12 Personalized housewarming gifts your friends actually want.

May 02, 2022 5 min read

12 Personalized housewarming gifts your friends actually want.

While one can never have too many bottles of wine or grocery store house plants, you might be ready to step up your game when it comes to housewarming gifts. There may be no better way to celebrate someone’s new home than with a personalized gift that they can display with pride.

Things to consider when choosing the perfect gift

There are a few things to consider when picking a thoughtful housewarming gift. Consider the recipient's style preferences. Do they like quotes and sayings? Is this a family home where everyone shares a last name? Is their home’s style modern? Country? Cabin? Farmhouse?


Natural materials are timeless and blend seamlessly with almost any home decor style which makes wooden gifts an ideal place to start.

Words and engraving options

If you are celebrating a couple or family moving into a new home, items personalized with their last name could be a great gift option. If your gift recipients have a blended household, you can personalize items with sayings, addresses, or any other words that commemorate the event in a special way.


Before you can personalize your gift, you have to select what type of item you want to give. Think about whether the new resident likes to cook or if they host gatherings often. Maybe they just moved states and might want to pay homage to their previous state. Coasters, wine racks, and candle holders are generally useful items to give as well.

Selecting the perfect gift

Now that you have decided what style your housewarming host will love, and you know what type of personalized message you want to include, it’s time to shop!

For the home chef

The home chef may be the easiest homeowner to choose a personalized housewarming gift for. There are so many creative and beautiful kitchenware options that can be both functional and decorative.

1. Cutting boards

Words with Boards has numerous cutting boards that can be customized in a variety of ways.

This one can be personalized with up to 10 hand-cut letters to spell out a name or short phrase. Its classic design means it will blend with any kitchen style. You can select from walnut, cherry, or maple, all of which bring a touch of nature into the space.


If words or names are not what you are looking for, you can choose a cutting board that celebrates the new homeowners' state too. Customized with a cut-out of the state of your choice, this board is an understated but special way to celebrate a big move.

2. Pizza peel

If you're looking for a thoughtful gift that might be just a little outside the box, this pizza peel is just the thing. You can even have it engraved with personalized lettering.

pizza peel with pizazz

For the party host

Hosting always involves displaying and carrying food and drinks and there are many ways to do this.

3. Lazy susan

One of the best serving options when hosting a large or small gathering is a lazy susan. It is perfect for the center of a table or laying out appetizers so they are easily accessible. And when all of the guests have left, a lazy susan makes the perfect countertop accessory to keep useful kitchen items close at hand. Words with Boards will hand-cut your personalization of choice along the round edge of the lazy susan in a unique way that leaves your custom design visible even when it is loaded up with treats.

4. Serving tray

A serving tray is always useful when hosting and it doubles as a stunning centerpiece for a table when not being used to carry delightful party things. This beautiful wooden oval tray can be customized with names and a date, a great way to commemorate a first home purchase or exciting move.

For the newlyweds

If you are shopping for newlyweds or a couple who has just moved into a first home together, a gift that celebrates their love and these exciting life events can be just the gift to bring to a housewarming party.

5. Cheese board

This heart-shaped cheese board can be laser engraved with names, a date, and a personalized message.

6. Coasters

Decorating a new home is no easy feat and is often not an inexpensive endeavor. Protecting all of that new furniture can be a headache, so a gift of personalized coasters will be much appreciated by the new residents.

7. Serving tray

A simple and special personalization option is to add just a single initial to a beautiful wood tray. This option celebrates a family name but without spelling it out. This gorgeous tray offers just a hint of personalization and can be used as a tray or a display item. It can even be paired with personalized glassware, candles, utensils, or coffee mugs.

For the cross country movers

Moving can mean a small journey across town or a grand adventure to a new state.

8. Personalized Cutting Boards

For the new homeowner who has ventured far from home, this stone inlay cutting board can be the perfect gift to celebrate their new location or remember the one they left.

9. Trivets

Another kitchen item that is always useful is a trivet. These trivets personalized with state cutouts will be used for years to come.

For the wine drinker

Wine and cheese are the perfect party pair and they deserve to be displayed.

10. Wine rack

This wood wine rack sits on any surface and holds up to 6 bottles of wine. It can be personalized with engraved lettering on the front face and is sure to be used right away to store all of the bottles of wine the less creative and thoughtful guests bring to the housewarming party.

11. Cheese tray

Where there is wine, there must be cheese. This personalized cheese server can be paired with the wood wine rack to build a complete set of personalized items to make a beautiful housewarming gift.

For the host who needs a break

Moving is hard work between all of the packing and painting and cleaning and decorating, the new homeowner in your life probably wants a break to relax and enjoy their new space.

12. Tealight display

These candle holders are the perfect gift to inspire your friend or family member to take a few moments to enjoy and relax in their new space. They come in a three tea light option and the larger five tea light

option. Both versions can be custom engraved.

When it comes to picking the best housewarming gifts, Words with Boards has the best options. The sustainably harvested wood items blend with all sorts of home decor styles. Their hand-cut lettering offers unique personalization options that double as functional home items and pieces of art.

These gift ideas are just a taste of the options you can mix and match to create thoughtful, custom gifts for the friends and family in your life celebrating new homes. For more housewarming gifts, shop our entire personalized collection here.

Kim Strassner
Kim Strassner

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