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12 Practical Housewarming Gifts for Every Budget Under $200

Functional gifts that will warm the home and hearts of your friends.

Visiting a friend’s new home can be fun, but it can also be stressful – because there’s the dreaded housewarming gift to think about. Instead of fussing over decorative pieces that won’t be of much use, consider thoughtful gifts that will ease your friend into life in their new home.

Whether you’re buying it yourself or rallying a group of mutual friends to chip in, here are some practical gifts you can get:

Under $30

1. Reed Diffuser for Hotel-Like Scents | from $19.31

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If your friends love the smell of hotels, then they’ll love these reed diffusers. With scents inspired by hotels like the Ritz-Carlton and Shangri-La, these diffusers are an affordable way to replicate the luxurious vibe that these hotels have.

2. Plant-Themed Diatomite Coaster Set | $19.90

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You may think that these plant-themed coasters are just like ceramic, but it’s anything but. Unlike ceramic, these diatomite coasters can absorb around 2-4 times their body weight in water, so your friends won’t have to deal with puddles of condensation after making a cold drink on a hot day (i.e. most days in Singapore).

Under $50

3. Innerfyre Co Zen Therapy Candle | $42

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With 3 different scents to choose from, this essential oil candle will not only make your friend’s home smell superb, it also comes in a ceramic Japanese pottery-inspired jar that can be kept as a pretty decor piece. Whether for a romantic candlelit dinner or simply a calming night in, light up a scented candle and let the warmth and fragrance fill their home.


  • Ikigai - Sakura + White Tea + Ginger
  • Yuugen: Mint + Tangerine + Oolong
  • Wabi-Sabi: Chamomile + Hinoki + Sencha

4. Xiaomi Smart Lamp | $45.90

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From adjustable colours and brightness levels, this smart lamp has numerous features packed into its tiny frame. As it’s Wi-Fi-enabled, it can be controlled directly from the smartphone, or by voice assistants like Alexa if your friend has them.

5. Aesop Hand Wash | $46

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Soap isn’t the first thing you’d think about when it comes to decor, but with its iconic minimalist bottle design, Aesop’s hand wash has become a ‘statement piece’ in modern homes (even hotels). While it is rather pricey for a hand wash, it’s not out-of-the-ordinary in terms of a gift value, which makes it a good gift because it’s something that everyone would probably want, but are unlikely to buy for themselves!

Under $100

6. Xiaomi Dust Mite Vacuum | from $61.90

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Beyond the visible dust bunnies and hair on surfaces like beds and sofas, this vacuum works hard and fast to target dust mites with high-frequency beating (10,000 times per minute) and dehumidifying/sterilising functions. It’s high time to gift your friend a sound and allergen-free sleep!

7. Smart Trash Can | from $88

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It may seem weird that we’re suggesting a trash can for a gift, but if your friend is a certified ‘germaphobe’, he/she will love this! This all-in-one smart trash has a motion sensor that opens the lid when you hover your hand over it, and it automatically packs and seals the rubbish bag when the bin is full. No more accidentally touching dirty trash!

Under $200

8. Steamboat that Prevents Food from Sinking | from $112

Isn’t it just annoying when your ingredients go missing in a steamboat? Well, that won’t be a problem anymore with this simple but oh-so-innovative steamboat. Fitted with an up-and-down tray that works like a built-in sieve, it brings all your ingredients to the top with just the push of a button. No more overcooked meat ever again, thank you.

9. OSIM Neck & Shoulder Massager | $129

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Don’t let the name fool you: besides targeting the neck and shoulders, the OSIM uCozy 3D massager can work wonders on the back, thighs and calves with ergonomically-designed massage nodes and dual-directional kneading action. Your friend will appreciate this handy massager that they can take anywhere – even in the car!

Karaoke Box to Party It Up | from $150

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No more fussing over trying to get a reservation at a karaoke studio, because this home karaoke KTV Box is the solution! It’s easy to install, has a user-friendly interface, and even a constantly updated song library server – how hassle free is that? Just plug in and play! P.S. it’s also a good way to trick your friend into having you over more often to relax and party.

11. LUMOS Ray Projector | from $199

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This is the perfect home theater solution for homeowners who don't have a lot of space. Just position it 1.5 meters away from the screen and enjoy 1080p resolution and theater-like Dolby Audio sound. It's a two-in-one solution that will make your movie nights at home unforgettable!

12. Compact Air Purifier | from $199

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Great for compact spaces, this air purifier (which also happens to be one of the best in the market) uses a medical-grade HEPA 13 filter… which basically means that it’s the gold standard for filtration efficiency. Combined with UV LED technology for added protection, it keeps the air fresh and clean, which is particularly handy for those with allergies or young children and pets.

Hey there — just so you know, all products listed in this article are independently curated by us. By clicking and purchasing from Shopee links, you will help to support our research and work by allowing us to earn a share of sales — here's a big thank you in advance! Do note that prices listed are accurate as of 6 November 2023.
This article was originally published on 7 October 2021 and last updated on 6 November 2023.

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Whether you have a big budget or not, these practical housewarming gifts will almost certainly be a hit among your friends. Plus, with their stylish designs, you really can’t go wrong with any of them.

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