Housewarming Gifts

December 2nd, 2021

Here’s a selection of my favourite housewarming gifts. (They also make great gifts for estate agents to give to clients!)

Ordnance Survey Maps

There are lots of great options here. Folding Ordance Survey Explorer maps are great for people moving into a new area. Alternatively, you could create a custom map on the OS website. These are available in an Explorer Enlarged 1:10,000 scale, and with a variety of framing options. If you are keen on local history, you could choose an old OS map of the area. The National Library of Scotland has a really good interactive tool where you can find out which maps are available.

St Mark’s Crescent surveyed in 1870 (Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland)

House Portraits

Why not commission a house portrait? You can see some of my favourite artists here.

Chestnut Walk by Ellie Grace

House History Research

This is another great gift for someone moving into an older house. You’ll need a better budget for this. Good house history takes time, and a qualified house historian will work hard for their fee. A great place to find a researcher is to lurk on House History Hour on Twitter, or even ask a question!

St Mark’s Cresent surveyed in 1913 (Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland)

Huffkins Gift Boxes

Huffkins are a wonderful family bakers in the Cotswolds, and their tea room in Stow on the Wold is one of my favourite places to go. They offer a range of gifts which would make excellent housewarming presents, some of which come in their trademark jute bags.

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Leonidas Tin Houses

Who doesn’t love Belgian chocolates? As a canalside property specialist I particularly love Belgian chocolates when they come in a tin in the shape of a traditional Dutch style canalside house. Isn’t this sweet?

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M&S Magic and Sparkle Chocolates

These pretty Magic and Sparkle chocolate houses are presented in a light up box. Grab them quick before the Christmas 2021 range ends!

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Yumbles Housewarming Gifts

Yumbles have a great selection of housewarming gifts at a wide variety of sizes and prices. They specialise in foods from artisanal bakers and other smaller suppliers. I especially like their iced biscuits. They also have some great mini hampers which will fit through a letterbox.

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Biscuiteers Housewarming Gifts

Biscuiteers specialise in iced biscuits and they have some lovely new home selections in their range. Aren’t these front doors cute?

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Regency Gift Hampers

If you’re loking for a classic hamper, Regency Hampers have one of the best selections I have seen anywhere. They have lovely housewarming range of fruit hampers, but almost any of their hampers are suitable for a new home gift. If you don’t see exactly what you want, you can create your own selection. Corporate buyers can even personalise the packaging. Regency are based in the Cotswolds.

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I’d better stop listing food now – I’m getting hungry! Let’s do something completely different…

Toilet Twinning

By donating £60 to twin a toilet, you help fund a project in a poor community that will enable families to build a basic toilet, have access to clean water and learn about hygiene – a vital combination that saves lives. Your recipient will get a lovely certificate to display in the toilet in their new home, showing a photograph of their overseas toilet twin and GPS coordinates so they can look up their twin’s location on Google Maps!

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Upstairs Downstairs Jigsaw

Ravensburger make excellent quality jigsaws and I think this Upstairs, Downstairs 1000 Piece Jigsaw would make a great housewarming present! After all the chaos and hard work of moving house, some down time with a jigsaw is exactly what I’d need.


Books can be especially useful for people buying period homes. Why not order from the recipients local bookshop to get them off to a great start with shopping locally! Haynes Period Property Manual is a cracking book for the first time periofd property owner. It explains the correct approach to care and repair and covers the full range of traditional materials.

The Old House Eco Handbook is another great title. It is perfect for those who want to improve energy efficiency, cut CO₂ emissions, and reduce waste in a period home.

Up Gifts by Disney

If you loved Disney’s heartwarming animated film Up, you’ll love their cushions, biscuit barrels, and Christmas baubles. I want them all, but I think the cushions are my favourites!

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