When your someone in your family or friend group gets married, you want to get them the perfect gift. In the past, housewarming gifts for newlyweds were popular. Today, however, most couples have been living together for quite some time before they say, “I do.” So, they probably already have a lot of the typical housewarming gifts, like furniture and appliances.
But, there’s one problem — those items are a mish-mash of things each person brought separately to the new home. Or, even worse, they’re from past relationships. For this reason, housewarming gifts are still appropriate and thoughtful for newlyweds. You’re giving them a fresh “restart” for their new life together as a married couple.
Here are 10 housewarming gift ideas for newlyweds, whether they’ve been roommates for years or just recently moved in together.
1. Bar Set
Nothing says “we’re adults now” like having a full bar set. Set them up with a shaker, strainer and other bar-ware essentials, so they can mix all their favorite cocktails from the comfort of home. If you’re feeling extra generous, you could even throw in some matching glassware — beer mugs, wine glasses, champagne flutes, etc. — and a fancy bar cart. They’ll love showing off their professional-level drinking equipment.
2. Knives and Cutting Boards
To encourage the newlywed couple to cook at home more, buy them a brand new knife set and cutting boards. Whether they’re cutting up chicken to make for dinner, slicing cheese to serve up as an appetizer or chopping up veggies for a fresh salad, they’re sure to get plenty of use out of this gift.
A grill is one of those housewarming gifts for newlyweds that you can enjoy, too — by giving them the tools to throw a backyard barbecue! Most young couples have hand-me-down grills, or maybe even no grill at all. Step up their cooking game to a whole new level, whether it’s a real BBQ party or just a tasty dinner for two.
If the couple is very close to you — for example, your kids, grand-kids, parents or best friend — a pair of nice, comfy recliners is an excellent gift. Most of the couple’s furniture is probably several years (or maybe decades) old. Plus, they probably don’t even have a cushiony set of matching recliners. If you know they have somewhere to put them, a set of recliners is one of the greatest, most unexpected housewarming gifts for newlyweds.
5. Custom Family Name Pillow
One of the best parts about getting married is you and your lover now share a last name. So, most couples want to show that off! Help them do it with a custom family name pillow. They can display this decorative pillow in their living room, family room or even master bedroom. It’s just one more way for them to show the world how much they love one another!
6. His and Hers Robes
Most people don’t think about the bathroom when brainstorming housewarming gifts for newlyweds. But, his and her robes are excellent gifts for a couple. Matching robes are a luxurious, cozy way to enhance comfort and take a bathroom’s appearance up a notch. Plus, each person gets one — which many married couples discover is a rarity as time goes on!
7. Matching Towels
Something about having a matching set of towels in the house is incredibly calming. Hook your friends up with plenty of matching bath towels, hand towels and washcloths. You can mix it up with a few complementing colors if you’d like, but make sure they’re all the same brand and style — this is crucial! You might even consider throwing in some kitchen towels and beach towels, too.
8. Pots and Pans
Brand new pots and pans have something about them that can encourage anyone to cook more often. The happy couple will be stoked to throw away their hand-me-down, stained and scratched-up pots and pans.
Everyone has a room that could use a bookshelf. The great thing about bookshelves is that you don’t have to only use them for books — they’re also excellent for displaying photos and artwork. That’s what makes a bookshelf one of the safest housewarming gifts for newlyweds.
10. Kitchen Utensils and Holder
Help the happy couple free up some drawer space in their new home by gifting them a classy — and perhaps personalized — kitchen utensils holder. Also include a brand-new set of all the essential tools, like a spatula, slotted spoon, whisk and more.
Personalize Your Gift
While this list includes a few ideas to start you off, you know the happy couple best. What is something they would really enjoy and use? Think about their style, hobbies and interests as you choose a gift, and they’re sure to love it.