13 Affordable Housewarming Gifts That are Easy to Make

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13 Affordable Housewarming Gifts That are Easy to Make
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When your best friend, favorite cousin or beloved ex-roommate finds a new place to live, lots of details need to come together before the fresh address can feel like a comfortable home. Furniture and basic necessities should already be in boxes, but charming finishing touches — like a tablecloth, door mat, or flower pots — may not be on hand. That's where you come in. Make these 13 items as thoughtful housewarming gifts, and your loved one will be grateful to start over in style.

Cook Up a Useful Apron
Beth Huntington

Cook Up a Useful Apron

Foodies and kitchen-worshipers deserve an appropriate surprise just for serving up our favorite delights every time we ask. Opt for a little handmade love via this adorable apron, and sew the pieces together using his or her favorite colors.

A Potato Stamped Tablecloth for a Cozy Dinner
Sarah Dorsey

A Potato Stamped Tablecloth for a Cozy Dinner

Spruce up the newly-positioned dining table with an imperfectly perfect potato print cloth. This is a guaranteed conversation piece that will get guests talking over homemade feasts to come.

A Glass Bottle Spoon Rest for Everyday Use
Kenzie Mastroe

A Glass Bottle Spoon Rest for Everyday Use

Give your bestie a place to rest her cooking utensils every night by gifting this beautiful spoon rest. Even if she has one packed away, it definitely isn't as unique as this.

Vintage Comic Book Slate Coaster for a Night In
Julia Fain

Vintage Comic Book Slate Coaster for a Night In

Whether you're looking for a clever way to recycle a comic book collection or you have a few printed pics of you and your friends, you can easily turn them into memorable works of usable art with this decoupage coaster DIY. Bonus: they're perfect for a game night.

Gold-Handled Flatware for a Romantic Evening
Rachel Pereira

Gold-Handled Flatware for a Romantic Evening

There's no such thing as having too much kitchen glamour, especially if a kitchen is currently a blank space. This gold-handled flatware adds a pop of something special to a dinner table, and can be used as a lovely detail if the new home is for a couple.

Homemade Sachets for Empty Drawers
Beth Huntington

Homemade Sachets for Empty Drawers

What's the perfect solution for updating outdated furniture or getting the Ikea smell out of a new cabinet? These lavender-filled pouches, which will make any drawer smell like heaven. The best part about them is that you don't have to be an expert seamstress to make these for your friend.

An Olive Wreath to Welcome Everyone to the Neighborhood
Sara Budisantoso

An Olive Wreath to Welcome Everyone to the Neighborhood

Welcome friends and family — and make new neighbors feel at ease — by "extending an olive branch" in the form of this wreath. It may be simple, but it will easily fit any homeowner's aesthetic.

Spring Floral Arrangement for the Entryway
Gillian Ellis

Spring Floral Arrangement for the Entryway

Bring a few pops of color in from the outside by gifting a gorgeous bouquet. It will look great on a table right by the new front door.

Bath Bombs for Post-Move Muscles in Mind
Jessica Begum

Bath Bombs for Post-Move Muscles in Mind

Moving is stressful, and more than that, it's serious exercise. Encourage a bit of relaxation by crafting a few homemade citric acid bath bombs for a present. Place them in a small basket with a candle and a magazine for a full "relaxation mode" package.

Painted Flower Pots for a Bare Kitchen
Carrie Waller

Painted Flower Pots for a Bare Kitchen

The best way to instantly warm up any home? A beautiful plant. Give greenery that's growing inside a gorgeous painted pot, and recommend that it sit on a windowsill in the kitchen.

Earthy Wind Chime for a Front Porch
Lucy Akins

Earthy Wind Chime for a Front Porch

Picture this: a sunny afternoon on your cousin's new front porch with cool drinks in hand. As you chat, this wind chime plays in the breeze. Nice, right? All that's standing in your way are a few easy steps.

A Pineapple Doormat to Add a Hint of Personality
Julia Fain

A Pineapple Doormat to Add a Hint of Personality

Before any houseguests enter the new home, this perky, bold pineapple doormat can be there to greet them. It's the perfect aloha at their feet!

House-Shaped Cake for the Final Touch
Sara Walk

House-Shaped Cake for the Final Touch

If you have a friend who already has it all, try baking this adorable cake-shaped home for her. She needs to take a break from unpacking at some point, and this is a delicious excuse.

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