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For as long as we can remember, gifting either a beautiful candle or a high-quality bottle of wine have been our housewarming go-tos.

Recently, though, when a friend showed up to a housewarming bearing a vintage chess set, it made us think. Could we be getting a bit more creative with our gifts? We’ve established a collection of tried-and-true favorites in the wine-and-candle category, but this season, we were looking for something fun and fresh.

So, with both fashion and function in mind, we’ve curated a list of creative, thoughtful, and useful housewarming gifts below.

SUNNYLIFE Backgammon Set, $200
We know that useful might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of backgammon sets but hear us out: time spent playing backgammon is time away from your phone. And we could all use a bit of a stimulating brain break every once in a while. Beyond that, this set is chic enough to double as décor, and not as pricey as your average high-end backgammon set (but if your budget is unlimited, by all means, give this one a try). Those who love the idea but want to spend a bit less can opt for the Printworks classic. Prefer puzzling? We’re obsessed with WHILED, whose pieces double as art.

Wonder Valley Olive Oil, $36
Founded by an olive oil industry veteran and her artist husband, Wonder Valley is headquartered in Joshua Tree and harvested in the brand’s Northern California groves. While they’ve expanded their offerings into olive-oil based skincare, opt for their classic olive oil, which features the most elevated branding we’ve seen.

BYREDO Hand Soap, $68
We know, $68 for hand soap is no bargain. But, like their excellent candles, BYREDO’s soaps both last long enough, and smell good enough, to more than justify this price tag. A little bit goes a long way, and every use feels like a luxury.

Fly By Jing Sichuan Chili Crisp, $15
Whether your host is a home chef or a culinary novice, they’ll find a way to use—and love—Fly by Jing’s Sichuan chili crisp. The company says you can put it on literally anything: avocado toast, chicken, even vanilla ice cream. This sauce regularly sells out, so grab a few for gifting later while they’re available.

Italian Retro Cocktail Glasses, $282.90
Instead of bringing the standard wine bottle over to a friend’s new home, why not go for something with longer-term impact? Opt for these gorgeous vintage-style cocktail glasses, so they’ll think of you every time they toast. Bonus points if you also bring over a wine and a liqueur so they can enjoy a spritz right away.


Inspired to amp up your own housewarming gift game? Tag any and all creative curations using #casadesuna on social.

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