The 12 Best Gifts for New Homeowners in 2020
Ideas for sprucing up a new home
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Buying and moving into a new home is a big deal, and newbies could especially use some help. Sending a present is a nice gesture, from practical tool kits to personalized key chains. Here are the best gifts to give new homeowners for every budget and style.
Best Personalized: Mark & Graham Power Up Tassel Keychain
Every homeowner needs a new key chain, so why not give a personalized one? Mark & Graham's tassel keychain is a solid choice. Choose from 10 different colors and patterns from classic black and green to plaids and light shades like blush. Up to three foil-debossed letters can be added for an extra cost. There are even four different fonts to choose from.
Measuring 3.5 by 7.5 inches, the keychain also features a built-in USB to lightning charging cable that can instantly charge most Apple devices, from iPhones to iPads.
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Best Splurge: Ralph Lauren Wyatt Cheese Board and Knife
This Ralph Lauren cheese board and knife is a thoughtful gift for splurging on a close friend or colleague. The set is part of the brand's Wyatt collection, which has a variety of decorative items including an ice bucket, coasters, and other bar tools.
Made in Portugal, this porcelain cheese board and stainless steel knife features handsome brown saddle leather accents. While the leather will darken slightly, it wears very well over time. And though the cheese board and knife aren’t dishwasher safe, they’re easy to clean.
Most Traditional: Matouk Pezzo Lap Throw
For a housewarming gift that everyone will love, you can't go wrong with a throw blanket. Matouk is known for its soft, beautiful throws, and the Pezzo lap throw is one of the brand's most affordable options.
Generously sized at 50 by 70 inches, this blanket has a traditional herringbone pattern. The twisted fringe trim gives it a sophisticated look. Plus, unlike many throws, the Pezzo is machine washable. Choose from six colors: champagne, silver, charcoal, navy, opal, and jade.
Best Home Fragrance: Diptyque Mimosa Candle
For the friend who appreciates a delightfully scented home, the Mimosa candle from Diptyque is a great pick. The luxury French brand makes some of the most sophisticated scents in candles, room sprays, perfumes, and beauty products.
Packaged in a clear glass vessel, the simple aesthetic of this candle works with any décor in a bedroom, bathroom, or living room. It's available in two sizes: the 2.4-ounce size has a 20-hour burn time and the 6.5-ounce size has a 60-hour burn time.
As well, Mimosa is the most universally appealing scent among all of Diptyque's fragrances. Inspired by the French Riviera, it features notes of hay, honey, and the ocean.
Best Coffee Table Book: The New Bohemians Handbook
Coffee table books add a nice touch to a new home, like "The New Bohemians Handbook" by Justina Blakeney. Best known for her furniture and décor brand, The Jungalow, Blakeney shares advice on decorating, how to arrange and rearrange furniture, using color and scent to enhance a mood, and the process of creating a home that feels positive. The book's gorgeous cover, as well as the beautiful photography inside, provides a pop of color on a wooden or neutral-colored coffee table.
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Best for Audiophiles: Marshall Acton II Bluetooth Speaker
For the audiophile in your life, Marshall's Bluetooth speaker is an excellent gift. Its retro and modern look makes it far more decorative than the average speaker. Measuring just 6 inches high, 6 inches wide, and 10.25 inches deep, it easily fits on any shelf or office desk.
Despite its small size, the speaker is quite powerful, thanks to three dedicated class D amplifiers that power its dual tweeters and subwoofer. It easily connects to a variety of sources, both hardwired and wirelessly, with unparalleled style and sound quality.
Most Practical: Toombs 39-Piece Tool Kit
This 39-piece kit has nearly every tool homeowners should keep on hand. Whether it's to fix that wobbly chair leg or assemble a bookshelf, this set has it all covered. It includes standard tools like a hammer, pliers, and level as well as four screwdrivers with 20 interchangeable heads. There are even scissors and a tape measure.
Better yet, this kit comes in a durable plastic case, along with built-in slots for tools, making it easy to keep everything in one place.
Best Budget: Kalastyle Swedish Soap and Hand Cream Set
Looking for a sophisticated gift that looks expensive but won’t break the bank? Consider this organic, hydrating soap and hand cream set. Although fragrance preferences are very personal, the ocean-breeze scent of these products is universally pleasing. Stock up on these budget-friendly sets, so you'll always have a nice last-minute gift on hand for any occasion.
Best Glasses: LSA Colorblock Glasses
These stylish glasses are perfect for everyday use or for special occasions. Every set of four features its own color palette, which is not only decorative, but a great way to tell the glasses apart from one another.
There are three color collections to choose from: berry (deep shades of red), ocean (vibrant blues), and leaf (bright green colors). Even more, these glasses make clear liquids look tinted. Available in two sizes, the 10.5-ounce short glasses measure 3.25 inches in diameter and 2.75 inches high, while the 18.9-ounce tall glasses are 3.5 inches in diameter and 4.75 inches high.
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Best for Foodies: Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit
What could be a hotter gift for your foodie friend or colleague than this hot sauce kit? With six, 5-ounce glass bottles that can be reused, a sterilizing solution, and a small funnel, the kit has everything needed to make the perfect hot sauce. Labels are even included to help you name your creations. There are also a variety of spice packs from cayenne to ancho, curry, and chili. Just combine with garlic, peppers, and vinegar to craft the ideal flavor.
Best Dish Towel: Best In Shore Tea Towel
Use these hand-stamped tea towels to dry dishes or hang them in the guest bathroom for handwashing. There are 48 different breed styles to choose from including German shepherds, French bulldogs, Pomeranians, and even cats. While all the figures are in black, there is an option of a red or blue accent stripe/bow color. Add a matching card for just $1 more. Best of all, a percentage of every purchase is donated to animal rescue organizations in Southern California.
Best Plants: Dig It Succulent Trio
These three potted succulents make for a charming accent in any home. No green thumb? No problem. Succulents are some of the easiest plants to grow because they’re low maintenance. They don’t require direct sunlight and can even thrive with artificial light sources. Only minimal water is needed, with approximately 2 ounces every two weeks.
These succulents are planted in ceramic containers that measure just 2.5 inches high, so they'll easily fit anywhere. With gold script lettering that reads, “Grow,” “Dig It,” and “I Will Survive,” the plants also provide a fun dose of inspiration.