhouse in a small package. It features a standard tilt-up head for easy bowl removal, a dough hook, whisk and flat beater to fulfill all your cooking needs. 


This oil diffuser by SpaRoom is CNET's best budget diffuser. While it doesn't have all the added features of high-end diffusers, this one still gets the job done by providing a great mist output for a medium-sized room. With a 3-hour runtime, an LED light that changes color and a 100-milliliter capacity, you can get a spa-like experience at home.