After months of signing paperwork, reading inspection reports, and budgeting for repairs, someone special in your life finally has the keys to their new house. While they focus on filling their new place with all the essentials, you’re on the hunt for something nice to commemorate the occasion.
From traditional housewarming gifts that are always a hit to smart gadgets for tech-loving friends, here are a few ideas to help you find the perfect present.
Essential Decor and Devices to Make Their New House a Home
These classic crowd-pleasers are an excellent addition to any new home.
1. Video Doorbell + Fun Faceplate
From new neighbors dropping by for an introduction to delivery drivers dropping off packages, new homeowners have a lot of activity at their front door. You can help them add a layer of essential protection — and keep track of all their visitors, no matter where they are — with a Ring video doorbell. Video Doorbells can also make it more convenient to answer the door when no one’s home. With Quick Replies, Alexa can automatically say a pre-selected greeting, or homeowners can use Two-Way Talk from the Ring App to let guests know when they’ll be back.
There are several battery-powered and wired models to fit your price point and the new homeowner’s needs. And with a few fun faceplates, you can give them the ability to snap on a pop of rose gold or sleek black when they want to jazz up their entryway.
2. Candle or Diffuser
From pumpkin spice to balsam, the right scent can set the tone of a home. And with a housewarming-themed candle, you can gift your loved one a reminder of this new and exciting time in their life — and a signature smell for their new digs.
When you’re shopping for a candle or diffuser, be sure to consider the new homeowner’s tastes. Some people might want their house to smell like a freshly baked sugar cookie, while others stick to woody and natural scents. And while you’re at it, make sure they have an up-to-date smoke detector to keep their home cozy and protected if you’re gifting a traditional candle. A First Alert Smoke and CO Detector or Smoke and CO Listener can connect directly to their Ring Alarm and send real-time alerts with a Ring Protect subscription, sold separately.1
Houseplants can bring life (literally!) to any room — and studies have shown that they may even reduce stress and increase happiness. Plus, plants complement any design style, from modern farmhouse to boho, which is why they’re a housewarming staple.
If your friend or family member doesn’t have a green thumb, look for a low-maintenance plant they can keep alive without much effort, like a succulent or peace lily. Keep in mind that some plants can be harmful to pets, so look for a pet-friendly option if the new homeowner is an animal lover.
Housewarming Gift Ideas for Pet Parents
Fido may not be on the deed, but he has a new home, too. Here are some gift ideas to make life a little easier for pet parents.
4. Indoor Cam
It can take some time for pets to get used to a new home. But unfortunately, their parents can’t always keep them company while they explore new rooms.
With a Ring Indoor Cam, new homeowners don’t have to be at home to stay connected with their fur family. They can plug in an Indoor Cam in their pet’s favorite room, set it on a shelf or mount it on a wall, and watch real-time footage anytime from the Ring App to see what their pet is up to. And with Two-Way Talk, they can say hello to their good boy — or ask him to get off the brand-new table.
5. Pet Tag
If your friend’s pet sneaks off to explore their new neighborhood, a Ring Pet Tag can help make it easier to bring them home. This small, convenient tag can attach to any collar, and it comes with an engraved QR code. All the owner has to do is fill out a Pet Profile in the Ring App, and if their pet gets lost, they’ll get a notification if someone scans the code. Then, they can communicate anonymously to arrange a reunion. Pet owners can also automatically generate a Lost Pet Post on the Neighbors App using their Pet Profile. That way, people nearby will know to be on the lookout for a runaway furry friend.
6. Personalized Food Bowl
Every pet deserves something special of their own at their new place. With a personalized food bowl, you can help them mark their territory — and add a little extra cuteness to their eating space. From custom portraits to paw prints, you can choose how to add the right personal touch.
Kitchen Gift Ideas for Home Cooks
Help new homeowners bring out their inner Julia Child with these fun and helpful gifts for the kitchen.
7. Stick Up Cam
Avid cooks and bakers can spend hours at a time in the kitchen — which means they often miss out on all the fun happening around the house. With a Stick Up Cam, chefs can stay connected with their family and pets in and around the house, even if they’re busy scooping cookie dough or stirring sauce. From Live View on their Ring App, they can see their kids’ foosball battle in the game room, their puppy’s zoomies in the backyard, or anything else they don’t want to miss. Plus, they can even get involved in the festivities virtually using Two-Way Talk.
8. Amazon Echo
From adding items to the grocery list to figuring out what 300 grams is in cups, there’s a lot cooks need help with in the kitchen. And with an Amazon Echo device, they can have Alexa handle those tasks for them — just using their voice.
If you’re looking for a trusty smart home hub and speaker to help your friend in the kitchen and beyond, an Echo Dot is an affordable gift that covers all the basics. Alexa can help with everything from playing their pump-up playlist while they make breakfast to putting Ring Alarm in Home Mode while they prep for dinner (using Ring Alarm with Alexa requires a Ring Protect subscription, sold separately).1 And if they hear the Ring doorbell chime but can’t get out of the kitchen right away, they can even ask Alexa to talk to the front door.
For home chefs with Ring cameras, an Echo Show can add another level of visibility. All your loved one has to do is ask Alexa to show them the living room, yard, or front door, and the Echo Show will start displaying real-time footage. Plus, they can ask Alexa to use Two-Way Talk to congratulate their kid on the epic touchdown they just scored in the backyard. That means cooks can keep using their phones for recipe instructions while keeping up with the action around the house.
9. Personalized Cutting Board
Whether your loved one is a master chef with impeccable knife skills or an avid host who loves a good charcuterie board, a personalized cutting board is the perfect addition to their new kitchen. New homeowners can use it as a display piece, a serving board, a chopping station — or all three, depending on the occasion.
Helpful Gadgets for New Homeowners
These easy-to-use gadgets can help make your loved one’s new home smarter, whether they’re a techie or a novice.
10. Smart Bulbs + Ring Bridge
It can be daunting to turn a new house into a smart home, especially if the homeowner has no idea where to start. But with a two-pack of Ring smart lights and a Ring Bridge, you can help them lay the groundwork.
New homeowners can swap traditional bulbs with smart lights indoors and in some protected outdoor areas, which means they don’t have to replace any fixtures. Once everything is connected to the Ring Bridge, they’ll be able to turn lights on and off, adjust brightness, and set schedules from the Ring App, even if they’re not home. That means they can dim the lights for movie night without leaving the couch or turn on the porch light at sunset from across the country.
If the new homeowners want to expand their smart light setup, they can pick up some more bulbs and outdoor lighting. Ring Bridge supports up to 50 devices to help make all the fixtures around the house smart — indoors and out.
11. Spotlight Cam Plus
Spotlight Cam Plus is a versatile outdoor camera that helps provide essential visibility into what’s happening outside a new home. Since it’s battery-powered, new homeowners can mount it nearly anywhere — above the back door, on a shed, or the side of the house — and get alerts when motion is detected. Spotlight Cam also shines a bright light when it begins recording to alert visitors and provide a well-lit path for people stopping by after dark.
12. Ring Alarm Kit 5-Piece
You can help add a layer of security to any new home, big or small, with a Ring Alarm 5-Piece Kit. This essential starter kit comes with the essentials homeowners need to detect activity around their home, including a Base Station, Contact Sensor, Motion Detector, Keypad, and a Range Extender to help ensure each component stays connected. The kit also comes with a 30-day free trial of Ring Protect Pro, sold separately, which allows new homeowners to control their system and receive Alarm notifications from their phone.1 They can also opt into 24/7 Alarm Professional Monitoring with their trial for extra peace of mind.2
Once new homeowners get the hang of their Ring Alarm kit, they can easily build up their system with additional sensors. They also have the option to link Accessories, like Flood & Freeze Sensors and Glass Break Sensors, to bring even more functionality to Ring Alarm.
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1 Ring Alarm and all Ring Alarm accessories require a subscription for in-app features and digital notifications, including digital arming / disarming and integration with other Ring, Echo, Alexa, and third party products. Subscription sold separately. View ring.com/protect-plans for pricing and details.
2 A compatible Ring Protect subscription is required to enroll in the Ring Alarm professional monitoring service. Professional monitoring service is available only within the U.S. (all 50 states, but not U.S. territories) and in Canada (excluding Quebec). Ring does not own its own professional monitoring center. Smoke and carbon monoxide monitoring is not available for a business or commercially zoned address. See Ring alarm licenses at: ring.com/licenses. Additional permit or false alarm fees may apply depending on your local jurisdiction. Additional charges may apply in areas that require permits or guard response service for alarm verification.