These Affordable Housewarming Gifts Are So Much More Thoughtful Than a Bottle of Wine

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Amber Interiors Ceramic Butter Dish
Amber Interiors Ceramic Butter Dish

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When we get invited to a housewarming party, our first gifting instinct might tell us to pick up a bottle of wine. And while a favorite vintage will surely be appreciated, it isn't necessarily the most thoughtful present-and it might not feel special enough if you are celebrating a major life step of a person or couple you are particularly close with (buying a new home, even if it isn't their first, is always a big deal!).

If you are interested in going the extra mile, consider the below list, which is filled with beautiful and useful things, from kitchen sheet pans and green cleaning supplies to eco-friendly serveware and pretty candles. Best of all? The majority of these gifts are affordable-meaning well under $100-but we peppered it with a few splurge-worthy ideas for someone extra special.

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Related: Thoughtful Housewarming Gifts for First-Time Homeowners

Fancy Hand Soap

Upgrade their guest bathroom setup with a fragrant hand soap. This one has wood top notes that are punctuated by resin.

Shop Now: Tangent GC Perfumed Liquid Soap in Oud, $28, nordstrom.com.

Tangent GC Perfumed Liquid Soap in Oud
Tangent GC Perfumed Liquid Soap in Oud

Good Things Book

A new home comes with all kinds of challenges, from simple repairs to reworked organization systems. Luckily, this book by Martha offers a solution to most homekeeping problems-and helps makes life better and brighter.

Shop Now: Martha's Very Good Things Book, $14, amazon.com.

martha stewart very good things book
martha stewart very good things book

Sheet Pan Bundle

With three pans total-a half sheet and two smaller iterations-this vibrant set is fully comprehensive and perfect for roasting vegetables or baking cookies in their new home.

Shop Now: Great Jones Sheet-Pan Bundle, $80, greatjonesgoods.com.

Great Jones Sheet-Pan Bundle
Great Jones Sheet-Pan Bundle

Wine-Themed Stationery

Encourage them to host another smaller gather, post-housewarming, with these wine-themed invitations.

Shop Now: Dear Annabell Wine-O-Clock Invitation Set, $80, dearannabelle.com.

Dear Annabell Wine-O-Clock Invitation Set
Dear Annabell Wine-O-Clock Invitation Set

Pretty Planter

A house isn't a home without some greenery. Set them up with this goes-with-everything planter and gift them a unique variety for good measure.

Shop Now: Atuto Basic Planter in White Patina, $20, bloomist.com.

Atuto Basic Planter in White Patina
Atuto Basic Planter in White Patina

Spoon Rest

Painted with whimsical botanicals, this spoon rest will look right at home in their farmhouse kitchen.

Shop Now: Anthropologie "Dagny" Spoon Rest, $14, anthropologie.com.

Anthropologie "Dagny" Spoon Rest
Anthropologie "Dagny" Spoon Rest

Kitchen Towel Set

A new kitchen calls for new tea towels. Scoop up this absorbent set-we love how the striped, checked, and floral patterns look together-designed by our founder.

Shop Now: Martha Stewart Collection Cotton Kitchen Towel Set, $29, macys.com.

Martha Stewart Collection Cotton Kitchen Towel Set
Martha Stewart Collection Cotton Kitchen Towel Set

Sustainable Sponge Cloths

If they're taking a more eco-friendly approach in their new space, they will appreciate this cheerful sponge cloth set; each sheet replaces 17 rolls of paper towels and can be used to wash dishes or wipe down countertops.

Shop Now: Ten & Co. Sponge Cloth Set, $31.50, zerowastestore.com.

Ten & Co. Sponge Cloth Set
Ten & Co. Sponge Cloth Set

Houseplant

A low-maintenance pothos, which grows well in bright indirect light, is a great houseplant option for new homeowners-especially if they are hoping to cultivate their green thumb as they settle in.

Shop Now: Grounded Golden Pothos, $20, grounded-plants.com.

Grounded Golden Pothos
Grounded Golden Pothos

Puzzle Pieces

Help them establish a family night tradition in the new place with this challenging puzzle, which is more fun to tackle as a group.

Shop Now: Four Point Dots Puzzle, $25, greerchicago.com.

Four Point Dots Puzzle
Four Point Dots Puzzle

Oil and Vinegar Cruet

This olive-and-vinegar cruet moonlights as a piece of countertop décor.

Shop Now: Cultiverre Artisan Glass Oil and Vinegar Nesting Bottle Cruet, $24, cultiverre.com.

Cultiverre Artisan Glass Oil and Vinegar Nesting Bottle Cruet
Cultiverre Artisan Glass Oil and Vinegar Nesting Bottle Cruet

Wine Sampler

Instead of bringing a single bottle of wine, set them up with this California-centric tasting set. They just might discover a new favorite vintner.

Shop Now: In Good Taste California Wine Mixer Tasting Flight, $65, ingoodtaste.com.

In Good Taste California Wine Mixer Tasting Flight
In Good Taste California Wine Mixer Tasting Flight

Wine Glass Set

Pair the wine flight with this stemware collection, which features glasses for both red and white wine.

Shop Now: Riedel "Ouverture" Wine Glasses Gift Pack, $150, bloomingdales.com.

Riedel Ouverture Wine Glasses Gift Pack
Riedel Ouverture Wine Glasses Gift Pack

Butter Dish

This hand-thrown ceramic butter crock has a food-safe glazed interior that creates a seal when filled with an inch of water; it's a present that will come in handy, especially if the giftee prefers to leave his or her butter out.

Shop Now: Amber Interiors Ceramic Butter Dish, $42, shoppeamberinteriordesign.com.

Amber Interiors Ceramic Butter Dish
Amber Interiors Ceramic Butter Dish

Bamboo Chopsticks

Is sushi their go-to takeout pick? Do they enjoy making rolls at home? If so, these bamboo chopsticks will go to good use.

Shop Now: Kasane Pingto Bamboo Chopsticks, $32, store.177milkstree.com.

Kasane Pingto Bamboo Chopsticks
Kasane Pingto Bamboo Chopsticks

Salad Serving Set

Kick their serveware up a notch with a handcrafted salad spoon set. We love the ribbed handles, which offer just the right amount of texture.

Shop Now: Beige Home Wood Salad Serving Set, $35, beigelr.com.

Beige Home Wood Salad Serving Set
Beige Home Wood Salad Serving Set

Serving Tray

Perfect for a coffee table display or Sunday brunch, this woven tray is an entertaining staple.

Shop Now: Karen Jai Home Suwon Tray, $32, karenjaihome.com.

Karen Jai Home Suwon Tray
Karen Jai Home Suwon Tray

Placemats

Available in a broad array of colorways, these circular placemats are both functional (they protect tables from water rings and scratches) and stylish.

Shop Now: Uashmama Round Placemats, $12 each, uashmama.com.

Uashmama Round Placemats
Uashmama Round Placemats

Pretty Candle

A candle that doubles as décor and becomes a catchall when burned through? Sounds like a great present to us.

Shop Now: MB Collection Maruzia Candle, $69, marieburgosdesignthestore.com.

MB Collection Maruzia Candle
MB Collection Maruzia Candle

Coffee Beans

The bag may be sleek, but the coffee that comes out of it is even better; a mix of Colombian, Honduran, and Ethiopian beans make this roast slightly sweet and balanced.

Shop Now: Joshua Tree Coffee The First Roast, $14, jtcoffee.com.

Joshua Tree Coffee The First Roast
Joshua Tree Coffee The First Roast

Chopping Board

A spin on your average cutting board (which is typically wooden and rectangular), this disc block makes meal prep that much more fun.

Shop Now: HAY Round Chopping Board, $35, us.hay.com.

HAY Round Chopping Board
HAY Round Chopping Board

Indoor Gardening Kit

Bring her culinary cutting garden indoors with this basil kit, which will sprout on her windowsill (and can be constantly pruned to yield all the herbs she needs for pasta dishes).

Shop Now: Modern Sprout Basil Indoor Gardening Kit, $25, verishop.com.

Modern Sprout Basil Indoor Gardening Kit
Modern Sprout Basil Indoor Gardening Kit

Clean Cleaning Supplies

This kit comes with four core products-including multi-surface, glass, and bathroom cleaners, plus a hand soap-that are nontoxic and good for the environment (the bottles are refillable!).

Shop Now: Blueland The Clean Essentials, $39, blueland.com.

Blueland The Clean Essentials
Blueland The Clean Essentials