Wooden gift basket holding green soaps.

Housewarming Gift Basket Ideas for Every Room in the Home

5-Minute Read
Published on June 13, 2017

Housewarming gifts are a great gesture to friends and family members. It’s a celebration of a new home and can be personalized to reflect unique interests and hobbies. Not to mention, they include functional items and necessities that get lost in the hustle and bustle that often accompanies the moving process.

The newest trend in gift giving, often seen at wedding showers and college move-in days, is the housewarming gift basket, a bin stuffed to the brim with much-needed items that will help your loved ones get their lives started.

The best part of gift baskets is the potential for versatility. The receptacle, whether a woven basket or plastic bin, can be used as a means of storage.

Let’s get creative by building baskets based on different rooms in the home.


Giving a basketful of cookware and bakeware allows the new homeowners to be able to cook and serve a meal. Adding a personal touch to the basket can also help their new space feel like home. Try to stick with neutral and complementary colors when assembling the basket.

Kitchen gift basket containing cutting boards.

This is a great example of a simple yet personal and elegant gift basket that can provide the homeowner both functional and fun pieces for their kitchen.

For reference, the basket, found on KristiMurphy.com, includes:

  • Table runner
  • Three cutting boards, including two mini cutting boards
  • Table stand
  • Plates
  • Salt and pepper shakers
  • Coasters
  • Spoons
  • Mini whisk
  • Wine stoppers
  • 3-piece cheese knife set
  • Cheese board
  • Lazy Susan

The items in the basket all complement each other in color, theme and purpose, making this basket a great gift for the cooks in your life.


Cleaning and organizational supplies are such an underrated yet invaluable gift. While not the most glamorous gift, they are a necessity around the house, and any time you can save the homeowner a trip to the store is a good gift, in my book!

Bathroom gift basket containing towels and a small potted plant.

Take your gift to the next level by using a decorative basket to hold all of your items. This one is a perfect example of a basket that can be displayed in the bathroom as a towel holder.

Then, fill your basket with any cleaning necessities for the bathroom. This basket has:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Spray cleaner
  • Liquid soap
  • Various sized cleaning rags
  • Sponges

Victoria Elizabeth Barnes even took a comedic angle to her cleaning basket and added a wine bottle and corkscrew, for when you need liquid courage to get the job done!

The key is to have fun and add your own personal touch. The more sentimental, the more the gift will feel like home.


The bedroom should be a place of relaxation. After a long day at work, it’s nice to kick back and relax. That’s why a basket full of soothing things would make a great housewarming gift. Amid the stress of moving and unpacking, give the gift of unwinding.

Bedroom gift basket containing pink flowers and aromatherapy items.

I love the gift boxes from ValleybrinkRoad.com. They’re so well put together in presentation and useful, too.

This box is an aromatherapy box, filled with:

  • Organic neroli blossom bath
  • Body oil
  • Mineral wellness soak eucalyptus sachets
  • Turkish body scrub
  • Delux travel rehydrating neroli water
  • Calm mind oil blend

I feel relaxed just reading the contents of the gift box! Hopefully your friend or family member will, too.

Living Room

The living room is one of the common spaces in the home used for entertaining. It has comfortable seating, allowing everyone to socialize, and typically is a more relaxed environment than the kitchen or dining room. For friends and family who love to entertain, a gift basket can do wonders!

Living room gift basket containing cheeses and oils.

This basket has tons of goodies inside, all pulled together by a charming earth-tone color scheme that will match most living room décor.

The basket is packed with:

  • Wooden serving tray
  • Aged balsamic vinegar
  • Kalamata olive jar
  • Moscow mule glass candle
  • Serving towel
  • Aged cheese
  • Himalayan pink salt
  • Honey

This basket, put together by POPSUGAR, gives the homeowners a great cheese sampler tray, which is an elegant centerpiece for any party.

Dining Room

There’s nothing better than starting off your morning with a fresh cup of Joe! That’s why I love this next basket. It’s multifunctional, with three tiers that store different items you might need on your table. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s super cute!

Three tiered serving tray holding mugs and coffee.

While this isn’t a “basket” per se, the three-tiered serving tray is a perfect display for everyday items the homeowners need within reach.

The tiers are filled with:

  • Coffee mugs
  • Instant coffee capsules
  • Stirring sticks

My favorite part of this “basket,” designed by The Creative Studio, is the cohesiveness of the theme. The decorations include a glass filled with coffee beans, functioning as a container for the stir sticks, and the complementary colored hedgehog figurine and plant.


If the homeowners happened to move into a home with an office or plan on converting a spare room into an office space, office supplies can help their new area transform into a space of productivity. Step up your gift game by purchasing personalized supplies with their initials engraved or in their favorite color schemes.

Office themed gift basket containing stationary.

Inspired by Tatertots & Jello, this basket incorporates a cute arrangement of supplies, all tied together with a similar color scheme.

More importantly, it includes important office supplies, like:

  • Composition books
  • Binder clips
  • Paper clips
  • Notecards
  • Rulers
  • Containers
  • Note cards
  • Scissors
  • Paper cutter

How can you possibly get work done with those distracting colors and personalized notebooks? Hopefully, the new homeowners will put your gifts to good use in their office space.

Outdoor Aficionados

For those who enjoy the great outdoors, a gift basket full of gardening and lawn care supplies could be just the things to make their house feel more like home. By adding greenery and flowers to their outdoor or indoor living spaces, the recipients will be able to add their personal and unique taste to their space.

Garden themed gift basket containing trowels, potted plants, and gloves.

I love this basket, found on The Merrythought. It includes things that incorporate indoor-outdoor living into the home. For example, the basket is a wooden planter that can be used for indoor plants.

Other items include:

  • Gardening gloves
  • Garden trowel
  • Garden hand cultivator
  • Seed packets
  • Twine
  • Plant mister
  • Floral journal
  • Gardening book
  • Peat pots
  • Air plants
  • Succulents

Give your loved one a fresh start to their new home by giving the gift of fresh plants and gardening supplies.

Get Packing

When my fiancé and I moved into our new home, we received thoughtful and helpful gift baskets from our family and friends, filled with items we needed to get our lives started and some that even made our new place feel like home.

We hope you found this article inspiring and helpful for the next time a friend or a family member moves into a new home. If they’re more inclined to enjoy the techy side of things, check out our tips for tech gadgets that make great housewarming gifts!

Which one of these gift baskets would you give as a housewarming gift? Let us know in the comments below!

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Victoria Araj

Victoria Araj is a Section Editor for Rocket Mortgage and held roles in mortgage banking, public relations and more in her 15+ years with the company. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in political science from Michigan State University, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Michigan.