50 Thoughtful Housewarming Gifts That Every Southerner Will Appreciate

Say "welcome home" in style.

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Weezie towel
Weezie

In the South, we pride ourselves on being kind, welcoming, and thoughtful people. These qualities extend to how we treat others—with open arms and good manners, just like our mamas taught us.

When welcoming newcomers to your community, listen to Mama and be intentional about how you treat neighbors and soon-to-be friends. A gift is not always necessary, but a thoughtful housewarming present can show that you are a kind, welcoming, and thoughtful person and family they can depend on. And while any gesture goes a long way, a gift doesn't have to be elaborate or expensive, either. With housewarming gifts, it's the thought that counts. (Just be sure to include a note!)

Need ideas? We put together a list of 50 thoughtful housewarming gifts to welcome new neighbors and newcomers to the South. These gifts start under $20, and are packed full of personality for every kind of recipient think entertaining essentials, monogrammed goods, and Southern treasures guaranteed to make any house feel like a home.

Share the Love Basket

callies biscuit basket
GOLDBELLY

There's no Southern welcome like a spread of comfort food. This set ships nationwide from Goldbelly and is packed full with pimento cheese and 18 Southern-style biscuits in three flavors—buttermilk, cinnamon (with cinnamon butter!), and cheese and chive.

Weezie Kitchen Towels (Pair)

Weezie towels
Weezie

Weezie, an Atlanta-based towel company beloved by Southerners, now has a new line of kitchen goods, including monogrammed tea towels in three colorways. Scoop up a pair for a friend who might not have (or even know about!) them yet.

Hawkins New York Aurora Sphere Colored Glass Vase

housewarming gift
Food 52

This sphere-shaped vase is a more unexpected take on a classic bud case. The round bottom makes for a modern visual moment, and the small size means it can easily be filled with a few blooms from the front yard. It comes in two sizes—small and large—and six colors.

Edible Flower Seed Growing Kit

housewarming gift
Terrain

A new home calls for a new garden, so get your friend started off right with an assortment of marigold, bachelor's button, viola, and calendula seeds. All flowers are edible so once bloomed, they can be used to decorate a cake or garnish a cocktail.

Marais Taper Candles, Set of 2

taper candles
Anthropologie

Taper candles are officially back in style, and they make a great gift for any occasion. This set comes wrapped with pretty paper and a simple bow, meaning all you have to add is a note before delivering.

Gingham Linen Double Oven Mitt

housewarming gift
Food52

Talk about a gift that will get a lot of use! This double mitt, which comes in three classic gingham prints, was made for home chefs who are often carrying hot casserole dishes and cake pans from the oven to table.

Scalloped Turkish Coasters, Set of 6

coasters
Uncommon Goods

Everyone needs coasters, especially when they have a new home (and new furniture) to take care of. These scalloped half-dozen tiles are a great $30 gift because even if your friends have a set already, they'll be grateful for a pretty refresh.

Custom House Portrait

custom house portrait
ETSY

Sure, iPhone photos are nice but there's something more special about turning a quick snap into a lasting piece of art—especially for under $40!

Personalized Family Recipe Board

housewarming gift
Uncommon Goods

Family recipes are something we treasure. For an extra special memento, have one engraved on a wooden board that can be displayed in a special place in the kitchen.

Hand Embroidered State Pillows

state pillow
Uncommon Goods

Moving to a new state? This pillow can serve as a reminder of home, or welcome friends to a new state by calling out its fun, colorful, unique highlights in embroidery form.

Wood and Marble Appetizer Serving Platter

wood board
Mark & Graham

Welcome new neighbors with a serving tray personalized with their last name. This gift can be used to serve charcuterie, fruit, breakfast, you name it.

Ramona Wine Glasses, Set of 4

wine glasses
Anthropologie

We believe one can never have too many wine glasses, especially when they come in fun colors and unique styles like this cross between a stemmed and stemless glass.

Blue Floral Block Print Tablecloth

tablecloth
Dillard's

A linen tablecloth is a housewarming gift that can be put to use right away, even if the rest of the house is covered in boxes! Simply drape the cloth over the dining table or patio table outside for an easy yet presentable meal—even with takeout.

Enamelware Party Bucket

drink bucket
Mark & Graham

Gather round, party people: This massive ice bucket is a fun favor to have on hand for potlucks, barbecues, and neighborhood gatherings.

7-Layer Caramel Cake

caroline's cakes
Goldbelly

Caroline's Cakes are a classic for occasions in the South, and now you can have them delivered nationwide via Goldbelly.

Round Mango Wood Serving Board

wooden board
Dillard's

A solid wood board, like this one from the Southern Living Collection at Dillard's, can be used as a dish for cheese and crackers as well as a staple on a kitchen counter. Just prop it up against the backsplash, layer on some cookbooks, then pull out the next time you need a big dish for grazing.

Hill House Home The Women's Hotel Robe

robe
Hill House Home

Have a close friend who is excited about her new bathroom? Give her a hotel-worthy spa experience at home with the gift of a luxe bathrobe. This one comes in several romantic patterns, including this pretty blue botanical and a pink-and-green floral that any garden lover will adore.

Weezie Piped Edge Hand Towels (Pair)

Weezie towels
Weezie

Nice hand towels are a gift that we might not invest in on our own, but welcome as a treat from a friend. Surprise any new homeowner with a fresh pair they're sure to break out while entertaining or hosting out-of-town guests.

Southern Gossip Cocktail Napkins

cocktail napkins
ETSY

What's more fun than linen napkins scribbled with cute sayings like, "Bless Your Heart," Too Big for His Britches," and "Living on High Cotton"? We can't think of anything—so be sure to snatch these up for a fun porch party-slash-gossip-sesh.

Happy Hour Gift Set

happy hour gift set
Mark & Graham

Ready for cocktail hour? This fun set is all you need to shake up some fresh cocktails al fresco as it comes with 4 wine glasses, a cocktail tray, and a pitcher for mixing and pouring.

Happy Hydrangea

hydrangea
Teleflora

Pretty blue hydrangeas are a gift that anyone will adore. This fresh batch can be ordered via Teleflora—a favorite online flower delivery service that partners with local florists—and shipped nationwide, whether hydrangeas are in bloom at home or not.

Complete Garden Tool Kit

garden tool kit
AMAZON

Every home gardener needs a trusty kit, and this one is too cute to pass up. At just over $20 on Amazon, you get a lot of bang for your buck with 10 essential tools that can be used in flower pots, container gardens, house beds, and beyond.

Personalized Last Name Doormat

door mat
Williams Sonoma

New home, new doormat. This gift may seem a little boring (if not predictable) on the surface, but we can assure you that any recipient will appreciate a new, clean place to start out on the right foot.

State Cheese Boards

state cheese board
Uncommon Goods

We're really leaning into a state theme here, but it's hard not to when there are so many cute and creative options on the market. This cheese board is a kitchen essential that can also double as a conversation starter or counter accessory.

Hanging Fruits Recipe Journal

recipe book
Papier

Sure, there will always be grandmother's recipe book in your kitchen but this one is too cute to pass up. It's small in size, so it's a great gift for starting fresh in a new kitchen.

Mint Julep Cups, Set of 6

mint julep cups
Ross-Simons

Welcome new friends to the South with a set of classic mint julep cups that are meant to be shared. For an extra special touch, print our signature recipe and attach it as a gift tag.

Boxwood Wreath

boxwood wreath
AMAZON

A boxwood wreath can be gifted in any season. We love hanging these faux wreaths from doors and windows during Christmastime, as well as switching them out seasonally with different ribbons and accessories.

Wood-Handled 9-Piece Barbecue Tool Set

bbq tool set
Crate and Barrel

Everybody loves a grill and this 9-piece kit from Crate and Barrel is a gift every gift in the family will love. Even if the recipient has grilling essentials of his own, this is a great one to have on hand to pack on a road trip—or, hey, bring over to your house if you're neighbors!

Tinted Glass Butter Bowl

butter bowl
Food52

Sure, a butter bowl isn't a need-to-have but that doesn't mean it can't be a nice-to-have. We Southerners love our butter, which means this pretty bowl will get plenty of use.

Nifty Jacquard Apron

apron
Anthropologie

This cute apron is a perfect gift no matter the recipients skills in the kitchen. Thanks to the rainbow of colors, it fits perfectly over a sundress or can dress up a plain white tee for a quick hostess upgrade.

Mark D. Sikes Throw Blanket

throw blanket
Anthropologie

A good throw blanket is the gift that keeps on giving. We love this tone-on-tone floral print from designer Mark Sikes as it can fit in a country, beach, or city home.

Galvanized Steel Waterfall Watering Can

housewarming gift
Terrain

Looking for a gift for an avid gardener? This galvanized steel watering can is durable and classic, meaning it will be a staple in her potting shed for years to come.

Cody Foster Fruit and Vegetable Ornaments

ornaments
Food52

Ornaments are a gift that can be given year-round. We especially love giving seasonal fruits and veggies in the fall and spring as it's an out-of-season yet surprise treat that the recipient will be excited to break out come December.

Woodford Reserve X Williams Sonoma Cocktail Mix, Old Fashioned

old fashioned mix
Williams Sonoma

Send a friend home with a porch cocktail on-the-go with this batch-made Old Fashioned cocktail mix. Just add a glass, ice cube, and garnish.

Custom Ice Stamp

custom ice mold
Etsy

A custom ice stamp is guaranteed to be the talk of any party. This product works exactly as it sounds, using slight heat to emblazon any piece of ice with a letter, pattern, or logo. It works best on a cube of ice—like this one shown—so you might want to gift an ice mold along with the stamp.

State Stamp State Return Address Stamp

state stamp
ETSY

A new home calls for a new return address. Lean into the at-home theme by ordering one outlined in the family's home state.

Lacquer Bean Bag Toss

cornhole game
Mark & Graham

Yard games? Yes, please. Corn hole is a favorite for groups of all ages. This custom set from Mark & Graham can be customized with a family's name or initials and ordered in several colors to match a backyard or even a favorite football team's colors.

Spicy Margarita Salt

margarita salt
Red Clay Hot Sauce

Fans swear by this Charleston-made margarita salt. We recommend pairing it with a pair of tumblers, fresh limes, and enough tequila for two cocktails. What a way to toast to a new home!

Corkcicle Air Wine Bottle Chiller

corkcicle
Corkcicle

This is a gadget any homeowner will be happy to have on hand when entertaining. To use, simple put in the freezer for 90 minutes then stick it into any bottle of chilled white or room temperature red to keep it chilled while you socialize.

Mosser Jadeite Glass Chicken Dish with Lid

chicken dish
Food 52

Does anyone actually need a fragile chicken-shaped dish? No, but that doesn't mean we all don't want one! This gift is more of a wild card pick, but for the right neighbor, it can be a memorable hit.

Quinn Dish Towels, Set of 3

dish towels
Anthropologie

Is there such thing as having enough dish towels? We think not, and this trio from Anthropologie is a fun mix of colors and styles to brighten up anyone's kitchen.

State Puzzles

state puzzle
Uncommon Goods

This puzzle set, which is made in the USA, is a gift that the whole family can enjoy. It'll be a sure favorite at game night, especially for those studying up on a new state.

Chappywrap Sunburst Grey Blanket

housewarming gift
Chappywrap

Chappywraps were born out of the founder's love of New England, but we've found they feel right at home in the South, too. Whether your style is farmhouse chic or clean and coastal, this company has a design sure to fit any home.

Isla Guest Towels

linen towels
Serena & Lily

Guest towels are an entertaining must, so every hostess can appreciate a crisp new set. This pair is perfect because pineapples have long been a sign of hospitality.

Everyday Photo Book

photo album
Artifact Uprising

A new home calls for new memories to be made. Consider gifting a new photo book for the start of this next chapter that the recipient can fill with photos and mementos from their new home. This style comes in a variety of colors, so we'd recommend choosing one that matches their home or their favorite color.

Homesick Premium Scented Candle Beach House

homesick candle
AMAZON

These Homesick candles were made as scents for the home, so tailor your gift to the home of your choosing. We like Beach Cottage for beach houses, the State Collection for homes all over the South, and Let's Toast for any occasion.

Hand-Sewn American Flag

american flag
Allegiance Flag Supply

The gift of an American flag can be a special one, especially when you order from a family-owned, Made in the USA, shop like this one.

Spring Favorite

flowers
Teleflora

Send friends the gift of spring with a terra cotta pot overflowing with vibrant colors. This arrangement would look perfect on a dining table or above a sink in your kitchen windowsill.

Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits

reese book
AMAZON

A coffee table book is a favorite gift to give, but the type depends on the recipient, home location, and interests. When in doubt, actress Reese Witherspoon's treasure of family recipes, traditions, and humor will please anyone who calls the South home.

Seedlings 2023 Floral Calendar Pad Seedlings

calendar
Anthropologie

A pretty new calendar is a nice encouragement to start fresh and stay organized, which are often the same goals of new homeowners.

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