So your friend just bought a house. Nice! This isn’t much of a surprise as the housing market is flooded with first-time homebuyers as Americans take advantage of low mortgage rates.

But now that they’re a homeowner, somehow the little trinkets they would normally receive don’t seem good enough. Of course, you could give her a set of tried-and-true fancy linen or a big kitchen appliance, but they don’t speak to the modern homeowner who’s in the midst of surviving a pandemic. Need help? We have you covered.

Here are 19 items to help a new homeowner settle into their home this holiday season:

bamboozle bowls



1. 7-piece nesting bowls

These are the perfect combination of form and function. Pretty enough to be left out on a counter, but practical enough for everyday use in the kitchen. We also loves that these are made of biodegradable bamboo fiber, so it’s a win for Mother Nature, too.


Nebia By Moen


2. Two-function spray head with handshower

After the stress of unpacking boxes, they’ll want nothing more than a relaxing experience in the shower. This adjustable sliding arm allows users to move the rainshower up or down based on their height, while enjoying a warm, spa-like mist.

Breeo firepit



3. X-Series 19 Fire Pit

For an immediate backyard refresh, the Breeo X-Series is a simple way to add practicality and style while improving their outdoor entertainment experience.

home decorators flatware

Home Decorators Collection


4. 45-piece flatware set

Family dinners beg for this stainless steel flatware set that’s dishwasher-safe and includes solid and slotted serving spoons. Giftees will feel like they’re eating at a high-end restaurant every time.

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5. Quest 2

Sure, having a new home is great, but sometimes you need a break from everyone and everything, especially when settling into the new space is frustrating. Enter: Quest 2, a completely wireless virtual reality headset by Facebook. Get their heart rate up and burn some calories with the FitXR app and even travel the world with National Geographic VR or Wander apps. And when quarantining gets the best of them, meet up with them at a virtual concert in Oculus Venues.

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Nest Bedding


6. Big kids bed

Finally there’s a mattress in a box solution for kids. And, with the no chemical fire barrier and non-toxic outer and inner layers, this is one gift you might want to buy for your kiddo, too.

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Home Decorators Collection


7. Round mirror tray

This sophisticated mirror tray will have them feeling like their living room is straight out of the pages of a high-end magazine. It’s small by mighty; use it to display showpieces, candles or ornaments.

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8. Simplicam

When there is so much we can’t control in the world right now, the peace of mind of a security system can go a long way. Like the name suggests, SimpliSafe is simple to use, easy to maintain and can be set up in less than 30 minutes.

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9. Glider

Our creative director, Jacqui Tapp, admits this chair is pricey, but it’s the Cadillac of gliders. “If you took the comfort of a throwback La-Z-Boy but slimmed down the profile for a more modern look this would be it,” she says. She also loves that the width of the seat can comfortably fit her third-trimester-with-third-child belly, and her 2-year-old for story time. The USB plug-in is a nice touch, too, for the times when you are trapped under a nursing or sleeping baby.

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Nathan James


10. Rolling bar cart

Another cool option for homeowners is an industrial designed bar cart that helps stylishly store their barware. The two-tiered tempered glass shelves on this cart add an elegant look that screams high-end.

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Olfactory NYC


11. Candle

We get it—sweetly scented candles aren’t everyone’s tea. But this one is filled with notes of hazelnut, vanilla and sandalwood that’s so smooth and inviting they’ll want to light it everyday.

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Atlas Coffee Club


12. Coffee club subscription

One of the beautiful things about homeownership is having your kitchen permeated with warm, tasty coffee aromas. Gift your friends a warm cup of brew every morning with Atlas Coffee Club, a coffee subscription designed to share the world’s best coffee every month. From Papua New Guinea to Peru, Burundi to Brazil, each month they highlight coffee and culture from a new country. I’m a huge fan of their Brazilian coffee and I’m looking forward to trying Rwanda.

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Wander and Roam


13. Play mat

If they have kiddos running around, this play mat (that totally doesn’t look like one!) will seamlessly transition any space into a safe play area. They’re designed to live in any room of your home and easily roll up for when you want to put something in its place. And, they’re *so* cushy and soft.

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14. Juicer Cold Pres 365

We’re all stuck inside, so why not make the best of our time with juicing? This effective juicing solution is primed for everyday use. The biggest draw? It’s easy to clean. Just a quick rinse or place in the dishwasher and snap back together almost instantly.

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