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Aerin Lauder & Tory Burch’s Picks of 10 Best Gifts for A New Home

These gifts take the traditional housewarming gift up a notch from nice and useful to fabulous and stylish.
Roxanne Robinson Aug 21, 2020
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There is a lot that goes into moving into a new home. To mark this special occasion, which is usually a labor of love and the result of love -traditionally, a new home meant newlywed – a novel home dweller generally hosts an open house or invites friends and family over to share in the delight at their new digs. And those lucky few called in for an early look usually come with a gift in tow.

It’s thought this practice dates back to the Middle Ages as the word dates back to the 16th century. Some believe the tradition stemmed from the old French tradition when builders of a new home gathered for a celebratory meal at which the final touch was placed on the house – a hook over the hearth to hold the cooking pot that would make this symbolic meal. Others are certain it has roots in Russian, German, and Jewish culture where the community would bless the house with meaningful gifts.

Ideally, not only a home blessing but a tradition designed to ward off evil spirits and let only goodness and light enter the home, the gifts had specific meaning. For example, a gift of bread meant that no one knew hunger; wine wielded the same power to stave off a lifetime of thirst; wood signaled warmth and stability; a broom was meant to symbolize a clean home free of evil spirits. Of course, one of the best gifts for a new home that reigns supreme today- candles, to light the home through even the darkest of days.

Choosing the best gift for a new home can be tricky. Here, our editors have scoured the market to cultivate the most thoughtful and unique list of gifts for a new home. To offer some of their home styling perfection and gifting acumen, iconic American designers Aerin Lauder and Tory Burch have offered their impeccably-curated suggestions on the perfect housewarming gift. In every case, the gift will always remind the new homeowner of the special connection between them, their home, and each guest.

1. Aerin Classic Shagreen Frame 5X7

Aerin

Classic Shagreen 5X7 Frame
$325.00 BUY NOW

Aerin Lauder has turned her impeccable taste into a lifestyle brand that stirs serious FOMO from her gorgeous universe. And she has just the best home gifts for every new homeowner, a picture frame perfect for elegantly ensconcing a photo or small piece of art. As she explains,

I always gift our classic shagreen frame in cream as a housewarming gift. There is nothing more personal and inviting than living in a home surrounded by memories.

2. Tory Burch Spongeware Pitcher

Tory Burch

Spongeware Pitcher
$98.00 BUY NOW

This versatile pitcher rendered in a perennially-chic retro sponge-print will surely brighten any spot in a new home. It also constitutes a favorite shade for its designer, Tory Burch, as she explains it.

There's something about green — celadon, forest, kelly, a hint of lime… It's a classic color in its many shades. The Spongeware pitcher is one of my favorite housewarming gifts; it adds a brightness to any table and works year-round. Perfect to use for a summer lunch with fresh flowers, I add in a few ceramic animals, amid low plants. Best not to show up — or stay the weekend — empty-handed.

3. Saint-Louis Crystal En Cage 2-Candle Holder

Saint-Louis Crystal

En Cage 2-Candle Holder
$1650 Buy Now

As the expression goes, kill two birds with one stone. While candles are traditional, bluebirds were thought to bring happiness and good luck to a home. This modern idea of a birdcage rendered in, appropriately, a blue shade of crystal, has a metal swing cradling the candle to create a sense of movement that produces a flickering dance within the vessel when the wick is lit.


4. Arca Horn Serving Tray in Horn and Ivory

Arca Horn

Serving Tray in Horn and Ivory
$1705.00
Out of Stock!
Buy Now

These divinely chic stacking trays made from ivory leather, chrome, and Arca Horn make for one of the best new home gifts. This particular type of horn was named in 1958 for the Italian process of turning buffalo horn into a malleable substance. The gift of these serving trays means guests will always enjoy pre-dinner drinks and nibbles chez toi and in impeccable style.


5. Hermes Carnets D'Equateur Presentation Plate

A new house can use a wild thing or two. The work of naturalist painter Robert Dallet on this Hermés presentation plate depicts playful jaguars, macaws, panthers, and impalas bandying about the jungle. Whether displayed on an entryway console or as part of a wall menagerie, this plate will make for the best new home gift as it draws guests in with its charming allure.


7. Riviere Italy Taupe Woven Leather Frame

Riviere Italy

Taupe Woven Leather Frame
$738 - $792 Buy Now

There is always another photo to add to a picture frame, which, despite the rise of digital imagery, remains the most sentimental way to recall life’s special moments. Easy to pair with any décor, this “intrecciato” handmade leather frames from Italy hold any memory dear and makes for one of the best gifts for a new home.


8. Puriforcat Champagne Tumbler

Puiforcat

Champagne Tumbler
$850 Buy Now

Making sure your house never experiences thirst is one thing, and making sure it is a joyful endeavor is another, but these silver champagne tumblers take the art of elevating a beverage to the next level. The metal cup keeps your bubbles cold and refreshing, and the footed design prevents any potential condensation from dripping on your magnificent table setting.


9. Saint-Louis Crystal Folia Round Decanter

Saint-Louis Crystal

Folia Round Decanter
$825.00 Buy Now

The design experts at Nest Casa know that France’s iconic  Saint Louis crystal is glassware’s gold standard. It’s a gift for a new home that will make hosting guests a most memorable experience. As you can never have too much wine, you can also never have too many places to decant it. This round decanter, inspired by the French Moselle Forest, brings a rarified touch of nature to your table.


10. Missoni Home Vladimiro Throw

Missoni Home

Vladimiro Throw
$1208 Buy Now

The hearth was the center of the home in days past, but even the modern-day home looks to recreate a warm and cozy spot for gathering. Enter the family room couch. Adding a bit of fun is this perfect gift for a new home, a multi-color embroidered chevron blanket finished with a dynamic fringe edging. Created by one of Italy’s most prominent design families, the Missoni’s, this throw will keep your guests or family comfortable and smiling. When not in use, its graphic color scheme will inject a sense of high style to any room in a new home.


Roxanne Robinson
Roxanne Robinson is an award-winning Paris-based American journalist covering luxury and fashion industries with over 25 years of experience. I spent over 18 years at WWD, covering sportswear, accessories and fine jewelry. My career witnessed the shift from print media to the digital age. I gained expert knowledge of the design world, wholesale and retail markets as well as the marketing that supports them. I met endless creatives and business people who create luxury from inception to POS with the consumer. My work has appeared in Forbes.com, BoF, The Hollywood Reporter, CRFashionbook.com, The Jewelry Journal as well in-house publications and websites at Bally, Pomellato, Au Depart and Editorialist.com among others.
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