When it comes to giving gifts to our friends, we’ve always been the kinds of people who would much rather make our loved ones something than simply buying them from a store. We’ve had a number of friends move house recently, which is why we’ve had our eyes peeled lately for DIY housewarming gift ideas that we can welcome into their new space with!
Are you feeling just as interested in the idea of making DIY housewarming gifts as we are, if not more, because you think it’ll mean even more to your friends to know that you created something specifically for them? Check out these 15 fantastic ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance.
1. DIY housewarming supplies jar gift
If you’re going to spend the time and energy it takes to create or put together some kind of gift for a friend who just got a new place, would you rather make it something that your friend might actually need or use? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Oh Happy Day made this housewarming supplies jar filled with knick knacks and cleaning supplies that a person who is unpacking and can’t find all their things might not even realize they need during the whole process.
2. Relaxation based housewarming gift basket
Perhaps you really enjoy this whole idea of putting together some kind of kit for your pals who just moved houses but instead of gearing the contents towards the move itself, you can’t help wondering whether you might give them some things that will help them unwind instead? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Houston Moms put together this relaxation based housewarming basket instead! They give you a list of spa-like goodies to consider alongside a candle and a bottle of wine.
3. Handy things housewarming basket
Were you feeling quite intrigued by the basic concept of making some kind of useful supplies basket for your friend who just moved homes but you found yourself thinking about a few other things besides the ones you saw on the list in the previous tutorial we showed you? Then we think you’ll be pleased to find out that there are several other things you can include as well! This tutorial from Create, Craft, Love concentrates more on things like batteries, super glue, and duct tape that will help you power and fix things in the event that anything goes wrong.
4. Cookie making jars
Did you actually really like the idea of making and giving your friends something that will help them unwind once their moving and unpacking process is finally all finished but you’d rather gift something that the kids can get in on as well? In that case, rather than a bottle of wine and a spa basket, we have a feeling you might get along a little better with something like these cookie ingredient mason jars outlined step by step on American Community in France.
5. Pretty succulent planter housewarming gift
Maybe you’d prefer to give some kind of gift to your friend that they can put on display and appreciate visually, rather than something they will use? Well, if you ask us, nothing warms a new place and makes it feel more like a home than a new plant. There’s just something about them that revitalizes a space! Check out how Where the Smiles Have Been outlines the process of making a nice, rustic inspired new vase to put a collection of succulents in in order to gift them.
6. Pretty succulent wreath
Have we got you feeling really enamoured with the idea of making some kind of lovely, green succulent based housewarming gift but you’re feeling a little crafty and you kind of want to do a little more than just present them in a pot, even if you’ve customized the pot? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Apartment Therapy made this stunningly green succulent door wreath that your friends can then hang on their front door to keep the welcomes coming!
7. Cute DIY foaming soap dispensers
If you ask us, the next best thing to make a new place start to feel like your own (besides adding plants, of course) is to start customizing easy little things that your friends might not have have dug out yet in their unpacking process! These adorable customized foaming soap dispensers outlined step by step on Where the Smiles Have Been are the perfect example of what we mean! Hand and dish soap are also things that often get lost and not immediately replaced in a move but that people always need, so you’re also helping your friends out practically as well.
8. Homemade lemon rosemary, and vanilla air fresheners
Have you ever moved into a brand new house and realized that it either smells live home improvements like paint, or perhaps just doesn’t smell like your own home yet, and it throws you off? Well, here’s a way that you can help your good friends avoid that! Check out how The Cards We Drew created this refreshing homemade lemon, rosemary, and vanilla air freshener that’s all natural, strong enough to make the whole place smell nicer, but subtle enough to avoid giving people headaches.
9. DIY chocolates and champagne pineapple housewarming gift
Did we kind of catch your attention when we talked about the idea of gifting a bottle of wine as a housewarming gift, but you can’t help feeling like champagne might be a little more appropriate when they have something to celebrate? In that case, we really think you’ll get a kick out of the way Diary of A Debutante not only gifted champagne, but also made it look like a cute pineapple for some fun novelty using Ferrero Rocher chocolates and tissue paper.
10. Cleaning supplies housewarming “cake”
Even though you’re the kind of practical friend who really wants to gift your friends something practical that will really help them with their moving process, are you also still totally that crafty person who would like to present it a certain way, just to keep things fun? Then we’d be willing to bet that this cleaning supplies bundle that Kitchen Concoctions strategically tied together and made into the shape of a cake will be right up your alley! Even though houses are cleaned before a person moves in, anyone who has never moved knows all too well that it’s still handy to have fresh cleaning supplies on hand until things are settled.
11. DIY mug herb gardens
Have we actually still got you thinking about how much you love the idea of gifting your friends a bit of greenery to put out in their new home, but you also can’t help wondering whether there might be a version they can actually use, rather than just setting it on a side shelf and leaving it? Then we’re convinced that an herb garden is actually what you have in mind. Take a look at how eHow made these adorable little herb gardens planted inside nice mugs!
12. Packed housewarming gift crate
Are you the kind of DIY enthusiast who loves sharing pieces with your friends that they can then use as home decor or something functional, since you’re also a total nester as well? In that case, we have a feeling you’ll really appreciate the way Town Lifestyle + Design packed all of their diverse housewarming goodies into a wooden crate with a chalkboard message board on the front! Not only will your friends use everything you put inside, but they can also use the crate itself for a bit or storage!
13. Tasty cooking supplies housewarming gift
In addition to being a homemade gifts enthusiast, are you also a total cooking buff and you adore sharing your love of food with those around you? In that case, we’re pretty sure Darling has just the idea for you! We love the way they outline a whole list of garnishes, herbs, and simple cooking based things that will make a great gift for someone who has unpacked their kitchen but hasn’t had time to fully restock all the contents of their fridge and pantry yet, just to help them get a break from the perpetual takeout meals that often come hand in hand with moving until everyone’s settled in.
14. Smart and useful housewarming basket
Are you actually scrolling through our list and finding yourself feeling rather torn between the idea of making a housewarming basket full of useful home repair supplies and the idea of gifting some cleaning supplies, and you’re having trouble choosing which you should do? Well, who ever said you have to choose? Instead, check out what How to Nest for Less put in theirs in order to try and gift the most useful combination of supplies they could, all in a nice reusable cloth basket.
15. Batter bowl DIY baking gift basket
Did you actually really like the idea of sharing some baking love by gifting the cookie ingredient jars we showed you earlier on out list but you’re just not sure that cookies are your friend’s favourite thing to bake, so you’d rather enable them to make whatever they please the moment their kitchen is unpacked? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Dreaming in DIY put together a whole useful baking kit filled with all the utensils for making delicious sweets, neatly packed together in a big batter mixing bowl.
Have you made other kinds of fantastic DIY gift baskets before that were a huge hit and very much appreciate but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!