Moving into a new house is a momentous and joyous occasion. At the same time, it can be overwhelming. Housewarming gift baskets are the perfect way to support and show your friends and family members your excitement about their journey. 

The possibilities are endless when presenting a housewarming gift, which could go beyond traditional and classic housewares. From a Spa basket to the DIY Tool Kit, you can offer many thoughtful housewarming gift ideas to new homeowners to help them celebrate and commemorate the big occasion. 

So, follow along as I share the most creative DIY Housewarming Gift Basket Ideas you can easily replicate today.

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Best DIY Housewarming Gift Ideas

1. DIY Tool Kit Basket

DiYer Tool Kit Housewarming Gift Set

Products Included: Hammer, Easy shelf liner, Screwdrivers, Wrench, Pliers, Measuring tape, Batteries, Box cutter, Tape, Picture Hanging kit, Staple Gun, Wood Glue, Super Glue, and Paint Brushes

Whether the new homeowner is handy or not, it’s always a good idea to give the gift of tools. Tools are necessary for a new place to be able to easily fix and repair things. And you don’t have to have experience or be handy to use these tools. This gift will inspire them to some necessary work done.

While this gift might seem like a gift for men only, with the increased number of women becoming homeowners, tools are great for gifting to both women and men. You can incorporate basic tools like a screwdriver, measuring tape, stapler gun, tape, and other simple tools that might be needed for a DIY project or for simply improving things around the house.

You can mix and match any tools and present them in a small toolbox or organizer.

2. Baking Kit Gift Basket 

baking kit for secret santa christmas gift

Products Included: Cupcake Trey, Baking pan, Cookie Mix or Cake Mix, Cupcake Liners, Vanilla, Frosting, Icing Tips, Sprinkles, measuring cups, Nutmeg, Ground Cinnamon, and Cookie Cutters.

A baking kit is a great way to help someone get their kitchen up and running! This kit includes all the essential baking tools like cookie mixes, cake mixes, and other goodies. This DIY housewarming basket is sure to provide hours of sweet treats and memories in the kitchen.

Even better, most of the items are reusable, so it keeps on giving even after it’s opened. To make it even more special, wrap everything up in an attractive mixing bowl for a truly memorable presentation.

3. Cleaning Essentials Gift Basket

Cleaning Supplies GIft Basket Ideas

Products Included: Scrub Sponge, Mr.Clean Magic Eraser, Dish Soap, Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Laundry Detergent, Disinfecting Wipes, Glad Trash Bags, Febreze Air Freshener, Multisurface Cleaner, Gloves, Baking Soda, Vinegar, and Windex.

This housewarming present is filled with cleaning supplies and valuable household items. Pack all the essential cleaning items in a supply basket or bucket and gift the new homeowner.

Your friend or family member will greatly appreciate this useful and practical housewarming gift basket.

4. Coffee Lover’s Basket 

coffee lover gift basket for secret santa

Products included: Ground Coffee or Coffee Beans, French Press Coffee Maker, Coffee Grinder, Travel Coffee Mug, Coffee Mugs, Chocolate Bars or Ferrero Rocher, Creamer, and Simple Syrup.

We all have that one friend or family member who can’t get enough coffee! If they just became a homeowner, surprise them with the perfect Coffee lovers housewarming gift basket! Include everything necessary to make the perfect cup of coffee – from a french press, grinder, and Blue Mountain Coffee for a truly unique presentation. You could also substitute the french press for a coffee pot or Keurig

And for those who like an extra kick, add small bottles of brandy and whiskey to complete the gift. This will certainly brighten up their day or night. The Coffee lovers basket makes the perfect housewarming gift for any caffeine enthusiast!

5. Spa Day Basket 

spa essentials gift basket for secret santa

Products included: Dr. Teals Bubble Bath,  Dr. Teal’s Pure Epson Salt, Deep Cleanser Masks, Body Scrub, Essential Oils, Candle, Loofahs and Body Wash, Shampoo and Conditioner

Moving is hard work, and it can wear you down. Give the gift of relaxation and self-care to the new homeowner to help bring them comfort and joy. While self-care can look different for most people, choose items that will promote the wellbeing and pleasure of the new homeowner.

Fill your basket with items like hand soaps and bubble baths, luxurious body lotions, aromatherapy candles, bath bombs, a loofah, cozy slippers, and other spa accessories. To complete the gift basket, add premium white towels or a luxury robe to further aid in their pampering.

This thoughtful housewarming gift basket will be sure to put a smile on their face and show them how much they are appreciated.

6. Sangria Kit Gift Basket

sangria housewarming gift basket

Products included: Glass Carafe Pitcher, Wine Glass, Bottle of Wine (Red), Bottle of Rum or Cognac, Fruits (Apple, Oranges, Lime), Seltzer Water or Ginger Ale, Brown Sugar, Wooden Spoon

Give the new homeowner the perfect housewarming gift with this Sangria Gift Basket. This masterful version of a classic drink comes complete with everything the new homeowner will need to create this delicious cocktail – from the pitcher to all the essential ingredients.

This basket makes for an excellent present for the cocktail aficionado or anyone who loves to savor good drinks from around the world. It’s an excellent way for the new homeowner to enjoy their own special party right at home – complete with instructions on how to mix up this delectable drink. This boozy gift is a fun gift idea that’s both aesthetically pleasing and easy to curate. 

7. Movie Night Gift Basket

movie night secret santa basket

Products included: Popcorn Kernels, Candy (Sour Patch, M&M, Reeses, Skittles, Duds), Popcorn maker, Popcorn box, Soda, and Subscription to a Movie

A movie night basket is sure to be something a new homeowner will love – especially if they love to Netflix and chill. Include a few of their favorite chocolate bars, chips and other snacks too.

And if you are feeling rather nice, jazz up the gift with a blanket (for the warm wintery night) and popcorn seasonings like Sweet & Salty Kettlecorn, Chili Lime, White Cheddar, Buttery Caramel, and Sizzling Sriracha to delight their tastebuds all night. It’s a housewarming gift they won’t forget.

This idea is not just a gift but, instead, about the movie night experience. Just don’t forget to add an HDMI cable so they can connect the TV to their laptop or other devices easily. 

8. Gardening Gift Basket

gardeners housewarming gift basket
Image Credit: The Merry Thought

Products include: Gardening gloves, garden trowel, garden knife, outdoor scissors, seed packets, Gardening book, Twine, and hand pruners. 

A gardening gift basket is a great gift for the new homeowner with a green thumb who likes getting their hands dirty in the garden. You can start by putting together items such as garden gloves, sheers, seeds, and soil. Include a small potted succulent plant that they can place in their kitchen, balcony, or porch. Complete the basket with a book about gardening to round out the housewarming gift basket. 

9. General Housewarming Gift Basket

housewarming secret santa basket

Products Included: Cutting Board, Plant, Picture Frame, CoastersWooden Utensil Set, Bottle of Wine or Alcohol, Stemless Wine Glass

This housewarming gift is great for the new homeowner that is impossible to shop for as it includes a random assortment of essential home items that anyone can appreciate. You can include a range of thoughtful items, including a cheese cutting board, wooden spoons, a picture frame, wooden coasters, and a nice bottle of their favorite white or red wine or celebratory champagne bottle.

You can even go as far as an etched cutting board with your recipient’s last name or initials, making it a forever keepsake. The unique etchings will make a lasting impression and warm their hearts after they move into their new abode. 

10. DIY Cocktail Making Kit

Products included: Bottle of Liquor (Rum, Vodka, Bourbon, Gin or Tequila), Bitters, glassware, cocktail recipe books, and Bar tools such as a cocktail shaker, jigger, bar stirrer spoons, coasters, strainer, peeler, ice cube tray, bottle opener, and cocktail napkins.

For those looking to put a unique spin on a housewarming gift, why not try building a DIY cocktail making kit? Making your own DIY cocktail making kit is a simple, budget-friendly way to gift something unique to the new homeowner.

All you need to do is choose a signature choice of liquor and bartending tools like a jigger and shaker, and the rest of the kit will come together around it – no bartending experience is required!

This tailor made gift is very budget-friendly, and it will feel thoughtful and appreciated.

11. Kitchen Essentials Gift Basket

Products included: cookware, utensils, oven mitts, dish towels, measuring cups, tongs, and spatulas.

To create a kitchen essentials gift basket, select useful kitchen items such as baking tools, cookbooks, utensils, and spices. If you know the recipient’s style and cuisine preferences, tailor your selections to her likes. Accompany the kitchen items with a beautiful bowl or tray that can be used to store them.

12. Family Party Game Night Gift Basket

game night basket
Image Credit: Sugar Salt Grace

Supplies Included: Board Games, Cards, Dominos, Candy, Nuts, Soda, Candy

Creating a family game night gift basket is a great way to make sure your friends or family have everything they need for a fun and memorable night of gaming. Start with one or two board games, such as Monopoly, Pictionary, Jenga, Scrabble or Trivial Pursuit. Pick games that are timeless and age-appropriate. Fill the basket with popcorn and other snacks to munch on during game-playing, plus some fun novelties like cards or dice for additional activities.

Get creative and have fun with this basket. Include lots of your favorite sweet treats and junk food for the game players to snack and munch on when competing.

Why a Gift Basket?

Gift baskets are a collection of small things beautifully decorated, presented, and thoughtfully curated with the receiver in mind. Gift Baskets are aesthetically pleasing gifts that allow for diversification in your gift-giving. Gift baskets are highly versatile and easily customizable – making them the perfect gift for new homeowners.

With a new home gift basket, you can gift something savory, sweet, thoughtful, unique, or just something in between. Even if the gift recipient does not like an item in your basket, they can easily enjoy the things they like and possibly share or re-gift the others. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

How to Curate a DIY Housewarming Gift Basket

Choose a Theme – When selecting a housewarming gift, thoughtful gift baskets offer something truly special. Consider picking a theme for the basket that aligns with the personality and tastes of your intended recipient. A gourmet food basket for a chef or foodie, a gardening kit for an avid green thumb, or tools and supplies for DIY projects are all great ideas!

Keep it Simple – When it comes to housewarming gift basket ideas, keep it simple and sweet. Fill the basket with only a few items that are useful, impressive, and practical.

Don’t Limit Yourself to a “Basket”– You don’t have to use a basket. The term basket is used loosely as baskets can be substituted for a bin, bucket, box, tin, crate, or whatever type of container is best for holding the curated housewarming gift.

Tips for Assembling a DIY Gift Basket

  • Always create layers in the basket so the recipient can easily visualize your items. Use shredded or tissue paper to help with layering inside the basket. This also helps to fill dead space and secure the items. 
  • Remove items from their original packaging to allow for more space in the basket.
  • Position more oversized items to the back of the basket and then work your way towards the front.
  • If budget permits include a gift card, especially if your basket requires products with short expiration dates or wet ingredients such as eggs, milk, creamer, etc.
  • Consider wrapping the entire basket in cellophane material to fully enclose the basket items. This will keep the things from falling out when traveling. Alternatively, you can gift wrap the basket.
  • Simple yet thoughtful is always best. Try to avoid overfilling your gift basket and just try to focus on the items that you know will be useful and practical.
  • Add an optional note card.

Ultimately, the best homewarming gift baskets are filled with the things that a new homeowner will love. Consider practical items the new home dwellers may need and are guaranteed to use in their new space. 

What’s great about these gift baskets is that you can add whatever products you like – making them thoughtful, customizable, and memorable.

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Tamara White is the creator and founder of The Thrifty Apartment, a home decor and DIY blog that focuses on affordable and budget-friendly home decorating ideas and projects. Tamara documents her home improvement journey, love of thrifting, tips for space optimization, and creating beautiful spaces.

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