Best gifts to bring to a holiday housewarming

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Freezing weather, crowded malls, and shorter daytime hours aside, the holidays really are a great time for get-togethers. They're also quite a time for celebrating a new place--so how do you turn a housewarming during the holidays into a special moment? Take a look at these gift ideas that will brighten someone's life and living space.

Faux fur blanket and pillows

There is no such thing as too many blankets or throw pillows, which makes this a practical and valuable gift option. The DaDa Bedding Plush Faux Fur Sherpa Fleece is a solid option in "pomegranate red" (white on the back) that's detailed with little hearts. Bundle it with a pair of Cheer Collection Reversible Faux Fur Accent Pillows that feature removable, washable covers. The pillows are available in several colors, so you can keep it neutral or play off the blanket's bold shade. Either way, it's sure to make an impression.

Basket of gourmet cooking essentials

Help your host or hostess out with setting up their new home during this busy time of year with a collection of ingredients to jazz up cooking, and maybe even inspire new dishes. If you're not sure about counter space, consider MyGift's set of 2 wall-mounted wire baskets. They are spacious enough for bottles of oils, spice jars, a U-Taste set of 7 stainless steel measuring cups and 5 spoons (all with silicone handles), and gourmet preserves and condiments. For a more personal touch, add notecards of some of your favorite recipes, photos of places you've dined together, or magnet pictures of admired chefs.

Assorted coffees, teas, or cocoas

Hot drinks combat cold weather chills, energize, or de-stress, and are a lovely alternative to wine if the recipients don't drink alcohol. We adore the packaging for The Coffee Beanery's Treasure Chest of Coffee, including 15 java samples with delightful flavors such as sea salt caramel, s'mores, and toasted almond in a wooden box. For those who use coffee pods, there's the Keurig's Coffee Lover's Collection in 40 to 100-count options, featuring roasts from Caribou, Green Mountain, and other popular brand names. If tea is the preferred beverage, watch eyes sparkle when they unwrap the boxed Tea Forté 28 loose-leaf sampler, paired with one or two of the company's ceramic cups with tea infuser and lid, available in a broad range of colors of designs. The 12 ounce double-walled tumbler is dishwasher safe, and keeps the brew at a comfortable temperature if the drinker likes to take their time sipping. Of course, cocoa is sure to be a hit, like the Land O' Lakes 60-packet assortment.

Kid and pet-friendly items

Help kids enjoy the holidays and adjust to their new home. A gift that may help soothe or entertain them is a plus. Young ones can work on a Balloon Festival Coloring Poster by themselves, or share their Crayola 60th Anniversary 64-Count Crayons with Collectible Tin or Crayola Non-Toxic, Washable 40 Classic Markers with their parents for family coloring fun. For teens, give them the gift of hibernating from the holiday fanfare with Mpow Noise Cancelling Headphones. Bluetooth connectivity, padded ear covers, and a streamlined headband with ear cup button controls are simple to use -- older kids will love them.

Dogs and cats need space, quiet, and things of their own, too. The ZooVilla Pet Teepee has a blue, orange, or pink cotton cover that snugly fits over the eucalyptus wooden frame.

 

Robyn Alezanders is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money. BestReviews never accepts free products from manufacturers and purchases every product it reviews with its own funds.

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