It’s an unfortunate life stage we all hit. No longer are we invited to house parties. Instead, we’re invited to housewarming parties. Although let’s face it, who doesn’t like the idea of playing board games and enjoying cheese platters and glasses of unpronounceable wine with no sticky floors and loud crowds in sight? Finding good housewarming gifts can be tricky, that’s why we've spent hours nosying around the corners of the internet to create our guide to Australia's top gifts for housewarming.
Bergamot & Black Pepper Black Gold Artisan Set
We rate this Bergamot & Black Pepper Black Gold Artisan Set by Dusk candlemakers for those hard-to-buy-for friends. Dusk is an Aussie local that sources scents from the world's oldest perfume houses in France. With the earl-grey smell of bergamot and refreshing black pepper, this set includes a mini candle, mini mood reeds, and a room spray. This chic scent will freshen up any home, and comes in a stylish black and gold design to match any decor.
Dali: The Paintings by Robert Descharnes, Gilles Néret
If your loved ones are gallery-dwellers over gym-goers, this 'Dali: The Paintings' book will secure pride of place on their bespoke coffee table. With hundreds of pages of the legendary artist's surrealist paintings, this volume is 'the most complete study of Dali's painted works ever published.' It's more than just paintings, too - you'll also find drawings, advertising, cinema, and fashion by this influential master of the art world.
Gorman Day Maker Medium Planter
When your friend's new place is guaranteed to be part-house, part-jungle, a planter like this Gorman Day Maker is bound to live up to its name. Made from water resistant cotton canvas, the print on these planters is designed by abstract artist Emily Besser in Sydney. Emily takes a process-based approach to her work, relying on intuition to guide gorgeous, colourful designs that'll suit any space.
Bed Threads Pink Clay 100% Flax Linen Bedding Set
If you need something a little more luxe, we think these Flax Linen Bedding Sets make the perfect housewarming gifts for couples. Local sheet company Bed Threads makes super-soft bedding from pure French flax linen in contemporary colours inspired by the Australian landscape. From pink clay to khaki, right through to classic neutrals, there's a hue out there for any bedroom. Linen is anti-static, anti-bacterial, and breathable, keeping them cool in summer and toasty in winter.
KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer
The iconic KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixers grace the homes of culinary queens like Nigella Lawson and Martha Stewart, which is why they feature at the top of every baker's wishlist. Invented over 100 years ago, KitchenAid Artisans are the OG stand mixers (and our pick for the best stand mixers in Australia), with durable full metal construction and an energy efficient direct drive motor. You'll secure BFF status by bringing one of these beauties round to your pal's place - and maybe a bit of home baking to boot.
Cactus Bloom Throw Pillows
Know someone who loves plants, but can't seem to keep them alive? They'll adore these Cactus Bloom Throw Pillows, which are handmade by Gulnara Kydyrmyshova in Kyrgyzstan. They're felted with locally sourced sheep's wool, and come in a tall or short version - though we reckon they look cutest when paired together. But the best thing about these cacti is that unlike your last housewarming gift, they won't be deterred by overwatering.
DAISY floral resin gold leaf coaster set of 6
Forget fresh flowers - these hand-picked DAISY coasters will outlast any bouquet as a beautiful yet practical housewarming gift. They're handmade by Juliana Nakagawa in Sydney, which means every single coaster is one of a kind. These resin coasters are waterproof and shatter resistant, coming in sets of 4 or 6, with glitter or gold leaf options. Shopping local means a lower carbon footprint too, scoring you extra brownie points with nature lovers.
x4 Air Plant Holder with Living Air Plant
It's not easy to find housewarming gifts for men, but Sydneysider AryPlants comes to the rescue with this Mini Man Bundle. This set includes 4 wooden Mini Man Air Plant Holders, with magnets in the hands and legs for an endless array of plant-holding poses. Each bundle also comes with 4 tiny air plants for each figurine to hold. Air plants are drought tolerant and easy to care for. Everyone will breathe easier in your mate's man cave too, as these little beauties help purify the air.
Panasonic Bread Maker
Give the gift of freshly-baked bread every morning with this Panasonic Bread Maker. We rate it as one of the best bread makers in Australia because it's easy to clean, with a 13-hour preset mode, 11 different bread presets, and crust and loaf size options, too. This machine also has gluten-free and spelt bread functions, making it a top housewarming gift for Celiac and low-FODMAP friends.
Halcyon Dreams Wool Mattress Topper
There's no place like home - or your own bed, for that matter. Help your faves make their bed feel brand new again with this locally-made Halcyon Dreams Wool Mattress Topper. Wool is a surprisingly versatile bedding choice for the Australian climate, as it wicks moisture away from the body to help regulate temperature year-round. We reckon this is a great pick for allergy-prone pals too, as the lanolin in wool naturally repels dust mites.
Mason Cash In The Forest Hedgehog Earthenware Mixing Bowl
If your loved one's Hamptons-esque style would fit right in with locals round Toorak, Mosman, or Darling Point, a classic Mason Cash mixing bowl could be the perfect housewarming gift. This iconic British company was established in 1800, making earthenware bowls which have remained perpetually in vogue all over the world. We reckon this sweet little hedgehog design will get solid use with home bakers, doubling as a great fruit bowl.
Urban Greens Microgreens Growing Kit - Pink Kale
What better housewarming present for urban gardeners than this Urban Greens Pink Kale Microgreens Growing Kit? While your loved ones won't end up with salad-sized kale leaves, this kit will let them grow petite microgreens for buddha bowls year-round. Each set comes with seeds and soil, and the porcelain box includes drainage holes. This means any excess water can drip through to the bamboo drip tray, which doubles as the lid on this glorious gift for the green-thumbed.
Triceratops Dinosaur LED Lamp
Break up the monotony of towels and cheese platters with fun housewarming gifts like this Triceratops Dinosaur LED Lamp. This grown-up night light is great for herbivores and carnivores alike, and will look awesome nestled in between brightly-coloured planters and trinkets. We like that this lamp is low-voltage too, so they can safely leave it on all night as a guide for those 2am fridge raids or bathroom trips.
Dirt Laundry Detergent Starter Pack
When practical housewarming gifts are the order of the day, Dirt laundry detergent is our go-to. But don't be fooled - this Melbourne company sells more than just washing-up stuff. This is 100% plant-based, biodegradable laundry detergent that comes in sustainable, refillable packaging you can return to be reused. The starter pack includes a durable glass pump bottle and refill pack of their 8x eco-concentrate laundry liquid. Cosier writer Elese (that's me) uses Dirt Laundry Detergent at home, and can safely say this delightfully-scented stuff is just as powerful as conventional competitors.
FiberArtbySophie Handmade Wall Hanging
Help them adorn the walls of their new place with these Tamworth-made wall hangings by Etsy seller FiberArtbySophie. Sophie is a Gomeroi woman weaving sustainable art using second-hand wool on handmade Fatjac&co looms. She incorporates natural elements like gumnuts and wattle into her artwork, and each of these colourful pieces is uniquely handmade for one-of-a-kind statement pieces that will transform any room.